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Escargot, anyone? Photo courtesy of Petit Trois

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The Resy Guide to L.A.’s Best French Restaurants


Escargot and duck à l’orange may not immediately spring to mind as Los Angeles’s most iconic dishes, but in the late 19th century, the city had its own “Frenchtown,” in what is now Chinatown, where Gilded Age robber barons hosted extravagant fêtes with free-flowing Champagne, halibut à la hollandaise, and filet de boeuf on the regular. (Fun fact: Echo Park’s beloved Taix opened in that Francophilic area over a century ago, before moving to its now-iconic location on Sunset Boulevard.) 

And now, L.A. is in the midst of a French culinary resurgence yet again, with a slate of recent and upcoming openings from highly respected chefs all across the city; ranging from Camphor, the upscale handiwork of two Alain Ducasse veterans, to Mes Amis, a highly anticipated new Lincoln Carson (ex-Bon Temps) project. With the rebirth of Gallic eateries around the city, we’re taking a look at some of the city’s newest — and most enduring — French classics.