The best French restaurants in Beijing

Liberté, égalité, fraternité and plenty of great food, too

Sourcing decent French food in Beijing used to be something of a marche en merde, with most options being over-priced, over-seasoned and underwhelming. Recent years, however, have seen the French fightback hit the city's dining scene, and there are now plenty of classy establishments serving up some fine French grub. Vive la révolution and knock back a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while you're at it.

F Bistronome

The latest edition from the Café Flo empire, exquisite food meets wonderful panoramic views from the joint's location at China World Mall.

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1 Jianguomenwai Dajie

Bistro 108

This bistro serves up authentic, traditional French dishes. Head to the shadows of the French Embassy for a solid beef bourguignon and a top quality wine list.

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19 Tianze Lu (Liangmaqiao, --select--)

Brasserie 1893

 Brasserie 1893 at the Waldorf Astoria underwent a transformation in early 2017, moving it from French fine dining into a more casual, bistro affair. Top food in a nice, laid back atmosphere.

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5-15 Jinyu Hutong (Miyun county)

Bistrot B

Critics' pick

‘Bistrot B: a theatrical food experience’ is the tagline on the menu at the Rosewood Hotel's French eatery – and they nailed it. The kitchen’s front and centre, an open and welcoming sprawl in the middle of the room. Chefs stand over stovetops deglazing pans with red wine and studiously plating dishes moments before they are whisked off onto the floor. Expect monumental portion sizes with some truly naughty desserts. 

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1 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (Changping)

Maison FLO (Formerly Brasserie FLO)

The OG of Beijing's French culinary scene. Excellent food in quaint surroundings: squint your eyes hard enough and you're basking in Paris for a few hours.

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18 Xiaoyun Lu (Liangmaqiao, --select--)


O’Steak is one of those charmingly shambolic restaurants that you’re not convinced is actually a restaurant at all until your food arrives. Thankfully ours, the Le trés grand steak, did arrive, satisfying the hell out of our flesh hankering trés quick with 300 grams of all-Mongolian sirloin (198RMB). 

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Jing Restaurant

Critics' pick

Perhaps slightly less traditionally French than the others, Jing Restaurant is nevertheless helmed by Parisien chef Julien Cadiou who serves up elegant, contemporary French cuisine with a subtle Asian twist. 

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8 Jinyu Hutong (Miyun county)

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