The French have long usurped most other cultures when it comes to cuisine. In addition to the taste of the food, there’s also the way they present it, and serve it that lends itself to the experience. These 10 French restaurants in Massachusetts come highly recommended.
For French cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere, visit Ma Maison in Boston. French classics dominate the menu, and the bar is known for their Gallic-style cocktails. The service is said to be superb.
Lumiere has the reputation of being one of Boston’s best restaurants. Open since 1999, the French bistro is known for its farm to table ingredients. Ask about the bar’s specialty cocktails when you visit.
Offering up exquisite French fare, the Metro Bistrot’s recipes are derived from one of the owner’s rich caches. Those that aren’t original come from French greats including Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, Jacques Pepin, Dione Lucas and more, with small liberties taken by the chef. Their website offers an excellent tutorial for those unfamiliar with French food. It’s well worth reading prior to your visit.
Enjoy a world-class meal at Aquitaine Boston, where the atmosphere is Parisian style. Traditional French fare is prepared using tips learned in authentic French kitchens. A modern twist is included with most to keep up with the desires of a trendy clientele. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Most of the ingredients used at Chez Albert come from nearby New England farms, so you can be certain the French fare is the best in can be. The atmosphere is cozy and the kitchen is small, but every morsel that emerges from it is incredible. The cocktails receive rave reviews as well.
Dine on modern French dishes at Bistro Duet. The chef has cooked in kitchens all over the world, and brings his own twist to the French cuisine he prepares. Familiar with many regions of France, he has culled his recipes from a combination of them. The atmosphere is elegant, but not stiff. The recipes served are almost always seasonal.
Bastille Kitchen is located inside a former factory. The conversion allowed for a modern touch to the French bistro atmosphere. The food, prepared by Chef Adam Kube, is a unique take on classic French cuisine. The desserts are nothing less than spectacular. Top off dessert with a selection from their After Dinner menu of drinks.
Although the menu at Bistro Les Gras changes every few weeks, the quality and delightful atmosphere remains the same. Serving only the finest local meats, seafood and produce, the chef is a huge proponent of the farm to table movement. The wine list is extensive and outdoor seating during the warmer months adds the perfect touch to dining here.
Guests who take their French cuisine seriously claim dining at Bleu is akin to being back in France. The executive chef and owner, Frederic Feufeu hails from France and spent years as part of the New York restaurant scene. He now lends his own twist to the bistro classics served. The curated wine list is a treat in itself.
A delightful French bistro and bakery rolled into one, PB Boulangerie Bistro offers up exquisite French pastries and hearty French comfort food. While the chefs have the utmost respect for classic French fare, they aren’t the least bit afraid to add their own mark to the recipes they prepare. If you don’t stay for dessert, be sure to take some pastries home with you.
Editor's Note: Chez Albert will be closed as of April 25, 2018.