The 10 Best French Restaurants in Delaware!

From foie gras to pate to escargot, you’ll find all of the butter, cream, cheese, and wine you’ll need right here in Delaware. Next time you’re craving some fine French cuisine, check out these 10 great restaurants in the state!

1. De La Coeur Café et Pâtisserie, Wilmington, DE

This seasonal cafe favorite features locally sourced ingredients, fresh pastries, biscotti, croissants, mouses, soups, sandwiches, and more. Plus, there isn’t a place in town that serves better and more diverse coffees and teas.  So, when in Rome go Roman, but, when in Delaware, go Café et Pâtisserie for Parisian pastries, delicious mouses, and specialty coffee.

2. Corner Bistro, Wilmington, DE

Sleek and modern, this strip mall spot serves wine and French-influenced cuisine. Featuring a lengthy Happy Hour from 3-8 p.m., this Parisian eatery offers five-dollar apps, draft beer, and wine. Beyond that, you can get French onion soup, crab bisque, baked brie, and a killer cheese plate. Oh, and don’t forget the lobster mac and cheese or the prosciutto or you will be missing out.

3. Café Papillon, Rehoboth Beach, DE

This upscale French eatery features a variety of crêpes, pastries, and croissants, as well as soups, salads, and specialty coffees. Family-owned by a mother and daughter team, you’ll also find breakfast specials like brioche French toast, creme brulee, and too many crepe options to list here. Plus, don’t miss their Neapolitans, eclairs, and other pastries.

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4. Nora Lees, New Castle, DE

Cajun counts as French, right? Technically, Cajun is a corruption of the word Canadian, and we all know about those Frenchmen who live north of the border. In all seriousness, though, you can see the French influence in a lot of what is considered Louisiana cooking, and that is what you will find at Nora Lees. You’ll find crawfish bisque, pierogies, French fries, and gumbo, as well as crab cakes, pasta, and filet mignon.

5. Bon Appetit Restaurant, Seaford, DE

Established in 1991, this long-standing French restaurant serves classic French dishes, as well as wine & martinis inside a place with all of the trappings of a traditional Parisian bistro. Not only are you going to find reasonably priced gourmet food, but you are also going to get four-star service and white linens at the table. Check out the smoked mussels, escargot, country pate, pickled herring, and much, much more.

6. Krazy Kat’s, Montchanin, DE

We feel a little hesitant about recommending a cat-themed French restaurant, and, for some reason, pets and fine dining do not seem to go together. However, the reviews don’t lie, and this French spot has set up shop in a newly renovated blacksmith station that has some considerable historical chops. Featuring a robust wine list, as well as Prix Fixe and traditional dining, you’ll find foie gras, oysters on the half shell, and more.

7. Kindle, Lewes, DE

This cozy French bistro has a dark wood interior with wall sconces and candles, but it also offers outside dining, so you may eat al fresco if you wish. With a generous wine list, a whiskey list, mixed drink, draughts, and more, Kindle is sure to soothe the savage beast in you. And also, you will love offerings like fresh fish of the day, braised lamb, and filet mignon.

8. La Fable, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Located right on the beach, La Fable still manages to exude all of the provenance of a bohemian Parisian street cafe. Whether you pop in early for small dishes or opt for a late-night dinner and a drink at their "piano" bar, the team at this upscale French food spot hopes to inspire your taste buds with dishes like escargot, foie gras, and cheese plates.

9. Green Room, Wilmington, DE

This high-end French restaurant is located in the historic Du Pont Hotel, so named because it once belonged to the famous Du Pont family. Established in 1913, the hotel was inspired by the architecture of the Italian Renaissance, but the food is strictly French. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Green Room offers a bevy of French pastries, soups, foie gras, crab cakes, duck, and Jumbo Sea Scallops.

10. De La Coeur Café et Boulangerie, Wilmington, DE

Founded by two local entrepreneurs who both had a passion for pastries and fresh, locally sourced food, Boulangerie offers a menu that is Parisian-inspired and made from sustainable, locally grown ingredients. You’ll find French toast, hand-made crackers and jam, phyllo cigars, breakfast sandwiches, smoked salmon, pulled pork, and various sandwiches.

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