French Restaurants in Pioneer Square

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The crêpes flung at Mobatta's come swaddled in handy paper wrapping, which makes them ideal to nosh while walking to work or cruising on your Segway to court. Reimagined breakfast classics such as the french-toast crêpe, with eggs, cinnamon sugar and maple syrup ($4.99), or the salmon and egg tartine, with mozzarella, smoked salmon, and hollandaise sauce ($5.99), make excellent fuel for a day on the town. The menu has more than 10 sweet dessert crêpes, including a blackberry-cobbler crêpe, with cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, crumbled graham crackers, and whipped cream ($5.69), that's tasty company for a hot cup of Dillano's coffee ($0.99) or a Ghirardelli cafe mocha ($3.25). Or try savory lunch options such as the fish-taco crêpe ($6.69) and the chicken-bacon-ranch crêpe (stuffed with mozzarella, tomato, spinach, and ranch dressing, $7.39) to satisfy mysterious midday crêpe cravings.

719 2nd Ave

In Focus: Planet Java Diner

  • Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
  • Decor: classic 50s diner
  • Food: classic 50s diner
  • Time breakfast is served: all day
  • Number of eggs in every omelet: 3
  • Number of burgers: 12
  • Music: blend of oldies and newer tunes
  • Games that a giant could play on the checkered floor: chess or checkers
  • Number of walls without clocks on them: zero, thanks to Planet Java’s eclectic clock collection

72 S Washington St

In Focus: Bernard's On Seneca

  • Location: the basement of the Hotel Seattle
  • The mural: a medieval courtyard full of Arthurian princes and mythical creatures. The mural's origins and meaning, according to The Stranger, remain unknown.
  • Menu highlights: assorted German sausages, smoked chicken sandwiches, German potato salad
  • Happy hour: free appetizers, plus $2 well drinks and $3 rotating drafts. Per The Stranger, happy hour lasts from 4:30–7 p.m. every weekday.
  • Inside tip: Bernard's doesn't post its hours online, so call ahead to make sure it's open.

315 Seneca St

Fancy pastries pop out of the oven all the day at Belle Epicurean, the French bakery café helmed by Carolyn Ferguson, who earned a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. In the Downtown Fairmont Olympic Hotel, it’s a posh paradise with shiny glass cases stuffed with fresh, buttery croissants, brioche, quiches, cookies, and the popular, sweet Belle’s Buns. A plus for early-risers, the café opens at 6 a.m. on weekday mornings, and brunch is served daily. Lunchers can take away baguette sandwiches and hearty soups, and in the afternoon there’s tea service with petit fours and macarons. The interior welcomes eaters with marble checkered floors and ornate mirrors, giving the space an upscale cozy feel reminiscent of a classic French patisserie.

1206 4th Avenue

Belgian Liège waffles, which are richer and sweeter than their more Americanized breakfast counterparts, are the draw at this Downtown 3rd Avenue nook. Step inside the sleek, modern Euro-cool room for both sweet and savory versions of the griddled treat, made with all-natural local ingredients stirred into brioche-like dough and studded with sugar pearls. Those balls of sweetness promptly caramelize in the sizzling waffle iron. Waffles can be served warm with Nutella, brûléed bananas, berries and whipped cream, or ice cream. Savory waffles, such as the proscuitto, crème fraîche & green onion, double as a breakfast bite or easy lunch. To drink, look for fresh-pressed juices, Stumptown coffee from Portland, or smooth Rishi organic tea.

1200 3rd Ave

The Georgian: A User’s Guide

French-Inspired Northwest Cuisine | Seasonal Ingredients | Live Jazz | Elegant Decor | Afternoon Tea Service

Sample Menu

  • First: kusshi oysters with crispy tempura and chilled tuna tartar
  • Second: dungeness crab bisque with tarragon-infused mini crab cakes
  • Third: slow-braised beef short rib with caramelized celeriac purée
  • Dessert: soufflé of the day

When to Go

  • Live jazz rings out through the stately, crystal-chandeliered dining room on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6–9 p.m.
  • After experiencing the AAA 4 Diamond–rated dinner cuisine, return for a classic afternoon tea service with finger sandwiches and housemade scones.

What to Wear: Although Frommer’s calls The Georgian “the most traditional and formal restaurant in the city,” the dress code is “smart casual,” meaning no jackets are required.

Inside Tip: Splurge on the five-course prix-fixe meal with handpicked wine pairings; it usually features fresh seafood and seasonal specialties.

Vocab Lesson
Celeriac: a root vegetable that tastes similar to celery. It’s also known as turnip-rooted celery or knob celery.
Foie gras: the fatty liver from a goose or duck that's been force-fed. The liver is then marinated in a mixture of alcohols and seasonings, and is typically baked.

411 University St

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