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Celebrate Bastille Day with some of San Jose's top French fare

France’s national holiday, Bastille Day was a turning point in the nation’s revolution. On July 14, 1789, a mob stormed the fortress that represented the worst of the old monarchy, and the anniversary has been marked ever since.

In modern times, it’s a day of celebration in France, as well as for Francophiles everywhere.

In the spirit of liberté, égalité, et fraternité, Hoodline compiled this list of San Jose’s freshest restaurants, crêperies and wine bars, using data from Yelp and our own methodology.


San Jose boasts its share of French restaurants, ideal for a Bastille Day meal.

1. Le Papillon

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Topping the list is Le Papillon. Located at 410 Saratoga Ave. in Winchester North, the French spot is the highest-rated French restaurant in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 937 reviews on Yelp.

2. Black Sheep Brasserie

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Next up is Willow Glen's Black Sheep Brasserie, situated at 1202 Lincoln Ave., Suite 30. With four stars out of 469 reviews on Yelp, the brasserie, New American and French spot has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Élyse Restaurant

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Downtown's Élyse Restaurant, located at 151 S. Second St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cocktail bar, French and Vietnamese spot 4.5 stars out of 206 reviews.


If you're looking to grab a glass (or bottle) of wine before, during, or after your Bastille Day festivities, consider checking out one of these popular spots.

1. Wine Affairs

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Topping the list is Wine Affairs. Located at 1435 The Alameda in Downtown, the wine bar is the highest-rated wine bar in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 425 reviews on Yelp.

2. Vintage Wine Bar

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Next up is Winchester North's Vintage Wine Bar, situated at 368 Santana Row, Suite 1040. With four stars out of 358 reviews on Yelp, the wine bar has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Vintage Wine Merchants

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Winchester North's Vintage Wine Merchants, located at 377 Santana Row, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the wine bar four stars out of 138 reviews.


Whether you order them sweet or savory, crêpes are a classic way to pay tribute to French cuisine. Hoodline combed through San Jose's top crêperies, and here's where everyone is heading.

1. Crepes & More

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Topping the list is Crepes & More. Located at 87 N. San Pedro St. in Downtown, the creperie is the highest-rated creperie in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 54 reviews on Yelp.

2. Banana Crêpe

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Next up is Downtown's Banana Crêpe, situated at 248 Jackson St. With four stars out of 981 reviews on Yelp, the creperie, coffee and tea and shaved ice spot has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Blvd Coffee

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Almaden Valley's Blvd Coffee, located at 6055 Meridian Ave., Suite 20, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the creperie and coffee and tea spot, which offers sandwiches and more, 4.5 stars out of 150 reviews.


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