Bistro Guillaume - Crown Melbourne

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823 reviews
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French
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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 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I used to be a regular at Bistro Guillaume. I have been away for a couple of years and returned to disappointment. The portions are considerably smaller and the quality of the food is just not the same. I asked for my steak on the medium side of medium rare and it came out so rare it wasn't warm in the middle. It was not a busy night. The drinks list is outrageously over-priced. $13.50 for sparkling water and $30.00 for a 'nice' glass of wine.

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Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Disappoint only a relatively small menu and i was looking forward to the souffle only to be told it is not ready yet. No explanations but if i could wait 20minutes it may be ready. We had already been in the restaurant 30mins at this stage
This ruined the night for me but the chateaubriand was beautiful


All in a good piece of meat high price so so service and a lax chef.

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Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, expertly cooked

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Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing french inspired Menu and impeccable service.
Right on the Yarra River.

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

The atmosphere was great and the staff were helpful but not too 'in your face', just as attentive as they needed to be without interrupting. Desserts were out of this world!!

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Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Appetizer ( French onion soup) and dessert (profiteroles) were good but main meals were well below expectation. Confit of duck was a plate of tasteless broad beans with a small over cooked duck drumstick. Swordfish was bland.
Staff were good and listened to our feedback about the main courses.

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Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Over rated, food was just above cafe level, service was ok but nothing exceptional. Very overpriced.

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

A true French bistro in Melbourne. Wonderful food, excellent and very friendly service and a great setting beside the river

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

delicious food and excellent service. reasonable price

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Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Probably the best Chateaubriand ever, in a great al fresco atmosphere.

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Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I love Guillaume and eat there frequently. It is real French brasserie food, wine and service. There are always specials worth trying and their wine list has some very good "by the glass" selections. The food here really is very good - and is significantly better than many equivalents in France. Wild claim? No, I have just come back from living there for many years.

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Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

the champagne lunch is a fabulous deal - lovely staff, great food.

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Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Menu and food was really good staff was very pleasant.Great atmosphere. Desert Was amazing ,Lemon tart is a must to try!

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Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Was able to mix and match from the Entree menu which meant I could have the delightful heritage tomato dish. The oysters where excellent too but my partner found the Swordfish dish to spicy (hot) which detracted from the beautifully cooked fish somewhat. We perhaps were seated a little close to other guests but otherwise enjoyed the experience immensely.

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Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

What a great experience to celebrate my father in-laws birthday. We came after a recommendation from a friend and we were pleasantly surprised. My main dish was Barramundi and it was cooked to perfection, I really enjoyed the flavour of my dish. We were also pleasantly surprised they had kids meals which both my children thoroughly enjoyed one had steak and the other chicken.

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Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a beautiful experience. Always been on my to do list.
The warm welcome and further assistance from the staff was great. I went with 2 children and it was also a fantastic experience for them. It is important for children to be given the opportunity to experience exceptional service and fine food.
Will be back.

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Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I eat here often and it was the first time the service was not good. Everyone can have an off day.

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

I had hoped for something a little better to be honest. I found it more comparable to a pub style meal than to a reputable restaurant! We had the two steak options, and I didn’t like the meat being pre cut! Also, the bearnaise sauce reminded me of a Knorr packet mix rather than a house made sauce. I felt the staff that served us could have been more knowledgeable about the dishes and which sides were appropriate to accompany the mains we ordered. The staff were extremely friendly though!

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Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Very average bistro food, the like of which you would find in any basic neighbourhood brasserie in London. I can’t believe they have a hat. Nothing wrong with it but nothing great either. Steak frites was served Luke warm. Vegetable side orders are all bizarrely served cold! No vegan options on the menu, when questioned they offered one starter and one main, both of which were clearly after thoughts for the chef. We dined on NYE, nothing seemed to have been done to make the night special for any guests.

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Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious; very attentive and pleasant service. On a sunny day the terrace is most inviting and feels quite intimate.

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Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The overall dining experience was unimpressive compared with previous visits.
My asparagus entree, served with a poached egg on top, was also bland, except for the lovely parmesan garnish.
My Barramundi was over cooked and quite dry on top. It also tasted quite oily. It was swamped by small capers, which were quite tasteless.
My partner enjoyed his terrine entree, but his main course steak had a most peculiar after taste, almost liverish.

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Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Ordered the steak and it came out cold as was the fries. The sauce wasn’t glossy but looked like it had been sitting there for a while. The steak was ordered medium and came out well done. Very disappointed and wouldn’t be back considering it was my birthday lunch.

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Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Never fails to deliver. Special evening overlooking the Yarra with delicious wine and exceptional food. There have been some changes to the menu but this provided a lovely chance to try some new dishes. Only downfall was the inability of our waitress to provide us with the specials.

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Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

We have actually been there serval times and I do like the food there. However, my experience for last time is a disaster. The waiter hardly cared about the service and sent us wrong dishes three times. When he sent the wrong dish to us, no apologize, and the other waiter told him off in front of us. I was shocked.

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Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have been to BG every Christmas Eve for the last 5 years as a family. I was disappointed in the food this year. My John Dory was dry, the two steaks we had were cooked well but not very tender. The mussels were very nice and so was the Barra undi.

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Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cuisine Francaise a son meilleure. Extremely balance food flavours. Extensive wine choice by the glass. Great to have a person serving us in French with a lovely Quebec accent.

This is a must stop in Melbourne if you are looking for a Quatre Fourchettes Restaurant.

Definetly going back!

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Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely exquisite dining experience!

When are you guys opening in Sydney??

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Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was just perfect. The staff are wonderful and attentive. The food was magical. The lemon daiquiri’s addictive. This was an amazing dining experience and I will definitely be a return customer.

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Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food, as always, was exceptional and Bistro Guillaume remains one of my favourite Melbourne restaurants.

However, we had an obviously inexperienced waiter (Danny) who did dampen the mood slightly. He bumped into another waiter within 3 minutes of serving us, spilling salt and butter on the floor. We ordered a bottle of champagne to toast our special occasion, he only served us 3 glasses and took the bottle away, never came back with it and then charged us for a whole bottle.

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Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From start to finish we had a wonderful time. The staff were exceptionally knowledge and attentive and freely gave great advice on wine selections. A wonderful time for a very special occasion with my girlfriend

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Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Special family dinner. Attentive service & excellent food. We were still chatting well into the night after most patrons had left. Very enjoyable night

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Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Slightly expensive but good foo

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Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed excellent service and a very enjoyable meal. My guests were very pleased with choice of restaurant.
Very enjoyable

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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really fantastic and delicious !!!
The staff were kind, courteous and really great customer service. Great attention to detail and friendly.
We really appreciated the atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant. Those hanging lamps were awesome. A real memorable evening. We highly recommend this establishment!!!

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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff and excellent food

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Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, beautiful food, and lovely staff!
Will definitely be back, and would absolutely recommend!

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Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Average meal

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Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Was very excited to be dining here again as last time it was wonderful. However, we seemed to not have one designated waiter and therefore we weren’t told of the daily specials, I had to ask for the wine list and I had to put my hand up to get attention for dessert. I did notice that the tables who had one waiter, were well looked after. My main course, as yummy as it was, was cold and the fries were a bit soggy.

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Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Quality variable this time - e.g. asparagus dish had excellent asparagus with a less-pleasant part-cooked poached egg.

Service at table good; didn't really feel welcome to senior staff (felt we were disturbing their day!).

Still a good place for lunch.

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