Best French & French-Inspired Restaurants in Calgary

You’ll find classic fare ranging from steak frites to sous vide beef short rib on the menus of these restaurants.

Cassis Bistro. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Winner – Cassis Bistro

A classic French bistro honouring tradition and authenticity, Cassis is exactly what you picture when envisioning a meal break during a cycling trip through Paris. The grilled calamari salad and steak frites paired with a glass of French red makes for a perfect night out or in.

105, 2505 17 Ave. S.W., 403-262-0036, thecassisbistro.ca, @cassisbistro

 

2nd – Rouge

Coming up on two decades of serving European-inspired cuisine in Inglewood, Rouge continues to be a standout for innovative and exciting offerings. Chef Paul Rogalski and co-owner Olivier Reynaud have made a commitment to serving European-inspired dishes made with all-Canadian ingredients. Two must-tries include the sous vide beef short rib, which is marinated for 48 hours, and the vegetarian eggplant parmigiana.

1240 8 Ave. S.E., 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com, @rougerestaurant

 

3rd – Purlieu

Eclectic modern bistro Purlieu has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere perfect for savouring rich, French-influenced fare — it’s no wonder it was was named one of Avenue’s Best New Restaurants in 2020. Chef Eric Mah has created a menu that has both classic French dishes as well as shareable small plates such as P.E.I. mussels and fries in French-Indian curry broth.

14, 3109 Palliser Dr. S.W., 403-280-7474, purlieucalgary.ca, @purlieuyyc

 

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This article appears in the March 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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