French Saloon

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French Saloon - French restaurant in Melbourne, Australia

$$$ Late-night food

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First Floor, 46 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


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4.60 (180 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Tuesday: 12 to 10PM
  • Wednesday: 12 to 10PM
  • Thursday: 12 to 10PM
  • Friday: 12 to 11PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 12 to 10PM


  • 5Sonia Martinez A. 1 year ago
    Great service, food and wine!

  • 5Ben M. 1 year ago
    Absolutely delightful. Roast chicken was superb.

  • 5Fleur S. 1 year ago
    Beautiful food!!

  • 5Shea E. 1 year ago
    Beautiful food, modern French

  • 5Emily R. 1 year ago
    Fabulous French cuisines!

  • 5Vicky T. 1 year ago
    The food was amazing and the staff attentive. Most places ignore lone diners, not here. Thank you for making me feel comfortable and welcome

  • 5Miles T. 1 year ago
    Excellent food, service, We had an issue with the first bottle of wine we ordered, they did correct it and then the food was simply amazing A nice cosy setting, it’s not the quietest place, so be ready for that Will be back

  • 5Serena C. 1 year ago
    amazing food and service - highly recommend

  • 5Benjamin J. 1 year ago
    Very little can be added to a truly exceptional meal. Thank You to all of the staff.

  • 5Leonard H. 1 year ago
    Great food and service love the Steak Tartare

  • 5Thomas N. 1 year ago
    Loved it. Accommodating staff. Great food

  • 5Daniel P. 1 year ago

  • 5Liam W. 2 years ago
    One of the best meals I’ve experienced in Melbourne. The service and experience go hand in hand. They amended some items for someone who is allergic to certain food and still it was amazing. The sommelier matched our wine with our food and price range. The GSM she suggested was just perfectly bodied and was brilliant alongside the steak. Overall this restaurant will meet your expectations and some.

  • 5Monica M. 2 years ago
    My partner and I went to French Saloon for a long lunch yesterday and loved it. We both had the four course menu with a bottle of Tasmanian bubbles. The service was spot on, everything on the menu was more than what we expected and the atmosphere lively. Highly recommended.

  • 5Cindy C. 2 years ago
    Looking for a proper french cuisine? Here is the place. A warm welcome given by the greeter in a such pleasant dining area up on the first floor. Then, a delightful explanation about the dishes by a beautiful assistant. So don't worry for not knowing about french dish at all. To begin with, i had a mouthwatering abrolhos island scallop crudo as the first dish, then we had a warm whipped cod roe, charchuterie plate, and flounder fish consecutively. This place is romantic, not really suitable for babies though. Make sure to make a reservation before going, and double check the entrance through a dark brown door.

  • 5Robin E. 2 years ago
    Food excellence, Staff wonderful , Great cosy venue

  • 5Roland L. 2 years ago
    Probably the best lunch I had in Melbourne. The chef really knows his seasoning and the sommelier can walk you through a great unconventional winelist. I wish I could eat there everyday.

  • 5Justin B. 2 years ago
    Nice set menu. Delicious food.

  • 5Chinook N. 2 years ago
    This is definitely one of most consistently good spots in the CBD. The food is always excellent, as is the service. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for refund bistro cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also a great place for business lunches/dinners.

  • 5Charles C. 2 years ago
    Hidden gem on Hardware Lane. No irritating hawkers on the street like the rest of the alleyway haunts of Melbourne. Service here is as attentive as it comes. Try the caviar (selection of Yarra Valley Caviar served in 30g servings or imported Italian caviar served in more expensive 10g servings). The back balcony makes for a perfect backdrop for a quiet dinner in the city. Food alone here was $140 for 2 people including $28 Yarra Valley Rainbow Trout Caviar.

  • 5Chris D. 10 months ago
    Best french dinner in the city ;)

  • 5Michael Z. 1 year ago
    Incredible food, wine and service. Treat someone special to this spot.

  • 5Adeline O. 1 year ago
    Chef’s menu was delicious- very reasonably priced and good service. Knowledgeable staff and lots of local produce (cheese & honeycomb) used which was fantastic! Shame they don’t open for dinners on weekends else I will be a regular diner for sure!

  • 5Colin F. 1 year ago
    Delicious food in classic French bistro setting.

  • 5Rebecca R. 1 year ago
    Excellent service

  • 5Darcy M. 1 year ago
    Up a narrow stairwell off bustling hardware lane lies the hidden gem of the Melbourne food and wine scene. Rustic open warehouse reveals warm and welcoming staff with the food simply being the best I have ever eaten. Honestly it's world class, as is the extensive champagne and wine list. Fine gastronomic treats appear from an upstairs hidden kitchen. There is evident love in creation here and not to be missed. 10 out of 10

  • 5Chris M. 1 year ago
    This is such a great restaurant that would suit any & all occasions ! Having dined here previously with a big group, to then experience a second time round in a much smaller group - the service, food preparation & quality and overall experience was simply outstanding. Perfectly located a level up from a busy Hardware Lane on the corner it's quiet enough allowing you to enjoy a great dinner. Highly recommended !

  • 5. 1 year ago
    Match of taste, excellent service, a touch of vintage to the environment

  • 5Olivia B. 1 year ago
    The best Saloon

  • 5Colin F. 9 months ago
    Excellent food matched to Curly Flat's sublime wines.

  • 5Krishnah C. 1 year ago
    I enjoyed the French Saloon for a business dinner. Some excellent food, including a decent plate of charcuterie and tasty burrata. Steak was particularly good. Kind of French, but didn't feel like being in Paris - more the kind of "modern European" where you get a range of cuisines melded......maybe that's a good thing as the menu had a mix of classics (steak tartare, fois gras) and more modern dishes to please all tastes. Extensive and expensive wine list (with a lot of Australian).

  • 5A B. 2 years ago
    This is a great gem in Melbourne CBD. The place is great....Don't be afraid of the dodge door and stair... you will find a great space for a meal with friends. Clean and plenty of sun light coming to illuminate the red ceiling. The service is superb and the food is delicious. A excellent wine list will finish all the good things about French Saloon. Wait... there's more.... no annoying music.... yes.... you can have a pleasure conversation while you eat. I will come back.

  • 4Neale W. 1 year ago
    Good food, expensive drinks.

  • 4husa h. 1 year ago
    came here for a birthday dinner was a good vibe

  • 4Ashley P. 1 year ago
    Was there for a wedding reception. Great food & wine. Service was excellent

  • 4Trevor T. 2 years ago
    Very nice

  • 4Graham R. 2 years ago
    Great food with a relaxed and friendly vibe. Delightful staff and an excellent drinks list. Burgers we're available after 10am but with the new menu this has ceased - however the legend will live on.

  • 4Colin B. 1 year ago
    You struggle to find it on Hardware Lane because it's on upper floor and tiny French Saloon sign just painted on wall. Food was great and served beautifully. Staff friendly and helpful.

  • 4Yvonne C. 1 year ago
    Great food of course! Classy.

  • 4Fiona H. 1 year ago
    A bit a class, yummy bone marrow and excellent staff

  • 4Sophia M. 1 year ago
    A quaint, charming restaurant set in an alley with devine food skillfully cooked by awesome chefs. Not always you are served with food that they tell it like it is? French Saloon does.

  • 4Tiffinie R. 1 year ago
    Tucked away up a flight of stairs is this wonderful French restaurant. Beautiful traditional french cuisine and wonder service.

Last updated: 2020-08-25