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Reviewed 4 January 2024

I'm a regular here and thought it was time to write a review... Ruyi has been my go-to for pre-show dinners with family for years, and it most certainly never disappoints. The menu has the best Chinese in Melbourne (from which I'd highly endorse the...Bao Bao and fried rice) and the service is always quick and friendly. Really nice atmosphere and cosy spot which is still really accessible for Melbourne theatres. As a patron for years, I can attest to their consistently exceptional dining experience. Would highly reccomend....More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Very nice little restaurant, we chose the chefs selection 5 course and 4 of the courses were amazing. Very nice food, service very good also.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

From the moment, I walked into Ruyi I was looked after really well by the team who said it be a lovely table in the main dining room. Make sure you order the lettuce cups they are delicious and very generous serving. When they recommend...2 to 3 dishes for a single person probably only needed 2 but I’m glad I got to try a few different things. The eggplant chips were spicy, sweet and creamy perfect side. Lettuce cups were crisp and clean with excellent flavour. Will definitely return to try some more of the gluten-free options as it was all a lovely experience to be able to order so many dishes.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023

The best restaurant I've been to in a long time. The food was amazing, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The atmosphere was delightful. We went for an early dinner before a show and it was not a problem at all. I wish i...lived in Melbourne and could go again! I may actually have to return to Melbourne just to go here againMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 May 2023 via mobile

Visited Ruyi for a birthday dinner for my daughter. Restaurant is modern, clean and welcoming. Staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient and the food is spectacular. They even gave my daughter a birthday dessert to top our evening off. I highly recommend Ruyi.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023

Such a brilliant dining experience. We went for a pre-theatre dinner and the staff were brilliant, ensuring our food came out in good time. And it was delicious, some of the best Chinese food I’ve eaten outside China. Thank you!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2022 via mobile

Our first night in Australia and we had one of our best meals for a very long time. We ordered the 7 course dégustation menu and it was amazing, thank you to a wonderful team with special thanks to the owner for taking so much...trouble in explaining each course. We highly recommend you try this resto.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 October 2022 via mobile

Loved the menu and the extensive list of small plates. Superb food coupled with excellent service. The eggplant fries are off the charts and we ordered a second round.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022

So excited to try this place after reading reviews but overall it was a very disappointing experience. The starters came out quickly and were very tasty but there was a big delay for the last one which was ok until there was an even bigger...delay for our main courses. It was over an hour after ordering despite the very small restaurant not being full and we were on the verge of walking out after asking about it a couple of times as it was becoming so late. When the mains did arrive the $59 beef had more mushrooms than beef, the chicken was super spicy and inedible for most of us (noted as mild) and the $15 fried rice came in the tiniest bowl (the same size portion as the $4 plain rice) and was just enough for 1 person. The attitude of staff changed completely when the issues were raised, our waitress turned rude and surly and just said she appreciated our feedback (it's a complaint, not feedback). The manager offered us a drink when our mains finally came out but not a sav blanc (which we had drank 2 bottles of), instead a new red wine, some bubbles then finally a glass of grigio (saying the sav had sold out). She disappeared after this so despite paying nearly 400 for 4 people we were left with an explanation or apology with our waitress, in fact we barely got a goodbye. I'm not sure what was going on in the kitchen but we are reasonable people and could have dealt with it or made a decision to leave the main courses if there had been some communication and some genuine apologies. Despite the great starters we will never be back.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2022

So wonderful to return to Ruyi! Had the five course meal, a glass of their excellent shiraz from the Barossa Valley, and a Ginger Ginger cocktail. My favourite! Highlights were the tofu and the bao bao, as usual. Highly recommend...

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2022 via mobile

The first 4 courses of 5 were delicious, the fifth the Numbing Beef were harder than cricket balls, unable to chew or swallow. Offered sharing sweets and small brûlée was curdled. Disabled lift from footpath to entry not working. Not sure about this place, there...are so many better in the CBDMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 23 August 2022

Amazing food and service. We got the 5 course set menu and it was beautiful! Got the Ginger Ginger cocktail which was also lovely. Would come again 👍

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 23 August 2022 via mobile

Lovely lowkey venue, excellent service and delicious meals and cocktails. Would definitely return!!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 28 May 2022

We enjoyed our meal here. It is not your typical chinese food as you would find in Chinatown in Melbourne. Food is more sophisticated and less in terms of volume. However, all the flavours are solid and the staff were great. Would I go back?...Not sure but mainly due to there just being so many other places to eat out in Melbourne.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 15 May 2022 via mobile

Returned to this restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. Booked ahead and service was fabulous. We didn’t go the feed me menu and picked a variety of small plates and large. Food was excellent and worth every $. If you w add it a modern twist...on Chinese - this is the place to go!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Ruyi Modern Chinese is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5