We’ve already determined that French parents know it all, so naturally, the next step in becoming a faux-Frenchie is to expose your wee ones to all that Seattle has to offer in French cuisine. While visions of your preschooler screaming about eating snails and spilling your $15 glass of champagne on a white table cloth may be pirouetting through your head right now, we promise that we’d never lead you astray…especially when it comes to dining out with your enfants (that’s children in French, in case you don’t have the Google Translator app on your iPhone). These restaurants happily marry French cuisine and family-friendly environments. Bon appetit, maman et papa!
Bastille Café & Bar
Please, don’t stage a coup d’état on us for suggesting that you take your kids to dinner at one of your favorite date night retreats! Located in the heart of Ballard, where all of the hottest new Seattle restaurants seem call home, Bastille Café & Bar is a modern interpretation of traditional French food and the perfect place to expose your mini-foodies to the delights of Croque Monsieurs (basically a hot ham and cheese sandwich) and frites (French fries, naturally). We suggest hitting Bastille for dinner when they open, right at 5:30 pm, and calling to make reservations to snag a booth, rather than a table, would be a good idea as well (206-453-5014). The weekend brunch as Bastille is also kid-approved!
Located at 5307 Ballard Avenue, Seattle and online at bastilleseattle.com.
If you’re looking for a big ooh, la, la factor with your French dining experience, Café Campagne is at the top of the list. Tucked away in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley, walking up to the front door of Café Campagne, on its uneven cobblestone-esque alley, will easily transport you and your kids to the street of Paris. For families, we highly suggest visiting Café Campagne for lunch (served until 5:00 pm) or brunch, where you can easily find something from the menu for both you and your kids to enjoy, including a variety of hot sandwiches and true French toast (make with fresh brioche, of course!). Don’t you dare skip the dessert menu at Café Campagne – it’s served all day long and while your petit one digs into a tasty French pastry, you can enjoy one more cappuccino… or glass of champagne.
Located at 1600 Post Alley, Seattle and online at cafecampagne.com.
On the more casual side of French dining in Seattle, Café Presse is a favorite for their reasonably priced French bistro-inspired menu and laid-back atmosphere, all with a slight Capitol Hill twist. If your kids are new to French foods, Café Presse is a great place to start – you can order a few items from the menu without breaking the bank and let them sample some everyday French dishes that are likely similar to what you’d be cooking for them yourself, if you lived in France. Café Presse is also the place to catch the hottest international soccer game on TV (despite not being a sports bar, in any sense of the word!) and is lovely for meeting up with other families, as they can easily accommodate large groups in at the long tables in the back of the restaurant.
Located at 1117 12th Avenue, Seattle and online at cafepresseseattle.com.
Share with us your favorite place in Seattle to enjoy French cuisine with your kids, s’il vous plaît!
— Katie Kavulla
Photo courtesy of La Petite Vie via Flickr