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Sel et Poivre

#484 of 4,619 Restaurants in Sydney
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Darlinghurst
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263 Victoria Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
02 9361.6530
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6:30 am - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 1:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Description: Set up by Daniel Perchey and family over 12 years ago, Café Sel &...
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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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Un peu de France dans le cite

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
sharonthekiwi
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank Myles T
Aschaffenburg, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 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

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Thank Gambler747
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 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 

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Thank Alys-Schatzi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 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 

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2 Thank Steven M
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 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!!!

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Thank MorganeDB
Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 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 

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Thank RichandLou720
Auckland, New Zealand
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 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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Thank sharonthekiwi
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Food was ok, meat good even if not enough in your plate. The creme brûlée is just average whereas it is saying on the menu with real vanilla (good luck to feel it!) And the boss is just not respectful : when they asked us how was the dinner, we told him meat good and we are a bit disappointed... More 

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Thank MissRomantic
Sydney, Australia
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112 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I've been coming to Sel et Poivre for years and recently brought my boyfriend as I've been raving on about the beef cheeks for a long time. The staff might have changed in the last 10 years or so but the food is always amazing, I had the escargot and we shared the chartcuterie plate and had the duck confit... More 

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Thank AhBea
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Old time favorite and never fails to impress. Haven't been for a few years and when I went back last weekend I was not disappointed. The venue is rustic and makes you actually feel like you're in France. Great service and marvelous country home style cooking. French onion soup is to die for.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 263 Victoria Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: 02 9361.6530

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 32
  • Cuisine: French, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
6:30 am - 1:30 am

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Staying in Darlinghurst

Neighborhood Profile
Darlinghurst
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.