French Restaurants in Orinda


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  • Artisan Bistro
    Artisan Bistro: A User’s Guide Michelin-Rated | Californian-French Cuisine | Seasonal Menu | Patio Seating Sample Menu First course: roasted celeriac soup with dungeness Maine lobster Second course: pepper-crusted duck breast Third course: banana-pecan-streusel bread pudding Where to Sit: Make a reservation for the picturesque backyard patio, but since the Michelin Guide's rated the restaurant as "comfortable," you should be happy in any seat. Inside Tips Try the six-course tasting menu. Chef John Marquez has worked at such bold-name establishments as Picasso, French Laundry, Per Se, Coi, and Fringale Restaurant, so he knows his way around a kitchen—and around taste buds. Bring a tape measure and a picture of your living room, as Artisan Bistro displays and sells abstract artist John Earl's portraits. If you're looking for a great deal, $30 gets you a three-course lunch that might include chilled english pea soup, lamb-leg bolognese, and a trio of sorbets. While You’re in the Neighborhood: If you can't find a painting that you like at the restaurant, head down the road to Lafayette Art Gallery (3420 Mount Diablo Boulevard), which features contemporary works.
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    1005 Brown Ave
    Lafayette, CA US
  • Chevalier Restaurant
    Meet the Chef: Philippe Chevalier The French cuisine at Chevalier Restaurant serves as the culmination of Philippe Chevalier’s decades of culinary training. From foie gras mousse to flat iron steak bordelaise, the menu embodies classic techniques and incorporates local ingredients from Grimaud Farm, Bolinas BN Ranch, and other California providers. Read on to find out more about the man behind the food: Hometown: Vendee, France Age he started culinary training: 14 First cooking job out of school: at Maison Prunier in Paris Places he’s worked: Paris, St. Tropez, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies, and San Francisco Number of Michelin Bib Gourmand awards: 6 Other awards: title of Best Chef in the Bay Area from Diablo magazine
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    960 Moraga Rd
    Lafayette, CA US
  • Vanessa's Bistro
    Executive chef Vanessa Dang follows up her first blockbuster of French-inspired Vietnamese dishes with this intimate sequel promising elegant small-plate options and explosive flavors. The menu pokes sleepy taste buds with shareable small plates such as maple-leaf duck-confit lettuce wraps ($9) and tuna-and-salmon poke with ginger, avocado, mango, and cucumber-and-tomato salsa ($9). Full-sized entrees combine intercontinental palates with mouth-warping orders of cumin-marinated jumbo prawns and garlic noodles ($16) or a rack of lamb marinated with Dijon-mustard peppercorn in a Bing-cherry reduction ($25). Fill out abridged meals with a glass from the saga-worthy, 150-bottle wine list or a sweet-tooth-regaling Fuji-apple-and-coconut egg roll ($8).
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    1715 Solano Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • La Note Restaurant Provencal
    La Note Restaurant Provencal offers French fare par excellence. La Note Restaurant Provencal offers great gluten-free alternatives to fan favorites. Be sure to complete your meal at La Note Restaurant Provencal with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Got kids? No problem at La Note Restaurant Provencal! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. La Note Restaurant Provencal's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at La Note Restaurant Provencal. Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table. Shake off the stiff workday duds at La Note Restaurant Provencal — attire is casual. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of La Note Restaurant Provencal to your next party or event. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. At La Note Restaurant Provencal, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking. If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant. Prices at La Note Restaurant Provencal typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date. Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
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    2377 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Chez Panisse
    The Press Box: Chez Panisse In 1971, Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse to showcase sustainably sourced, organic, and seasonal ingredients. No two visits have been the same here ever since. That’s because the chefs change the menu every night, with three to four courses served in the main restaurant and an alternative á la carte menu served upstairs in the café. Read on to see what else makes this place special: “Co-founder Alice Waters has done more to implant the words ’local,’ ‘seasonal,’ and ’sustainable’ in our brains than any other living soul.” — Eater “A daily set menu (cheaper on Mondays, pricier on weekends) features the best of local products like an asparagus and sweet pea salad with baked ricotta, black truffle and baccalà ravioli… and the wine selection is top-notch.” — Michelin Guide “It is historic and ceremonial, from the walk through the vine-entwined gate under the bunya-bunya tree to the handsome French maître d' who greets you in the foyer. ” — San Jose Mercury News “There's an unsurpassed respect for ingredients and a clarity of style that emerges no matter the menu or who is in the kitchen. I firmly believe that even after all these years, Chez Panisse deserves its four-star rating.” — SFGate
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    1517 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Le Bateau Ivre
    For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Le Bateau Ivre. G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Le Bateau Ivre is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Seating is readily available at Le Bateau Ivre for those with large parties. Free wireless Internet is also available at Le Bateau Ivre, so bring your tablet or laptop along. Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Le Bateau Ivre and order great food. Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code. You can also serve food from Le Bateau Ivre at your next party — the coffee shop offers catering. Or, take your grub to go. Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Le Bateau Ivre. Your tab at Le Bateau Ivre will usually run to about $30 per guest. Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Le Bateau Ivre since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    2629 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA US

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