The Best French Restaurants in Melbourne for a Foodie Feast
From cheese and wine to soufflé and tartare, these are the best French restaurants in Melbourne pour en faire tout un fromage.
From quiche and croque monsieur, to soufflé and sweet, sweet camembert. French cuisine is something we will never tire of. Luckily for us, Melbourne is spoilt for choice when it comes to traditional French fare. An array of bistros, cafés, brasseries and restaurants make it their business to fill us with the best that France has to offer. NB: importantly, the libations at each of these institutions are equally as commendable as their cuisine.
Tucked away up Paris end of Collins St, the latest venture from acclaimed chef Philippe Mouchel is a must-try for French loving foodies. It might only be a few steps down off the street, but this cosy basement eatery will have you feeling a thousand miles away. With its open kitchen at the helm, Philippe’s refined menu might read traditional, but the final product is far from played out. Atop the crisp white tablecloths, perfectly manicured servers place exquisite plates of Wagyu beef tartare, twice baked cheese soufflé and Bannockburn rôtisserie chicken. And for dessert, it's crème brûlée all the way!
115 Collins St, Melbourne
This casual French restaurant-slash-bar-slash-café puts the Bon Ap’ in Bon Appétit. “Committed to the pleasure of good food”, Bon Ap’ is all about serving the local neighbourhood from morning chocolate croissant to decadent three-course dinner. To make the most of the beautifully traditional menu, dine in a group so you can try a little bit of everything. Overwhelmed by the choice? Say ‘feed me’ and the Bon Ap’ team will take you on a gastronomic tour of France – from terrine to crème brulée.
193 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Stylish, modern and French. Three things that make Hell of the North the place for Francophile foodies. Serving up a refined menu of classics, you’ll find all your favourite French dishes – parfait, gratin and tartare included. A must-try on the menu is their moreish French onion soup – a winter warmer that’s dressed to impress. Pouring an amazing selection of wine and beer, be sure to consult the team on the best match for what you want to order. Or if you are confident in your sommelier abilities, BYO on Friday and Saturday nights.
135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy
French Saloon may physically be within the walls of a modern Melbourne restaurant, but its spirit is far away in the regions of France. The intimately chic feel of the restaurant and its elegantly modern French cooking makes this eatery the perfect spot for romantic dinner dates. Our tip: start with oysters and baked comet gougères, before moving onto the duck cassoulet, and finishing on a sweet note with the chocolate marquise with Armagnac custard and hazelnut. C’est bien, trés bien!
First Floor, 46 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Self-described as ‘a nostalgic trip to Paris’, Bistro Thierry is renowned for being one of Melbourne’s best French eateries. Elegant by nature with its art-filled walls and rich-coloured interiors, the service is first class. It’s the perfect restaurant to experience authentic Parisian dishes, with the beautifully curated plates being created from high-quality locally sourced produce. Consider it on the top of our foodie list!
511 Malvern Road, Toorak
France Soir is a French bistro that celebrates its traditional roots whilst incorporating influences from seasonal Australian produce. A bustling local haunt, the setting oozes a classic Parisian flavour while you enjoy wholesome bistro dining and an impressive array of French wines. From the roast quail and escargots, to steak tartare and beef bourguignon, there are plenty of classics to sink your teeth into.
11 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Influenced by the diverse flavours of Europe, Bistro Gitan’s unique cuisine explores the traditional flavours of Western Europe with a strong focus on France. Warm and welcoming with plenty of class, this modern chic eatery serves up beautiful dishes like Tasmanian bush pepperberries liver parfait and mustard-crusted spatchcock, alongside a generous selection of Australian and international wines and beers. Casual French dining at its best.
52 Toorak Road West, South Yarra
A warm and ambient setting topped with award-winning cuisine, Noir Restaurant serves up contemporary French fare with a touch of je ne sais quoi. Their innovative plates are prepared with seasonal Australian produce and paired with a handpicked selection of French and local wines. Be sure to save some room for their unique and indulgent desserts. The spiced apple and sultana soufflé, with Rutherglen muscat ice cream is too delicious for words.
175 Swan Street, Richmond
Across from the picturesque Melbourne Botanic Gardens sits the renowned Parisian steakhouse and café, Entrecôte. Featuring an all-day dining menu, including its award-winning breakfast, their signature dish is the classic steak frites with a succulent piece of Porterhouse steak and moreish fries, best enjoyed after settling in for their daily happy hour. The best part of ordering steak frites, the waiter will come around and top up your plate with golden French fries whenever you want, yep – bottomless fries.
131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra
Inspired by the city of love’s neighbourhood bistros, which are adored by Parisians and tourists alike, Guillaume Brahimi’s Crown Melbourne Bistro provides everything there is to love about the haughty continentals. With a host menu options, all occasions, from intimate to group dining, are happily catered for. The dishes for two encourage sharing the spread, and a dessert menu stacked with treats permits you free reign over delights.
8, Riverside, Crown Melbourne, Whiteman Street, Southbank
Iconic in the Melbourne foodie scene, Chez Olivier is a renowned French eatery serving up elegant and authentic fare. An esteemed dining destination, the chic yet laidback interiors allow the French fare to do all the talking. With a generous wine list and an option for lush group degustations, their bistro-style menu features classic French recipes complete with indulgent desserts.
268 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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