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French Louie

4.5
4.5
572 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

French Louie is a French-American bistro from the owners of Buttermilk Channel. The menu offers a mix of reinterpreted bistro classics and signature dishes. Highlights include east and west coast oysters, three variations on steak frites, and whole grilled fish. The menu always includes multiple vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options. The wine list celebrates the wines of France and America, both traditional and modern, ranging from inexpensive "bistro" wines to some of the most celebrated bottles in the world. The full bar includes a list of seasonal cocktails made from artisan spirits. The dining room is elegant and comfortable, and the fairy-lit garden is open in warmer weather for dining and private events. Open for dinner, lunch, and brunch.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Monday-Thursday 1130am-1030pm
    Friday 1130am-1130pm
    Saturday 10am-1130pm
    Sunday 10am-10pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 935-1200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Angulo

  • Neighborhood

    Brooklyn Heights

  • Cross street

    Smith and Hoyt

  • Parking details

    Street parking in the area is generally available. Parking garages are 1 block away at GGMC on Smith between Atlantic and State and 2 blocks away at Alliance on Boreum place between Atlantic and Pacific

  • Public transit

    The F and G trains at Bergen Street and the A, C and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn. The B63 and B65 bus to Smith-Atlantic

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Petits

  • Chicken Liver Pate$10.00

    crudite, grilled bread

    • Radishes$5.00

      black olive butter

      • Jardiniere Pickles$4.00

        • Gougeres$6.00

          La Mer

          • Anchovy Frites$10.00

            crispy lemons & aioli

            • Smoked Sardines$10.00

              dulse butter & rye ficelle

              • Oysters$3.00

                daily selection; cherry pepper mignonette

                • Smoked Mussels$14.00

                  baby lettuce, black garlic aioli grilled bread & sorrel jus

                  1er

                  • Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup$14.00

                    sweet peppers, melon, espelette & torn bread croutons

                    • Frenchie$14.00

                      little gem lettuce, blue cheese, bacon & french dressing

                      • Grilled Peach Salad$14.00

                        ginger-bourbon glaze, fushimi peppers radish & lime yogurt

                        • Heirloom Tomato Salad$14.00

                          zaatar, chevre, pickled onion & ancho tahini

                          • Market Greens$13.00

                            torn herbs & banyuls vinaigrette

                            • Peconic Escargot "Marchand de Vin"$15.00

                              house-cured bacon, oyster, mushrooms stone-ground grits & bordelaise sauce

                              • Steak Tartare$15.00

                                egg yolk, chile oil & pickled mustard seeds

                                • Seared Foie Gras$21.00

                                  corn blini, pickled blackberries, frisee & hazelnuts

                                  2eme

                                  • Merguez Linguini$25.00

                                    lamb sausage, sungold tomatoes, roasted corn kale & green garlic pistou

                                    • Le Grand Socca$25.00

                                      chickpea flatbread, wilted greens, grains, eggplant hummus & lemon yogurt

                                      • Pan Seared Tuna$30.00

                                        summer cabbage, string beans, shaved radish curry oil & dulse

                                        • Line-Caught Bluefish$29.00

                                          smoked potatoes, cucumber, pickled ramps & grain mustard

                                          • Duck au Poivre$30.00

                                            corn pudding, lobster mushrooms, pistachio & husk cherry vinaigrette

                                            • Cast Iron-Roasted Chicken$26.00

                                              ratatouille & anchovy butter

                                              Steak Frites

                                              • Lamb Leg Chop$27.00

                                                • Bavette Steak$29.00

                                                  • 28 Day Dry-Aged Steak$45.00

                                                    with maitre d'hôtel butter, house-made steak sauce, salad & french fries

                                                    Featured Items

                                                    • French Fries$6.00

                                                      • Roasted Summer Squash$12.00

                                                        piperade & pistou

                                                        • Charred String Beans$12.00

                                                          sauce gribiche & olive oil breadcrumbs

                                                          For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                          What 572 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          4.5
                                                          4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                          • 4.4Food
                                                          • 4.4Service
                                                          • 4.4Ambience
                                                          • 4Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                          1. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 14, 2018

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                            We had brunch there, all three dishes looked great and tasted great and were subtly different from the usual fare without being in any way off-putting. The dining room is really pretty and staff were all courteous.

                                                          2. JC

                                                            JohnC

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 13, 2018

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            Cocktails were mixed. My wife ordered the Darling Nicky, whch was a bit much for her but lucky for me: it was delish. The bourbon cocktail I ordered was good, got mellowed and improved as the giant ice cube melted while I was drinking the Darling Nicky. The side of the brussel sprouts we shared for an appetizer was fantastic, sprouts perfectly done without that bitterness so common. The duck breast was off-the-charts fantastic. Top 5 dishes I've ever had. I'll usually go for a steak, and with the two great options on the menu it would have been so easy. So glad I went for the duck!

                                                          3. t

                                                            tzigane

                                                            New York Area

                                                            33 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            33 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 12, 2018

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                            The person who greeted us at the door was unfriendly and didn't give us a very welcome feeling. The service was slow despite the fact that the restaurant was not full. The food was adequate except for the Escargot with Scallops and Tuna which were excellent. There are so many great options in this neighborhood. I wouldn't put this at the top of my list.

                                                          4. TR

                                                            TheRebbe

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 2, 2018

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The foie gra came with 4 slices of yummy toast, a mustard seed thingy, some crumb thingies and reduction. Best ever. I'm a beef person, but since I had their kick-A steak last time, I enjoyed their equally scrumptious leg of lamb chop this time.

                                                          5. A

                                                            Adrock318

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 28, 2017

                                                            overall4food3service3ambience5

                                                            Although I used to love this restaurant I feel it has degraded a bit. I have been coming for about 2 years now. There were a few things I've always loved on the menu, but lately I felt the food wasn't as tasty as it once was and the portions are getting smaller. The prices have no mt changed to reflect this. This place is pretty expensive to begin with and now that you get less food it's less likely I will keep going. We always order the fried anchovies. Although I can't remember exact how many it used to come with I can tell you that the other night it came with 4. 4 fried anchovies and 2 lemon slices. Along with a bunch of appetizers that my girlfriend and I always share (usually around 4 or 5) we orders the oxtail ragout pappardelle. Same thing here. There was a decent about of meat, but there 3 (I counted) 3 pappardelle noodles. This dish was more of an appetizer size, not an entrée. Wouldn't be a huge deal but this dish was $25. I hate to sound negative, but I just feel like I am not getting a great value for my money. 2 people, 4 appetizers, 1 entree, and one of the least expensive bottles of wine our bill was over $185 with tip. Pretty expensive for what we got. I'm not saying I'll never go back, it just used to be one of my faves in BK but in the future I will be trying other places.

                                                          6. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 23, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            French Louie is one of the best dining options in Brooklyn. Doug (the owner) and his staff have made sure the food is consistently high quality and delicious, but it also is the friendliest dining experience we’ve had during the 7 years we’ve lived in Boerum Hill. The environment is simple, refined and welcoming. We’ve never been disappointed and it is our goto place when friends and family visit us. Great for dinner and brunch. If you haven't tried it’s sister restaurant Buttermilk Channel that is also a must!

                                                          7. G

                                                            Gaba220

                                                            New York Area

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 23, 2017

                                                            overall3food5service4ambience4

                                                            Food was good, ambience was cozy, mimosas were tasty.. the only thing is that they close at 3pm to switch to dinner service and we were not made aware of this- we wanted to order another item and were told no. It would have been nice to know..

                                                          8. KM

                                                            KayM

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 19, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            I love being able to go to a beautiful place and know that the food and service will be amazing each and every time. The reliability and consistency matters and is greatly appreciated! Thank you! The duck is always perfect — you can tell how much your chef cares about everything. I’ve been to FL about 6 times now and it’s basically my new favorite spot.

                                                          9. n

                                                            newyorker

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 17, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            best restaurant in our neighborhood, hands down!

                                                          10. k

                                                            katwarp

                                                            New York Area

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 15, 2017

                                                            overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                            Hostess was very nice but our server was lacking. Dinner was great but tainted by the service.

                                                          11. P

                                                            Paul

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 14, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            This was the right choice for our special family (party of 7) celebration. We are a picky group as we are in the restaurant business. Tired of the Manhattan scene, we made the right choice. A warm welcoming environment, perfect menu and great wine choices that matched the food, making it easy to quickly get over the ordering process and enjoy our company. The opportunity to enjoy our time together was further enhanced by service that never interfered but was always there by our side when we needed it. Food was very good also. To the team: Thank you so much for doing it right. Happy Holiday's !

                                                          12. MP

                                                            MichaelP

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 10, 2017

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            French Louie was well worth it as an elevated date spot. The food was excellent, service attentive and a nice setting.

                                                          13. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Pittsburgh

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 10, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            I had the Eggs Louie and a side of Duck Fat Potatoes for a very pleasant and delicious Sunday Brunch. My friend had the French Toast with Creme Fraiche which looked really tasty also.

                                                          14. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 9, 2017

                                                            overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                            It was just ok for NYC

                                                          15. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 8, 2017

                                                            overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                            Food was good but service could have been better. Our waitress disappeared for 15 minutes.

                                                          16. C

                                                            Cobblehillfoodie

                                                            Hawaii

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 26, 2017

                                                            overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                            This is a beautiful restaurant. I would choose more carefully next time as it’s quite pricey and the food was just ok.

                                                          17. p

                                                            photodine

                                                            New York Area

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            29 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 25, 2017

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                            Brunch was great. Food was excellent. Service was a little bit slow and not too friendly but otherwise I loved it. Would defiantly go back for the food and hope that I just caught the service on a bad day. Everyone is allowed once in awhile.

                                                          18. PS

                                                            PSBklynCouple

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 23, 2017

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            We had our Thanksgiving dinner here this year. The food was amazing. Very generous and extremely tasty. I had the turkey. This plate itself was moist and delicious. But the sides, oh the sides - they were outrageous. The best-mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels and other winter veg and the squash gratin with prunes were unusual, pleasantly pleasing. Hubbie had the Boeuf Bourguignon which was folk tender. Plus the pork belly had him speechless it was so darn delicious. The ambiance of French Louie is really lovely. Not only is it decorated as cozy french style bistro, but the staff really made it an exceptional experience for us. Everyone was so friendly and treated us as if we were (maybe better than) having their own families come in for holiday dinner. Especially on a holiday, I cannot gush enough about how amazing the FL team was with us and everyone in the restaurant. We will be back for brunch and dinner.

                                                          19. SD

                                                            StaceyD

                                                            New York Area

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 23, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We went to French Louie for thanksgiving lunch. The food was excellent. I had the special thanksgiving menu and oysters which were both delicious. The wait staff were incredible and very accommodating of our requests to make the meal gluten free. They even did gluten free gravy. I will definitely be back

                                                          20. p

                                                            paulm

                                                            New York Area

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 22, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Always consistent. Everyone helpful. Wheelchair friendly. Never fails to be a great dining experience!!

                                                          21. NF

                                                            NabilFawzi

                                                            New York Area

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 21, 2017

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            This is the second time we've been here for a birthday. The food is very good and the service impeccable. It is a bit on the pricey side so very good for special occasions.

                                                          22. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 20, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful dining experience! 5 stars for sure. Will definitely be back!

                                                          23. R

                                                            Rosie

                                                            New York Area

                                                            15 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            15 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 18, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Really enjoyed our meal as well as the scene. Super gracious, easy and accommodating for special request related to food allergies. Lovely, creative and delicious food. Will absolutely return.

                                                          24. e

                                                            eclecticguy

                                                            New York Area

                                                            93 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            93 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 17, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Always excels, never disappoints. Great place to take your Manhattan snob friends -- they will become Brooklyn converts after the first bite of fried anchovy, not to mention the duck, the chicken, the cuttlefish, the bananas foster. The golden glow that the lighting emits is warm, welcoming and flattering. Five well-earned stars.

                                                          25. BK

                                                            BKNYC

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 15, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Always delicious and a wonderful experience! Will continue to go back

                                                          26. e

                                                            eclecticguy

                                                            New York Area

                                                            93 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            93 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 12, 2017

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            One of Brooklyn's treasures. If you think chicken is a boring thing to order wait till you taste theirs!!! Also, don't miss the deep-fried anchovies.

                                                          27. MC

                                                            MisterCee

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 11, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Always enjoy dinner here. A neighborhood favorite when visiting my daughter.

                                                          28. m

                                                            mk11201

                                                            New York Area

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 11, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great spot.

                                                          29. C

                                                            Colette

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 10, 2017

                                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                            I've dined at French Louie a number of times over the past few years.I enjoy the ambiance, service and the cuisine. The food was always outstanding, but this time, for the first time, it wasn't up to its usual high standards.

                                                          30. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Central Coast

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 6, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food was overall very delicious and beautifully presented. The service was warm yet impeccable. The wait staff picked up that we were celebrating a birthday without our explicitly telling them and brought dessert with a candle for the birthday person. We had a delightful dining experience.

                                                          31. G

                                                            Great

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 5, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great spot for brunch with friends/family are in town!

                                                          32. VG

                                                            VictoriaG

                                                            Denver

                                                            12 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            12 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 5, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            I will not queue for eggs so the fact that you can make a reservation for brunch is a huge advantage to my mind - and then the food and atmosphere is really enjoyable is a bonus.

                                                          33. MA

                                                            MartaA

                                                            New York Area

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on November 4, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful dinner, Very tasty duck and appetizers .The service was wonderful and very caring . They even gave us a free dessert because it was our 50th wedding anniversary

                                                          34. DP

                                                            DouglasP

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 3, 2017

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience2

                                                            Wines by the glass should offer a wider selection, and more vegetarian dishes would be appreciated,

                                                          35. EJ

                                                            EJR5077

                                                            Pittsburgh

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 2, 2017

                                                            overall4food4service2ambience5

                                                            Food was good, but the server was uneducated about the menu and didn't check up on us often. The butternut squash was the highlight of the mall.

                                                          36. LB

                                                            LettyB

                                                            New York Area

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            Dined on October 29, 2017

                                                            overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                            I have tried French Louie at least 5 times now and I won’t go back. The food is good, but the portions are small and the price is high. Friends ordered a side of fries and they brought them to the table cold. The service wasn’t great either.

                                                          37. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on October 27, 2017

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great dining especially the moule frites and friendly staff.

                                                          38. m

                                                            madoak

                                                            New England

                                                            24 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            24 reviews

                                                            Dined on October 26, 2017

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                            French Louie appears to be a very popular neighborhood spot with excellent food and friendly, attentive service. The biggest drawback was its excessive noise, mostly from a crowded room with no attempt to dampen the sound using soft surfaces or other typical tricks. However, the food makes up for it. Our chicken liver paté was excellent. The perfectly cooked roast monkfish was served with a novel combination of vegetables that worked well with a tasty, original mustard vinaigrette. The merguez sausage with linguine also had a very nice combination of flavors. Overall, portions are not large, but they are adequate, and the flavor more than makes up for the size.

                                                          39. BL

                                                            BillL

                                                            New York Area

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on October 23, 2017

                                                            overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                            Beautiful restaurant, food was not good. And expensive too! For this beautiful ambience and super nice wait staff, they should figure the food out. My 30 dollar steak was boring, side dish with squash lacked flavor and a nice texture. Actually, we had a really nice time because the restaurant was so pretty and friendly. Too bad about the food.

                                                          40. e

                                                            eaterny

                                                            New York Area

                                                            89 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            89 reviews

                                                            Dined on October 22, 2017

                                                            overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                            We've eaten here many times, love it. The service was on the lackadaisical side this time - can't stand when you have to wave down the waitress when you want another glad of wine. You deliver apps and see we are done with drinks....why not ask? Happened every time. Wasn't horribly busy then so no excuse.

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                                                          • Cross street

                                                            Smith and Hoyt

                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                            Brooklyn Heights

                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                            Monday-Thursday 1130am-1030pm
                                                            Friday 1130am-1130pm
                                                            Saturday 10am-1130pm
                                                            Sunday 10am-10pm

                                                          • Cuisines

                                                            French, American

                                                          • Dining style

                                                            Casual Elegant

                                                          • Dress code

                                                            Casual Dress

                                                          • Parking details

                                                            Street parking in the area is generally available. Parking garages are 1 block away at GGMC on Smith between Atlantic and State and 2 blocks away at Alliance on Boreum place between Atlantic and Pacific

                                                          • Public transit

                                                            The F and G trains at Bergen Street and the A, C and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn. The B63 and B65 bus to Smith-Atlantic

                                                          • Payment options

                                                            AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                          • Executive chef

                                                            Ryan Angulo

                                                          • Additional

                                                            Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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