Très grand bistros: Best French restaurants in Calgary

From niçoise salad to duck confit and steak frites, classic French bistro fare is très grand on Calgary’s restaurant scene. No trend-hoppers, these dedicated French restaurants serve bistro cuisine so magnifique you might as well be dining in Paris.

Cassis Bistro

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27 Queen, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0

Highly acclaimed for its authentic French cuisine, Cassis has been called one of the country’s top restaurants. The bistro’s seasonal menu may feature appetizers such as seafood cassolette and beef tartare au couteau served with duck-fat potato chips. Entrees may include wild trout, steak frites as well as a daily fish dish and daily French regional classic.

Fleur De Sel Brasserie

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2015 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W6

This very intimate Fourth Street Southwest restaurant serves classic French appetizers such as Marseille fish soup, escargots and foie gras with Sauternes (sweet white wine). Equally Frenchy entrees include Magret of Duck, cassoulet grille de Toulouse and seafood choucroute.

Parc Café and Brasserie

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818 16 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0S9

Overflowing with good humour and refined deliciousness, Parc is handsomely appointed in black-and-white tile and warm wood, and seating revolves around a central bar. The French brasserie serves fine European food. Naturally, its wine menu is tops. Its à la carte menu features a generous assortment of dishes in several courses including mains such as steak frites, orange-sauce duck with lentils and a French-accented burger that’s magnifique. Regular nightly features include classic French dishes from beef bourguignon to cassoulet.

Brasserie Kensington

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100-1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

While overlooking the hustle and bustle of the Kensington shopping district, sip a glass of red wine or a pint of local craft brew and take your time enjoying bistro comfort fare from gourmet poutine to cassoulet and bouillabaisse.

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