Many Mainers can claim French Canadian or even French heritage. Because of that strong tie and just the pure awesomeness of French cuisine, Maine has quite a few French and French-inspired restaurants. Here are the best in the state.
Petite Jacqueline is Maine’s premier French restaurant in the city of Portland. Named after Michelle and Steve Corry’s beloved grandmother, Petite Jacqueline serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. From crepes to French onion soup to Bouillabaisse, you’ll find plenty of French dishes with a Maine twist.
Fuel in Lewiston is a popular French bistro serving dinner and drinks. Ingredients are sourced locally and you’ll find items like coq au vin, escargot, and steak frites. ask for the plat du jour on Friday and Saturday nights.
It only makes sense that you’ll find a French restaurant in South Paris, Maine. Serving both lunch and dinner, you’ll find plenty of traditional French dishes on the menu, like escargots bourguignonne, coquilles saint jacques, and veal flambe. If you love French wine then Maurice’s is the place to go.
Located in the Camden Harbor Inn, Natalie’s Restaurant is an award-winning French-inspired restaurant. Rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in the United States by OpenTable Diners, you’ll love this upscale Parisian bistro surrounded by lush Maine gardens and the sea.
The Lost Kitchen is a little known and often fully booked restaurant in the tiny town of Freedom. Nestled in an old mill, The Lost Kitchen is owned and operated by Erin French. There is one seating and menu per night so you better like what is being served. And if you were lucky enough to score a reservation, you will absolutely love the food here.
Leave Northern Maine and step into a fine French dining room with Canterbury Royale Gourmet Dining Room. Chefs Renee and Barbara specialize in French Haute cuisine and you’ll find dishes from Lyon, Paris, Normandy, and more on the menu. It was voted the “Best Romantic Restaurant” in 2015 by the DownEast Magazine.
Open seasonally, Mache Bistro in Bar Harbor has a delicious menu with dishes that change nightly. Enjoy dishes like chicken liver pate, slow cooked duck confit leg, and more. Using locally sourced Maine meats, seafood, and produce, French country food doesn’t get much better.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, Chef-owner Brian Hill uses only the freshest organic ingredients from the coastal Maine region to create delicious French-inspired dishes. The wine list is extensive and the food menu even better.
Solo Bistro is an award-winning European bistro in Bath. The dinner menu contains a delicious array of soups, salads, and entrees like fishermen’s stew, lamb ragout and more. Don’t miss their vanilla crème brule or chocolate pot de crème.