Best French Restaurants in Calgary

Each year, we ask our readers to vote for their favourite restaurants in Calgary. These are some of their picks for classic and contemporary French fare.

Cassis Bistro. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Winner

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 menu 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.

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

 

Runners-up

La Boulangerie

You could have breakfast (all day), brunch, lunch or dessert at this family-owned restaurant that literally translates to “the bakery.” With items like the Nutella banana crȇpe (and other sweet and savoury crȇpes), the pepper salami croissant sandwich, the vanilla custard croissant, baguette sandwiches, soups and more, there’s something for everyone here.

2435 4 St. S.W., 403-984-9294, la-boulangerie-calgary.com, @laboulangerieyyc

 

The Eden

This self-proclaimed “blue collar bistro” is a family-owned-and-operated establishment led by chef Dirk McCabe. The Eden is known for events like live music performances on Friday evenings and a menu that includes both brunch items (think niçoise salad or a challah bread French toast) and dinner dishes like steak and frites, hasselback squash, oysters and more.

1219 9 Ave. S.E., 403-266-1005, edenbistro.ca, @the.eden.inglewood

 

Le Comptoir, by François

This little slice of Paris is nestled in The Shops at Avenue Thirty Four, an array of boutique shops and eateries in Marda Loop. Along with a pet-friendly terrace, Le Comptoir boasts a delicious menu of viennoiseries (French baked goods) like almond croissants and pistachio raspberry financiers (an almond cake with roasted pistachios and raspberries). Savoury bites are also available, like avocado toast and cheesy quiches.

1928 34 Ave. S.W., 403-455-4550, @lecomptoirbyfrancois

 

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 ambience. Expect plenty of French classics on the dinner menu including cassoulet grillé and ratatouille, as well as a wine menu featuring French wines like Chablis by the bottle.

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

 

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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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