Our Story

We are a neighbourhood French Bistro. Your place to savour beautiful French food, together with a carefully selected drinks range.

The quick rendezvous. An extended liaison. A private indulgence.

Terroir means the complete natural environment in which a particular crop is produced, including things like soil, topography, and climate.

It’s a French word — you say it “ter-wah” — but in Daylesford, Victoria it resonates with the philosophy of our inviting bistro. We want our customers to feel like our friends, they are a vital part of our terroir.

News & Events

News & Events

Bistro Wins Bronze in National Awards 'Best French'

News & Events

New Menu

For the first time in 6 years we are shaking it up. A new menu Format and more options when booking. Starts 1st February.

News & Events

New Opening Hours

From the 1st of February we will be open 5 Days Wednesday - Sunday

The Chef

At the heart of our bistro is Chef/Owner Matthew Carnell. Bistro Terroir brings his accomplished skills, including as a chef at a Michelin 2 Star restaurant in France, to Daylesford.

Matthew has a passion for local food and drinks, combined with exceptional chef abilities and an innate sense of the whole dining experience. Over the past decade, Matthew has collected an impressive array of food, wine, produce and restaurant experience as well as many awards. Having seen the bright lights; now is Matthews time to connect with the local community and share fine French bistro style food, in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.


Bookings are now open. Wednesday through Sunday Dinner and Thursday through Sunday for lunch.

Wednesday to Sunday Evenings À la Carte or 'Terroir Menu' 6pm - Late

Thursday - Sunday Lunches, À la Carte or Terroir Menu, 12 noon - 2.30pm 

We ask all guests placing a reservation to please remember If unable to attend, please amend, reschedule or cancel as early as possible. If you'r booking numbers change or you’re not able to make your booking on time please call to let us know. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Please note 10% surcharge on Sundays and 15% of Public Holidays 

Functions at COQ

COQ is an intimate events and functions space in the heart of Daylesford, VIC located at 8 Howe Street.

COQ offers both stand up and sit down functions and works in conjunction with the award winning restaurant and Chef at Bistro Terroir. It showcases seasonal French classics set in a contemporary modern space and is perfect for any function or event.