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“Translation is simply "the bakery" and they do it very well.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Fournil Ltd Bakery & Catering

Le Fournil Ltd Bakery & Catering
3230 Eastlake Ave E, Ste A, Seattle, WA 98102-3885 (Lake Union)
206-328-6523
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Ranked #1,057 of 3,427 restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Lake Union
River Falls, Wisconsin
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130 restaurant reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Translation is simply "the bakery" and they do it very well.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We tried this place 8AM on a Saturday morning and it was overflowing with local residents.... A sure sign it has excellent quality and service. I must concur this establishment is among the best anywhere in the world for pastries and coffee. I have eaten croissants in Italy and in France and they are equally as fresh and tasty here. Their bakery is right next door to the cafe, so absolute freshness is guaranteed. The almond croissant was fabulous! I also ordered the Croque de Fournil which was a delicious croissant filled with ham, egg, and cheese which included a 12 oz. beverage of my choice - cappucino. All very reasonably priced. The food and beverage pick up was a bit hectic and confusing since it was so busy and noisy. It was difficult to hear when they called my name and also difficult to get up to the counter to pick the order up. Everyone including staff and customers were very curteous despite the chaos. Well worth the trouble to get one of the finest breakfasts available in Seattle.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Port Townsend, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful goodies!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Friendly, fast service to go along with incredible pastries! Sure wish my diet would allow me to go there everyday!!

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Not very French in the end”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Um, this was a major letdown. The pastries (almond croissant and pain au chocolat) are not good. They are very doh-y and not light at all. My friend and I were there for lunch after having traveled to France and it wasn't really possible to compare the pastries to those you can get anywhere in France. The salad, on the bright side, was not a total let-down (tarragon). In fact, it was quite good but pricey. There are other, better, places in Seattle to get good French pastries.

I have traveled to France at least 15-20 so really know what I am talking about here. Not sure if others who've given good reviews had traveled there as much. So, if you've never been to France, you might really enjoy this food, otherwise, skip it.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012 via mobile

Nicholas Pare is a god in the flour world! His little bakery makes and supplies Seattle with some of the best French delicacies this side of the Atlantic. They must be eaten to understand how incredible his bread, pastries, sandwiches and other fare are, as words alone don't do them any justice.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“French bakery with good coffee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Living in Seattle, I am an admitted coffee snob. Being a foodie, I also like great pastries. Especially French.

But it's relatively difficult to find a place that does both truly well. Le Fournil is just such a place.

Espresso drinks are done by a dedicated barista with some nice dense foam and foam art on top. They use Cafe Umbria coffee, which I often buy for my home espresso machine.

They have a great selection of French pastry, which are not as great as Cafe Besalu in Ballard, but definitely very good. Trouble with Besalu is the coffee is just not that good.

Anyway, the service at Le Fournil is friendly and good. Limited free parking in the flower lady building near the U bridge. I will be back!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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