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Lobster mac 'n cheese at Mizuna
Rachel Greiman

The Guide to Denver's Best French Restaurants

Coq au vin, steak frites, and duck confit rule supreme at these ten restaurants

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Lobster mac 'n cheese at Mizuna
| Rachel Greiman

Bastille Day, France's national holiday that commemorates the end of the monarchy, is coming up on Friday, July 14, which is a great excuse to seek a uniquely French dining and drinking experience in Denver that can range anywhere from snarfing a killer croissant to drinking the finest of wines from one of the country's famed wine regions.

The options in the Mile High City and beyond are diverse. Sneak in at Bistro Barbès for a more modern take on traditional cuisine, or opt for a crepe-filled lunch on South Broadway at Euro Crepes. Atelier by Radex marks re-entry into the Denver dining scene of chef Radek Cerny, who has spent the last decade cooking at his staple Boulder restaurant L'Atelier (1739 Pearl Street). If you're seeking an outstanding wine list, you must not miss Mizuna.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bistro Barbes

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5021 E 28th St, Denver
Denver, CO
Chef and owner Jon Robbins combines influences from the Barbès neighborhood of Paris which include North African, Spanish, and Mediterranean flavors. The restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Happy hour is available Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
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2. Bistro Vendôme

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1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3232
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The charming bistro sits tucked away in a 19th century building off of Larimer Square. Guests praise the mussels and steak dishes and enjoy the quaint Parisian décor.
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3. Mateo

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1837 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 443-7766
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The family-style restaurant explores the traditions of with Provence region while utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. With 16 years in the Boulder restaurant scene, Mateo continues to impress diners with careful wine selections and rich dishes like the lobster ravioli.
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4. La Merise

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2700 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 596-4360
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The bistro offers French charm and fare to Cherry Creek North. Frequent diners say the chocolate mousse alone is worth the trip.
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5. Euro Crepes

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1842 S Broadway #103
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 999-8417
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Locals and visitors alike adore this hidden gem tucked along South Broadway. The café and creperie also prepares a variety of delectable and freshly made lemonades.
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6. Trompeau Bakery

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2950 S Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 777-7222
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The Englewood bakery keeps regulars coming back with freshly made pastries, breads, and a cozy casual dining area. Make sure to try the fruit Danish.
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7. Coohills

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1400 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-5700
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The LoDo restaurant helmed by French trained chef Tom Coohill bring an upscale cuisine rooted in tradition. The desserts are always top notch here and the Marjolaine a must if it is on the menu.
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8. Mizuna

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225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4778
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A staple of the Denver dining scene, Frank Bonanno's flagship restaurant serves updated classics from foie gras to escargot plus a great classic wine list. Bonus: The cocktail list is on point and the restaurant group will add French 75, a new French bistro, to its family later in July.
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9. Brasserie Ten Ten

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1011 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 998-1010
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The neighborhood bistro brings classic French flavors and contemporary fusions to downtown Boulder. Oysters, French onion soup, and steak frites are the norm.
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10. Atelier by Radex

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2011 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80206
With lunch and dinner service, Atelier by Radex brings French charm to a space that was not long ago Il Posto. Chef Radek Cerny charms diners with dishes like the lamb cassoulet and the bouillabaisse curry rouge.
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1. Bistro Barbes

5021 E 28th St, Denver, Denver, CO
Adam Larkey
Chef and owner Jon Robbins combines influences from the Barbès neighborhood of Paris which include North African, Spanish, and Mediterranean flavors. The restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Happy hour is available Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
5021 E 28th St, Denver
Denver, CO

2. Bistro Vendôme

1420 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
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The charming bistro sits tucked away in a 19th century building off of Larimer Square. Guests praise the mussels and steak dishes and enjoy the quaint Parisian décor.
1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

3. Mateo

1837 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
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The family-style restaurant explores the traditions of with Provence region while utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. With 16 years in the Boulder restaurant scene, Mateo continues to impress diners with careful wine selections and rich dishes like the lobster ravioli.
1837 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

4. La Merise

2700 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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The bistro offers French charm and fare to Cherry Creek North. Frequent diners say the chocolate mousse alone is worth the trip.
2700 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

5. Euro Crepes

1842 S Broadway #103, Denver, CO 80210
Euro Crepes
Locals and visitors alike adore this hidden gem tucked along South Broadway. The café and creperie also prepares a variety of delectable and freshly made lemonades.
1842 S Broadway #103
Denver, CO 80210

6. Trompeau Bakery

2950 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
Yelp
The Englewood bakery keeps regulars coming back with freshly made pastries, breads, and a cozy casual dining area. Make sure to try the fruit Danish.
2950 S Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113

7. Coohills

1400 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202
Courtesy of Coohills
The LoDo restaurant helmed by French trained chef Tom Coohill bring an upscale cuisine rooted in tradition. The desserts are always top notch here and the Marjolaine a must if it is on the menu.
1400 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Mizuna

225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey
A staple of the Denver dining scene, Frank Bonanno's flagship restaurant serves updated classics from foie gras to escargot plus a great classic wine list. Bonus: The cocktail list is on point and the restaurant group will add French 75, a new French bistro, to its family later in July.
225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

9. Brasserie Ten Ten

1011 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Brasserie Ten Ten
The neighborhood bistro brings classic French flavors and contemporary fusions to downtown Boulder. Oysters, French onion soup, and steak frites are the norm.
1011 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

10. Atelier by Radex

2011 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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With lunch and dinner service, Atelier by Radex brings French charm to a space that was not long ago Il Posto. Chef Radek Cerny charms diners with dishes like the lamb cassoulet and the bouillabaisse curry rouge.
2011 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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