Debutant

4.6
168 Reviews
$41 to $100
Steak
We are Wollongong's premier French bistro with a strong emphasis on dry aged beef and high quality ingredients.
You could call us your local "steak frites" joint.
We are very proud to cook our steaks exclusively over charcoal something new to the area.
Located in the CBD area of Wollongong our exclusive residence has been fitted out with comfort and luxury as a priority.
What 168 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bianca
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, what flavour! Can't wait to go back soon.

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SueF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food portions extremely small & greatly overpriced. However, the service was excellent & the noise level was minimal.

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IlonaV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am not sure which to compliment the most. The service with a smile, even though they wore masks, the delicious food, the atmosphere, so I will compliment all aspects of Debutante. Thank you for a fabulous night.

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IsabellaK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Definitely recommend dining here. Steaks are amazing, as are the oysters

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VictoriaH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious very tasty.
Simple however top
Quality I would definitely recommend the venue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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CarloC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

An overall very good first time experience. Food and service were excellent. Waiting times were good. However, wines were somewhat expensive per glass considering the amount given.

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious and fresh and served in a timely manner.

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DanielleC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service but it is very expensive

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TraceyJ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointing . Staff lacked knowledge and did not seem to be be able to keep up with customer numbers. Food was very uninspiring for the prices charged. relatively noisy and we felt like we were in a bistro, not a fine dining restaurant.

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MandyM
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Will definitely return. Our waitress was excellent. A bit loud and would probably like a bit more than just salad with the steak but in saying that the steak, prawns and dessert were delicious.

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AlannaH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We do miss the attentiveness of Siobhan, but the restaurant was busy and we understand. Food outstanding as ever. This was the first time we'd tried the steak! To die for. Thank you as ever! We will be back of course!

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JessicaN
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant. Incredible food & impeccable service. Highly recommend to all our friends and family.

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JennyG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very delicious... we got the mash with the steak and it was so moorish! Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and the food, everything is delicious! All of the staff are very attentive and knowledgeable. It’s a lovely place!

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Kate
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the service was fast and friendly.
The staff were lovely and informative.

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RobertP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fine dining experience. Food and service were top shelf

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FelicityK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our experience. The food was exceptional

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WollongongDiner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing as always. Highly recommend the steak frites with peppercorn and cognac cream.

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Dianna
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The ratings speak for themselves. Service very poor and inexperienced. Slow kitchen, food good but nothing extraordinary. Wine selection good. Tables too close together having regard to current restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meat was cooked to perfection. Really enjoyed our night out at this restaurant.

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Tessa
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding as always. Debutant never disappoints

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JV123456
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had a lovely meal, every dish served was delicious.
Staff were very friendly, attentive and conscious to keep us to the timeframe due to the booking timeslot being 2hrs.
We will return for sure

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CharlesVanders
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, well finished interior with well spaced tables.
Outstanding service, delicious food and an overall exceptional experience.

Looking forward to more variation in the menu and repeat experiences!

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HDDD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The most amazing food!! Order the cheese soufflé 🤤

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RickJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made welcome the moment we stepped in. My wife, son and I entered and immediately looked after. We had a booking for 4 and my other son was still in transit from Canberra but the ladies went out of their to look after us until he arrived. Very happy with the whole experience. We will recommend to our family and friends to seriously consider Débutant for an outing.

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NikkiR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quite good. Disappointed by some of the sides like the potato bread - $5 for a very small piece of bread served room temperature with hard butter (which the waitress forgot to give us until 10 minutes after we got the bread. Obviously a little on the pricier side, but the dry aged beef was definitely worth it. Ambience was lovely

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LeeH
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mixed opinions on our experience. $5 for a bread roll would be ok if the roll was stand out. Both the roll and the butter were very average. Had the prawns for entree - prawns over cooked. That said the sauce was very nice. Finger bowl would of been a thoughtful touch given how messy to shell them. Rib eye steak was good, though expensive. Can buy equivalent quality steaks for same or less in Sydney restaurants. French salad was just ok. Too much dressing. Not a WOW factor and when spending over $250 for 2 people you’d be hoping for that. The Pouill-Fume was excellent.

Should add another option to below question - maybe recommend.

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blandoz
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was up to my expectations. I am a French national and knew what to expect at a bistro in terms of food. The service was fast and efficient. I will definitely go back there.

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DanielG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless service and the best steak in Wollongong!!

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel (sydney & Melbourne when you can!) & eat out a lot
Debutant is our favourite every chance we get we will make a detour (dejour)
Great energy and vibe, young friendly staff delivering a great experience to the diner.
I was the guy when walking in seeing the awesome meat cabinet said to the young welcomer “fancy meeting you here! “ got a laugh and I knew then and there we would have a good night and we did.
Loved it Peter & Lisa

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KenF
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night, lovely staff and of course great great food 😊😋😎

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OrysiaS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wait staff were friendly and efficient

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MatthewM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience! Catered to our diverse group of dietary requirements without a fuss in any way, completely open to making options that were perfect for us. Not only were they made available but the chefs did a crazy job of it too. Table service and atmosphere was great too!

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RaquelC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

French bistro collides with a modern Australian steak house ... hmmmm ... not so much! Australian steakhouse with a very ordinary take on french bistro style cuisine (boarding on insulting the french!), where the service doesn’t quite meet the price point. Very disappointing experience. All 8 diners found the steaks over cooked, the salad extremely pungent and extremely slow to get both entrees and mains out. Best part of the experience was the wine.

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DaynaB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal
Service and food impeccable
Great place to celebrate something very specia, as prices are a little on the high side. But so worth it !!!

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, a delicious dining experience, great service, can’t wait to go back again

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MoniWatt
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Steak was beautiful but our waitress wasn’t a lot of help in our choice of accompaniments or wine, which could have been better. In general, the service was not good.
Very disappointed.

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RobertP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Entrees and main were superb. Service was personalised. Only issue was the fries. They let the package down in appearance and flavour. What a whinger I am. Would go back in a flash 😊🍷

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NatalieS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really well cooked and the atmosphere was very nice. A great place for a special occasion.

FAQs

Debutant is rated 4.6 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.