White linen-covered tables, outdoor patio, large selection of alcohol, and classic French cuisine.

When one walks into a brasserie, they could expect a large bustling scene with full-service staff along with all of the above offerings.

What makes a brasserie different from a bistro?

A bistro is an intimate, quaint restaurant in an unassuming setting with homestyle cooking. A brasserie is a large, full-service restaurant with a fixed menu and a large selection of drinks. It almost always includes outdoor seating as well. They are open every day of the week and serve the same menu all day. Although most consider these to be slightly nuanced versions of each other, there are some polarizing differences.

History of Brasserie

Brasserie – the word itself is French for ‘brewery’ since there were in-house breweries offered on the premises. In 1901 Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language defined “brasserie” as “in France, any beer-garden or saloon”. In 2000 The New Penguin English Dictionary included this definition of “brasserie”: “a small informal French-style restaurant”.

Evolution of Brasserie

Typically, brasseries today do not offer in-house brewing. Here at Left Bank, it is not as beer-centric, but we still offer a great selection of beer on tap, wine, along with traditional and specialty-crafted cocktails. Some classic offerings at Left Bank are steak tartare, oysters, mussels, charcuterie, and steak frites.

You’ll still be exposed to the traditional brasserie vibe, with a dining experience familiar to that in France. So next time you come into Left Bank, come and enjoy a beer and some steak frites with us!