Bastille Day, France's national holiday, celebrates the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison, touching off the French revolution. Here in the States, the July 14 holiday has inspired many local French restaurants to display their Francophile flair. Whether they’re offering live music or menu specials, the restaurants listed below have today's festivities covered.
And if you’re in the mood for a flick with your food, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is playing at Pacific Culver Stadium 12. Audiences, however, will have to pay full price. C’est la vie.
Live Music at La Dijonaise
This French bistro and bakery will be hosting musical duo The French Toasts from 7-9 p.m., as it serves up traditional French fare. In addition to music and mussels, La Dijonaise will also offer $5 aperitifs. Salut!
La Dijonaise, 8703 Washington Blvd.; 310-287-2770
Lunch, Dinner and Drink Specials at Le Saint Amour
In honor of the year 1789, Le Saint Amour is offering any appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert for a patriotic $17.89. The special dinner menu will include duck confit, coq au vin blanc and flétan, aka halibut. Add a little “Panache” to your meal—that is, a drink made up of 2/3 beer and 1/3 lemonade—for just $5.
Le Saint Amour, 9725 Culver Blvd.; 310-842-8155
A Trio of Specials at Meet French Bistro
Customers who visit this bistro, right next door to French brasserie Le Saint Amour, can enjoy three specials—lamb chop, filet mignon or fish— all evening, alongside no corkage fees on bottles of wine. Not only that, but they can also dine outside, where they can catch live music from the Culver City Music Festival playing across the street.
Meet, 9727 Culver Blvd.; 310-815-8222
$4 Tapas and Cocktails All Day at L’Epicerie Market
Happy hour just turned into a happy day for the holiday. L’Epicerie will toast Bastille Day with $4 cocktails and tapas beyond the usual 4-7 p.m. window. Visitors will also be able to partake of an extended menu.
L’Epicerie Market, 9900 Culver Blvd., 310-815-1600
Brunch Specials at Bistro Laurent
This recently opened restaurant will be offering surprise brunch specials today. And don’t forget about the bistro’s usual happy hour, from 5:30-7 p.m., when customers can buy one beer, wine or appetizer and receive the second one for half-price.
Bistro Laurent, 3936 Sepulveda Blvd.; 310-398-6863
Laura Clark is the founder & editor of L.A. Story.