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le francais

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7 avenue Alsace Lorraine, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended to go to this restaurant by the hotel staff but warned without a booking we would not get in. Luckily we heeded this advice and booked as it was indeed full on a week night out of seasona and people were being turned away. The decor is traditional and quirky in places. The speciality of poulet de... More 

Thank Wendy M
Kfar Hess, Israel
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

Very good food across all the dishes we ordered. We were 8 diners, and between us had the Salmon, Entrecote, and chicken dishes, and two salads: a green salad with goat cheese toasts and a green salad with Tuna. All were very good dishes. There's a display with some amazing desserts, but we resisted them... :-) Service was OK, although... More 

1 Thank y0ramy
La Plata, Maryland
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

This restaurant was delightful! Pink linen table cloths and napkins and friendly staff! We loved the traditional chicken en bresse which includes a lovely cream sauce with mushrooms (or without mushrooms if you prefer). The pate was wonderful as were the desserts. Le Francais was buzzing with lots of patrons but there was no rush - an altogether wonderful experience.

1 Thank Candice K
Monchique, Portugal
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

Went there for lunch for seafood on the recommendation of my hotel and ended with no seafood but an excellent meal. Packed with local people, one needs to book! I was lucky to get a table at 12 noon... Great traditional cuisine (superb ris de veau!)

Thank turifoia
Westfield, Massachusetts
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710 reviews
611 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

Not quite! But this old fashioned traditional brasserie is reeking in history. So many of the old time brasseries in Paris have been taken over by "restaurant groups" and have become almost a caricature of their original being. This, one of a kind place, is still full of local business people and families, as well as the occasional tourist. The... More 

Thank ulysses4
Valence, France
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Finest French Brasserie in town Perfect food and nice wine cards Filet Pierre is a perfect beef plate for whom like meat Dorade is also very good

1 Thank frc314
Athens, Greece
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229 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

Having read the reviews on tripadvisor we decided to try this restaurant during a recent visit to Bourg en Bresse. We were at the restaurant at 1:20 on a Saturday and asked to be seated when the waiter told us that the place did not have any available tables! I could see at least 3 tables in the inside and... More 

Thank SophiaK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

Retro atmosphere, old-style serving, and excellent food. This is what I drive 1h30 hrs to have! Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food. Basic menu for 26euros.

Thank Beatrice P
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

I have been there lots of times, food is amazing, service excellent, love the frogs. I live in London wish I could go there more often

Thank vincent P
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2015

Staying a stopover night on the way to the UK, I randomly came accross this restaurant while walking around the city late afternoon, thought it looked nice, and decided to come back at opening time. I had no idea having not checked tripadvisor this was the number one in Bourg en Bresse.. What a treat! I was really well looked... More 

Thank NavmanFrance

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 avenue Alsace Lorraine, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes  >  Ain  >  Bourg-en-Bresse
  • Phone Number: 0474225514

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?