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" Aujourd'hui serves modern French cuisine, prepared with the freshest regional ingredients flown in daily from around the world. An inspired selection of nutritionally balanced healthier fare is also available. A special children's menu is available for our youngest guests. Also serves Sunday Brunch."
Four Seasons Hotel.
200 Boylston St.
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"Inspired by Parisian neighborhood bistros, award-winning Aquitaine offers an authentic French dining experience. Executive Chef/Owner Seth Woods has forged a path in the Boston restaurant scene for innovative, yet traditional French cuisine."
Has Saturday and Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
569 Tremont St.
South End
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"Modern Mediterranean" food. Brunch on Sundays (11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
1 Charles St. South

Beacon Hill Bistro

"While breakfast and lunch have an American/International flavor, at dinner the accent is decidedly French. Our Executive Chef, Benjamin S. Knack, crafts menus calling on modern French bistro cuisine, with a special emphasis on fish dishes.
The Bistro also serves late-night dinners until 11:00 p.m. for the after-theatre, symphony, and film crowd.
20 Charles St.
Beacon Hill


French-Brazilian fusion: "Bomboa has been recognized as one of five notable Nuevo Latino restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit, as well as recognized in the Top 10 Best New Chefs in the Country issue by Food & Wine Magazine."
35 Stanhope St.
Back Bay
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Bon Savor French Cafe

"Cozy environment, nice service, great food."
605 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain

Brasserie JO

"Not to be confused with a bistro, which are traditionally small and, these days, fairly expensive, Brasserie JO is truly a traditional brasserie. Brasseries are characteristically large, noisy, casual and affordable, with good country wines and plenty of beer."
120 Huntington Ave.
Back Bay

Caffe Umbra

"Caffe Umbra is located in the newly chic stretch of Washington Street in Boston's South End, Chef Laura Brennan is serving up innovative country French and Italian style dishes in her straight forward trademark style."
1395 Washington St.
South End

Caffe Umbra

"At Caffè Umbra, located in the newly chic stretch of Washington Street in Boston's South End, Chef Laura Brennan is serving up innovative country French and Italian style dishes in her straight forward trademark style."
1395 Washington St.
South End
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"Located in the heart of the theatre district, Caprice is a hotspot for the city's burgeoning dining and lounging scene. The menu reflects the union of a French, Greek, and American owner, featuring dishes with French Mediterranean flair."
275 Tremont St.

Chez Henri

"A modern French bistro with a Cuban twist."
1 Shepard St.

Claremont Cafe

"Since 1993, the Claremont Cafe has enticed residents of the South End and beyond with a creative blend of Mediterranean-American cuisine. Seasonal menus and daily specials presented in a friendly bistro atmosphere is at the heart of the Claremont Cafe's success. The Claremont serves beer & wine and is well known for its seasonal patio."
535 Columbus Ave.
South End


French and Asian cuisine.
370 Commonwealth Ave. (Eliot Hotel)
Back Bay

Craigie Street Bistrot

5 Craigie Circle.
Harvard Square
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Elephant Walk

"Serving award-winning Cambodian and French cuisine since 1991."
Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Porter Square

Elephant Walk

Cambodian and French cuisine.
French and Cambodian brunch, Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
900 Beacon St.

Hamersley's Bistro

"Innovative contemporary cuisine."
553 Tremont St.
South End


"A culinary exploration in an 1880 Back Bay townhouse. A chic and modern restaurant featuring inventive New England-French cuisine based on local ingredients."
30 Gloucester St.
Back Bay

Le Gamin Cafe

Has an extensive crepe menu.
550 Tremont St.
South End

Les Zygomates Wine Bar

French wine bar; wine tastings Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
129 South St. (near South Station)

Maison Robert

45 School St. (Old City Hall).


Indian-French cuisine: "The atmosphere at MANTRA combines the stateliness of a large turn-of-the-century former bank building with the modernism of laser-cut steel mirrors, chainmail drapery, leather flooring, raw silk upholstery, and a 30' woven wood structure affectionately called The Hookah Den. It's a 10-person den with red suede banquettes for enjoying cocktails before dinner, or an Eastern waterpipe with fruit-flavored tobaccos after dinner."
52 Temple Place
Downtown (Ladder District)

Mistral Bistro

"Features the uncomplicated French Mediterranean cuisine of award-winning Chef Jamie Mammano."
223 Columbus Ave.
South End

No. 9 Park

"Classic European country cuisine."
9 Park St.
Beacon Hill

Petit Paris Bistro

French restaurant established in 1992 by French-born chef Norbert Bouhana.
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Petit Robert Bistro

"Petit Robert Bistro, opened in Spring 2005, bringing the authentic French bistro experience to the Left Bank of Kenmore Square in Boston. Classic bistro recipes, like Onion Soup Gratinée, Escargot, Leeks Vinaigrette, Croque Monsieur, Mussels, Grilled Salmon, Cheeses, Soufflés, Tarte Tatin, Crème Brulée and daily blackboard specials are prepared by Chef /Co-Owner Jacky Robert, whose career and reputation are well-known to both Boston and west coast diners (click below). The General Manager/Co-Owner is Loic Le Garrec, a native of Brittany and veteran of Boston and New York's top dining rooms."
468 Commonwealth Ave.
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75 Charles St. South.


"Jody Adams describes her food as 'intensely flavored, honest and straight-forward, with respect for tradition, seasons, and fresh local ingredients.' Her commitment to the regional food of France, Italy and Spain is evident in such dishes as her Soupe de poissons - Provençal fisherman's soup with rouille, Gruyère and basil oil; Grilled Wellfleet clams with garlic bread; Slow roasted Long Island duck with braised escarole, roasted fingerling potatoes and Sicilian green olives; and Tuscan style sirloin steak with sliced portabella mushroom and arugula salad, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and truffle oil."
1 Bennett St.
Harvard Square

Sandrine's Bistro

French and Alsatian cuisine.
8 Holyoke St.
Harvard Square

Sel de la Terre

Restaurant, bar and boulangerie. Brunch, Saturdays and Sundays (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
255 State St.


"Open seven days a week from 7:00am to 1:00am, Sonsie boasts beautiful French doors that translate to an open sidewalk cafe in season, as well as a European lounge with deep leather chairs and sofas. The mahogany bar serves the best martinis in town from an experienced lot of friendly bartenders and the brick-oven churns out eclectic pizzas and focaccia throughout the day. It is easy to relax at Sonsie and enjoy the classic music that reflects the ambience of the restaurant as day progresses into night."
Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
327 Newbury St.
Back Bay
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Spire Restaurant

"Lavender sheers softly filter sun and city light through floor-to-ceiling windows as guests enjoy Chef Gabriel Frasca's Romance-language influenced cuisine. Combining flavors from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with seasonal New England ingredients, Frasca’s menu is "enthralling enough to turn an indifferent eater into a zealot," acclaimed by the Boston Globe."
Nine Zero Hotel.
90 Tremont St.

Spire Restaurant and Bar

"A modern interpretation of Bold, Lively and Provocative French-inspired contemporary cuisine. Recently named one of the 'Top 50 Hotel Restaurants in America,' and 'Best New Hotel Restaurant in Boston.'"
90 Tremont St. (Nine Zero Hotel).

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