For a long time, LA’s French food scene was quiet at best. That’s changed a bit over the past few years, with the success of Petit Trois, big buzzy openings like Mes Amis, Parisian imports like Mr. T (which appears a little further down this list), and now with Juliet, the stylish modern Parisian-style restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor patio at the Platform in Culver City. The menu is seafood-focused and farmers market heavy, applying French techniques and Parisian style to local products. That means oysters, mussels, and takes on the Greek fish dip Tarama and the Tahitian raw fish dish Poisson Cru in addition to classics like Duck Confit Cigars and Cote D’Agneau, lamb chops with chickpea puree and tapenade. The wine list is focused entirely on French producers, with almost everything available by the glass and in small pours for sampling, and the cocktails are modern takes on classic drinks. Juliet is also open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, with a menu that has both luxurious hearty dishes and light bites, which makes it a spectacularly versatile choice for the neighborhood.
How to book: Reservations are available via Resy.
This Parisian brasserie in Culver City recently opened for all-day dining with a French-inspired menu that stars seasonal ingredients and seafood from Southern California, such as a mushroom and truffle tartine for breakfast or wild sea bream with ratatouille for dinner. Dishes are thoughtfully and beautifully presented, but perhaps that comes as no surprise in this stunning, design-forward space, which weaves in French elements, including large iron French doors that open up to a shaded 1,500-square-foot outdoor terrace with rattan seating. The cocktail list curates French wine producers, classic drinks, and an interactive barside cart dedicated to Champagne and martinis.