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Bess Bistro on Pecan

FrenchDowntown$40+

European, Cajun, and Southern dishes are prepared with organic, local, and homegrown ingredients. A great selection of beers and spirits as well as a well-thought-out wine list complete the experience.

500 W. Sixth, 512/477-2377

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Blue Dahlia Bistro

American Cafe, FrenchEastUnder $10 First Plates 

Visit this casual, cool spot for café au lait, a cheese plate and wine, or a luscious open-faced tartine. Tasty and beautifully presented sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, desserts, and breakfasts round out the menu.

1115 E. 11th, 512/542-9542

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Blue Dahlia Bistro

American Cafe, FrenchWest Austin and Lakeway

This sunny, lovely bistro specializes in French treats like tartines, mussels, and boeuf bourguignon.

3663 Bee Cave Rd., 512/306-1668

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Chez Nous

FrenchDowntown$25-$40 First Plates 

This grand-mère of Austin's French restaurants offers classic bistro fare. After all these years, we're still partial to the salade lyonnaise and the elegant mousse au chocolat.

510 Neches, 512/473-2413

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Crepe Crazy

FrenchSouth Lamar and Barton Springs

3103 S. Lamar, 512/387-2442

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Elizabeth Street Cafe

French, VietnameseSouth Congress and South First$25-$40 First Plates 

Making Vietnamese cuisine with grass-fed meats, eggs from pastured chickens, locally grown organic produce, and seafood fresh from the Gulf makes us happy, but not as happy as the dreamy drip coffee served iced or hot.

1501 S. First, 512/291-2881

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Épicerie

Deli/Sandwich Shop, FrenchMidtown$10-$25 First Plates 

The vinaigrette-dressed beet and barley salad, tossed with mint and pumpkin seeds is inspired simplicity. Move on to luscious house-cured charcuterie.

2307 Hancock, 512/371-6840

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Fabi + Rosi

French, SpanishOld West Austin$25-$40 First Plates 

Here diners are treated to European classics such as escargots in garlic butter, moules marinières, and steak frites all at shamefully reasonable prices.

509 Hearn, 512/236-0642

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French Tex Cuisine

FrenchSouth Lamar and Barton Springs

Home of the "French taco."

2323 S. Lamar

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Hopfields

French, Gastro PubCampus$10-$25 First Plates 

This popular near-campus watering hole features French comfort food that transcends the genre of bar fare. The frites are nearly perfect: not too thin or thick, with some skin, appropriately salted, and sprinkled with parsley.

3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467

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Jobell Cafe and Bistro

American Cafe, FrenchWest Austin and Lakeway

16920 RR 12, Wimberley, 512/847-5700

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Justine's Brasserie

FrenchLower East$10-$25 First Plates 

This East Austin answer to a Parisian brasserie (literally, “brewery,” but practically speaking, restaurant) embraces early 20th century roots (the cottage itself was built in 1937) and creates a picturesque vintage experience. Fit with a cozy bar, wooden tables, and great Depression-era decor, the disco balls on the patio bring the ambience back to our current millennium. Paired with its late-night dining of standout French bistro fare (steak frites, Escargots à la Bourguignonne), readings (Richard Hell), spoken word (Jello Biafra), and the occasional midnight show (Louis Armstrong singer Jewel Brown) for the lucky few that join the party at the 11th hour.

4710 E. Fifth, 512/385-2900

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Justine's Secret House

FrenchLower East

1303 E. Seventh

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L'Estelle House

American Cafe, French, Southern/Down-HomeDowntown$10-$25

Edit 88 1/2 Rainey, 512/571-4588

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La Madeleine

FrenchNorth$10-$25

Diners slide their trays down the cafeteria-style line to order quiches, salads, soups, and sandwiches on dense homemade bread and croissants.

9828 Great Hills Trail #650, 512/502-2474

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