Best French in Philadelphia

July 19, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From cafes to bistros and brasseries, here are Philly's must-try restaurants for French food.

French · Bella Vista · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

"Good things come in small packages" say fans of Pierre and Charlotte Calmels' "intimate" BYO bistro in Bella Vista offering the "gold standard" of "classic" French-style cooking and "charming" service; only $100 tasting menus are served, and bring dollars as it's cash only.
The Good King Tavern
French · Bella Vista · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

A "delightfully unexpected upgrade" to Bella Vista, this "charming, neighborhood-y" haunt "really pulls off" a "modern American spin" on a "Provence-inspired menu" of "hearty" "French-bistro dishes" ; even if the seating at the "community table" and booths can be "a little tight" , with the "classic" bar and "cute" outdoor area factored in, it works for "a date night or night out."