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Charcoal Lane

136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61 3 9418 3400
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is easy to think that some of the indiginous ingredients used (kangaroo, emu) might be quite challenging for a cook but here they clearly know their art. It was the most tender meat ever. The service staff is also on top of their role;...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank OwlQueen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent service, brilliant produce inspired by Indigenous Australia, and all while supporting the community at the same time.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rara1991
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great presentation of amazing tasty indigenous produce. Fantastic social enterprise with such willing staff

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CarolynF1
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

An exotic combination of native condiments, unfamiliar greens and garnishes ably complimented the native sources of protein. Everyone was well satisfied. The vegetarian dish of deep fried gnocchi was disappointing due to the texture and feel. Desserts were delightful. The range of Australian wine selections...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank donnawC7008LX
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

We ate here as a couple on a Saturday night and the food and service was excellent. I had the prawns which were exceptional and the wild boar which was similar to pork but a bit stronger. The use of native ingredients I liked and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TimboH71
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Yes, the food is excellent. The emu is strongly recommended. The service is also outstanding. But they should do something about the noise (screens, plants?) because when the restaurant is full you can’t hardly have a normal conversation. This was the only thing that bothered...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jordi F
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Not recommended - came with high expectations but i was disappointed. Location 8/10 nice ambience and interior Food 5/10 My wife and me took the Starter of the chef for 2 which was supposed to be an expression of Australian indigenous tastes .... very very...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 939al
Reviewed 8 October 2018

So many good reviews for Charcoal Lane but we must of got them on a slightly off night. Service was polite and not at all pretentious and was the highlight of our evening but unfortunately the food was disappointing. Tasting platter was lovely without being...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Cathrine G
Reviewed 7 October 2018

I was on a brief visit to Melbourne and my daughter suggested this restaurant. We had walked past on a previous trip when the restaurant was closed and checked out the menu. So pleased we were able to make a booking, and even more pleased...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank RedRoosta
Reviewed 24 September 2018

I have been visiting Melbourne for a couple of weeks, and a friend took me for a great lunch at Charcoal Lane. I was so impressed by the welcome we got and the wonderful food that I booked a 3-course dinner for 9 colleagues last...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ThePhilosopher27
Fitzroy is an unusual blend of working class roots,
hip gentrification, and a robust bohemian work ethic.
Along Brunswick Street and its side streets, you'll
find little independent shops where local clothes and
furniture designers display their wares. There are
specialist bookshops, funky record bars, and quality
vintage clothing shops where browsing is the next best
thing to buying. Gertrude Street is famous for its
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10 October 2018|
Response from RedRoosta | Reviewed this property |
Given some of the street work that is occurring it is difficult to be specific. There is some street parking available but that will depend on what time you book. We avoided the issue on our recent visit by parking at a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 18 - USD 36
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Yarra  >  Fitzroy>  > Fitzroy
  • Neighbourhood: Fitzroy
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9418 3400
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