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

A la bonne franquette Details

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

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We had 5 different main courses, each exquisite. Can't rave enough"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Cuisine délicieuse! Great & friendly service. Not loud. A nice place to relax, sit back and enjoy the good things that life has to offer :)"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Very pleasant flavors and unique choices for dinner. Proportions were about righ amount for the men and women Dessert was also yummy"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Had never been here but not sure why not. Will be a repeat customer for sure!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Very quiet but probably due to arriving late in the evening so not a lot of other diners. Quaint and wonderful interior. Food was fresh and delicious! Perfectly cooked fish, roasted veggies and great soup. We had the fresh homemade ice cream for dessert and it ,too, was droolingly delicious. I would recommend A La Bonne Franquette to all."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Always lovely. Such attention to simple, elegent, tasty meals. Love the decor! The view is pretty awesome, too, but mostly I come because it's close by, I love the food, and it's fun to turn new people on to it."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Had the special lamb stew (daube) and the bread pudding. Fantastic, the flavors and textures were wonderful, really well done."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Wonderful experience all around - a glass of champagne waiting for the birthday girl. Table with an awesome view. Service was impeccable. And everyone kept going on and on about how wonderful the food was - it was truly something else! Couldn't be any better!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The onion soup was weak, the crust on the creme brule thin, but most of the food was very good. Great bistro ambiance, overlooking the city. It was an enjoyable dinner out."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "A la Bonne Franquette is a rare find. A French Bistro, up in the hills, overlooking Seattle. This is a small restaurant, that is truly a French bistro. The food is authentic; the service sincere."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I love this place - and I do not live in the neighborhood! My husband and I go there all the way from the eastside for special occasions. We even took our son the other day and the staff was amazing. They are not equipped for kids, so bring you own crayons and paper if you need to. Schedule an early dinner to experience the sunset from either the restaurant or the park just outside. The food is always impeccable. It's a pitty they're not serving their famous french onion soup this winter, but the seasonal replacement was delicious."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "this is a lovely small restaurant. It has the appearance of a little neighborhood spot, but features amazing cuisine. highly professional presentation and service. we live in the area and have been there a few times and it never disappoints. A great place to take out of town guests. The view is spectacular."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I couldn't possibly love this place more! Delicious, friendly, reasonable pricing on fine dining. We make it it once a month for date night now. You want to take someone to a place they didn't know about? This is it!!!"
    Dined on 2/9/2013
  • "Live close by and love to show off this neighborhood find to others. Food/service is excellent and view is surprising. Great ambience!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We had a group of 10. Our server was amazing. She anticipated everything from decanting our wine, to bringing out the champagne before midnight as well as party favors! The food was excellent. We had the prix fixe meal which included 3 course dinner. I loved the clams for my appetizer and the duck confit was cooked p perfectly and the desserts were homemade ."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The NYE pre-fixe meal was unbelievable. We have been raving about it since. This could become a NYE tradition!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "High on Mt. Baker Ridge, with an outstanding view of downtown Seattle, this comfortable French Bistro is a delight! The decor and ambiance are reminiscent of a family owned French inn. I have stopped in for a glass of wine and appetizers with friends at the small bar in back, where you can see the skyline of Seattle twinkling on the horizon through the large picture window. But, it's the main courses and desserts, expertly and lovingly prepared by Chef Ahmed right in front of your eyes, that keep me coming back for more. The pan roasted Idaho trout is amazing, prepared with speck, shallots and wild mushrooms. The menu varies with the seasons, and what is freshest at the market. Always something delicious to try whenever you come in!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Pleasant restaurant with exceptional views of Seattle, but the service was rushed. We were in and out in under 1 hour. Food was tasty but rather basic and menu limited."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "On an occasion when most of the favored dining options around the city are diminished to hotel restaurants, we found A la bonne franquette to provide a sublime Christmas Eve dining experience, with a prix fixe sampling of some of their more outstanding dishes.....the salads were stupendous; the diver scallops out of this world; cassoulet outstanding and the deserts perfect.,,,,,,no rubber turkey or ham here!!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Absolutely delicious drinks and food. A very cozy (but still spacious enough for my manual wheelchair) and welcoming location. I ordered the steak medium rare and it came out exactly that. Simple yet elegant. The lady got the roasted chicken and she loved it as well. Do yourself a favor and try this place out! We'll be going back soon, I am sure. :)"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The special earlier this week was Arctic cod with crispy skin. It was so wonderful! Don't expect it will always be there, but other specials have also been great!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013