Noir Restaurant

4.6
79 reviews
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$41 to $100
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Noir is that rare thing - a genuinely relaxed and friendly neighborhood restaurant that also happens to have award winning food and service. Recently renovated, the restaurant's chic style, elegance and warmth make for that perfect romantic meal for two, or a group of friends or family.

From humble beginnings in 2011, Noir has slowly developed a reputation for uncompromising quality and grown to include a beautiful bar and dining room upstairs, ideal for corporate and private functions.

Our kitchen led by chef patron, Peter Roddy, offers playful takes on regional French food, where exceptional produce takes center stage. A seasonal menu of outstanding Australian ingredients are sympathetically handled to create visually striking dishes of terrific flavour.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
French, European, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday and Sunday 12pm-3pm
Dinner : Tuesday - Sunday 6pm-10pm
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Phone number
(03) 9428 3585
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Roddy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church St
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Parking details
There is a public car park as well as street parking.
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Public transit
Tram stop ten meters from front door and close to East Richmond and Richmond train stations.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 79 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great place, Great taste, really interesting flavour.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

There were 5 in our party, and we had the 5 course tasting menu. It was excellent. Every course was a treat - not one disappointed. And the quality of the food for the value was exceptional. All inner party were very impressed. Can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Excellent cuisine - delicious amuse gueule to start with - soo good in fact, we ordered another round! All mains were fantastic - fish pie served at the table was a great spectacle. Duck great, order all sides, brocolli was refreshing along side the rich duck fat potatoes. Shared all 3 deserts - soufle the stand out. And all for the price you'd pay at a gasto pub. Take me here any day.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

interesting menu choices - and a great beaujolais.
the jerusalem artichokes on celeriac mash was memorable.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We went to Noir with friends for the Bastille Day special dinner which we thoroughly enjoyed. Each dish was delicious and we thought it was great value at $80per person. We will definitely remember Noir for Bastille day next year.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

No hesitation to go again. This was my 2nd visit and standard still excellent.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Staff can do with some training in hospitality.
Oil on table was beautiful. Staff should have explained what it was.
Spoon left from a plate?
We shared entree. No extra plate given.
Desert cutlery too large.
Did not ask if we wanted desert wine or coffee/tea.
Table cloth would lift status and atmosphere.
We enjoyed our diner but you can do better. Hope this helps.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Very tasty food and wonderful service. Great place for a date night.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Superb food and service the flavours were outstanding and both me and my companion had a delicious meal

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Sensational value and great food and service. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We went there last Sunday and had the shared Sunday lunch.

Fine dining dishes at a reasonable price. Love the shared Sunday lunch menu.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Never disappointed with fine food and sevice. Been coming regularly for 3 years. Highly recommended for relaxing and cosy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The Sunday lunch tasting menu is great value but more importantly, the service e is excellent unobtrusive and respectful and the food is consistently very good. The tasting menu is just enough to not feel over full and the quality and consistency of the food is very high. We've been a few times and the we always say we have to come back.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Two of us arrived at 6.15pm and were seated in the window of the then empty restaurent. We decided to share the suggested tasting menu and a glass or two each of what turned out to be a very good French Malbec, and some sparkling water.
While we waited we were served some tiny but delicious hot bread rolls with pats of French butter, and rosemary and garlic olive oil for dipping.
And then the raw lamb dish arrived and our tastebuds were completely blown away. Easily the dish of the night. It was superb. An undertone of lemon zest and top note of dill in the creamy sauce, and anchovy, with explosions of sweet lamb and clean crunchy cucumber. Wow!
This was followed by a perfectly cooked and delectable ravioli of pine mushrooms and chestnuts.
Then a marron beautifully cooked and presented, flavoured delightfully, but tediously fiddly and hard to eat.
Then a generous serve of rabbit gnocchi with tiny cubes of roasted vegetables in a rich and subtle cream sauce.
The final dish was a persimmon soufflé with muscat icecream. The soufflé was incredibly light and melt in the mouth, with the faintest of citrus undernotes that was the persimmon. Neither of us is an ice cream fan, so aside from a spoonful to taste we left it untouched, but we both agreed it was a very nice icecream with a lovely and distinct muscat flavor
Our servers were understated and not intrusive, or showy, but were there with offers of more bread, wine, and water when needed. And the kitchen timed our dishes perfectly. I liked their overall level of care.
All told there was really only one down side, and that was the awful acoustics. When it was about half full we became unable to hear each other across the table without leaning in, and by the time we asked for the bill we could not hear each other at all. It felt like we had escaped when we got back out into Swan Street.
But even with that quite major noise defect, our meal was beautiful and I would go back again just for that amazing raw lamb dish.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Lovely food and wine. Good service. Cost restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for mother's day and the food and service were excellent. The set menu lunch on Sunday is very reasonable for the calibre of food

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was really good. We had the tasting menu. The confit duck leg was quite dry (my husband got a leg, I got a tiny thigh - no drumstick. All the other dishes were exceptional (mussel fricase - amazing!) but finishing the savoury dishes with a not so amazing dish was memorable in a sense.

Music was very random (did my ears deceive me or was there a bit of Smashmouth 'Walking on the sun' being played early in the night?).

Service was ok. The manager on the night was pleasant but not very personable. Other staff member was very nice. Was really let down by the service at the end of our meal though. No offer of coffee or another drink with dessert. I don't think it would have had anything to do with turning the table over for the next sitting as there was several tables free when we left at 8pm.

We were seated near the door and watched every other table get offered to have their coats taken on arrival and door opened with a thanks/goodbye when they left. Not so much as a wave or a goodbye when we left though. Expected a higher level of service from a hatted restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I took a foodie friend for an evening of good food and conversation. We found the food was very pleasing although my friend felt there was a bit too much salt in the mussel dish.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This was a low key place presenting very innovative and delicious little dishes for the $28pp Friday lunch. For our party of 12 ladies it was perfectly balanced and each of the small entrees, mains and petite desserts were beautiful and perfect in presentation and especially taste.
Each person was very impressed and would bring partners and friends either for lunch or dinner. We all thought the value for money presented in this formula for lunch is a sure way to lure patrons back.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Lovely setting, innovative French menu,excellent service

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We went to the Friday express lunch and it was fabulous. Had been before for dinner which is always great.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great food great service and friendly staff, making the evening fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food and service. Had the tasting menu and unlimited bubbles and it was the perfect way to celebrate my husbands birhday. Service was attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

A great find as the food and service are excellent and the noise level is low and NO music. Beautifully prepared dishes. Comfortable surroundings.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were charged a $50 surcharge for dinner reservation on Easter Saturday. Very steep and not openly pointed out to us!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Lovely attention to detail in presentation. Attentive staff. Dessert platter a delight. Generous with the home made bread rolls - always a plus .

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great service, brilliant atmosphere, & the food. Outstanding. We’ll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

With Swan St getting increasingly grubby, this class act stands apart. Great food and service

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Exceptional dishes served in an inviting environment

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food was excellent ,especially the pasta dishes.
Two of the diners had the Waygu steak,which they where disappointed about.
It was though and they even questioned if it was Waygu.
My Duck how ever was delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This was my first visit to Noir, looking for a French restaurant on the East side of Melbourne. Very satisfied with the food, wine, ambiance and service. I expect to go there again, quite possibly to get the whole table to agree to have the Tasting Menu.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I absolutely loved this place and the food was great portions for the tasting menu, it was almost too much food. They are very generous. I was so full by the time desert came around.

I would highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

A family dinner for my wife's birthday. The food was great, the service friendly and attentive, and the menu offered sufficient variety to please a slightly fussy 17 year old boy as well as his more adventurous parents.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food and excellent service. This was our first time at Noir and was pleasantly surprised. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Sunday evening catch up with friends turned out a delicious long evening. The food was delicious and with friends eating at varied restaurants they were extremely impressed. The service staff, she was excellent and to be noted the only patrons on a Sunday night we were not rushed or made to feel it’s time to go. I am taking family back Sunday week!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We were delighted with our first experience at Noir with their shared plate Sunday lunch. Service, value for money and food quality were all first class. The food is genuine French style - contrasting with others who think a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the wall constitutes authentic cuisine. We were seated in the window bay giving great views of the passing world while enjoying the efficient and prompt service of the excellent food.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food was good, service was good.
They had run out of the wine I chose, which was disappointing, and didn't offer the next-up wine as a substitute.

This is normal practice.

Apart from that it was a lovely evening.

It used to be a bit classier too, but patrons in jeans and shorts tend to lower the tone.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Cosy corner table, good portions. Wish they'd do a little something special for a birthday to make it extra special!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

This was our second time dining at Noir and it didn't let us down at all. The food is fantastic!
Perhaps the wait staff could be a bit more cheerful and there isn't a lot of ambience. It is a nice place if you want a quite place to celebrate an occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Sydneysiders in Melbourne seeking a special local venue with charm for our 25th wedding anniversary. What a great find (via the Good Food Guide 2018 - One Hat Restaurants). We were looking for an authentic local cosy restaurant with exceptional food and ambience - Noir delivered it all in spades and at a very reasonable price. Feel like we discovered a local gem and the level of service was amazing. Can't fault the Noir experience. Just what we were searching for. Noir is why Northeners like travelling south! Thanks for making a special occasion so special.

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