Copenhagen's Best French Restaurants
These top French restaurants in Copenhagen deserve every foodies attention.
As a great food destination, Copenhagen has a great selection of French restaurants. From seafood at Silberbauers' bistro-style setting to the traditional French cuisine at Maison and the brasserie Esmée, which combines French and Nordic cuisine.
This article is based on recommendations from top chefs and food writers like Rasmus Palsgård, Katrine Klinken, and Mathias Silberbauer. Our selection of the best French restaurants in Copenhagen will help you discover some real treasures whether you're a local or just visiting the area.
Maison, a French bistro, offers a menu of classic dishes, including fried foie gras and sole cooked in meunière style. The restaurant is recognized for its carefully curated wine list, featuring notable selections from Burgundy. With a focus on quality ingredients and traditional French cooking techniques, Maison ensures a dining experience that respects the origin and history of each dish.
Delicious classic French foodI have a strong preference for experimental food so when I do go to a classic restaurant I go all in on the traditional like fried foie gras and sole cooked meunière style with an abundance of butter. Maison does exactly that and they do it to perfection accompanied by a great wine list with a lot of heavyweights from Burgundy. With that in place, all you need is to sit back and enjoy and maybe find out your gym clothes for the next day to work off all the butter👍
Alouette is a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its innovative tasting menu created by Nick Curtin. The restaurant offers a unique blend of grunge and luxury, with a focus on meticulously sourced regional produce served in a chic fine dining space. With a menu that borrows inspiration from Denmark, France, and Latin America, Alouette's dishes are praised for their rich flavors and understated deliciousness.
A hidden oasis in CopenhagenThrough graffiti-adorned concrete walls, up a rusty service elevator, down a hallway where rock music and the scent of marijuana seep from band practice rooms is a hidden oasis. Restaurant Alouette has a Michelin star, but is situated in the unlikeliest of places. A beautiful juxtaposition of grunge and luxury. The five-course tasting menu is quick and punchy (and very reasonably priced), unlike other more drawn-out dining experiences. Highlights include the pain au lait with apple and bacon butter and the turbot drenched in chicken sauce.
Silberbauers is a French bistro with a special emphasis on fish and shellfish, masterfully prepared by chef Mathias Silberbauer. The menu is inspired by the flavors of Provence and changes daily, reflecting the freshest seasonal ingredients and catches from the sea. Customers often recommend the signature blue shell mussels with aioli, flat fish baked on the bone, and the desserts like the lemon tart and crème brûlée, all complemented by a selection of great wines.
Good and Always Tasty Food😋 Silberbauer’s Bistro is one of my absolute favourites in Nørrebro, Cph. for casual lunch or dinner and real good food and wine. Don’t miss the signature starter blue shell mussels with aioli. Other good starters are the pissaladiére (onion tarte with black olives) and in season with tomatoes. Raw radish or fennel with roe dip or sashimi of zander or cod and orange kosho. Sometimes you can get plateau de fruit de mere. For mains go for a turbot or another whole fish prepared on bones. Sometimes you can have sweet bread with langoustine bisque – that is crazy good. Vitello tannato, Danish squid, Gazpazo and tomato filled with crab salad. And don’t miss one of the signature desserts lemon tarte and crème brûlée. Chef Mathias Silberbauer opened Silberbauer’s Bistro 2021 as a French fish bistro with few vegetable and meat dishes and good desserts. It has developed a bit lately with some more dishes with meat and poultry. The food is seasonal and as a regular the variation is fine and it is always good… always good. You get good wine and I like the relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff. Very fair prices.
Esmée is a casual yet stylish brasserie offering a blend of French and Nordic cuisine. The menu features a variety of light bites and sharing plates, including dishes like Danish style ceviche, grilled turbot, and beef tenderloin with haricots vert, all known for their freshness and flavor. With an extensive wine list and a selection of good cocktails, Esmée offers a culinary experience that combines simple, well-executed food with a relaxed atmosphere.
Super casual french nordic brasserie and light bites in the heart of CPHLots of great nibbles like comt and jamon sandwiches, truffled gougeres, grilled turbot and monkfish tail- really simple, well executed, bursting with freshness and flavour. A really great light lunch with a bottle of good wine.
Marchal is an elegant French-inspired restaurant located in the renowned Hotel d'Angleterre. The restaurant offers a Michelin-starred dining experience where classic French cuisine meets Nordic innovation, led by Executive Chef Jakob de Neergaard. Guests can expect a range of exquisite dishes from caviar and lobster to pigeon and truffle, served in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Headchef Jakob de Neergaard is back. Classic and it's all about taste.One of my favorites in Copenhagen. Open 7 days a week.Caviar, sole, lobster, pigeon, truffle, canette a la presse etc.Hotel d’Angleterre is the most famous hotel in Denmark.
Salon offers a blend of classic Danish and French cuisine, presenting exclusive dishes in a luxurious ambiance. Known for its focus on seafood, the restaurant's menu features abundant luxurious produce including turbot, lobster, and monkfish, with must-try dishes like the "Dolphin" and the "Whale". Despite its luxury vibe, Salon maintains a relaxed atmosphere, offering both high-end and accessible options on its menu, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a special dining experience.
French classics with a modern touchExpect luxurious produce like turbot, lobster and monkfish in abundance when entering the beautiful dining room of Salon. Dishes like the "Dolphin" and the "Whale" er must-tries when visiting this institution in Copenhagen with a strong focus on seafood.
Connection by Alan Bates is a cozy 16-seat restaurant renowned for its consistent quality and taste. The menu, crafted by an experienced chef with an impressive resume, often features dishes like grilled langoustines, hay smoked Anjou pigeon, and truffled FG toast. The restaurant also boasts a great wine list emphasizing top producers from classic European districts.
The Embassy of Flavour in CopenhagenAn intimate 16-seat restaurant with a homely, lively, and welcoming atmosphere. Alan Bates has an impressive resume (The Fat Duck, Hand & Flowers, Henne Kirkeby Kro etc.) and he makes no compromises in his search for the ultimate flavour, using the best ingredients and classic techniques. Grilled langoustines, hay smoked Anjou pigeon, and truffled FG toast can often be found on the menu. Quality and taste is always consistent here, as is the personal touch of the service staff and the homey ambiance. Great wine list with an emphasis on top producers from classic European districts.
Le Saint Jacques is a French restaurant known for its exquisite terrines and extensive wine list. The establishment offers a relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of Paris, making it a favored destination for those seeking a classic French dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner, Le Saint Jacques also offers special Sunday dinners from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, providing patrons with a three-course meal.
Best terrines and a good wine list as well.One of the best French classic places in town.Best terrines and a good wine list as well.Relaxed atmosphere and just like being in Paris.
L'Alsace is a refined French bistro that specializes in classic dishes and exceptional seafood. The restaurant recently underwent a remodel, enhancing its ambiance while maintaining its traditional French bistro charm. Whether you're planning a business dinner or a private celebration, L'Alsace offers a welcoming atmosphere for all types of gatherings, with a capacity to accommodate 8-40 guests.
A classic French bistro. Amazing fish dishes and great for a Copenhagen lunch.Alsace is a solid classic French bistro. Newly remodeled and updated, it looks better than ever.Amazing fish dishes and great for a Copenhagen lunch.
Bistro Boheme is a French bistro that offers a culinary journey to its customers, combining the best of French gastronomy with Danish hospitality. Open 6 days a week, it serves à la carte dishes between 17.30 and 21.00, and welcomes lunch guests between 11.30 and 15.00. The restaurant is known for its excellent wine list, perfect dishes, and great staff, providing an authentic French dining experience.
Paris in CopenhagenI love this restaurant. Very Good winelist. The staff is doing a great job. This is a like a bite of Paris. All the dishes are perfect. Open 6 days a week.
"à terre" is a restaurant created by chef Yves Le Lay as a tribute to his father and his culinary childhood memories. The restaurant offers dishes rooted in classic French cuisine, but with influences from North African, Asian, and Caribbean kitchens, reflecting the chef's extensive travels. Expect premium produce, classic flavors, and a meaningful use of modern techniques, aiming to create an eating experience that would be loved by the chef's father if he could be there today.
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