Best French Restaurants in Calgary

Enjoy dishes like duck confit and ratatouille at these classic and contemporary French eateries in Calgary.

Cassis Bistro. Photograph by Jared Sych.

No. 1

Cassis Bistro

Regularly cited as one of Calgary’s and Canada’s best restaurants, Cassis Bistro delivers exquisite French fare in a modern, charming space. Executive chef Dominique Moussu curates a weekly menu of dishes inspired by owner Gilles Brassart’s background in the south of France using local, seasonal produce, and the bistro offers takeaway menus, daily specials and special event menus regularly. Be sure to try dishes like the beef tartare au couteau featuring Alberta beef striploin and duck fat potato chips.

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

 

Runners-up

Fleur de Sel Brasserie

Blink and you might miss this gourmet French brasserie nestled in Mission, which is known for its cozy interior (complete with plush leather booths surrounding tables draped in crisp white linens) and welcoming ambiance. Expect plenty of French classics on the dinner menu including cassoulet grillé, ratatouille and foie gras.

2, 2015 4 St. S.W., 403-228-9764, fleurdeselbrasserie.com, @fleurdeselbrasserie 

 

Purlieu Modern Bistro

Tucked away in Oakridge, Purlieu has become a notable addition to Calgary’s French culinary scene since opening in 2019. The contemporary interior of Purlieu  — white walls, abstract paintings and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf housing potted plants — complements beautifully arranged dishes like the coq du vin, chicken pan roasted in red wine with mushrooms and smoked bacon.

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

 

Hutch Cafe

At Hutch Cafe in downtown Calgary, the comprehensive menu of dishes like smoked salmon tartine, croque madame, duck confit or lobster roll and bisque makes this an easy choice for a French breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Plus, the daily, fresh-baked pastries, sandwiches and coffee make this cafe an ideal place to work-from-home while sipping imported French tea and eating a pain au chocolat. Royal blue booths and modern chandeliers give the space an upscale vibe.

795 1 Ave. S.W., 403-454-8823, hutch-cafe.com, @hutchcafeyyc

 

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This article appears in the March 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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