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Sel et Poivre

#958 of 4,629 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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263 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 9361 6530
06:30 - 23:30
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Sun 06:30 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 01:30
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145 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The atmosphere is cosy, the wait staff are friendly and casual, and the beef cheeks in red wine sauce just sing with flavour. There are other typically French things which my partner has told me are good too, but I just keep eating the beef cheeks. This is not a fancy place and the decor is a bit tired, but... More 

Thank Teajaye
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

A fantastic experience of old tradition french cuisine prepared like a grand ma would do it. A menu full of French "terroir" product.

Thank Chevreuil7777
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

It's been around for years but continues to deliver on the same old formula of classic French food, attentive well informed service and great location. In summer you can dine on the pavement, which is a real bonus. It is not cheap but it is good value.

Thank DVDPlayer_13
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

It's nice to find a really good authentic French restaurant. Snails were amazing, steak tartare was not bad and the French wine yum. I'm pretty hard to please and I loved this place. I will definitely be back with my girlfriend again soon. Keep up the good work and great service.

Thank Myles T
Aschaffenburg, Germany
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Fantastic food and wines! But the owner makes the visit to an unforgettable evening! It's just amazing! Ps: try the onion soup!! Merci beacoup Florian

1 Thank Gambler747
Melbourne, Australia
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977 reviews
388 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

My first visit, and initially I was put off by the signage claim that this place (founded in the 1990s) is Sydney's original French bistro. Anyone who's been around Sydney's inner suburbs for decades could name other French eateries that have come and gone. Our group of 5 had not booked but the owner-manager was keen to accommodate us and... More 

Thank Alys-Schatzi
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

The food is good. So is the wine. But do you know the waitresses can insult you and in front of you. In French. As most of the clients do not speak French, nobody cares. But I'm French. I had dinner there and I spoke English when arriving. What I heard during the whole meal was... terrible. They didn't know... More 

4 Thank Steven M
Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

We had a really great time at Sel et Poivre for celebrating our wedding with friends (14 people). We are French and so we can tell the food is truly authentic and delicious. Very warm welcoming from François-Xavier and his staff. Thanks so much!!!

Thank MorganeDB
Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015

We stumbled onto this place by accident as we were visiting at St Vincents Hospital. We had the Escargot, French Onion Soup and Duck Confit (Best I have had in Australia) with potatoes and a wonderful salad washed down with a nice Rose. We had room for a chocolate torte and coffee. Prices are reasonable and the owner is friendly... More 

Thank RichandLou720
Auckland, New Zealand
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82 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2015

I took my 18 year old son here for lunch after finding it on a reviewers list. It's on an unprepossessing street in Darlinghurst (the self-declared gay centre of Sydney) and doesn't look like much. The decor is a bit tired and the service a bit comme ci comme ca. And the host was not keen on me drinking a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
French, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 01:30
06:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 263 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9361 6530
Set up by Daniel Perchey and family over 12 years ago, Café Sel & Poivre is the modern French café/restaurant since 1998 that you discovered the last time you were in France with this unique bistro vibe .At Café Sel & Poivre you can experience something as authentic but closer to home. Our restaurant is more than just a café. It oozes French charm and hospitality. The menu is in both English and French and the staff are warm efficient and bilingual. The food is traditional French, from "creamy sauces" of Normandie to Provençale of the East South of France and "the cassoulet" of the South West of France... A bientot donc ! François-Xavier & Gilles.

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Staying in Darlinghurst

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Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.
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