Say “oui oui” to these French bistros in Toronto

If you dream of steak tartare, escargot and steak frites, Toronto has enough French bistros to bring those desires to fruition. They offer classic Parisian-style dining and modern twists on classic French fare. Inspired by the European capital of fashion and cuisine, each restaurant has its own distinct flair.

Auberge du Pommier

4150 Yonge St, North York, ON M2P 2C6

As one of the Oliver and Bonacini collaboration restaurants, the cottage-like bistro offers refined dishes. Serving diners since 1987, the fine dining cuisine is accompanied by a 500-label wine collection. Start with the classic escargot and foie gras appetizers and follow with a main of duck breast, seared rib eye or Quebec lamb.

Jules Bistro

109-147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7

Located on Spadina Avenu, Jules Bistro is unassuming on the outside, with minimalist decor that lets the food do the talking. The lunch hour kitchen is always bustling and continues to please into the evening with a focus on Southern France and Mediterranean dishes. Moules frites, steamed mussels and seafood linguini highlight the dinner menu.

La Palette Restaurant

492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B3

As you step into this Queen Street bistro, the kooky yet authentic decor will set the tone. The restaurant boasts French favourites and classics, including buttery entrees and horse tartare. The vast selection of wines and beers makes it easy to settle in for the evening.

Le Paradis Brasserie Bistro

166 Bedford Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9

Don’t be fooled by the minimalistic look of Le Paradis. Its authentic fare has been serving Toronto since the 1970s. With all the classic French fare, this bistro offers France’s finest at reasonable prices. Located in The Annex, the cuisine offers as much charm as the neighbourhood.

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