Best French Restaurants in Byron Bay
Love French food? Want to pretend you’re in Paris, sipping wine and enjoying fresh baguette slices and cheese? If you can’t make it to France anytime soon, then you can at least dine on French cuisine while you’re on holiday in Byron Bay. You can combine the best of your holiday activities—spend the days at the beach and the evening noshing on amazing food at one of these fine French restaurants.
1. The Petit Snail
Rated among the top five restaurants in Byron Bay on Trip Advisor, The Petit Snail is not one to miss—especially if you love French cuisine! Chef proprietor Igor Persan and his wife, Dominique Chauby, offer traditional and familiar French dishes, such as snails in garlic butter, duck leg confit with season fruit sauce and French onion soup. There are enough options if you need to cater to vegetarians, such as cheese plates and fresh fish main and entrees, and there’s even a kids menu if you bring along the whole family. Plus, we recommend checking out the wine menu if that’s your thing as the selection is excellent. Petit Snail really is as close to eating in France as you can get in Australia.
The restaurant is open for lunch (noon-2 pm) and dinner (5:30-10 pm) Wednesday-Sunday and is located at 5 Carlyle Street.
2. L’ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie
This tiny bakery, located on Lawson Street not far from the beach, offers baguettes, fruit tarts, brioches and much more. You can check out all the delicious pastries in the glass cases, and while you try not openly drool over the delicious treats, you can also grab a fresh baguette or Pain de Campagne. Reviewers on both Trip Advisor and Yelp gushed over the almond crossiant, ricotta cheesecake and pear tart, among other pastries. Most reviewers agree that it’s worth a stop during your stay in Byron Bay to treat yourself to a slice of French heaven!
L’ultime is located at 5 Lawson St. and is open everyday at 7:30 am.
3. Azura’s Garden Restaurant
Formerly called Muoi’s Feast, Azura’s Garden is located in Fletcher Street. Head chef Bertrand Barreau grew up in France, and his restaurant is named after his daughter, who he had with his Australian-born wife who he met while she was travelling through Europe. Offering up everything from lamb and steak to oysters and homemade chips, reviewers on Trip Advisor said you’ll find reasonably priced food in a relaxing atmosphere. One reviewer even said they ate there four times during one holiday!
Open Tuesday-Sunday midday to late, 11 Fletcher Street.
4. Fleurs Restaurant
A short 30 minute drive from Byron Bay, in Ballina—a town we recommend taking a day trip to—is Fleurs Restaurant. This French inspired eatery serves a menu of local produce that changes with the season. You’ll find everything from various bread appetizers, to chicken thigh roulade and braised sticky pork belly. There is an extensive wine list, as well as beer, cider and spirits available. You can kick off your evening with a cocktail in the lounge and then head into restaurant for your dinner. Fleurs is open Tuesday to Saturday with the bar starting at 5:30 pm and first dinner orders starting at 6 pm. The last call for dinner is at 8:30 pm.
Fleurs is located in the Comfort Inn All Seasons Ballina, 301 River St.
5. Che Bon Restaurant
Che Bon was located in Tintenbar, but is moving to a new location in Ballina. So you’re luck, soon you could hit up two French restaurants in one day trip. Owners Rodolphe and Pascale were born and raised in France so after moving to Australia in 2006, they opened Che Bon in order to bring a taste of the French traditional way of life to the NSW. The menu lets you pick between a set menu that costs $49 and includes six items to pick for your three-course meal. Otherwise, for those that don’t want to stick to the set menu you can order a la carte. Reviewers on Trip Advisor definitely recommended the well-priced set menu option and said the food was excellent for a great price.
If you’re interested in visiting Che Bon, then check out the website and watch for an announcement of when opening day at the new location will be.
Bring your appetite and stay with us at Broken Head
If you want to experience all the fabulous food in the Byron Bay Area, you might want to save some money on your accommodation, so check out Broken Head Holiday Park where you can stay at our reasonable campsites. We are located just by the beautiful Broken Head beach and the perfect place to lay your head and dream of the delicious dinners you experienced while you’re here!