3 Tips for Dining at French Restaurants

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3 Tips for Dining at French Restaurants

We know that French restaurants can be as intimidating as french cuisine, but they don’t have to be! Dining at a French bistro can be a wonderfully intimate experience and is a great place to reach outside of your comfort zone. But what if you’re not an adventurous eater? Or frankly, what if you just don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips for dining in French restaurants for your first time.

Look for French restaurants with an approachable menu

One of the best routes to take when trying to decide on a French restaurant is to look at its menu. Many French restaurants in America slightly differentiate from truly traditional French cuisine and a more American twist. This is a great way to prep your palate before diving into a strong traditional French menu.

Savor Each Bite

This is idea is part of the French mentality and permeates through much of their culture. Don’t be afraid to sample an hors d’oeuvres platter at the French restaurant, in addition to your salads, entrees, and desserts! Take each bite slowly and truly enjoy the individual flavors that go into every dish. Good French restaurants will have very involved recipes and in order to get the full experience you will need to take your time and taste!


As the French say, “Life’s too short to drink bad wine!” Enjoy a glass (or two or three!) of very good wine with your meal. If you’re unsure of what to order, ask your server or the on-staff sommelier. Liberal wine consumption is a huge part of the French dining experience, and when your choice of wine is made correctly, it will heighten the flavors of your meal!

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