The French Press

The French Press, a casual dining restaurant holding the distinctions of being hailed as one of SAVEUR Magazine’s Top 100 Inspiring Places and Things to Eat (Jan/Feb 2013) and rated as one of Urban Spoon’s Top Breakfast Restaurants in the country (2013), is located in downtown Lafayette, LA -  the heart of Cajun country. The restaurant, which offers brunch by day and fine dining by night, serves inventive versions of traditional Cajun and American cuisine with a focus on fresh, high quality ingredients and rich flavors. James Beard nominated, Chef Justin Girouard puts his own forward-thinking spin on each dish, resulting in food that is both modern and comforting.




The French Press is a favorite neighborhood spot tucked away on Vermilion Street across from Parc Sans Souci in the heart of downtown Lafayette. The French Press is located in the historic Tribune Printing Plant building, built in the 1930s, and the building retains much of its original character. Leaving the original floors and walls intact, co-owners Margaret and Justin Girouard designed an intimate restaurant and bar that plays with the idea of French-style dining and the building's former use as a printing plant. Old typeface drawers hang amongst full-sized replications of Picasso and Rousseau paintings and a large cabinet of typeface shelves serves as the hostess station, next to the original exposed mechanisms used to power the print shop.


Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Mondays: 7AM-2PM

Tuesdays: 7AM - 2PM

Wednesdays: 7AM - 2PM

Thursdays: 7AM - 2PM

Fridays: 7AM - 2PM

Saturdays: 9AM - 2PM

Sundays: 9AM - 2PM


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Down Town Lafayette

214 E. Vermilion ST

Lafayette, LA 70501

(337) 233-9449

 Photo Credit Denny Culbert

 Photo Credit Denny Culbert