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

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,… read more

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

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… read more

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.

RendezVous'

This East Asheville French eatery, sister to long time downtown restaurant, Bouchon, features French Comfort Food with appetizers, small plates, entrees, and desserts, with excellent cocktails and… read more

This East Asheville French eatery, sister to long time downtown restaurant, Bouchon, features French Comfort Food with appetizers, small plates, entrees, and desserts, with excellent cocktails and wine selection. The space has eight regulation size Petanque courts (a French social game)! Open Tuesday - Saturday by reservation only by calling 828-348-0909. 184 New Haw Creek Rd

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… read more

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. 1 Page Ave. Unit 111 

Isa's Bistro

Isa’s Bistro features a seasonally inspired menu, Executive Chef Peter Crockett brings culinary finesse to the table with an innovative Asheville twist to international favorites. Located downtown… read more

Isa’s Bistro features a seasonally inspired menu, Executive Chef Peter Crockett brings culinary finesse to the table with an innovative Asheville twist to international favorites. Located downtown, the pet-friendly, covered patio is perfect for outdoor dining and people-watching. The café at Isa’s features incredible pastries made daily in-house and pair perfectly with a latte or cappuccino.…

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