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Bistro Sou Sou, Fitzroy, AU-VIC

Bistro Sou Sou

4.2
4.2
133 Reviews
$41 to $100
French
Formally Madame Sousou, Bistro Sousou is situated in Gertrude Street Fitzroy. A Parisian oasis serving simple yet delicious French cuisine. The dining room is intimate and warm with echos of Paris. The venue has a great out door space plus a room upstairs for private events. Enjoy a drink starting from 4pm.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9417 0400
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Fitzroy
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Tram
  • Additional
    Banquet, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

133 Reviews
  1. Alwojo24

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Decor needs a bit of upkeep- plater peeling off the ceiling!

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  2. Stewie

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very nice little bistro in a bustling part of town. The Fitzroy ambiance was excellent and the staff were very nice. The menu is "fancy french" and fairly pricey so I chose it for a special night. We had snails for entree which were very good, and cooked perfectly. They came in a delicious garlic butter which had crusted and caramelised beautifully so we scraped it up with crusty bread. Mains were not so good. I had coq au vin which was watery and more like a soup than a casserole/stew. It had a few small bits of chicken, 3 potatoes, carrots in a pale broth. I'm no expert but I was expecting a rich sauce and a hearty meal. It was disappointing. We had a side of petit pois/peas which were pretty good. My friend had a steak, medium rare with chips. It was over $40 so I would have expected something better but it was plain steak and chips. The steak knife provided was little more than a butter knife, and not up to the task. I asked for a new/better one but they brought another just the same. My friend (a teenager) couldn't manage and started to eat with her hands. I had a go and was able to cut it up for her but it was pretty tough. She ate it all though and said it was okay. All in all, a bit under par for a special night out. Okay, but can't say I'd recommend it.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly and welcoming staff. The food was excellent and well prepared. This has been my 3rd or 4th time at the bistro and not the last. We will be back for sure.

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  4. ChristineH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely little spot for a date night. We enjoyed a chicken pate, baked Camembert and steak and frites. With some beautiful wine.

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  5. MaxG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Bistro Sousous - [ ] -undercooked roast potatoes - [ ] -bad old wine - [ ] Overcooked duck - [ ] Duck tasted more like Peking - [ ] Steak tartare with no flavour of meat, only vinegar and the sauce underneath - [ ] Stale baguette - [ ] Total lack of any ambience with random music that’s too loud

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    One of the worst dinning experiences I’ve have in my life. I’ve been to this restaurant 3 times in the past 8 months and this will be the last. I went with my partner and her parent who were visiting from interstate for a birthday. It stated well, the wait staff were friendly and engaging to begin with. Whilst ordering I asked about the chataeubriand, which I have ordered on every occasion I have been here. I asked the waitress if they use the tenderloin ( eye fillet) of beef which is the cut that is always used for this dish she assured me they did. I explained last time I was here they served 2 sirloin steaks on top of each other instead of the fillet. We ordered 2 chateaubriand at $99 each. We received 2 sirloin steaks that would have been 350grams with beans and potatoes, if I wanted to order the sirloin I would have ordered the sirloin. I spoke to the waiter and pointed out to him that they have used the wrong cut of meat. He left and a few minutes later the chef came out in an aggressive and intimidating manner to tell us that a chateaubriand is a sirloin and I didn’t know what I was talking about in so many words. His intimidating manner changed the energy on our table and we couldn’t wait to leave. The steak they served us was tough and chewy, the dish itself was terrible. The waiter returned at some point later with 4 thinly slices pan fried pieces of eye fillet as an attempt at service recovery. I have worked in the hospitality industry, travel extensively, have spent plenty of time in France due to my job and dine out for dinner 3 to 4 times a week for dinner . The waiter apologised when we left, I explained to him that I didn’t appreciate being gas lit in public manner by an aggressive chef. We though we had found a hidden gem and had enjoyed our previous experiences dinning here, it has a good atmosphere, is unpretentious and is quaint, the food was good on our first visit and declined on every other visit.

    2 people found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food. Super friendly service despite being under staffed. The patience is worth it. Lovely vibe.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. KaytiM

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Your staff are exemplary and the foodwas out of this world!

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  10. CraigA

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great classic French bistro fare. Excellent service and good wine selection. Highly recommend.

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  11. Kiran

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delish. The steak decently priced for the taste. I’ve had more expensive steak that just wasn’t as good as this. Quality food here and great atmosphere!

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  12. AmalA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice little setup with great food and service. Would happily recommend

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  13. RuthK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Impeccable and friendly service, authentic French cuisine, superb wine list, wonderful ambiance. You need to go!

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  14. SharonN

    Brisbane

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Super lovely atmosphere, we were there on a busy Saturday evening so service a little slow, but had a lovely evening.

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  15. StevenC

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always reliably delicious French food with good specials to complement the classics.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely vibes lovely people. Food was nice. The snapper was a ridiculous price for the serve. We’d be back though, just not when we’re hungry!

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  17. DebF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was slower than we wanted. The waiting staff was advised had a play to go to but did not adjust the to our needs. Other than that everything was wonderful.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great wine, great service & great ambience.

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  19. PeterM

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great traditional French bistro feel, something different to modern look and feel - wine list a bit limited but quality and reasonably priced.

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  20. Connor

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, entrees and mains were all really great, it was quite disappointing to order a apple tarte tatins and be given an apricot tarte tatins instead, without explanation. Apricot was quite sour and not what I was expecting. On our table of four, three of us ordered it expecting apple and it tainted what was otherwise a great experience. I would have provided feedback if we were asked how our meal was but I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it by bringing it up.

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  21. DaleP

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Bistro Sou Sou. The whole place from staff to decor transported me back to dining out in Paris. I would recommend a visit.

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  22. Ingridd

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to he!! one small remark. It was cold in the restaurant several people did keep on their coat

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had delicious traditional French fare and overall a great evening. Maybe we were at the later seating at 8.00pm so they ran out of the daily oysters special even though the waiter read them out as today’s specials. The waiter forgot to place our cauliflower au gratin so we didn’t get a chance to sample that. Most delicious was the cheese soufflé and the chicken liver parfait appetisers, two of the starters that we shared. The escargot was tasty as was the salmon gravlax but nothing outstanding. I had the confit de canard for main and it was totally outstanding, crispy skinned tasty duck to the bone on a bed of

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  24. Ausmwo

    Canberra

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent little bistro serving wonderful food and with a superb ambience.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly professional staff. Memorable dinner!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure dining here, food is fantastic, service is warm. A class

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  27. Bernadette

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exquisite and service was friendly and professional. The cheese souffle was to die for, as was the Confit Duck. The staff were so wonderful and attentive that they made it a perfect experience. First time visit and we will definitely be back.

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  28. UsedtobeFrequentFlyer

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The soufflé was incredible! Very reasonable prices and great service. Would definitely go back!

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  29. JohnG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly attentive service, excellent food in a great French style. Lighting and ambience are low-key and well-suited to the Bistro style. Excellent overall, highly recommended.

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  30. Joshi

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such an amazing experience. The food was absolutely incredible. The cheese soufflé is an absolute must! Out waitress grace was amazing, she knew everything on the menu and was happy to have a chat. The Venue itself is beautiful and French champagne is always a winner. Can’t wait to go back.

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  31. LloydD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and real french food that brought out the best in every ingredient. Can't believe we haven't frequented this place sooner!!! Will definitely be back, alot.

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  32. AshJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was an average experience. The restaurant was pretty special a few years ago. The service was a bit slow, our cheese board took ages to arrive and the food was average. A bit too noisy ans cramped for space.
    Bistro Sou SouResponded on June 29, 2022
    Hello there Ash, Sorry to hear about your experience dining with us. This is not the service we strive to provide. If you would like to email us through our website, Bistro SouSou, we would love to chat more about your experience and hopefully amend any issues. Thank you for your feedback - Manager

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Bistro SouSou for my wife’s birthday. The ambience was great; very traditional bistro style with a good hum of people enjoying themselves. The wine list was broad and well priced. The menu was small, but quite comprehensive, covering all tastes. And the food was extraordinary, well prepped and presented and really delicious. We shared the Chateaubriand, and it was perfect! The meat was perfectly cooked, and all the surrounding vegetables just topped it off. (Frankly, given the recent inflation pressures, I can’t believe they can serve such a wonderful piece of meat at such an affordable price!). And then we finished off with the chocolate mousse, which was rich and creamy. Oh, and I should not fail to mention the service. The staff were very attentive and very friendly. Overall, we very much enjoyed our dinner there. It’s great to find a local place that is quite spectacular. We will certainly go there again.

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  34. PeterA

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    $38.50 for 12 partial snails not in their shells was robbery. $55 for the boullabaisse was similarly over priced. You will never appeal to the serious diner if you cut quality and charge premium.
    Bistro Sou SouResponded on June 29, 2022
    Hello there Peter, Sorry to hear about your experience dining with us. This is not the service we strive to provide. Overlooking your comments, I can see that you were overcharged for the snails as we sell them at $28.50 per serving of 12. We would love to amend this for you, if you would like to email us through our website, Bistro SouSou we would love to hear from you. Thank you for your feedback - Manager

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  35. LaurelB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was superb, especially the cheese soufflé, will definitely be back!

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  36. Samuel

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, service was lacking. We made a booking that day, there were 3 tables/times available when we booked. On arrival, our table was not in the restaurant but down a cold hallway next to the kitchen, all alone. They offered us a heater to stay warm. It was like the reservation didn’t fit. We asked to move to a free table in the restaurant, given mains are $40 each. Staff kindly moved us, but service then suffered. They didn’t tell us any specials, we only overheard them telling other tables specials. Food was delicious, but it was an unfortunate experience overall due to service

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  37. JENNIFERO

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous meal with amazing specials. Great service. If there was one comment/ suggestion was that it was too cold in there so much so I couldn’t take off my jacket. There appeared to be only one small electric blow heater on the bar. But could be that there was teething problems that night.

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  38. CarolM

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely bustling restaurant with the ambience of Paris, excellent food and attentive service. Will dine here again.

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  39. MICHAELB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful French food on a chilly Thursday night. One single girl ran the entire front of house and bar on her own, and did the most outstanding job. She was a champion.

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  40. ChrisO

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We shared a fabulous chateau briand. Beautiful, beautiful meal. Quiet, attentive service - perfect.

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Bistro Sou Sou is rated 4.2 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

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153 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, AU-VIC 3065

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Fitzroy
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Tram
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
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