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le francais

7 av Alsace Lorraine, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
Good for: Families with children, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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210 reviews 210 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
345 helpful votes 345 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

I took my wife here for her birthday whilst on holiday and staying in Bourg. It had been recommended by our hotel, and I'd booked a table to ensure we got in as I'd been told it was very busy as it was very popular - which it was! It's a very traditional French Brasserie serving very traditional and local... More

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Paris, France
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218 reviews 218 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

If Bourg-en-Bresse is a stop over on the way to other parts of France, the Brasserie 1900 Le Francais makes it all worth it. It is a genuine old Brasserie with heaps of character and Old French style Brasserie ambiance. It may not compete with the ornate and expensive art noveau decor of Bofinger in Paris, but for an out-of-the-way... More

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Greer, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

I'm from Bourg (leaving abroad) and this was my first time in "Le Francais" (with my Dad). Meaning that it was not the first time I had frog legs and "poulet a la creme". I was disappointed by the frogs: the portion was too small and too cold (frog legs need to be very hot). The "poulet a la creme"... More

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Leamington Spa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Four family members dined here on a Friday night in January. I had booked in advance by 'phone; just as well because a fully booked notice was up on the door by mid afternoon. We all enjoyed being in a restaurant that was absolutely humming, mostly with large, local family parties ("Happy Birthday" was sung three times). The decor was... More

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Lancs
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

At 8pm when we sat down I wondered why we had been advised to book in advance. At 8.15 I knew as this terrific restaurant (I did not have the benefit of seeing TA reviews in advance) filled to its large capacity almost exclusively with locals judging by the rapport between staff and clientele. And what a great time we... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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134 reviews 134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Obviously, from reading a few negative reviews, some people simply cannot be satisfied. The decor was a delightful throwback to more elegant days. The dining room is beautiful and eating on the outdoor deck on a cool night, an added treat. We had fois gras and escargot to start, chicken in a cream sauce as our entrees and a raspberry... More

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vancouver, b.c.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We drove from Lyon to Bourg-en-Bresse to try the famous chicken in cream sauce. The chicken was tender enough but the cream sauce tasted like Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup that had been diluted. Although I know the restaurant did make the sauce from scratch, it seemed like something was missing to make it spectacular as the dish is supposed... More

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Oxfordshire. UK
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

A memorable place to eat with authentic 1900 décor. The service was professional and the food excellent value . We had the 37 euro menu of four courses and drank red and white house wine. It was hot and we both had an interesting local salad with smoked duck breast. My husband had rather unevenly cooked lamb chops with excellent... More

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Ferney-Voltaire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We walked into this restaurant as the terasse looked very nice. However, as we did not have a reservation we were seated at the back of the restaurant close to the kitchen. Not as bad as it sounds: the restaurant was well air-conditioned and we had a chance to observe the staff working. Now, this is a big restaurant with... More

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france and spain
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129 reviews 129 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We specifically stayed the night in Bourg-en-Bresse to have the famous chicken. We ordered the Poulet de Bresse with morilles and were very disappointed. The sauce had not seen the morilles until just before being put on the plate and the chicken had not seen the sauce nor the morilles. This is a fabulous dish cooked properly and they should... More

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