Bastille Day in LA

Our country may have already celebrated Independence Day, but if you're French--or just looking for a taste of France--you'll want to do Bastille Day (FYI, that's July 14th) in LA with some real French flair. From delicious cream puffs to an all-day event and special prix-fixe meals, we've got the dish on where to celebrate Bastille Day in LA.

Updated: July 13, 2010

Bastille Day in LA


Comme Ca

8479 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

On July 14th, this popular brasserie will celebrate France's independence with a Bastille Day Menu ($45 per person). The special three-course meal includes heirloom tomato salad, halibut a la meuniere with crab, asparagus and black trumpet mushrooms, and cherry clafoutis with basil sorbet. Wine pairings can be added for an additional charge; cocktail specials include La Fete Nationale (cognac, lemon, egg white, Pernod wash, soda water) and Le Quatorze Juillet (cognac, calvados, green chartreuse and orange bitters).


Plaisir

8613 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This Frenchie favorite in WeHo is where to get a sweet taste of France in LA on Bastille Day (and any other day) thanks to owner and genuine French guy Philippe Dray. Expect everything from gorgeous candy-colored cream puffs, crepes and house-made pastries to ham and cheese croissants and salads. On July 14, there'll be plenty of French music as well as red, white & blue sweet treats.


Kendall's Brasserie & Bar

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Those looking to celebrate Bastille Day in LA should head to this downtown favorite for an authentic French experience. The special menu includes first-course selections like cauliflower & leek soup or Cochonaille du Roi-Charcuterie (served alongside pickled veggies and mustard), second courses such as pied de cochon panes and classic entrees ranging from leg of lamb to poached salmon. And don't forget desserts like Gaviota strawberry mille-feuille. Tasting menu is $45


Delphine

6250 Hollywood Blvd Ste 200, Hollywood, CA 90028

You don't have to get a room at the W to enjoy this chic and reasonably priced French restaurant on the ground level of the hotel. Celebrate now or wait until July 26 (and every Monday thereafter) from 5pm-close with incredible raw bar items for $1! Choose from New Zealand mussels, little neck clams on the half shell, and shrimp cocktail. Other delicacies range from $2 to $8 including Jonah crab claw, ceviche, steamed cockles in white wine or marinara, beer battered cod ($3) and lobster roll ($8) as well as $5 wines by the glass.


Lilly's French Cafe & Bar

1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Celebrate Bastille Day in LA at this Abbot Kinney spot known for its outdoor patio. The three-course dinner ($28) will be served from 5:30pm-10:30pm and includes goat cheese & leek tart; roasted chicken with mushrooms, potatoes, applewood smoked bacon and organic spinach; and the signature Ile Flottante, a meringue "island" with toasted almonds surrounded by creme anglaise and caramel. The evening will be enhanced by Parisian can-can music.


Pinot Bistro

12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

Guests at this Studio City bistro can indulge in French staples such as country pate (foie gras and chicken), steak frites and striped bass filet meuniere. Pinot Bistro is also offering a special tasting menu to celebrate the Tour de France cycling event--with dishes from regions along the course--until July 25. For a complete list of menu items, visit www.patinagroup.com.


The Bistro Garden

12950 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

In addition to its regular menu, this Valley favorite is offering a special $42 three-course menu from 5:30pm-10pm on July 14th. The meal includes choice of French onion soup or frisee salad, bouillabaisse or beef bourguignon and Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. Live piano music will entertain guests all night.


Elysian Park

1880 Academy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012

On Sunday, July 11, Angelenos will celebrate the 9th annual Bastille Day LA Festival at the Monticello Old Lodge at Elysian Park. There will be a Provencal petanque tournament under the pine trees, Parisian waiters race, prizes for all races, singers, artists and other entertainers and, of course, plenty of French food and wine. The fun happens 12pm-9pm with a $5 entrance fee--children 13 and under are free.