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Steak
We are Wollongong's premier French bistro with a strong emphasis on dry aged beef and high quality ingredients. You could call us your local 'steak frites' joint. We are very proud to cook our steaks exclusively over charcoal something new to the area. Located in the "CBD" area of Wollongong our exclusive residence has been fitted out with comfort and luxury as a priority. Our kitchen is open from 4pm for after work drink and snacks, dinner kicks off from 6pm Tuesday to Sunday.
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T
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak and frites were amazing! and $10 happy hour cocktails were good value

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful family dinner at Debutant, the food and service was excellent!!

Dan and his whole team have created another great dining experience in Wollongong!

BR
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed an excellent meal early on a Saturday evening.
Service was excellent.
Meals arrived quickly and all together (unlike Rockpool in Melbourne where it took 90 minutes to get our meal) .

Food was very tasty and well presented - enjoyed every skerrick!

Loved the fact that they have thought about the noise levels and keeping it down through the clever use of soft furnishings and drapes - it was wonderful to be able to have a conversation and hear each other.

G
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, I had the agnolotti as a starter and it was seriously one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever tasted.. the rib eye steak was delicious too.. everyone on the table really enjoyed their food & service.. we’ll be back

MF
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was superb, well presented and delicious flavours. Service was excellent and prompt. Wonderful dinning experience.

MD
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited for my sons 18th birthday dinner. The food was great. The waitress was awesome. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Padded wall seats very uncomfortable. The blinds were kept half down and made it feel a little claustrophobic as you couldn't see outside and it was very hot in the restaurant. Food was very tasty, cheese souffle was delicious. Steak was wonderful however did not understand the bowl of lettuce that came with it? Chips are like mcdonalds fries, thick and chunky would be better. We had finished our meal and no one asked if we wanted another drink so we left, however service had been great up to this point and the food was really nice.

JB
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding restaurant, group of 10 which we all had the $100 banquet, each dish was a great standard, ample food.

JU
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was amazing & service outstanding. Will be back

PK
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Very interesting restaurant. Something different in Wollongong

JR
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

We weren't happy about taking the wine away before we finished even though we paid a good amount of money.

JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience1

The restaurant, food and service were great but the air conditioning was freezing and really affecteEd my enjoyment of my first experience at Debutant. I have been a regular patron of Rookie for many years.

GP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing steak. Exactly what I was expecting. All the sides were tasty too and the service was great. Would highly recommend

GM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's little bit expensive but well worth it. The steaks are so tender, sauces beautiful and the staff are very knowledgeable. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. We will definitely be going back.

D
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived early on a weeknight and had the choice of seating. The steaks and fish were great all polished off with a bottle of a good red. A very good evening was had by all.

L
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely celebratory dinner at Debutante. The meals were delicious and the steaks cooked to perfection. The atmosphere and service were very good. The only negative would be that we waited a VERY long time for our main courses. Our booking was for 7pm and we did not get our main courses served until after 8.30! We were pretty hungry by then so lucky the food was good and plentiful.

PG
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Great service ...well done

the bench seats are not that comfortable hope it can be altered

D
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food quality and choice was excellent, the service was great all polished off with a bottle of wine. Well worth the experience

LP
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal. Cheese soufflé was exquisite, the steaks were fantastic. Friendly & attentive service & warm atmosphere. Throughly enjoyed our evening. Only drawback is that the meals were very expensive. $70 steak & $14 for broccoli 🤔 It all tastes great but still a bit pricey in my opinion.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Overrated, Overpriced!!
Service was the best on the night..

You'd expect better presentation and better taste for your charges...

Will never return and recommend!!

CT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was fantastic. Would highly recommend Debutant.

PE
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Have the steak it’s not cheap but beautiful flavour

KD
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

To be honest I was looking forward to this because I love french food but was very underwhelmed. My friends enjoyed the soufflé however my mussels had broken shells and were over peppered..I think otherwise they were a bit gritty. The bread rolls had a black char and for $4 were very average. The fillet steak my friend had was quite fatty. I had ribeye so expected some fat, unfortunately it did not melt on cooking. Picking our knives was a nice touch. The peppercorn sauce tasted strongly of Worcester sauce which was interesting but not to my taste. The duck cassoulet ...my friends were a bit disappointed with the vegetables but I assume were considered provincial. They did not order sides as felt they were over priced. The wine was nice as were the steak sides. Atmosphere it was a week night so there was no atmosphere but we weren’t expecting a busy restaurant. But overall $300 for 4 people I don’t think we will return.

DS
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food and service was outstanding.

N
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing introduction to this fabulous restaurant. It was everything I wished for when I wanted a chic French bistro with a modern south coast feel.

PS
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

A very welcome addition to the Wollongong dining scene and long overdue. Look forward to many future visits.

EM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The beef fillet with peppercorn sauce was beautiful and the service was great, we will be back!

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Was a great night. A few things wrong with the meals, but we're happily addressed. Steaks were not cooked to people's requirement and some burnt on outside but medium rare on inside. Otherwise good night

HB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

Entrees were outstanding - twice cooked cheese soufle and the crab toast were a delight. I ordered the 250g rump. It was cooked very well. Unfortunately the waitress got the order wrong and the sauce was poured over the steak rather than served on the side as requested. My husband ordered the 400g ribeye. Came on the bone so I think half the weight was bone. Was cooked very well however very grissly. The $65 steak was much better value. The serving of frites and salad that come with the steaks are ample. We ordered a side of beans also - very yummy but we sent a lot of food back. Waitresses are still learning I think - a number of mistakes made throughout the meal. They were fully booked and we had to wait quite a while for our meals. Not a problem except that we only had the table for two hours and if we had desert we definitely would have gone over time. Not sure what they would have done then. Overall, a great addition to the Wollongong dining scene and I hope they keep the doors open as we will go again.

LC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Not for Vegans. lol Best steaks in town. Will be back.

GV
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely meal. Cheese soufflé was tasty, mussels were good but being grilled over charcoal made the shells brittle therefore a little difficult to eat. Steak was the standout, really well cooked to medium rare. The salad and frites side servings were generous. Service was good despite the restaurant being very full. All round good meal, would return.

AM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was amazing! Absolute 10/10. We haven't stopped talking about i

GL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Really nice meal, good service. Be sure to check your bill as we were overcharged on several items. Overall good experience and will go back for sure.

DL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

An enjoyable evening, food delicious but tables far too close to one another. Needed to hold water bottle each time the waitress squeezed past. Thought that the service a trifle too casual with somewhat naive comments.

MD
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful French bistro type food, a welcome addition to the Wollongong dining scene

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I must off by saying that I recognize that the restaurant is new and some bedding in for staff will take time. However I can’t be as forgiving when it comes to the over cooking some of the steaks. This will need to be addressed. The issue was that some of the groups steaks were not medium closer to well done which didn’t do the steak justice. However when they were cooked as requested they definitely hit the mark. I will give the benefit of a doubt and come back to see if this was a teething problem.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you want a quality food and wine experience this is the right place for you! Great dishes which are refined and extensive in choice, subtle flavours which are truly delicious. Service is friendly and welcoming, whilst the menu is more on the expensive side the quality speaks for itself, you won’t be disappointed.

M
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Lovely décor, good service. Ordered dry aged rib eye, requested it be cooked 'rare' - it came medium-well. Confit de canard disappointing, accompanying 'cassoulet' consisted of a few poached cubed vegetables and broadbeans with 2 slices of sausage. And you really should not have to pay for sides when meals are at this price point. Hazelnut parfait was nice. As in a French bistro, bread should be complimentary which it is not here. Wine we had was fine but again, very overpriced ($39 for a $11 bottle).

GB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Overall, disappointed, there was no WOW, factor to any of our meals, thats 6 people for 3 courses. Steaks were crucified on outside and raw, not rare in the middle, very average selection of entrees and an even poorer selection of desserts. One meal which we assumed was a main, the raviollii had ONE ravioli on it. I ordered the entry level rib eye, poorly cooked and grissley. Wait staff were poorly trained with little knowledge of menu and I did not get the wine I ordered with my steak. Sad effort guys.

KP
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice food. Chef was accommodating to dietary requirements, the atmosphere is fresh and fun. You get to choose the steak knife you’d like from their cool collection, a bit of fun. Nice wine, and yummy food. I had the duck and it was delicious. Recommended!