Best French Restaurants in Bath: Table Pouncer's Top Picks 2016

DATE: 13 Apr 2016 | BY
Bistro La Barrique French cuisine Beautiful French dining experience at Bistro La Barrique

The Table Pouncer team rounds up the pick of the bunch and tries to find the best French restaurant Bath has to offer.

We set out to find the best French restaurant Bath has on its streets. There are many candidates for the best French restaurant in Bath, perhaps because French cuisine is extremely popular. From the classics of haute cuisine to the humble bistro, French cooking has had a huge amount of influence on the restaurant world. Many of the top chefs are classically trained, honing their skills in kitchens in France. But French cooking is not all glitz and glamour - it can be cheap, too.

Superb Parisian cuisine Casanis is an extremely popular eatery in Bath


Casanis is a real favourite here at Table Pouncer and it has featured in several of our lists for the area, making it a clear candidate for best French restaurant in Bath. But who can blame us? We love the setting of the restaurant, and most importantly, we dig the food. If you’re looking for a truly authentic French bistro experience, then Casanis is the place for you - the restaurant even runs a special Bastille Day menu on 14 July to celebrate the start of the French Revolution. Try to book in advance as Casanis is one of the more popular places in town.

Casanis, 4 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP

Le Flamma

Le Flamma is unique amongst the French restaurants in Bath as it offers an authentic taste of Alsace. Le Flamma is renowned for its quality service, distinctive menu and quality ingredients. All of the wine served is imported from the family’s vineyard in Alsace and many of the ingredients used in their delicious dishes are sourced from the family farm. As the Alsace region is situated next to Germany, it is influenced by both French and German cuisine so Le Flamma is not your average French restaurant. It is the only Alsacien restaurant in the South West and specialises in Le Flammakeuche or tarte flambé: a traditional dish consisting of a thin French pastry base smothered in cheese and finished off with your choice of toppings. Why not try something new today at Le Flamma?

Le Flamma,15 Argyle Street, Bath, Somerset BA2 4BQ

Bistro la Barrique

This is a superb French bistro located in central Bath. The food served here comes as petit plats, which is the French equivalent of tapas. It is meant to get people talking and sharing lots of varied food around the table, which all in all, makes for a really fun dining experience. The beauty of the petit plats system is that you can also grab a satisfying lunch that is not too heavy on the stomach or the wallet. Check out the varied wine list - it is recommended to sample a collection of different wines throughout your meal. If you need help deciding, just ask a member of staff, they are happy to help.

Bistro la Barrique, 31 Barton St, Bath, BA1 1HG


Côte in Bath is part of a national chain of French restaurants that are renowned for their modern interpretation of Paris’ famous bistros. Côte’s menu includes authentic French dishes with a modern twist including poulet ‘breton’, moules marinière and steak tartar. The restaurant sources high quality seasonal ingredients and uses them as the basis for their fortnightly changing specials menu. All of their delicious dishes must be followed by with a classic crème caramel or crème brulee – it would be rude not to!

Côte, 27 Milsom Place, Milsom Place, Bath, Somerset BA1 1BZ

No. 5 Bistro

Bath has a lot of French Bistros, and here is another one to add to the list. No. 5 Bistro is nestled away on Argyle Street, right next to the the Pulteney Bridge and the waterfront, which gives this cosy bistro a great location. The menu is not very comprehensive by any means. There are only 5 starters and 5 mains to choose from, but these dishes are executed perfectly.

No. 5 Bistro, 5 Argyle St, Bath, BA2 4BA

Atelier restaurant in the Hilton Bath City Hotel Atelier Restaurant in the Hilton Bath City Hotel

Atelier Restaurant

Atelier Restaurant is housed inside the Hilton Bath City hotel. Inside, it is nice, spacious and relaxed. It has plenty of seating too, which makes this a good place to meet for a business meal or for grabbing a low key bite to eat. The bar area is a particular highlight - it is tastefully decorated and has lots of comfy seats, making this the perfect place to unwind after a long day at work.

Atelier Restaurant, Hilton Bath City Hotel, Walcot St, Bath, BA1 5BJ

Tags: Bath, Bathampton, French, Good For Groups, Date Night, Modern European, Business Dining, Alfresco Dining, Mediterranean, Fine Dining, Extensive Wine List, ££ - £30-£40, £££ - £40+

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