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Restaurants & Cafes


French

Bistro L'Institut Francaise

B-dul Dacia 77
Tel: 212 08 53
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12:00-24:00
The popular Bistro recently reopened its doors to wide acclaim, and is again serving a delightful selection of French dishes. The simple, bistro menu is chalked up on a board a la Paris and changes daily.

Byblos

Str. N. Golescu 14-16
Tel: 313 20 91
11:00-24:00
Another frequent haunt. Service here is great, which is probably what keeps bringing us back. The ever watchful head waiter should run classes for every other restaurant in Bucharest. The food (more Italian than French?) is good, but the veg varies in quality a lot. Pastas are generally very good and the starters are fine. Desserts are massive. There's a good selection of wine too.

Café Royal Brasserie

Str. Episcopiei 1-3
Tel: 303 37 77
Fax: 315 21 21
12:00-24:00
The Café Royal is a bright shining gem in the Hilton's crown vying for space alongside the equally coruscating La Pergola, and very much holding its own. A wonderful brasserie whose lunchtime menu has the top business brains of the city flocking in for a feed and a civilised hour of chat, relaxation and ebullience. We cannot recommend a place more.

Casa Vernescu

Calea Victoriei 133
Tel: 231 02 20
Fax: 212 54 87
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18:30-00:30
A much hyped restaurant that just about lives up to its reputation. The service is ostentatious, though that's just how most of the punters like it. The food never fails to impress though, even if the menu is safe and staid as opposed to inventive and contemporary. For a taste of classic French cooking however there are few restaurants better. Recommended.

La Bastille

Str. Cãderea Bastiliei 72B
Tel: 310 73 59/ 0722 39 91 72
Fax: 310 73 60
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12:00-24:00
La Bastille is one of those few restaurants that makes us cheer. A menu that is not afraid to change and evolve means that coming here is always a treat. The three dining levels all have their charms, the staff are good and the wine list exemplary.

La Provence

Str. Barbu Vacarescu (Fosta Baza Cutezatorii)
Tel: 243 17 77
12:00-24:00
except:
Sun: Closed
French restaurant inside the trendy Bucharest Tennis Club. It looks everything it should be and the service cannot be faulted. It is the food that needs attention here. Starters are fine, desserts are fine (when they have some) but main courses are oh-so variable. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. In general well worth a visit though, just choose your main course wisely.

La Villa

Str. Al. Constantinescu 65
Tel: 224 15 05
Without a shadow of a doubt this is the number one French restaurant in the land. It is simply superb, and yes, they do have French chefs; two of them in fact. The problem (and this is only a problem if you are not dining on corporate expenses) is that they are charging French-and top French prices here in Bucharest. We love it, but hell we have to save up to go there. Hugely recommended and for a ‘power dinner' with a Western principal it has no equal. Open Mon 19:00-23:00, Tue-Sun 12:00-16:00 /19:00-23:00.

Monaco

Str. Covaci 16
Tel: 314 00 79
Fax: 314 00 79
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French owned, French managed and clearly Frecnh styled restaurant and lounge bar in trendy Lipscani. The ground floor restaurant is a spacious, well lit treat serving more than acceptable French-Mediterranean cuisine, while the downstairs lounge - set in an old, arched cellar - is all leather sofas and armchairs, cognac and cigars. Open 12:00-15:00, 19:00-23:00.

Noblesse

Str. Paris 47A
Tel: 230 54 06
Fax: 230 54 09
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12:00-24:00
Noblesse obligé. And this place certainly meets all its obligations by providing diners with a gamut of French fare, which delights in its quality and ambition. Housed in a super villa near Piata Dorobanti, prices are high, but justly so. If you're a pie and chips man, this is not for you.

Trocadero

Str. Dionisie Lupu 48
Tel: 212 35 04
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11:00-24:00
The chef here inadvertantly told us that his speciality is the Monte Cristo , beef with a sweet white sauce and oranges. Whatever image that may bring to mind, the taste was pleasantly unique. There's also a fine range of salads and a smooth piano player tinkling with his ivories.

Yacht Club

Intr. Chefalului 11-13 (Baza Keoke)
Tel: 233 22 12
Fax: 233 22 12
12:00-24:00
A French restuarant in a super setting on the far side of the northern part of Herestrau lake. Super French and sea- food cuisine make the trip up there well worthwhile.



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