The Best French Restaurant In Canberra

Oh, la la! There’s a reason why French cuisine is renowned the world over. It’s decadent, rich, sophisticated, and absolutely delicious.

If you are looking to indulge in the taste and culture of France right here in Canberra, you’ve landed in the right place. We asked the locals to share their favourite French restaurants, and from there, we put together this list of the top three.

So, without further ado, get ready to get hungry. Here are the very best French bistro-style eateries a world away in Australia’s capital.

What makes a fantastic French restaurant?

Not sure what to look for when comparing French restaurants? No worries. We suggest starting with the following must-have traits:

  • Inspired menu. As with any other style of restaurant, the best showcasing French culinary tradition serve up inspired menus. Look for restaurants that celebrate local produce while remaining true to classic French flavours.
  • Excellent service. Service is critical. The wait staff should be friendly and accommodating, not rude and unpleasant.
  • Inviting atmosphere. The best eateries make you feel welcomed and relaxed, allowing you to enjoy your meal to its full potential.
  • Great wine selection. What’s a French dinner without a little vino? Look for a restaurant with a wine menu that matches its delectable menu.

Is there anything else you look for when comparing restaurants? Share your ideas below.

The best French restaurants in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Voila! Here are the best French restaurants in Canberra, as chosen by the locals.


Awarded one hat status by the Sydney Morning Herald for seven years running, Courgette is undoubtedly one of Canberra’s most stunning French-inspired restaurants. Luxurious and sophisticated, the eatery invites guests to sit back, relax, and savour the flavours at an unhurried pace.

Les Bistronomes

Les Bistronomes serves up a gorgeous menu showcasing the very best of local produce and modern French cuisine. Situated in the heart of Campbell shops, the fine dining restaurant offers all the delicious classics, including escargots, bouillabaisse, and their chef’s take on crème brûlée. Perfect for an intimate dinner, birthday celebration, or work function, Les Bistronomes is a must-visit for those that adore French food.


Fuelled by a love of French culture, cuisine, and traditions, Buvette delivers excellent food, great wine, unbeatable service, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Situated at the five-star Hotel Realm, this delightful eatery is open for sun-drenched breakfasts, long lunches, and fine dinners all week long. The food itself is not fussy. Instead, it emphasises quality and bold flavour, taking cues from the timeless dishes of the classic French bistro.

If you would prefer to eat at home, check out our article on the best food delivery services in Canberra. Or, if you’d like to try a different cuisine, check out our articles on the best Chinese restaurants and the best Indian restaurants in Canberra.

Your experience with French restaurants in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the French restaurants listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

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