Bistro Guillaume - Crown Melbourne

4.1
869 reviews
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$41 to $100
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Bistro Guillaume's natural light-filled design pays homage to the traditional bistros of France by featuring timber panelling and mouldings with the richness and warmth of French oak timber, and incorporates Bistro Guillaume’s whimsical grass green colour in both the bar area and entrance. Featuring an extensive outdoor terrace (a hallmark of the world’s best bistros), a zinc-topped bar, and a dramatic private room, the spacious, welcoming dining area is complete with Bistro Guillaume’s signature chefs’ hats pendant lights – its ‘French petticoats’. As well as the terrace, indoor dining and private room, guests may also meet at the zinc-topped bar and enjoy a glass of Champagne, a classic cocktail or try one of the bistro’s specially created cocktails.
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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ammy and I had a splendid romantic dinner at Bistro Guillaume. I had been at the restaurant for a work function some years back and had been very impressed. This was our first opportunity to go as a couple and Bistro Guillaume hasn't let anything slide at all. The food was exquisite, the staff could not have been more welcoming or more professional. Great wine, great cocktails, lovely atmosphere. Can't wait to go again.

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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

First time my wife and I have diner here and it was great. The food was delicious and the mood of the place was comfortable and we could chat without feeling like we are being listened to. The service was very good but almost too good. My wife had a glass of wine and didn’t want a second, she was offered another glass several times within two minutes. But the team were very friendly and this is a minor piece of feedback. Nice place.

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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

A desperately disappointing lunch yesterday at BG which was on old favourite for lunch with my sister. Menu has been radically reduced thereby losing one of its real attractions. No duck, no specials, no French Onion soup - how can it be a French bistro without French Onion soup?????, very little in the way of fish, no lamb dish.


Additional concern - waitstaff seemed to be under training and the service was amateurish at best - very haphazard.

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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

menu not very great has gone off from years ago
staff service not great and seemed to have no manager
checking
not serving traditional French
would not be going back

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Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place to spoil someone with a wonderful meal.
Service is impeccable, whilst it is a French restaurant, there is a great variety on the menu.
Wine choices were excellent.

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FA
Melbourne / VIC
24 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, great food and excellent service. This is a reliable restaurant and the cheese soufflé is the best in Melbourne.

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was exceptional! Beautiful restaurant! Service was average, we didn’t feel looked after and had to ask for another glass of wine and some more bread when it should of been offered!

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Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A brilliant restaurant on the bank of the Yarra.
Great food, service and ambience.
Merci!

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Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Side order came out after the main, and the starter arrived with the main. The side was also so hot, we could not eat it for a while, and the main was dry and lacked taste

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Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and wine.
We always sit outside as we love the ambience

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Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive staff. One of my favorite places to eat.

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Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Not a good dining experience
Food bland under seasoned and under sauced
Gnocchi was dry and stodgy
Duck was over cooked and minimal
Desert looked promising but after 2nd course we had low expectations and gave it a miss
Service not great had to ask about dishes even tho menu was in French
We weren’t made aware of the days specials and ordered too much for entree for 3 thus even if the dishes were tasty and we actually ate them would have been too full to enjoy the following courses

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Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Staff were attentive, unfortunately the food was well below average for what one would expect here. Hugely underwhelming, will not be back.

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Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

The service from our waiter was exceptional unfortunately there was a hair in my daughters steak. It was taken away and replaced and $7 was taken off the total bill. She wasn’t even offered a complimentary drink as service recovery. The maître D was not interested and arrogant

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Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It wasn't

'so' special but an enjoyable lunch for the 3 of us

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Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner great service

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Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

the main course, steak, was very good, the wine list is quite good with some wines reasonably priced

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Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in I knew we were in for a special night. The staff were extremely attentive and conscientious. Our food was divine and served in a very timely manner. Dessert we shared which was a delightful way to finish our evening ... I must say this place is so much more than just a meal ... it is a dining experience. One which I would happily recommend to anyone looking for a special dinner the ambience was second to none. We just loved it !!!

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Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

They no longer have the Charcuterie Board, which makes me sad. The Escargot were so dry that I couldn't eat more than 1. My partner didn't mind, but I would have sent it back. Pea Soup was great, and same with the oysters.

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Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was excellent and a good selection however we found some of the male waiters somewhat arrogant and felt our food was not delivered as you would expect which spoilt the experience

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Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We were greatly disappointed..the only things we couldn’t fault were the wine and oysters. We cancelled our mains and still paid almost $200 for a bad taste in our mouths and a poor experience.

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Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The decor is cute and the restaurant looks inviting but unfortunately, from then on, the positives were few and far between.
The food was quite mediocre and prices were exorbitant as our bill was over $300.00 for two entrees,four mains, only one drink each and no desert.
The service was a little slow and not overly friendly or engaging. We won't be returning here again.
If you are planning a special dinner out in Melbourne, give this place a miss.

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Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thanks to Romeo for his wonderful service !

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Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We were disappointed with the service it took a long time to get our drinks and one of our waiters was dismissive. We would not be recommending the restaurant.

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

After initial slow service everything was very good.

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was fantastic! Based on that I would recommend the place, however the service was average. There was no toilet paper in the bathroom and they were messy and me and a friend both ordered the escargot (which was amazing!) But they just have us one portion and when we asked where the second was, they said we were sharing? It was a big portion so I'm not sure if they do.bimed two on to one plate or if they just decided we'd share but it was strange.

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and amazing food

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Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The waiter

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Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Chateaubriand was beautiful. Done tenderly and to perfection.

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Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

High expectations, however, very expensive, average food which left us wondering about all of the great reviews we dad about this restaurant before choosing to dine there - highly overrated and underwhelming - we would not recommend this restaurant.

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Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fabulous

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Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Didn’t live up to expectations or price level.
Service was great though.

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Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been here countless times since it opened almost a decade ago.
Even through management changes it's always remained extremely consistent and continues to exceed expectations!
We love the menu,love the wines and adore spending many a Sunday afternoon here,by the walkway.
All tens from us! Shane & Gisel

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SJ
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service was really bad very slow food was overpriced

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Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and food.

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Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoy the food and service

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Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Menu is now heavily seafood, Parfait has been deleted form the menu & the one special main they had they had run out of. Duck confit was ordinary - lacked flavour. Lemon tart saved the night.

Wine list extensive but over-priced.

We have eaten there many times before and this time was very disappointing.

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BM
Melbourne / VIC
23 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I keep going back to Bistro Guillaume. Time and time again. This being Melbourne, there are plenty of places that try to tempt me away. And sometimes I do try elsewhere. And then come back. It is always good in every respect. It is exquisitely French and Professional in very sense. It is also one of the few restaurants I know that have lovely wines by the carafe so that red and white drinkers can be saved the "by the glass or bottle" debate if you're having different plates. Try it once, but be careful: you will want to go back.

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Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Unfortunately our experience was not complimentary. Upon arrival we were asked by 4 staff directly after each other were we ready to order. The restaurant was not fully occupied and we were seated directly next to a table with another couple. The issue was due to only 3 other tables being occupied we could hear everything at the table. This distracted from our special evening. The venue had other available seating which we were not offered. The food was average at best. Disappointed!

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Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was perfect

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