Looking for a break from traditional Lowcountry food in Charleston? Take a culinary journey to France at one of Charleston’s quaint French restaurants! There are just a few places that serve up traditional French cuisine in Charleston and there are only a select few that are absolutely worth trying if you’re looking for traditional French cuisine and ambiance.
Below I’ve outlined three of the BEST French restaurants in Charleston and what you can expect at each:
Gaulart & Maliclet Café Restaurant: Known to the locals as Fast & French (ah, so much easier to pronounce), the Gaulart & Maliclet Café has been attracting discerning foodies to its tables and bar for almost 30 years! Located along the quaint Broad Street, Fast & French is a sliver of a café with only a few tables and a long bar, so don’t expect a fancy atmosphere or elegant service. Rather, Fast & French prides themselves on exquisite, freshly made French cuisine that is truly authentic and TASTES HOMEMADE.
Everyday Fast & French offers a variety of daily specials, which include made-from-scratch soups, and tasty entrees paired with wine—all for an affordable price!
And, if you’re looking for something unique to do on Thursday nights, you definitely want to pop into Fast & French for their Thursday Night Fondue specials where you can try everything from beef fondue to seafood fondue and Swiss fondue to blue cheese fondue.
For more details about the charming Gaulart & Maliclet Café Restaurant, visit their website here: http://fastandfrenchcharleston.com/
La Fourchette: An intimately sized restaurant, La Forchette provides diners with the perfect ambiance for a quiet and romantic, French-inspired date! From the music to the brick walls and the wine selections to the traditional French menu items, La Fourchette does a fantastic job at making guests feel as though they are really dining in France.
Some of the must-try dishes include grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini layered with goat cheese and a leek sauce; assortment of French cheeses; mussels served with duck-fat-fried French fries; and the seared duck breast with a honey and orange sauce. AMAZING.
For more information on dining at La Fourchette, visit there website at http://lafourchettecharleston.com/
39 Rue de Jean: Named after its physical address, 39 Rue de Jean is located just off the bustling King Street and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor dining area is quite large and it can get very load at times, but it’s still a great time! If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat than the quainter La Fourchette and Fast & French, then Rue de Jean is where you want to go.
The menu is extensive and includes a wide variety of authentic French dishes (as well as some sushi dishes, which throws many first-time diners there off!). But you can’t go wrong with any dish at Rue de Jean; all of their dishes are truly exceptional and there is something on the menu for everyone, including vegetarian, meat, and seafood options. They also have a menu of what broth you want your mussels cooked in—you can’t go wrong with your selection here either!
For more information on dining at 39 Rue de Jean, visit their website here: http://www.39ruedejean.com/