From cozy bistros and cafes to elegant champagne bars, Indiana’s French cuisine scene is sure to impress. How does foie gras sound? A glass of award-winning wine? And finishing everything off with some sweet crepes with lemon zest? We bet your stomach is rumbling now. Here are the 10 best French restaurants in Indiana!
Experience the taste of Paris with 3 Days in Paris, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis’s City Market district. The restaurant is a bit unique in that it’s a street style creperie, specializing in “hand-prepared sweet and savory crepes, and pour-over coffee.” They partner with local Indiana farmers and restauranteurs to give Hoosiers an authentic French experience with a twist. Enjoy a delicious Market Street crepe or an interesting Green Eggs and Ham crepe featuring spinach and pesto, or a sweet Twist crepe, featuring butter, sugar and lemon zest.
Located within the Brick Street Inn in the center of the Zionsville village is the Auberge Restaurant and Bar, a casual yet refined and elegant place to enjoy traditional and contemporary French cuisine as well as an extensive selection of the finest French wines. Enjoy a beautiful Sunday brunch on the outdoor patio and feel the warm breeze as you devour a savory breakfast poutine or oatmeal brulee. And if you’re wanting to experience French food at its fullest and most traditional, try the Escargot a la Bourguignonne for dinner.
Truffles celebrated the new millennium in style when they opened on December 31, 2000 and offers locals and visitors alike a mixture of New American, French and Italian cuisine. Chef Robert Adkins is a genius when it comes to creating culinary masterpieces using locally sourced, fresh ingredients. The atmosphere of Truffles is classic yet modern, and the food invokes the use of key senses: taste, sight, and smell. You can also expect your server to recommend the most fabulous wine pairings with each meal to take your dish from delicious to absolutely scrumptious. You’ve never experienced French cuisine until you’ve visited Truffles!
See life through rose colored glasses at La Vie en Rose Café in southern Bloomington, Indiana. La Vie en Rose is French dining at its absolute finest, and its most traditional. You’ll feel as though you’ve left beautiful Bloomington, Indiana and drifted through time to a breathtaking little Parisian café and bistro. It’s a little pink paradise, featuring simple yet delectable French dishes, including pastries, quiches, soups, salads, cakes and yogurts, all made fresh every morning. A local favorite any time of year is the hot chocolate, made with pure Belgian cocoa powder.
The dining philosophy and overall atmosphere at Madison’s is summed up with one word: unpretentious. The food is light and delicious, and made with homemade, fresh ingredients. Madison’s also has one of the best stocked bars in the Midwest and offers craft cocktails, eclectic wines and a variety of imported and domestic craft beers. The Baked Brie is their most favored appetizer, with its creamy French Brie wrapped in a puff pastry and topped with brown sugar and butter, finished with a fresh mixed berry sauce, walnuts and basil.
Bistro 501 is located in the historic Lahr building in downtown Lafayette and features the flavor and style of the gorgeous French countryside. During the summer, customers can enjoy the outdoor sidewalk seating and in the winter season, sit by the fireside and enjoy quiet conversation. The menu changes seasonally and is made with the finest, freshest ingredients. Recommendations include the Ricotta Cannelloni, the Bistro Benedicts, and the fruity Raspberry Sorbet.
Featuring fusion cuisine from Europe, Asia and the new world, Vera Mae’s Bistro in Muncie is a local favorite among students and locals alike. The bistro has been in business since 1999 and was formerly a hardware store in downtown Muncie’s historical district. Every piece of furniture and art within the bistro tells a story and starts a conversation. Each season, the menu changes to provide customers with the freshest, in-season ingredients. Favorites include Chic’s Escargot, classic French Onion soup, and the smoked salmon croissant.
Located within the beautiful and historic Broad Ripple neighborhood, Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar is a local favorite. Each meal is made fresh with local ingredients and the menu is an interesting mix of French cuisine, including the Hangover Crepe and the millennial favorite: avocado toast. A personal favorite is the Between Bread menu, including the Le Club and vegetarian burger and frites. With each meal, enjoy one of their sweet and savory beverages, including their Ice Teas, brewed fresh daily or the Caffe Macchiato. Another perk of Petite’s: they also feature a dog friendly outdoor patio for your four-legged friend(s)!
The mission of the Carriage House Dining Room and Gardens in northern South Bend, Indiana is to provide ‘artistically’ executed classic recipes using traditional French preparation methods and the finest ingredients to customers. The atmosphere is beautiful and tasteful, housed in the historic Brethren Church building, which was built in 1851. They’ve also been given AAA’s Four Diamond award for over 25 years, and the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the last 30 years. Taste the deliciousness that is the Petite Thermidor or the creamy Ratatouille.
Chef and Proprietor of Oakley’s Bistro, Steven J. Oakley, is living his childhood dream of owning and operating a successful, inspiring restaurant, one in which is affordable and an everyday destination where every meal is a special occasion. Not only is Oakleys providing great food and awesome customer service, but they are also going above and beyond to give back to the community. Oakleys donates a portion of their sales to Second Helpings, and Chef Oakley opens his kitchen to train and hire those who demonstrate a true passion for food, such as foie gras mousse, rosemary boule and wild mushroom paella.