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The European

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161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 0811
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (31 reviews)
“chateaubriand” (26 reviews)
“pepper steak” (10 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe it's because this is my absolute favorite kind of restaurant - really high quality food and wine without any snobbery. I took a chance by going on the late side, and I was lucky enough to get a small table near the door. As...More

Thank bropaul
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of 6 (2 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 children) had dinner here. The tables were very close together but the atmosphere was great! Food was lovely for the adults, the teenagers thought it was good whilst the children didn’t enjoy at all! Service staff...More

Thank emailnharris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a menu!! Had the amazing mushroom risotto, perfectly cooked. Beautiful duck fat potatoes. The wine list is incredible and the guy who served us had great wine knowledge and passion. Highly recommend.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always visit this restaurant whenever we're in Melbourne. Fantastic coffee and buttermilk pancakes. Friendly service. Love it.

Thank HennaGoddess
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well run cosy place with a good menu and excellent staff. The sommelier gave us an excellent wine choice and respected we did not want to enter into the higher end of the price list. They are happy for sharing plates and...More

Thank zizzle14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service but rather squashed as space at a premium. Arrived at 6pm, menus and drinks immediately. Staff attentive and food excellent. I had the mushroom risotto and couldn't resist the brussel sprouts (not for everyone though!) Easily at theatre on time for Mamma Mia.

Thank Shazza60
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Great spot for an early morning meeting with a client. Coffee is consistently great, staff are super friendly and also efficient. Coffee and food orders don't take long at all to be made and served. Stylish interior to host client in for a meeting or...More

Thank ez_in_australia
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Wait staff are at excellent, we were served quickly. Atmosphere and drinks great, food was average..

Thank Ivy6703
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

It may be a Melbourne institution, but a middle of the road restaurant. Good on a cold winters day. Great if your off to the theatre, it’s not a destination restaurant Cozy ambience, clientele on the older side. Food was tasty & staff more than...More

Thank jacqueline285
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

One of the only decent places I have found in the CBD that do brekky all day on a weekend. Great spot in the warmer months to eat on the footpath and people watch but also great inside when it's a bit more miserable. They...More

Thank DustyMilo17
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place
to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place
simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude
a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration
over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on
Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes
such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your
money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving
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Questions & Answers
9 October 2017|
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Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
Not really a beer place. They have some bottled beer.
5 August 2017|
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Response from Shelly J | Reviewed this property |
You will need to email or call The European direct to get this answer.
10 February 2015|
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Response from Kerrie K | Reviewed this property |
Definitey not the right restaurant for you. There are many others far more suited to children
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 39
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 0811
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