We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
7 av Alsace Lorraine, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
0474225514
Website
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: French
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Write a Review

169 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    76
    66
    20
    6
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Meeting my friends for school reunion last Saturday, 18th October 2014, we all had fantastic experience at le Francais. Frog legs for starter and Poulet de Bresse à la crème with its gratin dauphinois .... to end with a tasty strawberry tartelette.... GREAT AND TASTY FOOD!! You have to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The food, the atmosphere, the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
242 reviews 242 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
434 helpful votes 434 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Paris, France
Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Greer, South Carolina
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Leamington Spa
Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lancs
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, Alabama
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
vancouver, b.c.
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oxfordshire. UK
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ferney-Voltaire
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed le francais also viewed

 
Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain
Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain
 

Been to le francais? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about le francais

Address: 7 av Alsace Lorraine, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Phone Number: 0474225514
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Rhone-Alpes  >  Ain  >  Bourg-en-Bresse
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisine: French

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from le francais staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?