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Reviewed 10 December 2023

I eat at this place regularly. It became my favourite restaurant in Melbourne for a few reasons. The variety of dishes on offer and also that there are small medium and large sizes, which means you can order a lot of different things. Last time...I visited however the food was bland. I had raw fish and it was served with melon and melon juice. Not great. I wonder if there was a new chef. The price of alcohol is exhorbitant. I wouldn’t have drinks with dinner again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

Unfortunately underwhelming experience. The place is quite dark and very noisy. The menu while simple offers a decent range but for a place with an excellent reputation it under delivers. The food was under seasoned and nothing special. I had stake tartare with beetroot chips...as truffles were out of season. The beetroot chips were soggy making it difficult to eat with the steak. Spatchcock was dry and forgettable. The wait staff were professional but not engaging. At $100 / head food only I expect better.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

This restaurant never disappoints. Consistently excellent service, delicious food and a relaxed vibe. As I’m a small eater, I particularly like the ‘moyen’ ( medium size) dishes. On our recent visit, I had leek tarte tartin with goats cheese and walnut salad. It was just...lovely. My husband had pork which he described as melt in the mouth. A side of French fries and you can’t go wrong. Staff are very happy to help navigate the wine list. I don’t want to over explain the dessert menu- pick one and enjoy! The restaurant is beautifully renovated and well designed for couple, families or larger groups.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 May 2023 via mobile

A really nice French restaurant 🇫🇷 Got their eye fillet with fries and a side salad 🤩 Really nice well cooked medium rare steak. They serve it with a pepper sauce gravy which is good and especially good for dipping the chips in. The cheaper...Pinot noir on the wines by the glass list is very good! Soft and fruity and smooth. Shiraz is ok too. 🥩🍟🥗🍷More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 23 March 2023 via mobile

Outstanding. Couldn’t fault the place. Impeccable relaxed service, we weren’t rushed out the door even though they were very busy, food stunning, ambiance beautiful. I can not believe I haven’t been here before. Will definitely come back

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 13 February 2023

We started off with Croque Monsieur with a twist and Chicken liver parfait with croutons . Both delicious . My partner had Spatchcock with mustard crust, butter savoy cabbage, bacon, a devil sauce of pepper and verjuice and I had Piccata of chicken livers, bacon,...balsamic, fresh pappardelle, watercress, and a salad . Washed down with excellent french wines . We shared a dessert of Creme Brûlée . We enjoyed our meal so much abd cant wait to go back . We have bedn to this Bistro many times and it never disappoints! Well done to the chef and the attentive waitresses !More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

I loved stepping into this gorgeous restaurant/bistro. It's very French inspired in a beautiful part of town with good parking and easy to get to. The decor is lovely and you're greeted the second you step inside and all staff were friendly. I personally found...the menu a little limiting; to those that don't eat seafood or pork, but still managed to find something. There was only one option for me for entree and of course they were out of it, which I found at a 6pm on a Saturday night to be very poor. I therefore had to skip entree and for the main, I chose the pasta (French??) and Gratin Dauphinois (which were scrumptious). Dessert was a beautiful sponge with cream and strawberries. It was light and delicious and you didn't feel too bad that you'd eaten so much as it wasn't heavy and sickly. The presentation was also outstanding. My friend loved their meal too, and I would most likely go back again, both when their menu is completely available, and also when it's an occasion as it wasn't cheap. Overall, service was good and food, though not plentiful or with a lot of variation, was tasty. I'd recommend it.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2022 via mobile

I visited a few months ago. Ambiance was decent and staff were friendly and attentive. Nevertheless, the food is extremely hit and miss, as well as the mixed beverages being sub-par, certainly not worth the unreasonably high prices.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 15 November 2022 via mobile

Decided to have a French lunch and choose Bistro Gitan. Were pleasantly surprised to see a sign advertising a Prix fixe menus when we arrived. Greeting was warm and we were quickly seated. Menus and water arrived quickly. As we usually did in France we...choose the formulee lunch menu as we knew portion sizes would be smaller and it offered what we’d have chosen from the a la carte menu. Waiter was knowledgable about the French wine we were considering and it proved a good choice. Food was well presented, perfectly cooked and full of flavours and tastes. The steak tartare was a standout Shared the pistachio sweet where it’s presentation was matched by its flavour. You know you’ve chosen a restaurant well when service is friendly and efficient, wine and water are topped up without request and timing between courses is perfect. Will definitely make a return visit. Decore and ambience were “bistro” perfectMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 16 July 2022 via mobile

Our group dined on Bastille evening. Two of us had the chicken special - it was a generous serve, but bland, a creamy sauce with a few sliced mushrooms and about 5 slivers of truffle, sitting on some pasta. Absolutely no flavor of truffle (...or anything else). Side dishes of pomme frites were good, the steamed veg OK. Desserts of crème brûlée and pear tart were good. I had profiteroles - the choux pastry was over cooked and crisp and filled with what tasted like unsweetened whipped cream, not crème patisserie as our waitress had promised. As the chocolate sauce was bitter the dish lacked any sweetness. Service was patchy and brusque. And we had trouble getting our bill as two staff were too busy resetting empty tables. We have enjoyed it here in the past but won’t return.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022

Had a great meal, service was excellent, plastic laminated menus wasn’t great and asked about certain wines, guy just said there good, probably the prices are punching above where the chefs really at… 7.5/10

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2022

Absolutely fabulous evening. Amazing food, drinks and service. Highly recommended and will become my go to restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 30 May 2021

Ate here last week -- group of 3 -- we all loved our meals and desserts. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable and the service was friendly and attentive. Having been to France many times we can say the food is very authentic. We will...definitely come here again. Parking was easy on the side street. Looking forward to trying the hampers in the future. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 17 April 2021 via mobile

Dinner with friends at Bistro Gitan. This is the first time we had been at Gitan for a couple of years. Although the service was good, my critique is directed to the pitiful quality of the main course I had selected, which was a lamb...rump. This was served sliced into thin pieces, with each piece having a large section of fat, typical of lamb fat from the night before roast one has at home. It even reminded me of the sliced cold fatty beef served up for lunch at boarding school. By the time the fat was removed, the serving was little more than an entree. It was appalling. It was tough. It was expensive. And Gitan privileged us with a charge for paying with credit card.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 6 March 2021

I’m not used to give such bad review, especially not for a place that had a high score on TripAdvisor. This place looks really nice and fancy, packed with people, seems like a good start and I had big expectations. The food was really bad:...I’ve started with a steak tartar which was too sour, with unflattering acidity and too much spices. I couldn’t taste the meat, not even sure it was meat. The pumpkin soup was ok in flavor, but too heavy, felt like baby food. The main course was a snapper which was fried and so oily, the vegetables on the side had weird anis flavor, there was some tiny bad tasting prawns in it. And for dessert I had the creme brûlée, hoping it will delete the bad taste in my mouth, but the custard was broke and the sugar shell was much too thick. I just can’t believe I had such a bad meal, in place ranked so high. In a city with thousands of good restaurant, you’d be wise to go somewhere else.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5