French Saloon

4.6
220 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Climb the narrow flight of stairs up from the red brick lane to enter the saloon. A room that is at once spacious, open and rambling, one side lined by a wall of windows, the other a splendid bar of long fluted zinc; counterpoint to the perfectly proportioned, intimate beauty of its little brother downstairs.

Spanning the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, French Saloon borrows from the decadence and familiarity of the Parisian bar & bistro, while finding common ground with the enjoyment of raucous company and a sense of mischief. Start with Champagne and caviar at the bar, progress with steak tartare and bottles of Burgundy. A dining room to some, a bar for well-made cocktails and snacks for others – above all, a room for good fun and a party.

Private Dining

Our award winning menu designed by our executive Chef Ian Curley, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.

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Special Offers

Regular Menu

For bookings who are not Bank Of Melbourne Customers or do not wish to order the Bank Of Melbourne Off-Menu item.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 13 people

Starts: 8 March 2019

Ends: 24 March 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-23:45

Add Bank of Melbourne’s ‘Off- Menu’ dish: Caviar Tasting Plate $28

Access Bank of Melbourne’s exclusive ‘Off-Menu’ dish, $28. Order for yourself or anyone in your party.
Bank of Melbourne customers can order an exclusive tasting plate of Caviar fairy bread; Salmon crudo, avocado & horseradish; and Warm potato & horseradish blini, cod roe and caviar, created by head chef Todd Moses.
For a limited time only and only available to Bank of Melbourne customers.

Terms and Conditions: Available during Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, 8-24 March 2019. Only available to Bank of Melbourne customers

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 8 March 2019

Ends: 24 March 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-23:45

What 220 People Are Saying
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MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

French Saloon never fails to deliver. Incredible produce cooked beautifully every single time, lovely friendly service and a relaxed, light and bright European atmosphere nestled into the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

Melissa Chen, Founder of Mill's Kitchen

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. The layout is particularly fantastic as the tables are evenly spaced and the food was delicious.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fab lunch and loved every second. Can’t wait to come again with a little more time to enjoy everything!

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AW
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always excellent, the service always professional. I never feel cramped & I can hear my fellow diners - one of my favourites!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The French Saloon has some appealing features. The food is good, prepared by a technically competent kitchen. The light-filled dining room is a pleasure to be in, but the noise can be a problem if large groups are also in the room. The let down -- but note this is a widespread problem in Melbourne -- comes with thimble-sized serves of wine at hefty prices. It is no longer worth buying wine by the glass in Melbourne restaurants anymore. Restauranters are a bit dim on the wine front. Australia is a wine lake, full of excellent wines at very good prices. At home drinking has never been better. It is ridiculous to pay for a glass of wine, when the same sum can buy a whole bottle of quality wine from the Clare or Barossa valleys.

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b
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Just ok food and wine, especially for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful food, nice ambiance, hidden gem! Oysters were delicious as well as the trout.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place, one of the nicest restaurant spaces in Melbourne with food to match.
Forget about the other better known French restaurants in Melbourne, this is the number 1.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Fantastic steak tartare but the service was only ok, not that welcoming and it would have been nice to be offered a complimentary glass of champagne when a bottle of champagne was dropped on the floor and consequently soaked us!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Our second visit to French Saloon - and I would still recommend it again.

The ambience was great but the food and service didn’t match the perfect experience I had on the first visit. Granted it was a busy Friday night before Christmas, and my last visit was on a much quieter Wednesday night in October.

The service fell short in two areas.

1. TABLE SERVICE.
Our waiter, although pleasant and capable, wasn’t completely switched on and didn’t give the same charming and engaging service I had on the previous visit in October. We were served by multiple waiters (probably because our guests were flagging down anyone they could for service) however the communication between staff was not up to speed and we had waiters ask repeat questions.

2. MAÎTRE DE
We arrived with bags, umbrellas and jackets - all of which we had to ask for the maître D to take. When we got up to leave (after paying) we had to get our own jackets, bags and umbrellas - which required disturbing other guests to squeeze past to the area they were stored. This felt slightly embarrassing and we felt a little neglected on departure.

The food was next to perfect. My only disappointment was the Burrata dish wasn’t as creamy as last time. Was it served too cold? It didn’t ooze out everywhere when opened.

Overall it was a fabulous experience though next time we will pick a quieter evening and hope the food and service return to the standard we received in October.

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E
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always first class at French Saloon, a gem of a restaurant

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JC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Open Table messed up and I was assigned a table that did not exist. They squeezed me in but I had to eat rapidly in order to free up the table since my reservation was not good. They were very apologetic and the food was excellent but I did not get value for money since I was rushed. They gave me a free drink.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

On a hot Friday it was delightful to enter the high ceilings of the French Saloon. While the ceiling fans moved the air I was immediately given water and a thirst quenching aperitif was suggested.
Entree and main course were lovely and beautifully presented. I thought the dessert of strawberries and cream was not worth the money.
Attentive and knowledgeable staff and a great wine list.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious food . Fantastic personalised service. The only downer was the acoustics of the resturant . It’s too noisy. Hard to have conversations without yelling across the table .

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LH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant, have been here 5 times in the last 18 months. For both client lunches/dinners and more recently for a date night. Everything is exceptional about this place, the food is to die for and the menu constantly changes. Every time I've not bothered to choose my own food, as the wait staff are skilled at selecting on your behalf if you just want to soak it all in. The only 'downside' is the noise level, which can get a little overwhelming when it's full (most of the time). But aside from that I absolutely love this place.

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BM
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful space - ambient - french music - beautiful flowers - excellent service - delicious food and wine!

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BT
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The room is light and comfortable with a stunning long bar imported from Paris, omnipresent staff and a calm minimal chic. My rock oysters were delightful, the ceviche beautiful and a little progressive. But there's a reason Steak Frites is a classic and here you will rediscover why. This was a simple dish superbly cooked and in its somewhat humble understated presentation nearing bistro perfection. A special comment about the quality of staff here and superb caviar and cheese menus I was not prepared to explore fully without company (which I will return soon to do).

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b
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Authentic food served by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff

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EG
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was good. Service was a bit scattered seems the waitstaff is spread thin when the restaurant is
full. I would come back if I lived in town.

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GD
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A great meal here again.

The wine list is fantastic (and fairly priced). We shares a couple of entrees and the special John Dory, all of which were beautifully fresh and tasty.

Lovely service

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A
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sophisticated, delicious , authentic and over time consistent

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NB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Menu is in French with no description in English..menu is rather misleading. Expensive for the value of food.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive service great wine by the glass

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MM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great selection of wine. Staff were professional and very knowledgeable about wine!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambience, wine list, entre and desert so no complaints really. I probably didn't choose the best option for main for my palate. Need to sample again to firm up my view of the food.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always wonderful. I so enjoy the vegetables and salads so much variety and taste, and as a vegetarian this is not usually the case when I dine out

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E
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine with very attentive and knowledgeable staff (Philippe) thank you for a fabulous night cheers

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BH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Lovely luncheon enjoyed the food, the service and will happily return.

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G
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Perfect spot to meet up with friends for a midweek treat, starting with a drink and something tasty downstairs (Kirks Wine Bar) before heading up for more of the same plus some substantial dishes. Great wine list, good service and delightful ambiance.

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love this restaurant and have been on a number of occasions. The menu is reasonably small but everything on it is amazing. The staff are excellent, attentive and knowledgeable. It can become a little loud but not offensive. My only criticism is that we booked with Open Table and although I confirmed, our booking was not there when we arrived. Fortunately (it was a special occasion) the waiter was able to seat us and we didn't miss out but it could have been a disaster.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best example of French bistro cuisine in Australia. And they have cassoulet on the menu which surprisingly is hard to find. Exceptional from the oysters and scallops, to the bouef and the cassoulet, to the finishing madelines, cheese board and dessert wines. A complete and authentic experience.

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E
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite spot in the city. Beautiful menu and brilliant staff.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meal, delicious wine, can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was good.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was amazing, the wagu steak was phenomenal, the wine list was great. Over all the entire experience was absolutly fantastic.

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ER
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The steak was tough so this was disappointing, especially as we picked the most expensive cut - the rest of the sides and starters were good.

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VH
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Price was amazing too, nothing to fault.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service is consistently excellent here. Amazing tuna ceviche.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I had the flounder it was rather tasteless and didn't come until everyone had finished their meals. They were apologetic and when I told them I wasn't happy in a polite way they took it off the bill.
Its not nice to eat alone!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing

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