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Bistro Gitan

Average price $95
9.2/10
485 reviews

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $95 Special request
Piccata of chicken livers, bacon, balsamic, fresh pappardelle and watercress
$25
Steak tartare; quail egg, celeriac remoulade, condiments
$26
Small soup on a daily inspiration - Market Price

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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.2/10
based on 485 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. Liesl J.
    Liesl J.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    I have enjoyed many meals at Bistro Gitan but on Saturday night was most disappointed by the specials main my husband ordered which he found inedible. When his plate was removed (with the majority of the blade steak on it), the female waitstaff asked how our meals were and when he said he had found it inedible, she just looked at him, didn't enquire as to why, or seek any feedback and proceeded to ignore us for the rest of the evening. It left a most unpleasant impression on us. It has previously been a place we have enjoyed for beautiful food in a beautiful setting, but if the level of service displayed to us was any indication of service to be expected going forward (especially when paying more than $350), I shall be seeking other places to spend my money.

  2. Phil K.
    Phil K.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    One of my favourites. A bit old school but excellent food and wine, specials always worth a try, restful decor, good vibe, friendly attentive service.

  3. Jeroen K.
    Jeroen K.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great food. Fantastic service. Should go more often was my reflection when I paid.....................................................

  4. Jeanne M.
    Jeanne M.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    The food was sensational, and the menu offered a good variety. Although, not a ‘feed me’ menu, the waiter was able to choose a wonderful ‘sharing’ selection for us. Wine list is extensive, and again, the knowledge of the waiter was outstanding. I look forward to dining here again - lots more on the menu to try.

  5. Robyn R.
    Robyn R.
    • one review
    10/10

    We discovered Bistro Gitan on the other side of the park recently and it is now a firm favourite. Consistently good food and wine and delightful staff. Took a friend for lunch today and he had the best steak he has ever eaten. That says it all!!

  6. William B.
    William B.
    • one review
    10/10

    My first visit, an unqualified joy. Excellent menu, and service; marred only by an extraordinariy noisy group ladies whose conversation was more competitive over who could talk over her companions. This is of no fault to the excellent management, service and delectable food won over the day.

  7. Russell h.
    Russell h.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    This is a gem. Marcel is a wonderful host. Always focus on the board specials for the best food. It’s a night to remember. Ambience is superb. But it’s the kitchen which thrills

  8. Jon W.
    Jon W.
    • one review
    10/10

    Have been a number of times. Always great service and food. Very welcoming of my 88 year old mother.

  9. Steve H.
    Steve H.
    • one review
    10/10

    From start to finish the service and the food were expert and personable. Despite being a cozy place on a busy Saturday it was buzzy without being loud, and the staff were neither intrusive nor absent. The Tonka bean creme brulee was amazing, so plan around that if it's on the menu.

  10. Suzanne H.
    Suzanne H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great place, food delightful and staff friendly and knowledgeable. A brilliant spot. Steak yummy and sides delicious. Wine choices comprehensive.

  11. Pamie C.
    Pamie C.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Hands down, the best French food in Melbourne. Great ambience, upmarket bistro feel. Service is attentive.

  12. Patrick L.
    Patrick L.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    My friend and I had the Two Course lunch with wine. We were both delighted with the standard of service and the quality of the food. It is a quality bistro experience.

  13. Kurt l.
    Kurt l.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    Best french restsurant in Melbournr. Top quality food. Excellent service. Attractive menu. Honest and straightforward. Absolutely best of class.

  14. Patrick L.
    Patrick L.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    My son, daughter in-law and I dined there this evening. We really enjoyed the ambiance and the standard of service. We were impressed with the menu and the quality was excellent with generous serving size. Great place to catch up and dine well with a varied wine list. I would not hesitate to recommend it!!

  15. Matthew D.
    Matthew D.
    • one review
    9/10

    As always another wonderful meal

  16. Colin Y.
    Colin Y.
    • one review
    7/10

    Nice atmosphere and great service. The food was reasonable but definitely not a stand out, a bit over priced for the standard of food. Good experience overall.

  17. Julie A.
    Julie A.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    Service was slow due to being busy, took too long for mains for the people who skipped entree's. Even getting water took a bit long, all just very busy.

  18. Chris D.
    Chris D.
    • 4 reviews
    9.5/10

    Always good quality food & service

  19. Richard K.
    Richard K.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    This is a fine restaurant. Good atmosphere and attentive and friendly staff. The food is imaginative and beautifully presented. I keep returning because it is so reliable.

  20. Deborah J.
    Deborah J.
    • one review
    10/10

    We were delighted with Bistro Gitan. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, and everything we ordered was delicious. It was a great finish to our holiday in Melbourne and we would thoroughly recommend it as genuinely French food and flavours.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

52 Toorak Road West, 3141, South Yarra (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne South East, South Yarra

About the restaurant

The Reymond touch

Situated at the top of Toorak Road West in the iconic Fawkner Hotel is Bistro Gitan, delivering a celebration of French family style eating that’s flexible and allows guests to enjoy a dining experience much like they would in France. Siblings Nathalie, Edouard and Antoine each manage roles front of house, while the kitchen is run by Stephen Nelson who was picked from the team at Jacques Reymond Restaurant to run the cuisine element of the busy Bistro. Created by Jacques Reymond the menu is an interesting and exciting blend of European cuisine with French base, hence the name Gitan which relates to the gypsy travellers of the Basque region. Some staples on the menu include the piccata of chicken livers, fresh pappardelle, balsamic and watercress, escargot in parsley and garlic butter, a must try even for the most delicate of palates, and a spatchcock with mustard crust, butter savoy cabbage and devil sauce. There is a fresh take on the ubiquitous steak frites with Hopkins River Black Angus Beef and a unique delivery on the traditional Croque Monsieur. But that’s not all...the specials board changes daily with a range of six to eight dishes and the wine list offers an intelligent selection of Australian, French and Italian wines, all carefully curated by Nathalie and Edouard. The warm wood tones and double French doors and windows at Bistro Gitan suit the food and atmosphere beautifully, with the bar creating a central focus for both diners and casual drinkers who can mingle by the charming copper clad fireplace. All in all the Reymond's Bistro Gitan is a warm, friendly restaurant that serves delicious dishes with precise yet relaxed service.

Best dish: escargot in parsley and garlic butter.

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