Melbourne's quintessential French bistro with over three decades under its belt.
Ellen Seah
Published on May 04, 2023
Updated on September 11, 2023


A true legend of the game, France-Soir has been dishing up French-accented goodness from its charming Toorak brasserie since 1986. Many consider it a go-to for those timeless, simple French classics, thanks to its menu of expertly executed fare. From escargots and white wine mussels, to steak frites and duck a l'orange, it's a study in essential Euro flavours, done well but without unnecessary fanfare.

Brook James

But it's not just the food that keeps the Parisian-inspired restaurant packed after more than 30 years. The intimate, understatedly elegant atmosphere of France-Soir is nearly impossible to replicate, and its old-school sense of hospitality is hard to resist. Throw in an extensive, internationally recognised wine list featuring thousands of French labels, et voila — it's not hard to see how France-Soir keeps its loyal regulars coming back again and again.

Got a special drop of your own you'd like to bring along? BYO is available at lunch Saturday to Thursday, with no corkage fee.

Images: Brook James.


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