Top Picks for French and Cajun Food in Asheville

Top French & Cajun Restaurants in Asheville

Asheville was dubbed the Paris of the South in the early 1900s, thanks to its unique, artisan style and fanciful architecture. So it’s only fitting that Asheville features authentic French food! Walk a cobbled street downtown and you’ll discover restaurants with French comfort food with farm-fresh local ingredients and hand-picked wine lists. Further out of town you can enjoy classic French cuisine and play Petanque (or Boules), a French social game with rules similar to horseshoes. 

On the theme of French influence, you can also find Cajun and Creole-inspired eats, including everyone’s favorite—beignets! Asheville even has its own Mardis Gras parade and second line band, where everyone is invited to join in the spectacle.

Best French & Cajun Restaurants in Asheville

Bebettes Beignets Coffee Asheville
Bebettes Beignets & Coffee
This New Orleans style coffee shop with French Creole inspired breakfast and lunch dishes like The King: 2 beignets with crispy bacon, peanut butter, banana slices, and chipotle honey sandwiched in the center. 211 Tunnel Rd
Rendezvous Asheville
Rendezvous
This East Asheville French eatery features appetizers, small plates, entrees, and desserts, with excellent cocktails and wine selection. The space has eight regulation size Petanque courts (a French social game)! 184 New Haw Creek Rd
L'Ecluse a Bouchon Asheville
L'Ecluse a Bouchon
Above Bouchon, the longtime favorite French restaurant downtown, is a cozy cocktail lounge with comfy seating, small plates and a Sommelier that guides you through their impressive wine selection. Open Monday-Saturday at 4 PM. 62 North Lexington, Asheville
Bouchon Asheville
Bouchon
A longtime French bistro with comfort food using local ingredients. A romantic, intimate and charming setting. Enjoy fresh mussels prepared multiple ways, Escargot, Burgundy’s signature stew Boeuf Bourguignon and their famous fries. Dine al fresco along bricked walkways. Pair hand-selected French wines. 62 Lexington Avenue.
Mayfel's Asheville
Mayfel's
Since 2003, this cajun-southern eatery has been serving dishes of the Louisiana bayou with staple Southern comfort foods like BBQ pork and fried green tomatoes. Try their Bloody Mary Bar, available everyday until 4 PM. Dog-friendly seating available. 22 College St

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