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French Saloon, Melbourne, AU-VIC

French Saloon

4.7
4.7
338 Reviews
$41 to $100
French
Climb the narrow flight of stairs up from the red brick lane to enter the saloon. A table in the bustling dining room? Or a seat at the fluted zinc bar? Whether it’s a lunch, dinner or well crafted cocktails with a snack, bookings are essential.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    French, Modern Australian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9600 2142
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Our award winning menu designed by our head Chef Luke Fraser, 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.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811

Experiences

  • Chef's Menu

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    For all groups sized between 8-12 people we offer the Chef's Menu. This is a $85 per person shared menu offering classic seasonal dishes from our A la carte menu. Payment is taken on the evening and is NOT taken from the credit card used for booking. *Please note a 10% service charge applies to all group bookings between 8-12 people.
    Chef's Menu photo

What 338 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

338 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely superb dining experience. The food, wine and service were all outstanding, as is the overall ambience of the dining room.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Priced appropriately. Great knowledgable service. Fantastic room.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Steak was $120 and very tough which was disappointing. Overall experience does not align with prices

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  4. AdrianaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve always loved the French Saloon from the beginning. It did not disappoint! Everything was amazing, food quality, food presentation, service, wine and atmosphere. Well done to all. Very happy.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, service and atmosphere. Great find.

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  6. Raymond

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really love the gnocchi and the Otway pork. Nice ambience but the entrance is a bit hard to find.

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  7. AdamT

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and wine list, great service and energy in an effortlessly cool, understated dining room above the corner of Little Bourke Street and Hardware Lane. Handily, Kirks Wine Bar is downstairs so we continued festivities there for a few more hours. A long, happy lunch was had.

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  8. Maxo

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening celebrating my birthday. The service was excellent even considering the short staffing; our server was both knowledgeable and friendly. The food came out in good time, and the drinks list is phenomenal. The food itself was sublime. I will certainly be coming back! Thank you

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad this place has reopened - just as good as I remember it!

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  10. ChristinaM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, and love that it's upstairs - feels very authentic French from the food and atmosphere. Service was lovely, although just a bit slow - which was surprising given it wasn't a crowded afternoon. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Great steak frites and fish dishes. The BEST creme brulee I've had outside of France. Tres bien!

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  11. DianaE

    Perth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Decaffeinated latte poor taste and coffee not so good otherwise excellent food Second round of beans came too late

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  12. MartiK

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely! A perfect place for a birthday celebration.

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  13. SimonL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great restaurant and wonderful food for a date night out. Food and service was fantastic. A little noisy later but it was just before Christmas, we got there early which was nice.

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  14. SusannahB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just fabulous. Great food and an impressive and affordable wine list.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great. Great food reasonable prices and excellent service

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All round great night. The food & wine were awesome & the service was really fabulous.

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  17. MarkF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the saloon. The service team are friendly and helpful and the vibe has old world charm. We love the Saloon and will be back soo

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  18. MichaelT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the things upon which I commented to my guests was the excellence of the waiting staff. Congratulations.

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  19. LIZE

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply beautiful food, classical with a contemporary edge

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is beautifully prepared and presented, the dining space is unique and worth the experience, and the wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable; highly recommended.

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  21. Luke

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great night! Food was excellent and service was efficient and knowledgable.

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  22. davida

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good except for steak frites, which was described as Wagyu marble score 5. It was awful. It bore no resemblance to what marble score 5 meat should be. I should have complained, but just cut it into small pieces and ate it.

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  23. Lunchee

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great steak, there was a delay at lunchtime so not suitable for 1-2pm lunch

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  24. Melissa

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Very poor customer service - we were so disappointed (after really looking forward to visiting) we left after initial drinks and an appetiser. Couldn’t be more disappointed

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  25. Amazing

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unforgettable experience. Incredible food and warm, professional service. Thank you!

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  26. JohnD

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and a great ambiance- it was like being in Paris.

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  27. MsPH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is how Melbourne dining should be done! Relaxed,efficient,friendly, and knowledgeable staff with truly delicious food and wine on offer in a somewhat hidden away venue.

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  28. JodieB

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, service was great, food was delicious… love French Saloon - our regular girls catch up venue!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. Great to see it reopen and is still wonderful

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  30. MichelleE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truely a fabulous dining experience. Food was full of flavour and stunning technique. Missing in so many restaurants today. 10/10 thanks

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  31. Tricky

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue, food and wine great. Toilets could do with a bit of a clean though

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great function of 30pp food was sensational and service to match!

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  33. IJIJ

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food delicious. Service was great. Enjoyed ourselves.

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  34. BrocW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was really helpful and knowledgeable about the wine list and the food menu. She made great recommendations and was present and attentive without ever being intrusive. We always had water, plates were cleared in a timely manner and without obtrusion, the table was kept tidy and our wine glasses were never empty. The food was very good especially the john dory and clams casino. We genuinely enjoyed everything and are so happy you have reopened. It is a beautiful space and we would be happy to come back or recommend to others.

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  35. AnyaR

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wow! The chefs behind the French saloon can cook. Get ready for a taste sensation as velvety sauces caress winter vegetables so exquisite you’ll be asking for a baguette to mop up every last bit. Indulge in the bistro classic steak and chips and you’ll swear it was the best most flavoursome steak with jus you’ve ever had. As a past student of the culinary variety I know technical skill when I taste it and this was gastronomic mastery. If you’re a Melburnian don’t miss your chance. Us Sydneysiders can only dream of such a beautiful experience.

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  36. millylala

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place and so happy to see it re-open! Was beautiful food and wine and service. Thank you!

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  37. CharlotteD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really delicious, great service. Will be back! Thank you.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Not fussy, friendly service and humble interiors.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I took my French partner here hoping that it would be an authentic experience reminding him of home. It was anything but. We were the first people to be seated and order and waited an hour for our meals. The staff were apologetic but avoided our table like the plague. Then the food arrived and the disappointment continued. Avoid this place if you’re after authentic French cuisine or a lovely evening.

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  40. DianneC

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the night and our dinner was lovely ! Staff were great and we all had an enjoyable evening. My only criticism would be that the side of pomme frites was small.

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FAQs

French Saloon is rated 4.7 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for French Saloon

First Floor, 46 Hardware Lane (enter restaurant from Hardware Lane, via stairs), Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Hardware Lane and Little Bourke Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    French, Modern Australian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • Public Transit
    Route 86 or 96 tram
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9600 2142
  • Private party facilities
    Our award winning menu designed by our head Chef Luke Fraser, 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.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811
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