Sydney’s Best French Eateries
Beurre, fromage, pate and every other delectable food under their epicurean umbrella, when it comes to French cuisine Sydney more than has you covered. 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.
été offers authentic French fare for those craving a beautifully presented meal and clean French flavours. This Barangaroo restaurant is the brainchild of Drew Bolton, previously worked for Vine, Aria and Quay. Bistro classics including tartare de beouf and souffles au fromage reign supreme with the essential crème brulee to finish. Unsure of what to dine on, leave it to the professionals and go for the plat du jour (plate of the day) or set menu.
100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
One of the newest venues to open at The Cannery, Frenchies Bistro & Brewery is a small upscale French bistro come microbrewery. Showcasing the best of French cuisine with their traditional bistro-style menu, each dish is complemented by their range of craft beers. For the full experience, book a seat at the Thursday night bottomless beer feast with a shared menu (think a whole roast fish in pastry) with paired beers.
6-7/61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
Bunkered down in Bligh Street, Restaurant Hubert is an uber-romantic Parisian post-war style restaurant with elegant velvet-draped touches and fringed lamps throughout. Hubert sets expectations high upon arrival – thankfully the food meets them. Fittingly, the wine list is a sight to behold, with an array of tipples available by the glass, half-bottle or bottle.
15 Bligh Street, Sydney
On Clarence Street in Sydney’s CBD, Bistro Papillon is a true French experience – from your first aperitif to second crème brulee. French for butterfly, Papillon’s atmosphere is as playful and light as their menu, with classic dishes strewn across every table with an undeniable joie de vivre. Dabble in a flirty Provençale rose or settle in with a few glasses of a smooth Languedoc– did we mention we’re still in Sydney?
98 Clarence Street, Sydney
Hunters Hill’s very own French Café and Bistro, Le Village has brought an elegance only fitting for the area’s chic surrounds and well-heeled residents. With plenty of breakfast options and fresh pastries, your first-weekend meal can be as light or heavy as you see fit. The Croque Monsieur is hard to pass up. Lunch and dinner offer substantial dishes, with so many choices you have quite a decision ahead of you.
37B Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill
A beloved Merivale venue that pays homage to the delights of French cuisine, Felix is one of Sydney’s most feted brasseries and with good reason. Subway tiled walls, a mirrored pewter bar and lamps on each table ensure that that archetypal je ne sais quoi romance isn’t left behind. It would be a travesty to ignore the hand cut steak tartare with a selection of condiments and topped with raw egg yolk.
2 Ash Street, Sydney
Taking direct inspiration from the city of love’s neighbourhood bistros adored by Parisians and tourists alike, Guillaume Brahimi’s George Street Bistro provides everything there is to love about the haughty continentals. With a host of small areas and rooms available to reserve, intimate and group dining options are happily catered for. The dishes for two encourage sharing the spread, and a dessert trolley stacked with treats permits you free reign over delights.
259 George Street, Sydney
Bistro Moncur’s strengths have been realised once again and this time it’s Sydney’s Northside that gets the privilege. Replicating everything that works best at the original Woollahra restaurant, Bistro Moncur Mosman takes the best of Australian seasonal produce to create fine French food for breakfast, lunch and dinner seatings. A curated mix of Australian and French wines fill out the (substantial) wine list, with impeccable pairings happily advised by agreeable wait staff.
76 Middle Head Road, Mosman
Bronte Road Bistro
Relaxed and welcoming, the elegant Bronte Road Bistro has been providing classic French dishes with traditional techniques since 2008. The unassuming Eastern Suburbs bistro has Matthew Barnett at the helm, borrowing methods and flavours from the Middle East and Spain to elevate his creations. The Reserve Wine list is impressive and makes for a worthy partner throughout your meal.
280 Bronte Road, Waverley