3 Best French Restaurants in Charlotte


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PETER TAYLOR

These picks are based on our 2018 50 Best Restaurants list. See the entire list here.


Aix en Provence  

545 Providence Rd., Ste. B, 704-332-1886

FOOD: ★★★★1/2 
SERVICE: ★★★★★    
AMBIANCE: ★★★1/2   

The No. 1 restaurant on our most recent Best New Restaurants list, Aix en Provence has continued to impress. The size of the restaurant—it seats about 40 guests—allows a level of control that you won’t find in bigger dining rooms. At least one of the restaurant’s owners, Patrick Garrivier or Bryan St. Clair, interacts with diners each night, keeping a close eye on the tables. In the kitchen, chef Nicholas Tarnate serves French countryside classics, meaning the menu also draws inspiration from nearby Italy and Spain, as well. Expect classics such as cassoulet, rich pastas, and paella, each equally delicious, making this menu a tough one to choose from. Each dish during menu development has to pass the palate of Garrivier, who grew up in France and worked for renowned French-born New York chef Daniel Boulud. The owners announced the opening of a second restaurant, Le Cochon D’Or, in Waxhaw this winter, taking over the former Heritage Food & Drink space.


Lumiere

1039 Providence Rd., 704-372-3335

FOOD: ★★★★
SERVICE: ★★★1/2    
AMBIANCE: ★★★1/2   

Everything is traditional French here, from the white tablecloths to the foie gras preparation of the day. Such a classic restaurant tends to draw a crowd looking for classics, but that doesn’t mean this place isn’t for the foodies, too—understanding the foundation of cooking is an important piece of culinary education.


George’s Brasserie

4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Ste. 110, 980-219-7409 

FOOD: ★★★1/2
SERVICE: ★★★1/2    
AMBIANCE: ★★★1/2 

A SouthPark mainstay with a French focus, George’s is consistent both in the kitchen and in its friendly service.  

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