French Saloon

4.6
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273 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lunch at French Saloon is like coming home to family on the holidays

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Too loud! Had to leave and have desert and drink elsewhere

PB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

It was with some trepidation that my husband & I climbed the rather grungy stairs for our booking at French Saloon. Knowing that Ian Curley was part of the management helped us to continue. We entered the restaurant & were greeted by friendly & professional staff. When we read the menu & wine list we knew Ian Curley was still flying. The food was superb & the choice of wine was outstanding. We both had the fish of the day & then indulged in wonderful desserts. We will return & recommend to friends. Patricia

AG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Well the location is cool and the food was great but this is the best I can say. This is definitely not a cheap restaurant yet I have had far better service in suburban diners! We may as well have been invisible, any time we wanted anything including a wine top up from our ordered bottle which was not left on our table we spent ages trying to attract any attention - result - meal long finished and half a bottle of wine un-drunk and no longer wanted. All in all a very poor and extremely expensive night out.

BB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Confident, beautifully timed, well informed service and brilliant food.

MH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food quality superb, service exceptional and floor plan is beautiful. Would not hesitate to recommend. Maybe the only very small negative is the noise level accentuated by the rustic floor boards. They look awesome however...

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was outstanding, service great and the little touches were appreciated

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a great evening - delicious food, superb wine and friendly, efficient service. Highly .

TR
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere, just like being in France.

GS
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Had the tasting menu for two. Wines didn't really match the courses and the meals were VERY protein rich.
Service was very impersonal and lacking.

SB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience, highly recommended. Food, service, wine list, couldn’t fault anything.

KM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The music was a little loud and we were cold as the night went on but we LOVE French Saloon. Food is amazing and the staff were lovely.

BM
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely service staff, and why weouldn't they be when they know the food and wine they are serving are top notch.

AB
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our night could not have been better.
Some of the best service we have received in Melbourne. Effortless.
The food was fantastic, wine amazing and finished it off with a lovely whisky.

Have already been recommending this restaurant to friends and colleagues.

l
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved my first visit to French Saloon! Food and service were beautiful. We started with the kingfish, which was substantial for an entree and incredibly fresh. We also had the baked Comte gougeres with artichoke. For mains, the two of us shared the duck, which included breast and cassoulet made with slow-cooked duck leg and ham hock. We had the green beans and hand-cut chips on the side, which were the perfect accompaniment. The ambience was dressed up yet it felt casual and low-key. I'll definitely be back!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time with fantastic food and service

MJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

French Saloon is a Melbourne gem, one of my favourite places to dine.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

R
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely fabulous night .

RY
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely service, delightful food with ambiance and great wine!

D
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

4 course menu is good value generous Great service

BB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AP
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

CM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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