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Charcoal Lane

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$$ - $$$
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136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
+61 3 9418 3400
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 21:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a restaurant I came across on Trip Advisor and purely sought to try it because of the very uniquely Australia menu, however, whilst this is a reason why you should come here, there is another reason (of which I didn't know about until I arrived). Charcoal Lane is a Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant that provides guidance and... More 

1 Thank Steve S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service is great, the food - lots of unusual Australian ingredients - is fabulous and the setting is delightful. And profits go to Mission Australia. What more could you ask?

Thank Kathryn M
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The native Australian cuisine was delicious - beautifully presented, attentive waiters and tasty! Great Australian wine list.

Thank joshshanefreeman
Perth, Australia
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105 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charcoal Lane is a Mission Australia social-enterprise restaurant. Chef Greg Hampton offers opportunities and guidance to trainees, some of whom need a fresh start in life, to run this restaurant. The menu specialises in native Australian ingredients including wallaby, emu, eel and an exciting array of native herbs and spices. Wonderful service.

Thank elias501
Melbourne, Australia
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75 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

After cooking up native food over Christmas (thanks to Something Wild) we decided to return to Charcoal Lane to see how the pros do it. We were not disappointed! Service can be a little hit and miss as the restaurant is training hospitality staff. But the manager served us mostly and he was great - knowledgeable and passionate. Had the... More 

Thank 255100Charlie
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We had a most enjoyable meal in very pleasant surroundings. The explanation of the menu, the presentation and quality of the food, and the service was impressive, The cocktails were great too!

Thank 17veronica17
Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Located in an iconic historic building this place offers good food with an Australian ingredients and element in all dishes. Enjoy emu, sandalwood nut, wilt of and lemon myrtle in various disguise. We had a great evening. Discovering at the end of the night that the it is supported by Mission Australia made it the more satisfying. A great spot.

Thank Nana O O
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Pork belly and double cooked lamb. Delicious. Not the best pork belly ever but up there. Lamb was tender and tasty. No requirement to order sides (even though we did) as the meals are generous. Service was friendly and responsive. A great night out. good work charcoal lane.

Thank Simone A
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Interesting Menu of fresh foraged and found native produce! Quality, quantity and presentation of food was beyond our expectations. Staff and service were excellent. We were a table of 4 and we all thought it was great value. I highly recommend Charcoal Lane - specially for overseas visitors as it showcases native produce in a very sophisticated way. Pleasant venue... More 

Thank Beatrice N
County Sligo, Ireland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely food and charming service. Great to look at a menu and not know what to choose because it all looks so unique and tasty. All the serving staff were fantastic- quirky but professional. Nice to have something completely different for a change!!

Thank dorc8

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 38
Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Fitzroy

Neighbourhood Profile
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 cuisine and art galleries, but if you want to buy an old-fashioned snooker table, there is a shop for that too. Small pubs still exist, tucked away on the corners of suburban side streets that serve up traditional Sunday roasts. Live music abounds, and the street performers play so hard you worry to tip them would ruin their concentration. Venture to the Spanish quarter on Johnston Street and you may even find street dancing. It is all happening amidst off-beat street murals and the shuffle of a very funky neighbourhood that embraces both old and new.
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