French dining is synonymous with two extremes: high society fine dining and uber casual bistros like those on the Parisian canal. French restaurants reside right at the nexus between the casual atmosphere of cappuccinos and baguettes and the finest of dishes prepared meticulously over a chef’s lifetime. No matter which you prefer, Oregon is lucky to have a wide range of French-inspired restaurants to fill your need. Find a new spot to read or catch up on work or the perfect place for date night at one of the following 9 best French restaurants in Oregon.
La Provence Petite and Petite Provence is a wonderful, authentic French-style café open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Stop by their locations in Portland, The Dalles, Hillsboro, Beaverton, or Lake Oswego to take advantage of their bakery, catering, and daily menu options.
Le Pigeon is open every night for dinner and dessert from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. They accept reservations, which we recommend. Their dinner menu changes regularly but is always French-inspired and delicious.
Bistro Maison in McMinnville, Oregon serves traditional and authentic French bistro-inspired cuisine for lunch, dinner, and dessert. While some French restaurants prefer to stick to the fine dining aspect of French food, Bistro Maison prefers the unstuffy atmosphere of a Parisian bistro.
Covee is a “chic and casual indoor café,” as described by its owner, focusing on fresh foods made from scratch and presented by a French chef. The dinner menu includes French staples like Huitres, Mousse de Foie de Poulet, Steak Frites, and more.
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Marche in Eugene, Oregon combines French culinary technique focused on intense flavor and beautiful presentation with foods found at the farmers’ market. Come in to enjoy the exhibition kitchen for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night fare, and brunch on the weekends.
Amuse Restaurant in Ashland, Oregon is an upscale French restaurant with dishes that change daily. They recommend making your reservation up to two months in advance, particularly because their hours change seasonally.
Café Cest La Vie is a small café on the corner of a nondescript street in Depoe Bay, Oregon. They serve breakfast and lunch with a menu full of crepes, pastries, and more. Check out their events page for upcoming programs.
Rye brings fine dining French cuisine to the Eugene, Oregon area. Stop in for lunch, dinner, drinks, or dessert; it’s all delicious. Make reservations for a special occasion to enjoy a wonderful, seasonal menu created for that year’s event.
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Newman’s at 988 focuses on providing French and Italian fine dining cuisine “with a focus in the Piedmont and Genoa areas of Italy,” according to their website. They offer dinner, dessert, and wine list menus and have been honored to present at the James beard House.