French Restaurants in Tumwater

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After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, pastry chef Anita Ross moved to Seattle and began selling crepes out of farmers’ markets. The year was 2004. Over the next four years she built up a following with her sweet and savory crepes stuffed with roasted duck, apple confit, wild mushrooms, and a variety of other seasonal items. In that time, Anita also forged strong bonds with local fishermen and farmers that have served her well since opening Anita’s Crepes in 2008. She’s able to use the finest organic ingredients in her crepes, many of which are made with the traditional Britanny blend of buckwheat and bread flours. And several of her meats and cheeses are imported from countries that have fertile soil for growing beef plants and mozzarella ball trees. Anita channels France specifically when catering to special events, preparing her crepes on the spot much like the street vendors of Paris.

4350 Leary Way NW
Seattle,
WA
US

Chef Laurent Gabrel, of Voilà! in Madison Valley, crafts Chloé Bistrot's classic French menu to imitate the eateries found along Parisian cobblestone streets. Begin a culinary getaway with an appetizer of escargots dressed in garlic-butter sauce atop baguette crostini ($12), before donning taste-bud hiking boots for a trek to succulent entrées. Twine fork tines into a pan-seared beef medallion with green-peppercorn sauce and classic fries ($23), or indulge in mussels in a tomato, garlic, and fresh-thyme broth, an elegant mollusk alternative to Fabergé clams ($14). An amply stocked wine list joins bites and sips in mouthwatering matrimony with an array of French vintages ($7–$12). Guests may reach a chic dinner's finish line with a serving of rich chocolate mousse ($7), ice-cream-filled profiteroles ($9), or a celebratory fist pump.

3515 NE 45th St
Seattle,
WA
US

Northwest Cuisine with a French Accent. We specialize in tasting menus featuring caviar, foie gras, and local seasonal ingredients. Located in the heart of the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle.

2808 E Madison St
Seattle,
WA
US

Recently opened by the owners of the popular Hangar Cafe, The Ridgeback Cafe designs couture crepes, waffles, sandwiches, and more. Stroll into the 65th Street location and dig into the signature Ridgeback crepe, an envelope stuffed, like wedding invitations, with sausage, egg, onions, mushrooms, avocado, and cheddar ($9.50). Sucrose seekers can chomp on a coco-banana crepe, adorned with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and walnuts ($7). A savory waffle tellingly named "Are you kidding me?" brandishes two fried eggs and apple-smoked bacon ($7.50), while the Triple B waffle mixes apple-smoked bacon, brie, and basil for a meal more satisfying than discovering a brick of gold in a winter-coat pocket.

500 NW 65th St
Seattle,
WA
US

As you and your dining date nestle close in Crêpe Cafe's cozy confines, you'll get to watch the crêpes get spun right in front of you. Though crêpes are traditionally a dessert, it's recommended that you start with the menu of dinner crêpes first. Whet your appetite with a bubbly-cheesed French onion soup before wrapping your reptilian tongue around entrees such as Heaven's Crêpe (Black Forest ham and swiss topped with homemade béchamel sauce and fresh asparagus, $12.95 for a regular) or the Island Girl (shrimp with fresh mango, spinach, roma tomatoes, avocado, and Swiss topped with a Caribbean lime and mushroom sauce, $15.95). Vegetarians won't have to huffily pick things out of their crêpe and then feed them to roaming restaurant dogs if they order the Westchester (avocado, swiss, caramelized onions, roma tomatoes, and spinach with sun-dried tomato coulis, $12.95 for a regular) or the house specialty, Mushroom Medley (assorted mushrooms sautéed in a white wine and garlic cream sauce wrapped in a buckwheat crêpe with gruyere cheese, $12.95).

2118 NE 65th St
Seattle,
WA
US

Cafe Campagne: A User’s Guide

French Comfort Food | Award-Winning Fries | House-Made Charcuterie | Popular Brunch Spot | 30 Wines

Sample Menu

  • Brunch: scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and pork sausage
  • Lunch: croque monsieur
  • Dinner: crispy duck-leg confit
  • Dessert: homemade ice cream

Where to Sit: Ask for a table on the terrace, where patrons can look out on all the bustling activity of Pike Place Market.

When to Go: Try happy hour, which occurs from 4–6 p.m. Monday–Friday.

While You’re Waiting: Grab a seat at the long, wooden bar. Bartenders mix cocktails and pour 30 wines by the glass.

Inside Tips

  • Mark your calendar. Every year, the café hosts Drink Pink, a party with wine tastings and hor d'oeuvres. French accents are optional.
  • If you can’t find something on the wine list, bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee. Cafe Campagne is cool with this, as long as they don’t offer the same wine.

Press and Praise

  • The Stranger says “Cafe Campagne makes you feel like everything’s all right, especially at weekend brunch.”
  • Eater readers put the café on their list of Top 8 French Fries in Seattle.

Vocab Lesson
Croque-monsieur: originated in French cafés, this pressed sandwich is filled with ham, gruyère, and béchamel. (A fried egg turns it into a croque-madame.)
Confit: a French term used to describe food that has been cooked in oil, syrup, or—in the case of some meat—its own fat, and then preserved.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Buy a vintage poster at Old Seattle Paperworks (1514 Pike Place).
After: Catch a surprising, tongue-in-cheek production at Theater Schmeater (2125 3rd Avenue).

1600 Post Aly
Seattle,
WA
US

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