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What diners said about this restaurant:
Serey S. • 1 review
July 29, 202310/10
The food and staff are amazing. A very cute and cozy French restaurant. Will definitely be returning with my partner.
Brett F. • 1 review
July 16, 202310/10
Great little French cafe. Simple menu but offers fresh pastries, crepes cooked to order and good coffee. Will be back to visit again.
Dianne D. • 1 review
April 28, 202310/10
The dishes were unique and delicious. Customer service was fantastic. The owner, Kevin, truly provides you with a personalised experience. Highly recommend.
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Melinda C. • 1 review
March 29, 202310/10
Delicious food and friendly staff!
Patrick L. • 30 reviews
March 10, 202310/10
Had a lovely pre Opera dinner here last night. Had the Pork starter, which was flavourful and matched well, though the toast was a wee bit hard! The butatta and tomatoes dish was tasty and well balanced. Also we found the signature Duckleg dish with lentils was delightful.
Ayhan O. • 1 review
March 7, 202310/10
A group of us recently had the pleasure of visiting Tapenade and, as we walked in, we received the friendliest welcome imaginable. In addition to the welcome, the smell of the fresh pastries made everything warm, enchanting and even more inviting. When it came to ordering, our host was kind enough to make it easy by bringing out a basket selection of the most delictately made pastries and the most amazing tasting sandwiches. Something that cannot be overlooked is Tapenades high quality and grade of their coffee that had a flavour that kept us wanting more. Overall, Tapenade is an amazing place with delicious food and drinks that is backed by genuinely friendly staff. Thank you.
Patrick L. • 30 reviews
March 5, 20239.5/10
Was impressed with Tapenade. My partner and I had the Leek & Goat's Cheese crepe for brunch. It was light, thin, with a crunch and it was delicious . The ambience and service was great, well done.
Mick W. • 3 reviews
February 19, 202310/10
Great lunch spot and the signature dish of confit duck on braised puy lentils is becoming a firm favourite. The recently introduced savoury and sweet crepes on weekends is a new welcome attraction.
Fiona A. • 2 reviews
February 17, 202310/10
This is one of the best neighbourhood restaurants in town. Passionate owners, great service, lovely modern French ambience.
Alison F. • 1 review
February 3, 20239.5/10
Delicious French food and delightful staff. The atmosphere felt joyful & decidedly French. However, like most cafes and restaurants these days, there are so many hard surfaces that noise increases dramatically with the number of patrons. Introducing more acoustic solutions would be a move in the right direction.
Angie C. • 5 reviews
January 20, 202310/10
I LOVE coming to Tapenade. Kevin and Laurie strive to provide the BEST service and food. It's fresh, it's so tasty. The barramundi is devine, and the basque baked cheesecake... freakin heaven. No one can do any better cheesecake in the world. Guaranteed your eyes will roll to the back of your head in absolute blissful pleasure. It's a small menu for a purpose - freshness and big flavour. Try it!!
Christine S. • 1 review
December 22, 202210/10
We were very well looked after for our work Xmas lunch. The food was a very high quality and dietary differences were well looked after too. The staff are very friendly and professional! We are going back!
CHARLES M. • 3 reviews
December 16, 20229.5/10
This was our first time here attracted by the escargot on the menu, which did not disappoint Our mains, the signature duck was superb, and the steak excellent. The cheesecake to finish topped off a great meal. An interesting wine list, which we sampled and were not disappointed. We now live locally and will definitely be back - as a regular.
Grant L. • 3 reviews
December 2, 202210/10
Tapenade is an exceptional French Restaurant. It has a small menu, but each item is unique and so fresh. The wines are sensational.
Heather M. • 1 review
November 26, 202210/10
Great service, great food and great decor. Had a wonderful relaxing lunch with friends. The wait staff made it extremely pleasant and couldn’t do enough.
Mark R. • 2 reviews
September 17, 20229.5/10
We had a lovely evening meal at Tapenade. The husband and wife team that own this restaurant provided fantastic personalised service. We had the plate de jour with accompanying drinks and finished with a lovely slice of house made lemon meringue. Do yourself a favor and go!
Anna F. • 1 review
July 31, 20228.5/10
We enjoyed the courteous and friendly service, the excellent food and the ambience . This is an unpretentious but excellent French restaurant which we will visit again.
Lindy R. • 1 review
July 17, 202210/10
The staff at this gorgeous French cafe make me want to go back. The food is excellent but good old-fashioned service and a welcoming vibe are what will keep me going back.
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Sharnel P. • 1 review
June 28, 202210/10
We booked at Tapenade for a workmate's farewell lunch. The staff were very communicative and attentive and worked with us leading up to the day. They were amazing to deal with, very friendly, polite and professional. The food was amazing, everything arrived on time and we weren't waiting long once we were all seated. They easily catered to those who were vegetarian or vegan, and accommodated food allergies and intolerances as well. Absolutely wonderful restaurant, food, and staff, it has now become our go-to for any work functions. Highly recommend!
Mick W. • 3 reviews
June 25, 202210/10
Consistently excellent food and service. We particularly enjoyed the changed winter menu. Also, great to get wild rather than farmed salmon. A most enjoyable winter family lunch within the cosy confines of Tapenade.
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1A-3 Commercial Rd, 3004, Melbourne (VIC), Australia
Trams and bus stops at less than 100 meters from the restaurant
Tapenade offers a taste of the South West of France on St Kilda Road in the heart of Melbourne, offering a selection of authentic family recipes with a wide range of French and Australian wines, cocktails and tap beers.
Headed by French husband & wife team, Kevin & Laurie. Kevin has managed some of the best authentic French bistros in the city & leads the warm & friendly front of house team, whilst Laurie put her years of extensive culinary experience to work in the kitchen.
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