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“Charming Family Run Bistro with Great Food and Desserts”
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Bistro La Petite France
Price range: $1 - $20
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Granite Bay, California
Level 6 Contributor
287 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
“Charming Family Run Bistro with Great Food and Desserts”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

This restaurant is in Granite Bay, not Roseville. Go north on Auburn Folsom Road from Douglas Blvd. and it's on the left hand side about a mile up. It's a family run place, the chef is the owner and his wife runs the front, along with a young daughter or two. We've had several dinners here, all of them remarkably good. But be prepared to spend $100 for dinner including a glass of wine, and you'll be happy.

The steaks are always cooked exactly to order, the sauces are wonderful and fattening like you would expect classic french cooking to produce, and there's a display case full of unusual and terrific desserts that makes it hard to pass up. Weekends there is breakfast available (we haven't tried it) but the sign out front says "Voted Best Breakfast in Granite Bay" which may reflect a result from the Sacramento Bee's annual poll.

The restaurant is small and cozy in the winter, maybe ten tables, but in warmer months there is a large patio out back that is used to accommodate the crowds that rightfully keep coming back for more. There is also a building behind that patio that can be used for larger gatherings and parties. A small parking lot for about six cars is in front and also there is a driveway to the left side to access more parking along that side.

We highly recommend this restaurant for that special occasion meal or just to feel spoiled and off your diet for a day. You will love it and it's worth the cost of admission. The brunch is only on Sundays from about 10 to 2 or 3 p.m.

  • Visited January 2012
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2 Thank porsche74s
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Sierra Foothills, CA
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

Had lunch with friends on a weekday. We went with a little apprehension after having read some scathing reviews on another rating site. To our delight we found the facility clean and welcoming. The wait staff was attentive, but there were only a few tables occupied. We were seated at a table of our choice nearest the pastry case so there was a little activity in and around our table, not so much as to be a major distraction. Decor is French Provincial (yellow tablecloths, blue accents), seating is interesting - some tables were normal dining height and others were higher bistro style (against the far wall). Smallish room yet not noisy - but that could be because the room was not filled. THe food was served promptly and at the proper temperature. The soft shelled crab special was tasty and the portions were large. Salad was very fresh and good enough that it was shared by my table-mate. The quiche was also delightful and my wife ate it all (a rare event). Our guests both opted for the pot pie which was well reviewed. The wine list was modest, comprised mostly of lesser known labels (one or two concessions to California vintners) several selections were available by the glass. We chose a medium bodied Pinot Noir that was satisfying if not exquisite. Prices for food and wine seemed a "tad" high (maybe $2.00 or so), not enough to be off putting, but just enough to recognize. Overall experience was good (for a weekday lunch). Chef was there to bid us " bon soir" and "adieu" and engaged us in a brief pleasant conversation about his vision as we were leaving. I would recommend.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank alanol
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Lincoln California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of our favorite special occasion places...”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

Lovely French couple owns and operates this charming bistro in a charming setting in Granite Bay. They only serve dinner on Friday and Saturday and you should make reservations or risk not being seated. It is small, warm, intimate and the food is absolutely great!! Special occasion prices but great value for what you get! Their 3 course menu changes weekly and is a bargain. The lamb is fabulous. You can eat light by ordering their mac & cheese (very good!) and French onion soup or a salad, although their salads are nothing special. Desssert, as well, not that special. Enjoy the ambience, the appetizers, soup and entrees - you will not be disappointed!

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1 Thank Life-is-Good-Enjoy
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Anguilla
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Great Brunch Spot”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

While I can't really speak to the dinner menu yet, my experience with brunch was great. The bistro is hidden in a little pocket of Granite Bay and the owners add a pretty hefty dose of authenticity and charm to the place. Though the crepes were calling my name (I love a good crepe!) I got the stuffed croissant -- I subbed vegetarian-friendly mushrooms for the bacon -- and was definitely in love! Delicious and fairly reasonably priced for brunch in the area. I don't know that it's at the TOP of my list in terms of value, but it's definitely a good brunch spot to keep in mind for a lazy Sunday morning!

  • Visited July 2011
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2 Thank lavidashannon
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Outstanding! Great food and wine selection.”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

Highly recommend this restaurant for a nice evening out with your spouse. Extremely good food and a very nice wine selection.

  • Visited May 2011
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4 Thank lasvegasretiree
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