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Bistro Gitan

#204 of 3,150 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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52 Toorak Rd West | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
+61 3 9867 5853
Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As locals we go here quite often. The food is good (though fish options are limited) and the ambience terrific. You feel good as soon as you walk in the door. The only flaw is that we almost always find errors in the bill, or that the wait staff have recommended a wine or a dish that turns out to... More 

Thank Vicki A
Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is exactly an example of why Melbourne is the culinary capital of Australia. Lousy beaches and weather are all forgotten with places like Bistro Gitan to dine at. Amazing service, food and wine and without the ripe off prices of Sydney! I just had a great meal, the sardines for an entire ere just brilliant...and the streamed bream...the best..thank... More 

Thank Flashpacking2011
Melbourne, Australia
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83 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner with friends, excellent service and nice buzz in the dinning room. Food was good without being great but overall a good experience.

Thank neilfromaustralia
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The service was snobby, impatient and incompetent. Firstly they ran out of the entree I ordered so I had to pick something that I wasn't really interested in having but to be honest it was delicious. The main was a piece of tasteless crumbed fish and my dining partner had a tough piece of scotch fillet. Not impressed. The wine... More 

Thank AnneS12342014
Melbourne, Australia
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169 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Our son invited us tonight to have a family dinner at bistro Gitan. Nice atmosphere, great staff and very delicious dishes. Everything is provided with French accent in dishes and speech. For entree we shared liver pate, chirps, eggplants, crabs and escargots. For main I had fish, my son steak, wife and daughter had chicken liver and gnocchi for daughter-in-law.... More 

Thank Daniel G
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33 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Stephan did a great job waiting on our table of 8, carefully explaining & re-explaining the numerous choices for the evening. We shared petit plats so we could also manage a main & dessert. He assisted with the wine choice, a Maclaren Vale red & diligently kept our water glasses full. Food & wine were exceptional. We had a fabulous... More 

Thank Janine F
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Excellent food, but basically full of rich old folks jugging down Rosé. Staff are excellent, apart from some idiot who rides a skateboard and is out of his depth. When I spend a few hundred dollars at a restaurant, I'm not up for some child's ego. Unfortunately, I wont be going there again again, due to his rudeness.

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

With a number of excellent French restaurants close by (A la Bouffe, France Soir) close by, the standard is high in this part of Melbourne. The food was good, if perhaps one step down from exceptional. Clearly and understandably, a popular destination, it was quiet(ish) when we arrived but soon became extremely busy, which perhaps explains in part why the... More 

Thank James O
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We dined as a couple on a Thursday night and the restaurant was three quarters full at 8pm. This was about our fifth visit and I was reminded how comfortable the service, lighting and noise levels were, and how attractive the cosy bar and decor was. The parking and access was easy. I especially liked the wine list with the... More 

Thank 58Kes
Melbourne, Australia
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123 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

I approach every new restaurant filled with goodwill and expecting the best. Our welcome here was enthusiastic, and the bubbles we ordered arrived promptly. The menu is very interesting and varied, as were the specials on the blackboard, which included pig's trotter and boudin blanc.The oysters were salty but good. But the boudin blanc was a shock. A minuscule 5... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, French, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Toorak Rd West | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9867 5853

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?