French Restaurants in Santa Monica


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  • Cafe Crepe
    Treat your taste buds to a Downtown Santa Monica gem — Santa Monica's Cafe Crepe is a creperie that will keep you coming back for more. Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Bring your whole brood to Cafe Crepe, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Eat outdoors Cafe Crepe (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. Cafe Crepe is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups. Reservations are not accepted at Cafe Crepe, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours. Folks tend to dress down at Cafe Crepe, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. You can also serve food from Cafe Crepe at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot. Cafe Crepe makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside. Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Cafe Crepe. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Cafe Crepe since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    1460 3rd Street Promenade
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Monsieur
    For a taste of France, try Monsieur. Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Monsieur's extensive drink list. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Monsieur — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. On warmer days, take advantage of Monsieur's outdoor seating. It's strictly first-come, first-served at Monsieur, so plan an early arrival for your pick of tables. Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Call Monsieur for catering if you have a big event coming up. Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Monsieur. If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Monsieur. Monsieur has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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    1260 3rd Street Promenade
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Melisse Restaurant
    Melisse Restaurant Josiah Citrin is one of the country’s premier chefs, a startling accomplishment for someone who never even went to culinary school. After graduating from Santa Monica High School, Josiah took off for Paris instead, where he spent the next three years working in the kitchens at Vivarois and La Poste. Upon returning to LA, he snagged a spot at Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois, and later worked beside Joachim Splichal at Patina. In 1996, Josiah returned to Santa Monica to open his first restaurant, JiRaffe, a California-French bistro, to great success. But his longtime desire to open a fine-dining establishment inspired him to sell JiRaffe and start afresh with Melisse. Josiah opened Melisse shortly after being named one of the world’s Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine, and since then, his restaurant has maintained a highly distinguished standing. In addition to boasting two Michelin stars, Melisse is regularly awarded inclusion on lists such as The Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World. Josiah brings his stellar talents to the kitchen each day, personally guiding his chefs and taking trips to the Santa Monica farmer’s market for seasonal produce. Melisse is named for an herb indigenous to the Mediterranean, which speaks to the menu’s seasonality, contemporary French inspirations, and strong swimming abilities. Everything is prix-fixe: the standard menu has featured dishes such as Wagyu beef tartare and wild king salmon with stinging nettles, while the vegetarian tasting menu might have broccoli with egg yolk and braised yuba. Guests, particularly those dining in the two private rooms, can also go carte blanche, trusting the kitchen to surprise them with elegant dishes such as soft poached egg with caviar and lemon crème fraîche.
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    1104 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Meet
    Diners at Meet are encouraged to share dishes by the on-staff mom trying to raise upstanding progeny. Politely split an appetizer such as cheese fondue (serves two, $14) or Meet's beets, served with goat cheese and honey-champagne vinaigrette ($10). The moules frites (mussels) come five ways, including au Roquefort (garlic, shallots, Roquefort, chives, and cream) and à la moutarde ancienne (tomato confit, mustard, tarragon, and cream) ($10 for the appetizer, $16 for entree). Pair a side of potato gratin or pommes puree ($5 each) with a classic of French cuisine like cabernet-braised short ribs ($22.95). The planche à fromages (assorted imported cheeses, $11) or pot of chocolate fondue (serves two, $12) brings the meal full circle like a Frisbee thrown into the wind. For a traditional finishing touch, try the tarte tatin (puff pastry, red apples, and caramel, $7).
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    9727 Culver Blvd
    Culver City, CA US
  • Crème de la Crêpe
    Inspired by the culture and culinary traditions of Brittany, France, Cr?me de la Cr?pe Bistro specializes in authentically prepared sweet and savory crepes, which are staples of the region. The staff stuffs buckwheat breakfast crepes with combinations of eggs, meats, and cheeses, and dessert crepes?such as the bretonne?come layered with Nutella, bananas, and housemade whipped cream. Hearty pastas, risotto dishes, and specialties such as beef bourguignon join the menu for lunch and dinner, helping guests recover from stressful daytime chores, such as ironing clothes while wearing them.
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    6000 Sepulveda Blvd
    Culver City, CA US
  • Cafe Laurent
    For good eats and good times in Culver City, dine at Cafe Laurent. Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Cafe Laurent. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Cafe Laurent. Sit outside at Cafe Laurent and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Cafe Laurent has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties. Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Cafe Laurent is come-as-you-are. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Cafe Laurent cater for you. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. For quick and easy parking near Cafe Laurent, park on the street. The average check at Cafe Laurent will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option. All major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
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    4243 Overland Avenue
    Culver City, CA US

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