Addison Cafe

Mar 1, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Being in business for 35 years is a good indicator of doing things right in the restaurant business. This small, charming space, with its crystal chandelier, fresh roses, and calm atmosphere, is a prime destination for a romantic dinner. Think a leek-and-shallot-filled five-onion soup graced with thyme and luscious strings…


Dec 10, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Promising new French venture in the posh River Oaks District.

Bleu Bistro

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

We frequently seek the comforting decor and hospitality of this neighborhood bistro. We like to start with the roasted beet salad served on mixed greens with candied almonds, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette or the seared sea scallops on a bed of whipped potatoes with bacon-chardonnay jus. On a recent…

Brasserie du Parc

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Philippe Verpiand, the owner of Etoile, has opened this airy, industrial-chic space in One Park Place, opposite Discovery Green. And the menu, though not a cloned copy of its sibling, offers many of the same dishes, sometimes a few bucks cheaper and, alas, sometimes less successful. Rich ravioli stuffed with…


Oct 14, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Dear diners, enter this rather elegant room, with its fresh flowers, sedate sound levels, and oil portraits, with your taste buds poised for a treat. Confit, a very Gallic notion, of the duck sort came encased in crispy spring rolls; the zinger for this appetizer was the spritely apricot orange…

Café Azur

Dec 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

In the old Max & Julie’s space, which has been considerably spiffed up with white walls, pale wood flooring, and aquamarine accents, chef Sidney Degaine is serving up Mediterranean fare worthy of the Côte d’Azur. Think rich linguine graced with a “perfect egg” (45 minutes at 65 degrees Celsius) and…

Café de France

Aug 18, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The breakfast offerings at this charming place (a wall of mirrors, dark woods, lace curtains) are probably the lion’s share of items served; we are especially fond of the micro-thin crepes stuffed with ham and cheese. But we would be remiss if we didn’t tell you about a dinner entrée…

Cafe Dijon

Nov 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

An offbeat French outpost has settled into the Lincoln Heights area, and we have feasted happily so far. Top billing has to go to the Duck Club, a sizable wedge of said fowl in a brioche-like bread, but also notable is the hefty roast beef sandwich with horseradish aioli. Weekend…

Chez Nous

Jan 21, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A fixture in the ever-changing landscape of Dirty Sixth, Chez Nous has seen countless businesses come and go while resolutely staying exactly the same (popcorn ceiling, potted ivies, posters of Gallic scenes). Fresh bread and a giant square of butter prepare lunchtime diners for croque-monsieurs and -madames and made-in-house pâtés.


Jul 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

At Dragonfly, expect whimsy in the decor and ambition in the kitchen.

Fig Tree

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The tall cypress branches overhead evoke a theater-box vista of the River Walk, the best possible way to enjoy it. Inside, the cozy rooms of the historic Dashiell House are equally charming, should the weather not cooperate. Combined with a stellar wine list, a classically oriented menu—think beef Wellington, crème…

L’Estelle House

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This small courtyard stop adjacent to the Drafting Room may just be the best-kept secret on Rainey. Simple tables line the pebbled courtyard for perfect al fresco dining. Guests need simply walk up to the sliding glass window at the front and place their order. If it’s early—and during brunch…

Paris 7th

Apr 4, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Saint-Emilion's fashionable bistro serves classics from Paris and the countryside.

Rise N°1

Mar 18, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A sophisticated, French-inspired spot offering a menu of sweet and savory soufflés.


Nov 27, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Sophisticated yet informal, this bastion of French cuisine has pleased generations of cultured palates.

Saveurs 209

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

An unexpected gem on an underwhelming downtown stretch of Broadway, Saveurs is as classy and chic as any small bistro you’d find on a side street in Paris. The authentic fare is as deceptively simple as the restaurant’s crisp decor, with contemporary takes on the classics: foie gras terrine with…

Toulouse Cafe & Bar

Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This Dallas import, with its white walls, wood panels, and bentwood chairs, is more Paris than Big D (for our new River Oaks District, that is). And we like the shaded front patio. Top marks go to the crusty, warm baguette to start, the moules marinières (big, plump mussels in…