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The Petit Snail

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5 Carlyle St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
+61 2 6685 8526
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Noosaville, Australia
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great little restaurant. Food was delicious. Garlic butter prawns were great as was the pate. Steak was the best in Byron and so was the bouillabaisse. Brûlée was perfect as was the cheese selection. Waitress was passionate and spot on with her recommendations. You should try this place for excellent French food. We did and we loved it!

Thank Vicky G
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

'The Petit Snail', a quaint little restaurant in the midst of Byron, did not disappoint. Upon arrival we were greeted with warmth (literally and metaphorically) and smiles. Our hostess made us feel so welcome by wishing my partner happy birthday and having our table especially decorated. We ordered the escargot, warm goat's cheese salad, and two steaks (one with mushroom... More 

1 Thank Rebecca W
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has great reviews. We found the owners to be friendly enough, but the food was dreadful, we went for a Bastille day feast, but sat on a freezing Verandah being fed some really bad food. I wasn't going to bother writing a review, but I find myself remembering this meal as being really bad and decided to share.

Thank carlaknight88
Igor A, Owner at The Petit Snail, responded to this review

Dear Carla, I want to thank you very much for your review of our charming restaurant... Unfortunately for you, if you actually had bothered to do your home work before slandering our restaurant in such an uncreative way, you would have found out that we were closed for 4 weeks in July !!! And unlike most other years, we did... More 

Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every year when we come to Byron for a month, we make a beeline for the Petite Snail. It is a truly French experience from the décor, the miniature chair for your bag, the wait staff and the rustic French food. We dined 3 times this year. We tried the pates - yum! We had steak a couple of times... More 

Thank t g
Lismore, Australia
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a memorable meal here - authentic French food that was carefully prepared and delicious. We began with the escargot and the pate followed by the perch and the fillet with Roquefort. All were very good. Our only regret was that we didn't have room for the creme brûlée. We will definitely be back. Pleasant and cheerful service too.

Thank Lyndall S
Gold Coast, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

New management .... The food and service is simply French ... And fabulous .... Service is great and wide wine choice ... We'll be back for sure ... Ps had the steak ... Yum

Thank MareeStC
Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed a lovely meal here on a Saturday night. The French lady who greeted as we arrived was warm and friendly. I liked the way she explained and answered any questions we had about the menu. The meals we ordered were delicious. Really lovely flavours and served beautifully. I would definitely recommend for a nice meal out in Byron... More 

Thank TeaTalk22
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Byron Bay! What a place....with so many great food experiences to be had. From "The Farm" to the "Republic" (both pushing the limits of modern cuisine), how could we go wrong with food being at such a good standard almost everywhere we went. STOP! The Petit Snail is easily the most expensive food we ordered and by far.....the worst! A... More 

2 Thank devereuxadam
Igor P, Owner at The Petit Snail, responded to this review

Well that is certainly a good show of taste, intelligence and courage ! First let me tell you that on the very rare occasions when a patron is not happy with his/her dining experience, and has the honesty to say so on the spot, we first attempt to find a way to resolve the ussue and, worse case scenario, he/she... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Unable to get a table at the restaurant of choice we asked the waiter for a recommendation, this was his suggestion. Owned & operated by a delightful french couple the food was french wholesome. Our waitress was also French and had a great sense of humour. She was well able to understand and deal with a table of Aussie larrikins.... More 

Thank BellasTravelNirvana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

They have the pricing of an expensive French restaurant however have lower standards. If they set the correct pricing instead of $30+ for French soup I would frequent more often.

Thank Markie M
Igor P, Owner at The Petit Snail, responded to this review

Well we are certainly more expensive that McDonald, but we serve real food. Just for the record a lobster Bisque, made with real lobsters or a Gratinée Onion Soup Lyonnaise costs $15 (not $30). More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$19 - $46
French, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Carlyle St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Byron Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6685 8526
Traditional French Cuisine. All-French staff. Affordable French and Australian wine list. Fully licensed. Gift vouchers available.Vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. We hereby certify that ALL testimonies are genuine, unlike some of our competitors, who need to improve their rating, we have not bought testimonies from any dubious websites..
Extensive range of French wines and BELGIAN BEERS.

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