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About French Saloon

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.

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

Cuisines:
European

Hours of operation:
Saloon open Monday-Friday for restaurant bookings 12noon-2am
Available for private event bookings Saturday & Sunday

Cross street:
Little Bourke Street

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9600 2142

Website:
http://www.frenchsaloon.com/

Executive Chef:
Todd Moses & Ian Curley

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

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.

French Saloon Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.5

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Lunch (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Casual (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fun (11)
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Hot Spot (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Outdoor Eating (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
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People Watching (4)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Food4
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Service3
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 6 December 2017

Love the ambience and food always exceptional. Service was a bit on the slow side this time but normally good.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 5 December 2017

Full of character and ambience the French Saloon is a great favourite when we visit Melbourne. Staff are great and the food is too die for

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food5
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·Dined on 29 November 2017

Took some clients to French Saloon for a corporate lunch, very enjoyable meal, fantastic service and a good atmosphere. Client very happy and certainly good value for money

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
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Food5
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Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 28 November 2017

Celebrated my sister’s birthday here. We booked the rooftop area. The weather was fine. The ambience was great, as was the food and wine.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 17 November 2017

Lovely place to dine . Food was delicious and service from Jess was outstanding . Will come back next time we visit Melbourne

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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Food5
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·Dined on 17 November 2017

Amazing! In the glut of Melbourne CBD restaurants comes something refreshing, with a twist on originals that taste so so good. The service and atmosphere were also incredible. Would definitely return, and the price was definitely worth it. Try the whipped cod roe and potato blinis, and you won’t regret it.

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Food4
Ambience5
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·Dined on 16 November 2017

We love this place. Our dear friend was over from NYC and we are trying to convince her to come home, so we chose French Saloon. Always a fabulous experience X

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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Food5
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·Dined on 15 November 2017

I love this restaurant and my friends did too! The food was great, we are still raving about the chicken! Service was lovely and friendly. Ambience is great, day or night and it is a light filled space so good in any weather.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience1
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 14 November 2017

Is that a real mouse?
I have hosted 4 business lunches here entertaining clients
This time I was hosting three clients for dinner.
The food was great and everyone was enjoying it until halfway through the meal a little mouse was spotted under our table. We informed the wait staff and luckily we weren't too fussed and we were all males. As the host I did feel embarrassed as one of my clients spotted it not me. The female staff weren't sure what to do........
I suppose there isn't much you can do about it in full service but it just kept running along the wall where the windows are, darting in and out of the heaters set off the wall.
Not sure if I will be hosting any dinners there anytime soon as it has left a weird feeling in my stomach......

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Food5
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·Dined on 13 November 2017

Excellent cuisine in a great quirky Melbourne location. Extensive list of French wines (as expected)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

A second visit and exceptional food and great, no pressure service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 6 November 2017

Once we found it, it was wonderful. Though the dining room was noisy, the food was fantastic. It may be my pick for best meal! The crab starter and the burrata starter were incredible. I couldn't talk the wAitress into the recipe but I hope tiger to Melbourne again just to have the burrata starter. The special flathead fish was perfect.
Best food with lovely service. A must!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on 6 November 2017

Great food, wine list and service. Went for an afternoon lunch with friends and what a relaxing long lunch it was. Finished at 4.30pm and the staff made us feel very comfortable and welcome right through......

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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 3 November 2017

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Impeccable friendly service and lovely ambience.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Romantic
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 2 November 2017

A bit underwhelming. French?? Question that. People service is great. We ordered Steak as main and although cooked perfect rested too long and then dressed with cold chopped greens and oil so was very cool, borderline ok but not good enough at the cost. Place lacks any soft furnishings so is very noisey. Not the worst but many better at this priceline

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Food5
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·Dined on 25 October 2017

Hard to find as no signage but so worth it. Feed, service, ambience all great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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Food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 23 October 2017

Great Melbourne restaurant with fantastic food and polite and helpful staff.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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Food2
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on 17 October 2017

Received an email from this OpenTable at the end of my meal scolding me for not turning up and asking why I had broken my booking. Made me realise how poorly organised front of house is as well as their hopeless customer service is. Although I’ve been several times, won’t be going back and will tell friends not to either.

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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 13 October 2017

Great food. Wine list ok. Noisy. Accommodating staff. Enjoyed our meal there.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 12 October 2017

We are a Ladies Lunch Group and love our dining experiences around Melbourne. The Food here was exquisite and the French Wines divine. The choice of menu was well balanced and the staff were amazing and so hospitable. Thank you from Ladies Who Lunch Bayside !

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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·Dined on 2 October 2017

had an outstanding lunch - food was superb and service the same - wine selection was perfect for the style of food - will rush back - thank you

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 22 September 2017

We loved everything about this place. Great space, service and wonderful food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 20 September 2017

me and my friend had an amazing experience at the French Saloon , the staff is just wonderful and the food is amazing. There was a relaxed atmosphere ,not too noisy and cute

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
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·Dined on 13 September 2017

A very unique experience. Staff knowledge of wines was very good. Food matched well.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 8 September 2017

Great food. Food was very fresh and the tongue was very tender. Interior design is very romantic too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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Food4
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·Dined on 7 September 2017

Really nice French restaurant, beautiful food, non-pretentious staff, great service, and great ambience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

Great atmosphere and food and service superb. Highly recommend this place for friends get together or Romantic evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
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·Dined on 11 August 2017

Food was up and down. Some dishes were "so-so" (carrots, black sesame, toasted buckwheat) others fantastic (whipped cod roe with potato blini).
Wine list was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 3 August 2017

Charming, hidden venue. Excellent food. Great service. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

Fabulous French food . Friendly staff and attentive but casual service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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Food4
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

Always enjoy dining here, nice atmosphere and attentive staff topped off by delicious food.

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Food5
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 5 July 2017

A wonderful restaurant, excellent food, knowledgeable staff and a lovely dining room.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on 21 June 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. Excellent menu/wine and great knowledgeable staff. A little on the noisy side (especially when your partner is deaf!)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 19 June 2017

Delicious food and great service. Definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 31 May 2017

Wonderful service, food and wine. Waitress made great suggestions and also steered us away from ordering too much food. The most delicious steak!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 5 May 2017

Ian Curley and team have a gem on their hands. Great winelist, knowledgeable staff and intelligent menu - this one is a winner.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 4 May 2017

From the moment we arrived, we were made welcome. The service and food were excellent. Thank you Mr Curley

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 2 May 2017

A beautiful dining room with great food, close to home - I would like to eat here every night.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 21 April 2017

So wanted to like this, all the reviews said I should. Thought is was below average the first time so thought try again. Well same disinterested man greats you! Same inordinately long wait to gets served. Same overcooked steak that's really not great value for money. That its no more second chances.If I am feeling like French Bistro it's France Soir all the way!

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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 21 April 2017

Don't go to the French Saloon expecting high end french with all the special sauces. This is more bistro style with simple food cooked well. The food was tasty but uncomplicated. The ambience a bit busy and noisy for my taste but clean and bright. The service was very good.

Tags: Casual
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