After sitting vacant for several months, Queen Anne's former Cioppino space (better known for Vuong Loc's Portage) reopened as Entre Amis French restaurant on April 11. French restaurateur Benjamin Bernard-Luneau chose the neighborhood for its French village feel (the name means "between friends"), and with chef Matt Cyr (most recently of Chicago's Girl and the Goat), he aims to create a comfortable, affordable locale for modern French fare with seasonal Northwest ingredients.
Popular dishes so far on the rotating dinner menu include the charcuterie, particularly the Pate de Campagne (3 for $10) and the young chicken with morels and ramps ($22), the staff report, and their La Parisienne bread with housemade butter has also been a hit. The restaurant hosts a full bar with an "evolving French wine and beer list" and its take on classic cocktails, including a French 75 with lavender. A happy hour menu is also in the works, and potentially brunch, too, eventually. Here are sample menus for food and drinks.
With bar stools overlooking the open kitchen, Bernard-Luneau designed the 28-seat restaurant to be "cozy and tranquil" in a, mais oui, French style. Entre Amis is open from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).