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13 Best French Restaurants in Sydney: Bistro to Brasserie

It’s no surprise the best French restaurants in Sydney offer food experiences that take us on a culinary journey. French cuisine is regarded as one of the most sophisticated in the world, sought after for its flavour combinations, cooking traditions and practices. We’re taking you on the full experience, breaking down the different types before delving into the best French restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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Best French Restaurants in Sydney

Here in Sydney, France can seem like a world away, but thanks to these bistros and brasseries it’s not. The chances are these journeys are available right here in your backyard, so to try the highly sought after food we’ve been raving about, and begin with our list of the best French restaurants in Sydney.

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1. Restaurant Hubert

Restaurant Hubert transports its diners back to post-war France with its amazing French-style bistro. This restaurant has seven rooms that include two bars, dining rooms as well as an old-school theatre. Chill out at one of the bars and have a drink while looking at the menu or sit down in one of the dining rooms and dive into the extensive menu full of French dishes. One of the star dishes here is the chicken fricassée which is steamed until it is tender and juicy, then fried for its golden crisp skin, then served over a rich bread sauce. Restaurant Hubert also has the largest miniature spirit collection in the Southern Hemisphere totalling 4,000 bottles purchased from a private collection.

Address: 15 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Wed 5:00pm–1:00 am, Thur-Fri 12:00pm-1:00 am, Sat 5:00pm-1:00am
Phone: (02) 9232 0881

Restaurant Hubert

Felix restaurant interior

2. Felix

Felix is known for its French luxury and its extravagant menu. Inside you’ll be surrounded by shelves of French, Australian and New Zealand wines under the glow of French-imported chandeliers. You’re even able to select your meal from the iced-up fresh seafood bar that serves as the main attraction to the venue. The menu offers extravagant dishes like whole rock lobster, côte de boeuf, and two kinds of caviar plus more.

Address: 2 Ash St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-10:30pm, Sat 5:30-10:30pm
Phone: (02) 9114 7303

Felix

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3. Métisse Restaurant

Metisse is a French fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Potts Point. The latest of a line of restaurants to be outfitted in heritage building ‘Barcelona’, Metisse was founded in 2019 by Chef Opel Khan and his wife Julie. They have succeeded in their goal to offer a premium yet approachable degustation experience rivalling any in Sydney. The menu is comprised of Australian influenced French cuisine. Our favourites include the Duck à l’Orange, Mosaïque (Yellowfin Tuna), and Fruits du Monde. While their menu updates regularly, we recently took ‘The Journey’ and you can read our experience, in our formal review here.

Address: 5/9 Roslyn St, Potts Point NSW 201
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-12am, Sun 5pm-12am
Phone: (02) 8590 7698

Métisse Restaurant

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4. Bistrot 916

Bistrot 916 is not your everyday neighbourhood French restaurant. It’s a slice of France smack bang in Potts Point. This place is heavy on the specialities with almost everything from escargot and lambs brain. The menu is also filled with other classics like lobster frites, juicy duck frites with crisp shoestring chips and even classic tartare of beef with a riot of minced eschallots, gherkins, capers and radiant egg yolk. The wine list here is packed with offerings from the Burgundy, Champagne and Châteauneuf-du-Pape regions with some stellar homegrown drops thrown in too.

Address: 22 Challis Ave, Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011
Hours: Mon-Thur 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12-3pm and 5pm-12am, Sun 12-3:00 pm and 5-10pm
Phone: (02) 9167 6667

Bistrot 916

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5. Bistro Rex

Bistro Rex prides itself in offering the best of France here in Sydney. The interior is a reinvention of a classic Parisian bistro and this is reflected in the amazing menu on offer here. With Exec Chef Jo Ward being a butchery specialist, their cuts are amazing and their steak frites some of the best in town especially when they use some of the best local Aussie produce. The amazing menu is full of French classics like confit chicken, the leg is done in a light, almost spicy broth or try the steamed market fish with smoked oysters and kohlrabi; a gruyere soufflé; and steak frites with café de Paris-style mash.

Address: 50 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Hours: Mon-Wed 5:30-10:30pm, Thur-Sat 12-3pm and 5:30-10:30pm, Sun 12-3pm and 5:30-8:15pm
Phone: (02) 9332 2100

Bistro Rex

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6. Bistro Cocotte

Bistro Cocotte is a haven of French cuisine. Where traditional dishes are executed with flair and focus on the complex flavours of France. Owner and head chef Jay travelled and studied the gastronomic art of French cuisine and brought it here to Sydney. This local haunte offers a range of traditional Gallic cuisine, from croque monsieur to steak tartare along with pommes frites, ratatouille or a fresh baguettes. But that’s not all the tuna crêpe, the twice-baked spinach and camembert soufflé are also a must-try here. There are also many local drops to pair with your food, making the experience that much better.

Address: 78 Ramsay St, Haberfield NSW 2045
Hours: Tue-Thur 12-2:30 pm & 6-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12-2:30pm & 5:30-9:30pm, Sun 12-2:30pm & 6-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 8964 1301

Bistro Cocette

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7. Porcine

Porcine is the French word for “pig-like”, so you might guess that pork is the main attraction at this bistro. The Amazing menu revolves around a whole Berkshire pig, which is ordered every fortnight from Hungerford Meat. Every single part of it is used to create ham, pork spreads, pork chops and more. But that’s not all this French bistro takes care of vegetarians too, with a dish of seasonal vegetables in a bay-leaf vinaigrette, a Jerusalem artichoke vol-au-vent with garlic hollandaise, and a salad of endive in grilled orange vinegar.

Address: 268 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Hours: Thur-Sat 6-11pm, Sun 12-5pm
Phone: 0423 015 032

Porcine

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8. Bellevue Cottage by Antonie

Bellevue Cottage by Antonie is a French café and restaurant that’s housed in a restored heritage building along the Glebe foreshore. With an all-day breakfast menu available as well as a lunch and a poultry-heavy dinner menu you’ll be spoiled for choice. With French classics like le pecheur, cold-smoked salmon with poached eggs and fondant of silverbeet and leek with a tangy hollandaise. Why not try the le boucher, grilled pork loin with folded eggs, caramelised-apple black pudding and spicy merguez sausage.

Address: 55 Leichhardt St, Glebe NSW 2037
Hours: Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm, Sun 9:30am-1:30 pm
Phone: (02) 9552 6493

Bellevue Cottage by Antonie

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9. Bistro St Jacques

Bistro St Jacques is a French bistro experience for all. Their menu is based in the South of France, think olive oil, seafood and fresh vegetables. The menu is full of tasty and filling classics like seared scallops with mushroom duxelle and gruyere cheese, oysters served with Champagne vinegar or try steak frites with Café de Paris butter. This french restaurant caters to everyone they even have a $49 vegan set menu.

Address: 96 Pitt St, Redfern NSW 2016
Hours: Wed-Thur 5-10pm, Fri-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: 0478 705 704

Bistro St Jacques

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10. Bistro Papillon

Bistro Papillon is the love child of Ludo and Xavier who met in the UK, they frequented a French bistro in Bath called Papillion. They loved the place so much they recreated it here in Sydney. Bistro Papillon sources its ingredients from France as well as the markets and butchers of Sydney. The menu here is filled with simple classics like duck confit, beef bourguignon, escargot and French onion soup with Gruyère cheese croutons many more classics.

Address: 98 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tue-Fri 12-3pm & 6-10pm, Sat 6-10pm
Phone: (02) 9262 2402

Bistro Papillon

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11. Gavroche

Bistrot Gavroche is a French restaurant hidden amongst Chippendale’s fine-dining venues. The fantastic menu is packed with big-hitting classics like baked pork terrine pies; steak frites with Béarnaise sauce; pike fish quenelles; parsley- and garlic-butter Burgundy snails; and Colin’s grandpa’s French-onion soup. But that’s not all pork confit, bowls of creamy muscles and a whopping 450g chateaubriand are also available. There is a large selection of regional bottles, but there is an equally long list of new-wave Australian wines.

Address: level 1/2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Hours: Wen 5-10pm, Thur-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 9281 6668

Bistrot Gavroche

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12. Loluk Bistro

Loluk Bistro is owned and run by Luc La Joye and his older brother Loïc who grew up in Nice. The menu features recipes derived from their grandmother’s cooking like duck breast with homemade Provençal gnocchi as well as a classic beef tartare made from raw beef mixed with capers, tiny sliced pickles, finished with parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction. French desserts are also on show here with profiteroles are served with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce plus their grandmother’s lavender-infused crème brûlée.

Address: 2/411 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Tue-Thur 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-3pm and 6-10pm
Phone: (02) 7900 6251

Loluk Bistro

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13. Le Bouchon

In the heart of the bustling Crows Nest restaurant district lies Le Bouchon, a complete Café and Bistro destination that brings a taste of traditional cuisine to the Lower North Shore. This is one of the best French restaurants in Sydney and features unique decor and an exclusive private function area. Le Bouchon is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate dinner or just simple after-work drinks.

Address: 104 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-2:30pm, 5:30-9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9966 0906

Le Bouchon

Types of french cuisine

Different Types of Restaurants in France

You stumble across these words all the time, but what’s the difference between a Bistro and a Brasserie? We’re breaking down the type of restaurants in France before taking you on a culinary journey through the best French restaurants in Sydney. From Bouchon to Auberge, there’s a wide variety of styles to choose from with different price ranges and atmospheres.

Bistro

Bistros are perfect for a quick meal. Most of the time you’ll miss out on the white table cloths and extreme levels of service, but you’ll gain a warm casual atmosphere. You’ll find this style of restaurant in neighbourhoods usually run by families and foodies. The experience is typically highlighted by some of the best wines, coffees, food, tobacco, lottery tickets and even scratch-off games.

Brasserie

In the Aussie language, we’d refer to these as ‘Pubs’. Although in reality, they’re a little more upmarket than your typical Australian watering hole. These types of French restaurants feature everything from traditional cuisine to coffee and alcohol at moderate prices (less than restaurants). You’ll find a wider variety of food choices on offer than Bistros, and they’re typically open from early morning until night.

Bouchon

Traditionally found in Lyon, you’ll stumble across these throughout your journeys around the city. Serving foundation French specialties, they tend to be fairly meat-heavy, so expect a serving or two of Duck à l’Orange and steak tartare. A mix between a brasserie and fully-fledged fine dining be prepared to experience a class or two of Burgundy’s best Grand Cru or maybe a Côtes-du-Rhône.

Auberge

These types of restaurants in France are attached to bed and breakfasts, usually family-owned and operated. If you’ve ever stayed in France, there’s a good chance you have experienced a good home-cooked meal at one of these.

General FAQs

What is the best French restaurant in Sydney?

There are many great French restaurants in Sydney but according to the most recent Google reviews, the top-rated is Restaurant Hubert.

What are some traditional French foods?

There are many traditional French foods, but tartare and frites are ones that pop up a lot, whether they be beef, chicken or even lobster.

Where can you find French food in Manly?

As one of the state's most interesting and developed culinary spots, manly is home to some fantastic French restaurants. Among them, you'll find Hemingway's, Chez Maurice and Linda, and Bistro Manly.

CONTRIBUTOR

Gabriel Jorge Gouveia

Gabriel Jorge Gouveia is a Sydney-based journalist who specialises in fashion, lifestyle and food reporting. He completed Bachelor of Communication Journalism Major at Western Sydney University and has had work published in the Fashion Industry Broadcast, Aussie Gossip and Beauty News Australia.