Best French Restaurants in Calgary

Enjoy dishes like duck confit and ratatouille at these classic and contemporary French restaurants in Calgary.

No. 1

Cassis Bistro

Regularly cited as one of the best restaurants in Calgary and Canada, Cassis Bistro offers exquisite French cuisine in a modern and charming space. Executive Chef Dominique Moussu prepares a weekly menu of dishes inspired by owner Gilles Brassart’s origins in the South of France using local, seasonal produce, and the bistro regularly offers take-out menus, daily specials and dinner menus. special events. Be sure to try dishes like Knife Beef Tartare with Alberta Striploin and Duck Fat Chips.

105, 2505 17 Ave SW, 403-262-0036, lecassisbistro.ca, @cassisbistro

Finalists

Brasserie Fleur de Sel

Blink and you might miss this gourmet French brasserie tucked away in Mission, known for its cozy interior (with plush leather booths surrounding tables draped in white linens) and welcoming vibe. Expect plenty of French classics on the dinner menu, including grilled cassoulet, ratatouille and foie gras.

2, 2015 4 St. SW, 403-228-9764, fleurdeselbrasserie.com, @fleurdeselbrasserie

Purlieu Modern Bistro

Nestled in Oakridge, Purlieu has become a notable addition to Calgary’s French dining scene since opening in 2019. Purlieu’s contemporary interior — white walls, abstract paintings, and a floor-to-ceiling library housing potted plants — complements beautifully arranged dishes such as coq du vin, pan-fried roast chicken in red wine with mushrooms and smoked bacon.

14, 3109 Palliser Drive SW, 403-280-7474, purlieucalgary.ca, @purlieuyyc

Hutch Cafe

At the Hutch Cafe in downtown Calgary, the extensive menu of dishes like smoked salmon toast, croque madame, duck confit or lobster roll and bisque makes it an easy choice for a breakfast, a brunch, a lunch or a French dinner. Plus, freshly baked pastries, daily sandwiches and coffee make this cafe a great place to work from home while sipping imported French tea and eating pain au chocolat. Royal blue booths and modern chandeliers give the space an upscale vibe.

795 1 Ave SW, 403-454-8823, hutch-cafe.com, @hutchcafeyyc

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