French Saloon

4.6
256 reviews
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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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food!

R
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great place to experience Melbourne's influence on French cuisine.
The service was brilliant, even provided us information to source some wines we had.
It's always great to see people passionate about what they do.
Well done!

JL
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant, they can do no wrong in my eyes

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was absolutely fabulous night .

RY
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible. Some of the best food in Melbourne and gorgeous dining room

JG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely service, delightful food with ambiance and great wine!

D
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for the 4 course chef’s choice for $70 per person. Not only was it delicious, but we got some extra tasters. Fabulous service, knowledgeable wine recommendations. Overall a wonderful night. We will be back soon.

P
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Food was really average. The duck was under cooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen. Over priced for what is was. Would not go back.

DP
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

4 course menu is good value generous Great service

BB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and friendly professional staff. A great place for an evening with friends or to celebrate a special event.

CH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Will be back & recommending to friends.

AP
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I went there for a business lunch and would definitely go again. I was pleased with the more economical option of a 2 or 3 course menu dejeuner which helped me meet my budget. This was my first time and I loved the space, atmosphere and food. The let downs were the attentiveness of our waiters and the expensive wine list. For instance, it took a while to take our order, we weren't asked whether we had any time constraint (it was obviously a business lunch) which was compounded by the food came out a little slower than expected, waiters were slow to top up our wine and the coffee order at the end took too long with my short black coming out cold (obviously the first coffee made). These are relatively minor issues when the food and vibe are this good. Small improvements to service could certainly elevate this to 5 star.

M
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with waitstaff who give you space whilst being attentive at the same time (the best kind). The food was great, with decent portion sizes.

It would be awesome if there was a touch more lighting.

GO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We found the steak a bit chewy; excellent service by Mathew. Wine list good and great bar outside on the deck which was well heated.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

French Saloon will never fail you for a romantic dinner. The service was outstanding, you are truely welcomed to feel like home. Even if you want to change bits and pieces of the set menu, they would always try their best to accomodate you. Every dish tastes so delicious along with good wine, And you will be even more pleased with a very reasonable price. One of my very few favourite restaurants in Melbourne.

GR
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were visiting Melbourne from Sydney and had been recommended to French Saloon. This was a pre-theatre dinner at 5.30pm before seeing part 2 of Harry Potter (Tonka the previous night). The main dining room here is traditional bistro style with timber floors and minimal decoration - the real focus here is on the food and wine. We shared Clyde River oysters with horseradish - not too much to overpower the oysters, but enough to give them a lift - they were plump and fresh. These were followed by a fantastic deconstructed cassoulet - the duck breast was served separately with just a little rich stock, the beans, hock & sausage served as a side dish - fantastic flavours with just a hint of star anise. We were served by Emily who was professional and friendly (is this a Melbourne thing?) and who made some excellent wine suggestions. The dessert menu looked a little uninspiring so we passed on that - but this restaurant will be on top of my list when we next visit Melbourne.

JM
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food coupled with excellent sevice. This is one of our favourite restaurants in Melbourne at the moment.

m
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing. best restaurant in melbourne. Catered for my vegetarian friend! The food was simple but full of flavour. Good wine list. Attentive and lovely staff. Felt like l was back in Paris

JH
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic steak and wine. For a place that can be challenging to find, lots seem to have found it.

RK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Service and the food was impeccable , one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne

CM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant restaurant tucked away nicely upstairs on the corner of Hardware Lane. Absolutely delicious food, wine and excellent service. Great ambiance inside makes for a great dining experience.

SM
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow such a gorgeous setting, beautiful food, fabulous service - I was transported to a bistro in Paris love love loved it:)

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant French Restaurant with lovely staff to attend to your needs and assist with your thoughts on the menu. We had a guest who was allergic to specific item and they made sure she would be fine. The food was stunning and the wine pairing perfect. Highly recommended

GC
Perth / WA
32 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nice food and wine. Shared menu was not expected and expensive for the food. Wine was expensive for the quality

AX
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Nothing special and a bottle of the sparkling water was more than $10 which doesn't taste authentic. Make sure you ask the bottle with the cap sealed to be delivered to your table and open it by yourself.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress was happy, friendly and very knowledgeable.
She recommended a special and it was amazing! Very enjoyable experience and amazing food! We will definitely be back next trip.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

French Saloon was outstanding, the cured Wagu was to die for

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A little gem that’s easy to miss if looking for it from the street. The food was superb - I can’t think of one dish that was a let down - and came with great service too. It’s not your usual tightly packed French bistrô, it’s spacious and not noisy, so easy to have a conversation without having to shout. Fantastic entrees and starters, a small but beautifully prepared set of mains - the roast chicken was beautifully moist and moorish - and you finish with fantastic desserts. The tasting menu for $70 per person is great value, and you get to try quite s few dishes with it, including the lovely petit fours at the end. Make sure to leave some space for the salted caramel madeleine. I recommend the place highly.

RC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at the French Saloon. I love how easy they make everything for you. From the moment you walk in your are made to feel like you are the only person that matter. A fabulous night. My fav dish was the bone marrow on toast.. YUM

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great French fusion International/Gourmet food, nice wine list

SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We opted for four course and matching wines. Wonderful amount of food, gorgeous interesting wine choices.
A couple of staff appeared quite bored but it was a quiet night.
Great service delivery and efficiency.
I would have liked food to be presented a little slower if on a weekend as each course was presented directly after the one before with no break which is needed for a four course dine.
Overall will be back it was a refreshing, light and modern service of French cuisine and I have already recommended it to others

SP
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to French Saloon for my partner's birthday dinner and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

SN
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere. Music was at perfect level, suited the restaurant.
Food good.
If you have Steak Frites, make sure you ask how you want it cooked as it comes out Medium/Rare.
(I would have asked for Medium)
Lovely Salad and great Fries.
Service lacked somewhat as we had to get attention of wait-staff on several occasions.
Worth a visit for sure.

GH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Was a bit disappointed with the value, service and noise levels. The steak frites and roquefort sauce was just too strongly flavoured for me, and the $19 glass of pinot noir not that amazing. The waitress didn't suggest to our friends that they should have ordered a side dish. A bit pricey for what it was. I like the layout and style of the restaurant but way too noisy (we were there on a Tuesday night). I havent planned to return or recommend this place unfortunately.

MH
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and Tamara was excellent. Knowledge of wine and food suggestions were professional and informative

C
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great
Ambiance, people, food, company. Couldn't ask for more

MC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
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

J
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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!

AW
Melbourne / VIC
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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