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7 av Alsace Lorraine, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
0474225514
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8:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 149
    Excellent
  • 118
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
What a treat!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
NavmanFrance
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France
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank NavmanFrance
Geneva, Switzerland
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225 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We made a mistake not to reserve for lunch on a Monday thinking that it would be relatively less busy > wrong decision! It was packed, but fortunately there was a terrace opposite of this brasserie ôverlooking a playground which allowed us to have an apperatif while kids where playing. Later at 13:30 the crowd was gone and we had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I visited with my husband during a stop over in Bourg en Bresse and hate to say it, but wasn't hugely delighted. The portions are very large and the restaurant is lovely inside to look at but, I didn't think the food was particularly great. I ordered the chicken with cream sauce, it arrived with a thick skin on it... More 

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Thank Nicola G
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed this busy brasserie. We sat outside where heaters kept it very comfortable. We had Bresse chicken in a cream sauce (with some of the best mashed potatoes ever) and entrecôte with green peppercorns and potatoes gratinee. Everything was prepared perfectly, the portions were generous and everything was delicious. We didn't order dessert but were... More 

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1 Thank Barry B
Brussels, Belgium
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I had lunch here with family and we had a great time. It's like you're stepping into a time machine taking you 100 years back and into a nice French movie. Luckily the 'cuisine' isn't due! We all liked our dishes very much. It's the perfect place to celebrate something. I will go back here next time i am in... More 

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Thank Daenentje
Newbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

We booked a table for dinner during an overnight stop in B en B on our way south. As soon as we walked in we were welcomed and shown to our table. The atmospheric interior and general buzz is great fun. Food was good rather than great, likewise the service, but would definitely recommend coming here. We left having really... More 

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Thank Mark J
Bourg-en-Bresse, France
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

Awesome place, succulent food, the room is classified ! The mood inside is like the very old "French brasserie" ! You have to go there.

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Thank Xavier R
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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 

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1 Thank Fabienamberieu
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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335 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 465 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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1 Thank John D
Paris, France
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327 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 av Alsace Lorraine, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Rhone-Alpes  >  Ain  >  Bourg-en-Bresse
  • Phone Number: 0474225514

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
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

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