French Martini

3.9
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33 reviews
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$40 and under
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French
Paris is never a bad idea On busy Little Stanley Street, French Martini glows bright and pink, offering tasty cocktails and yummy French food. If you’re feeling like a taste of Paris and a fun night out this is the place. Settle into the blushing pink couches, spy on the punters walking past outside and sip on cocktails like the ‘Sailor at St Trope’ a mixture of spiced rum, fresh mint, lime and pineapple shaken with homemade mint infused syrup and finished with cracked pepper… Bon voyage! If you’re in the mood for a snack, graze on dishes like mussels cooked in white wine, golden shallots with parsley, and escargot. Pop in here with friends, or for an intimate dinner, because Paris is never a bad idea.
What 33 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.9
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
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NicoletteS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food, will definitely be back soon :)

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

It was busy on Valentines day but there was no actual service. Food dumped and run. Food delivered with no cutlery, no one checking on drinks, kids meal was slowest despite first requested. Loved the restaurant, food and location but 2.30hr for a 3 course meal with a grumpy child having to beg for a drink tested the patience. If staff are keeping a customers glass topped up a restaurant will make more money for us finding someone to get us a drink was tough as even when food was delivered staff ran before we could ask.

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ChrisY
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Had to ask where our drinks were.
Changed our starters at time of order, but original starters brought.
Ordered 1 pork belly and 2 duck but brought 2 pork and 1 duck...but bill showed original order
Pork belly fat was not crispy so had to cut off

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TimR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent. The wait staff were very attentive and all meals and drinks were above expectations. We arrived early and were accommodated without hastle. We hopefully will be returning soon.

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SunnyC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service by Carla ( I believe) was wonderful and attentive. It was a celebration lunch and we were made to feel special. The food was actually amazing and we all couldn’t believe the value. I’ve already told a few friends because wow. Loved how generous the mussels were, the tiny twists on dishes to make them unique and memorable. The attention to detail to make even the side salad with the Camembert delicious. Thank you very much !! Was too busy eating to take photos! :( We’ll see you again!

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LilithH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Lovely venue, however the service wasn’t what we had expected - very slow (took 15 minutes to get water to our table). Main course was absolutely beautiful but it took half an hour to arrive. The starters (3 tapas) were okay but not amazing - suspected the Camembert had been microwaved. Calamari very greasy and we had originally requested duck balls but had to settle for potato croquettes.

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AuntyS
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Booked French Martini for nieces 18th Birthday based on online reviews. Of the 5 of us who attended only one person was able to finish their meal. Calamari was overcooked and oily, duck was overcooked and the serve was very small for the price, Salmon was overcooked. Very expensive for the quality. Overall it was a very disappointing experience.

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Katrina
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Friendly waitress, but wasn’t able to answer meal queries without going and checking. Mixture of delicious meals and average, one of our group was missing a major element of the dish which affected the flavour negatively. Had the waitress checked on the meals, she could have mentioned this. Overall we had a good night and found the staff accomodating.

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CraigS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was absolutely impeccable would highly recommend

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SONJAB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The staff were friendly, the food was amazing and the restaurant had a beautiful French ambiance.

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GillianD
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately, our visit was underwhelming. My husband and I were there just under a year ago and were impressed but on this visit, the four of us felt that the food wasn't great. The dishes we ordered for dinner were not as good as we would cook at home and my Salmon had a bone in it so I didn't eat it all. We ordered a French Martini cocktail and it just tasted like soft drink. All in all, it was not a particularly enjoyable dinner.

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Lara
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and most servers were pleasant and efficient.

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Bland food no garlic in the snails and came out swimming in a heap of tasteless butter. First French experience so will not try again.

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johnE
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked at the last moment on Riverfire night and had never been before. We were delighted with a great table for two out the front, loved the duck and steak tartare. It was very busy with people being turned away, the staff coped well and the service was good. We will be back!

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katieg
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was delightful, the staff were very helpful and friendly...and the food delicious! Best espresso martini I’ve had 🤗
Looking forward to visiting again

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Dave
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Average food with below average service. This place has slipped.

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Joanne
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We chose this restaurant for a pre-theatre dinner as the opening hours suited and it served french cuisine (show we were seeing was set in Paris). It was virtually empty which should have given us a hint as many of the other restaurants that were open early were packed. The service was good and meal arrived without too much of a wait. I had the mussels in a white wine broth with baguette. The mussels were nice but the broth was very thin in taste. Just as well as the baguette was crusty but very doughy; not at all like it should have been so I didnt bother to soak up the broth. My husband had the duck and again, while it was tender and looked appetising, the flavour in the sauce just wasn't there. Very disappointed and would not recommend if you are after decent french food.

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RhondaM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The staff were so very friendly & informative about the menu. We would have loved the background music to have been of French influence instead of a loud modern play list.

The pate was devine, the drinks & cocktails very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food is ok but not great.
We had a shared entree of baked camembert, cheese was tasty, drizzled with honey, served with cold dry baguette & petite salad, I would suggest a crusty warm bread would be much nicer.
My main was Duck a l'orange, the meat was tender enough, served with potato & pumpkin but no sauce, so really quite dry.
Partners main of Mushroom Risotto was ok but served very sloppy & watery.
Side salad was fresh & served with a good dressing.
Dessert was a creme brulee, a very thin layer of toffee on top, little flavour, eggy & not a good creamy texture.
Service is average at best, a touch arrogant.
Staff need better skills at up-selling, rather than saying...as they clear your Main plate..."do you want anything else?" Perhaps they would drive more sales if they were to say something such as "can I tempt you with the dessert menu?" Or..."can I offer you another glass of wine/coffee?"
We sat toward the back of the restaurant in front of the kitchen glass display/spare storage fridge. The contents of the fridge should be hidden away from public view, meats etc. in clear plastic bags, unsealed with the tops wide open. Also a tray of something yellowish in shallow white ramekins with the contents overflowing & spilling out all over the tray, disgusting.
I have given this restaurant three or four tries over the years but it has never been outstanding, always just mediocre.
I think I would prefer to spend my money at a better quality French restaurant in the future.

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TyeW
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service with sensational food. Went on a Monday night so was quiet but really enjoyed the meal.

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Magic
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Disappointing, but I will try to be constructive. Upon arrival we ordered wine and then within 5 minutes ordered our meals. I ordered the 3 course degustation (Onion soup, Duck l'orange and cheese board) and my wife ordered an entree (calamari) and a main of pork belly. Our entree came out in 35 minutes which I consider extremely tardy. Upon finishing our entrees, I ordered another wine. After an hour had passed, the waiter (or possibly manager) came and informed my wife that they were "out of pork belly, would we like to order something else". Seriously...an hour after we ordered, they now only realise they didn't have our order? So my wife changed the order to a steak. The mains then came out about 20 minutes later. My wife's steak was excellent, but unfortunately my duck l'orange was cold! It was as if it had been sitting in the kitchen for 45 minutes waiting for the change in order. After we finished that course we had a cheese platter (which was good) and then paid and left. When I paid, the total was about $35 short than what was expected. We could only assume that they had decided to give a discount/or not charge for my wife's meal. If that was the case, then I would have appreciated an explanation and/or an apology. This would have been more palatable. In the 2 hours we were there, the waiter only refilled our water once. Seriously guys...you can do so much better. The service needs to improve dramatically. I guess next time we want 'french food, we will go to a restaurant, and not a bar/bistro. Has potential, but generally poor experience. I will not be returning unless things improve.

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AlisonM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always excellent and the staff very attentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a most enjoyable meal, the food and wine were superb!

JM
JanM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The lunch menu could be improved. My Coq au vin was shredded chicken in sauce with rice so not as I expected. Both mains were quite salty.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We went to French Martini from a South Bank google search. While the venue was not what we expected, more casual than we thought. The food and wine was reasonable with attentive service.

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Moped269
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

We went for my girlfriends Birthday last week. Read Google reviews but was still keen to find out for ourselves as our favourite French Restaurant is now closed. It was an unusually quiet Thursday night in all of South Bank. The Service was lovely and the overall experience was good. Overall $$ was not over the top for 4 drinks, 2 entrees, 2 mains and shared desert… free parking was a bonus!!! The escargot was interestingly different to the usual way they are served and would have preferred a choice. My French soup was lukewarm at best but didn’t want to send it back for the same reasons in another review. But our mains… the Salmon and Duck more then made up for it as well the Creme Brûlée!!! Thank you for the lovely evening… Cheers

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MaureenF
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We arrived at 4.45 pm, having booked online. They only had a couple of snack available, as they had no chef. It served the purpose. It would be nice to return when a chef is available.

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levesonS
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The salmon was great unfortunately the rib fillet steak was terrible. I would recommend they change their butcher and as coles sells better steaks.

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MB194
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Nice location however the service and standard of food served was ordinary. It was a quiet weekday with a group of four. I noted that it was a birthday booking however no mention of this when we arrived. Meals were ordinary and no service staff around to order more drinks or to take our plates from the table after we had finished our mains. Left and went to another restaurant for dessert and cocktails after.

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GretaR
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The French martini is a pleasant way to start eating French. Nice helpings, great service and great flavour.

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DebH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

There isn’t anything positive I would say about my experience at French Martini. Service very poor despite plenty of staff. Food terrible and long waits between each course. Music very loud. Really disappointing.

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StevenJ
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience for our 5th anniversary at French Martini. The staff were friendly and helpful. The atmosphere really set us up for a relaxing evening. The food was a bit higher in price than what we usually would pay when going out, but after tasting it, we were not disappointed.

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SheridanP
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really yummy French dining. Staff and service was excellent

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French Martini offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (07) 3844 5541.

French Martini is rated 3.9 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

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