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Best French restaurant

YOUR PICKS

Coq Au Vin from Bistro Niko. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Coq Au Vin from Bistro Niko. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1) Bistro Niko

You say, “The French brassiere/bistro is a dying commodity in Atlanta. Bistro Niko has rekindled my faith. I have been there multiple times and can’t get over how much I have enjoyed it each time. I have only been to France three times so I am not an expert, but to me, Bistro Niko is the closest thing….”

2) French American Brasserie (FAB)

3) Joël

4) Café Alsace

5) Violette

6) Atmosphere

OUR PICKS

FAB's skate wing with a glass of white wine. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

FAB's skate wing with a glass of white wine. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1) French American Brasserie (FAB)

AJC dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “When FAB opened downtown, I’ll admit I missed the cozy quaintness of Brasserie Le Coze’s truly French dining room. But the first time I stepped out of the elevator and onto this restaurant’s rooftop dining area, I got over it. Breezy, with a fab view of the city’s burgeoning downtown scene, plus all the accoutrements from the kitchen, from champagne and oysters to chef Stephen Sharp’s take on the restaurant’s signature skate wing with Pantelleria capers and brown butter.”

2) Joël

3) Pastis

4) Babette’s

5) Bistro Niko

146 comments Add your comment

Beth

February 1st, 2010
1:37 pm

Violette for sure.

FoodDude

February 1st, 2010
1:40 pm

Joel Brasserie

Ganners

February 1st, 2010
1:42 pm

Cafe le Crepe by the Marietta Square.

woody

February 1st, 2010
1:51 pm

The Annoying Froggie off of Ponce near Little 5 points also one on Howell Mill. Le Magnifique!

Go there and be yourself!

Lionel Hutz

February 1st, 2010
1:53 pm

Without hesitation, Bistro Niko is the best French restaurant in town. In fact, it is the best new restaurant to open in the last 5 years. It is beautiful inside and the menu is impeccable. A true pleasure to dine there.

Atlanta French

February 1st, 2010
1:58 pm

VG Bistro – consistently excellent.

Kara

February 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

bistro niko!

RK

February 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

Joel without a doubt.

Gary G

February 1st, 2010
2:06 pm

Violette – Good food and atmosphere .

Drew

February 1st, 2010
2:10 pm

Au Rendez Vous!!

JC

February 1st, 2010
2:10 pm

HotlantaHobo

February 1st, 2010
2:17 pm

Le Petite Maison on Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs. A real French bistro.

Maria Schiller

February 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

Provence when they were open…..sad to see them go….corner of Lower Roswell and Woodlawn, East Cobb.

snb

February 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

Cafe Alsace in Decatur

Darin

February 1st, 2010
2:20 pm

Social downtown. Really more of a French/North African fusion menu, but they do a great job with some French staples such as steak frites at dinner and pan bagnat at lunch. Plus, the interior and atmosphere is more like my favorite spots in Paris (L’Ebouchior, Chez Prune) than any place I’ve been.

JRC

February 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

Atmosphere on Piedmont. Excellent Steak Frite, brilliant and dedicated staff.

you knew it was gonna happen

February 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

flying bisquit

Jenny

February 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

Bistro Niko, for sure! Bustling, busy and always consistent. Awesome!

Jules

February 1st, 2010
2:33 pm

My vote would be Bistro Niko. It rivals (or maybe even surpasses!) several meals I had on a recent trip to Paris. I’m glad for the new addition on Atlanta’s landscape!

tukute

February 1st, 2010
2:37 pm

Have not tried many but Social downtown is AWESOME!!!

ATLFoodie

February 1st, 2010
2:39 pm

I love Bistro Niko – such a beautiful space!

Susan Moore

February 1st, 2010
2:39 pm

Atmosphere on Piedmont

CC

February 1st, 2010
2:50 pm

Ani’s Bistro

Egger

February 1st, 2010
2:51 pm

Cafe Alsace – not only is the food wonderful but the owner Benedicte and her staff are all so nice.

SusieQue

February 1st, 2010
2:53 pm

Dourceur De France, in Marietta

Katy

February 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Bistro Niko, hands down.

Arielle

February 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

i love love love bistro niko! the tarts are amazing

M. Johnson

February 1st, 2010
2:59 pm

FAB Atlanta. When I walk into that restaurant, I feel like Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The decor is simply beautiful, the menu is truly French and so is the owner.

If you haven’t been here, you are missing a wonderfully French dining experience.

donkey200

February 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

Au Rendez Vous!!

Emily

February 1st, 2010
3:10 pm

Bistro Niko! Chic and great for lunch or dinner.

Intowner

February 1st, 2010
3:15 pm

1) FAB
2) Atmosphere
2) Anis
4) Bistro Niko

Stew Kliteneaque

February 1st, 2010
3:21 pm

Crappy le Crepe in Bogart

Yum

February 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

Douceur de France in Marietta. Breakfast and lunch, great soups, baguettes, and killer desserts. Very authentic French cafe cuisine.

JDJ

February 1st, 2010
3:27 pm

Violette’s . . . their chicken in puff pastry is oooo la la!!

CrossFit

February 1st, 2010
3:27 pm

Cafe Alsace!
Joel is nice but horrible service IMO.

Don KeBallz

February 1st, 2010
3:33 pm

McDonald’s …The BEST French Fries !!!

mama

February 1st, 2010
3:33 pm

The croissant at Burger King is to die for.

SMB

February 1st, 2010
3:47 pm

Marie C

February 1st, 2010
3:52 pm

Bistro Niko is amazing! I especially love the skate wing.

Brittany

February 1st, 2010
4:08 pm

I’m with Emily. Bistro Niko is the best french bistro to hit Atlanta. LOVE it.

jeremy smith

February 1st, 2010
6:13 pm

Rich

February 1st, 2010
7:08 pm

Petite Auberge in Toco Hills. The service is outstanding and the food is excellent.

janet

February 1st, 2010
11:01 pm

Douceur de France in Roswell ( opened Christmas week) Beautiful pastries and lovely cafe for breakfast and lunch.
La Petite Maison in Sandy Springs for fresh, straight forward French bistro food. Can’t beat their Fromage Blanc with Raspberry Coulis. They make the Fromage Blanc.

MarrG

February 1st, 2010
11:58 pm

Babette’s in Poncey-Highland
Le Cafe Crepe on Marietta Square

cookie

February 2nd, 2010
6:23 am

David

February 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

Cafe Alsace in Decatur

Juliet

February 2nd, 2010
9:45 am

Bistro Niko, hand’s down. LOVE it…

joejoe

February 2nd, 2010
10:04 am

Petite Auberge in Toco Hills is a local fav with excellent service and great food. Another one is FAB in Downtown Atlanta. Great Service, wonderful Niçoise Olive Tapenade and Croque Monsieur.

Betty

February 2nd, 2010
11:08 am

Bistro Niko – definitely worth making a drive from ANYWHERE in metro Atlanta. It’s phenominal. So authentic and fun.

Mere

February 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

Bistro Niko has a truly, warm, welcoming and authentically French feel! I love it!