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.View Private Dining Details
We were very confused with the menu offerings. Apparently some dishes are for sharing but no real explanation on the menu or from staff. Food was underwhelming & not very tasty. I’ve never eaten french food like this before even in France. Won’t be back
French Saloon always impresses. It is a fantastic spot for a business lunch or somewhat special dinner. Hidden above the equally fabulous Kirk's Wine Bar in Hardware Lane, French Saloon is spacious, friendly and full of light .
The food is always fresh, interesting and bursting with flavour. Well presented dishes are fantastic to share. The largely French wine list may not be so easy to navigate for the average diner, but the sommelier helps to make those decisions easy.
Added up, the experience isn't cheap, but it is fantastic and feels like value for money. It is a place I love to take people to impress!
Great spot for French inspired modern cuisine
Service was great, French waiter was entertaining !
I was recommended this restaurant by a good friend - I took a business colleague there who was visiting from New York. He loved it and so did I.
The food was truly delicious and the plating was extremely generous. Beautiful wines….
I would return to French Saloon in a minute - I just wish it was a little closer to home.
Fantastic service, enjoyed the atmosphere and the authentic French cuisine was perfect in every sense
Outstanding lunch! Great food, excellent service and fantastic setting.
Superb - a wonderful culinary experience before the theatre. Will be back!
Officially my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Twice in the last month. Knowledgeable staff, uncomprimising food quality, great wine list. Worth investigating for the uninitiated.
Great food, fantastic service. Definitely recommend it. The atmosphere of the room is incredible and the private dining rooms looks terrific. Good for all occasions.
Amazing food, great service and atmosphere - new favourite!
Perfect romantic restaurant to get engaged. We had such a lovely night. Our waitress Emily was fantastic! Many thanks to the great chef, thank you for your little surprise.
Great atmosphere, food and wine!
French Saloon is always excellent. Have been there several times, its always a pleasure to have a meal there with friends or colleagues.
Casual but with an authentic French feel. Good feed although a slightly limited menu. Wine and beer selection also good. Excellent to have wait staff with outrageous French accents. A bit on the expensive side; 2 mains, 1 dessert, 2 beers and one of the least expensive bottles of wine =$203
Service was a bit less than responsive, as I sat a while with an empty water glass while the table next to me was had their water glasses filled. The server didn’t check to see if my glass needed filling, but left the area. The place is incredibly loud! Don’t go for an intimate dinner and conversation, more likely you’ll be engaged in a yelling battle. The food was acceptable. I had the steak frites, both the steak and the frites were done as expected and delivered in reasonable time. All in all an okay experience.
As always great ambience , great staff and great food
A very gorgeous restaurant - a slice of real France in the CBD - lovely feeling and excellent service.
Can't wait to go back.
I love this place. Beautiful with its natural light and lovely staff. Excellent food and reasonably priced given the quality.
Wonderful space to dine in with a small but authentic menu of some French classics plus seasonal dishes. The service is very attentive and friendly while not overbearing. My entree of lightly cured kingfish was excellent, followed by perfectly cooked steak frites. I've dined here a number of times for lunch and dinner, and would not hesitate to return again.
Excellent food, ambience, staff. Will definitely be going back again.
My husband & I started with the salmon caviar & champagne, both were quite good. Then we shared the 5 cheese selection with a cab/merlot blend from Australia- excellent choices. We ended with the porterhouse cooked blue with some frites, quite yummy. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the night!
Extremely impressed with our first visit here! Every dish was top notch! Loved the understated but cool decor....felt like we were in France! Definitely will revisit!
Love the ambience and food always exceptional. Service was a bit on the slow side this time but normally good.
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
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
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.
Lovely place to dine . Food was delicious and service from Jess was outstanding . Will come back next time we visit Melbourne
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.
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
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.
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......
Excellent cuisine in a great quirky Melbourne location. Extensive list of French wines (as expected)
A second visit and exceptional food and great, no pressure service.
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!
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......
One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Impeccable friendly service and lovely ambience.
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
Hard to find as no signage but so worth it. Feed, service, ambience all great.
Great Melbourne restaurant with fantastic food and polite and helpful staff.
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.
Great food. Wine list ok. Noisy. Accommodating staff. Enjoyed our meal there.