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A la bonne franquette
A la bonne franquette
  • Address:
    1421 31st Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98144
    Neighborhood:
    Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $30 and under

A la bonne franquette Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Alabonnefranquetteseattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 568-7715
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, African
  • Executive Chef: Hamed Elnazir
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: One of the most breathtaking views in Seattle short of being at the top of the Space Needle.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We are offering a 3 course tasting menu for $28 Tuesday - Thursday from 10/15-10/24!

    We are open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S Day & S Atlantic
  • Public Transit: Bus 14
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from A la bonne franquette
The French expression "A la bonne franquette" means that the food is homey and prepared without fuss. It’s all about the simplicity of the food and sharing it with friends and family. The food at A la bonne Franquette bistro is prepared using French techniques and recipes. It's also infused with Arabic spices which reflect Chef Hamed's Sudanese origins and nomadic life style through the great continent of Africa and the many influences he has encountered while living in Africa, Europe and in the United States.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second time at the restaurant. It was excellent both times and we have recommended it to several of our friends."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First time here. Rather disappointed. Ordered nuts and olives as sides. Nuts look and taste like they came straight from a planters can (some fried onions added for show). Olives, pitted, also look and taste like they came straight from a jar. Bread is from central bakery and only ok (columbia city bakery is far superior). The beet salad and chicken liver pate were very good. The salmon special was very good and my fiancee enjoyed the idaho trout. Ambiance, view and service were very good. So overall, mixed experience."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the staff is friendly. Perfect little French bistro."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • " We were a party of four visiting for dinner. Both the lamb chops and the trout very extremely well prepared. The service was attentive and very responsive to our requests. This is definitely a place we will return to again."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely dinner for a birthday and father's day treat. The view of Seattle from our window side seat was amazing - and the food was too! Between us we had salmon, pork and lamb chops all in delicious French preparations. The wait staff was helpful and had good recommendations. I am so happy to live walking distance from this jewel of a restaurant - but I would also recommend it for people driving in from hither and yon as well!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went for a birthday celebration. We spent two hours at the restaurant, enjoying the view and fine food. One of the appetizers was too salty (they had used salt to draw the liquid out of zucchini), but the meal was amazing. I can't believe I ordered a chicken dish, but it was AMAZINGLY good. It was on a bed of steamed kale and potato slices with what tasted like a beef sauce. Not sure, but it was GREAT. My boyfriend ordered a beef dish. I was too much into the evening, so I didn't write down the names of the recipes. Salads were great too. The view is amazing, overlooking downtown Seattle. A great find in what appears to be a residential neighborhood. I will go back when I go back to Seattle. Service:great!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We started coming here for something new in restaurants. We've not been disappointed with any meal or trying something different that the chef has for that evening. Don't miss one of Seattle's best hidden gems."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal at A la bonne franquette. Fresh, inventive flavors in a casual, comfortable environment. Service wasn't quite as welcoming as previously but perhaps only because it was so above expectations during previous visits... Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We took a Chef friend of mine and his wife here and the four of us had a fantastic time. We pretty much ate the menu having a couple appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully from start to finish. This place is hidden in a quiet neighborhood where you wouldn't expect a nice restaurant to be. It's small with only 8-14 tables depending upon your party size, not much room for walk-in customers so I'd definitely make a reservation. Foodies - you'll love this place, romance - reserve your table early and request a window the view is really nice, others just looking for a nice night out - you won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went with out-of-town guests to celebrate a birthday and were seated at the window with a wonderful view. The service was outstanding without being overbearing. Everyone selected a different entrée and thoroughly enjoyed dinner. This is fast becoming one of our favorite dining spots!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant with terrific view of downtown Seattle. Great comfort bistro food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We revisited A La Bonne Franquette the night before last, and once again, found a bit of precise, but unpretentious, perfection on a plate. So comfortable, so pretty and so delicious! Have to bring this up: it's an unwieldy name for English speakers -- makes it hard to verbally recommend to friends. We've taken to calling it Frankie's."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "With the addition of a chef de cuisine, they are taking a step beyond the very good bistro fare they are already known for in the neighborhood. This occasion was a Cadence wine dinner; excellent pairings, reasonably priced. Our previous dinner there was notable for a nice special and interesting cocktails. Looking forward to whatever comes next."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Excellent as always. Menu choices were perfect for the wines. Dervice timing appropriate. Starting at 6pm worked very well. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the evening from start to finish. Excellent service, great food, nice wine and wonderful atmoshere."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Fantastic food. Nice variety of food and wine choices. Beautiful city view. Service was excellent. I will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had not heard much about A la bonne franquette and would like to change that for everyone else: it's a wonderful restaurant that I highly recommend to anyone looking for wonderful food served with care in a warm, romantic environment. Each person in our party of 4 came away vowing to return often. We're very happy we found it. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Total gem. Quiet, beautiful, attentive staff. Great cocktails. But most important truly wonderful French food for this century. Not too rich. But each taste thoughtfully and respectfully created. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Fantastic food, charming setting, great view, and wonderful service. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Being new to the neighborhood I had driven/run past A la bonne Franquette several times. This was our first time dining here and it was a wonderful experience. Beautiful view, excellent service, and incredible dishes. A bottle of pinot blanc with a small plate and the confit special left room for dessert...an impressively large and silky creme brûlée. We plan on returning when friends are in town so we can show off Seattle's finest as well as when we want to celebrate our own special occasions (the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner.) Thanks A la BF!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Wonderful diner, thank you! The food was great and the service spot on. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Went with friends We could hear each other talk which was very nice for a change . We all enjoyed our meals-quite good. Service was very good and the server made for a good experience. Would go back again and again."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Nice variety of interesting, well-prepared food, always with an excellent vegetarian option! Everything we have tried on the menu during our 4 visits has been excellent, and yes, quite rich as you might expect! It is small, so do make reservations; but I believe they usually keep a couple unreserved seats at the cooking counter and bar. Cozy, casual seating in the front window area and a more subdued, romantic area in the back with a territorial view studded with sparkling lights at night. For a neighbor restaurant, the food is not inexpensive, but we think it is worth the price. Our only complaint is that they charge for bread and butter. Given their prices, bread should be served as a matter of course!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A friend of mine introduced me to La Bonne Franquette and I have introduced other friends this charming neighborhood restaurant. Wine list is my style and pairs with all their specialty entrees. I love the desserts and my fav is Pôt de Crème au Chocolat - fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My wife and I had the pleasure of experiencing La Bonne Franquette for a second time. We were joined by friends are are big fans of French Bistro type restaurants and they were not disappointed by this experience. The Rillete du jour (pork was a great starter and the Black Cod special was delicious. For me, the lamb stew was simply excellent. We finished the evening with some decadent bread pudding. Overall, a delightful food experience, not to say anything about the fantastic views of downtown Seattle that will ensure we return in the near future."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place it great for a wonderful dining experience. The food is fresh, imaginative, and cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This place is in my neighborhood, and a real find. Elegant French-inspired food with bits of North African cuisine added to some dishes. There is an interesting and fairly priced wine list and good advice available from the staff. One of the best views in town."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "First time dinning in this restaurant. I had heard good things, but was still pleasently surprised. I had the best French Onion soup I have ever had. I think the best part of the meal was the service. Our wait person offered to move us to a view table after one opened up soon after we had been seated. We hadn't asked to be moved, but it was a very welcomed jesture. She was very attentive through the rest of the meal. I will certainly return and often."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our party of 4 had a wonderful meal with great ambiance attended by very professional waitstaff. Outstanding view of the Seattle skyline. Solid wine list. Chef Hamid has created a great environment to enjoy his French bistro style meals."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Chocolate Pot de Crème was really good. It's a little scary that it's only 5 minutes from home....."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Driving by from the outside, you hardly notice the restaurant. Once you walk in, you're in this small cozy place of African/Moroccan decor with fabulous view of Seattle skyline. The food was fantastic - I had the pan seared trout with capers over sauteed green beans, light yet flavorful and so tender. I picked from my friend's plate who had hanger stead with potato cake, another fantastic dish. I'll definitely drive all the way again from Kirkland to dine there."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Just amazing, delicious, fresh food and top-notch service. I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to order because everything looked good on the menu and glancing around the restaurant, I could see other diners' plates and they all looked like something I wanted. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other dishes. (And the skyline view is phenomenal!!)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Based on the price and reviews I'd read online I was expecting a relatively casual but very high quality French restaurant so I got a reservation for Valentine's Day which I now regret. The restaurant itself is quite casual, which I prefer as long as the food is good, but everything was either just "okay," or not very good at all. For the price ($70 per person + 30 for a wine pairing), I expect fairly high quality, but the food was no different than you would get from an everyday mid-range restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We showed up to our 7:15pm reservation 5 minutes late with the expectation of ordering appetizers from an open menu before making it back into Seattle for an 8pm show. The wait staff informed us that it would be impossible to do so - Valentine's Day is a three course affair with appetizers and desert. It was decided that they could rush us appetizers, bubbles and desert to avoid the $50 per person cancellation fee. The foie gras was excellent, the lobster bisque light and forgive-ably lukewarm, the bubbles bubbly. We received our check after the exceptionally rich but not overbearing chocolate pavé. I wish we had planned it better. We were not expecting any service and instead received the best I have ever experienced in 20 years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my wife for Valentine's Day. Not only was the menu great, the wine pairings were outstanding."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A la bonne franquette was suggested by a friend and my wife and I couldn't be happier about the discovery. Wonderful French influenced food, a terrific view of the city, perfect service and very, very romantic. We highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Don't go to this restaurant unless some one pays you to. We went there for valentine's day dinner. The set dinner is fixed and it was $70 before tax and tips for 3 courses, including a small piece of bread, main course, and desert. And the main course is 3 pieces of scollops!! I just can't understand how can people eat and get full there. This restaurant is totally ridiculous! And when we tried to cancel the reservation because we later realized that they only offer that stupid 3-courses - $70 USD dinner, they claimed that they would charge $50 per person on my credit card. I feel offended and will definitely never go back! I will also tell all my friend to never eat there. This restaurant is just rubbish."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Go here a lot as it is in my neighborhood of Mt Baker and Leschi, but close as well in cap hill and intl district. Smaller menu as everything is special. Favs are their pates, lamb dishes and wines. Views of downtown and beacon hill from west end/back of restaurant are nice."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "My wife and I were both celebrating our birthdays, and the server and staff made us feel special. The excellent food was reasonably priced and beautifully presented, and they made substituted one vegetable for another at my request."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Everything looked good on the menu, the cauliflower soup and the chicken couscous were great. Very charming, with a pretty view, very romantic. Perfect for a date night!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014