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Punch Lane

$$ - $$$European, ,
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 4944
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork loin” (15 reviews)
“cheese board” (8 reviews)
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European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Punch Lane
1. A place to celebrate
"would recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion"
Tania T
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2. Cozy place, excellent food!
" Also give the cheese selection a try, you wont be sorry."
Glam B
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3. Hidden Gem
"A hidden gem near Chinatown in Melbourne."
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1 - 10 of 561 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the 5 course tasting menu at 84pp, it was the most regrettable decision of the evening. Definitely did not start with a bang, the entree of roasted heirloom carrot and chickpeas was acceptable but nothing to be excited about- 6 mini carrots served...More

Thank Touriz
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The service (Thanks Laurence) and food were on point. This place is superb! On the east side of Melbourne City, you will find this great number; Punch Lane. I chose this as the client i was taking loved his wine, and it didn't disappoint, not...More

2  Thank OzTravels80
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

We love Lawrence, he is a real gentleman ...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Casual business lunch and it was amazing. Beautiful food - we had gnocchi as well as a couple of salads. Just divine - flavours were excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. The service was friendly and efficient. I haven't been here for years as don't...More

Thank FINDER22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a relaxed business dinner here and it was spot on. Smallish menu but it’s a wine bar restaurant so check it out first but the food was exceptional. Service was great, good recommendations and attentive throughout. Cheese is a must (as is the sherry)....More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriends and I soaked up the South American tunes delivered by a woman with incredible vocals. The family next to us danced in joy, as we ate tapas & sipped our cocktails. Wonderful evening!

Thank KT M
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thank you :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole night was great. The food was absolutely amazing, from the flavours, texture and presentation. Portions are good. The wait staff were friendly. The menu is diverse and the wine list simply amazing. A great Melbourne experience.

Thank alicegrey2018
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Loved the intimate atmosphere, food, wine and our waiter Derek. Be aware the mains menu choice is small, so perhaps check it out online first. Recommended.

Thank DONHEL39
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive feedback and for your recommendation :)

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

I have enjoyed many meals at Punch Lane over many years but this time the male waiting staff were so pretentious I was embarrassed at the appalling service. We went to Punch Lane on my recommendation and for that I am sorry. From the moment...More

Thank Birt1964
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

We are all sincerely sorry and there is no excuse for being left to feel like you have explained. We very much appreciated your patronage over many years and are terribly disappointed that we will not be seeing you in the future. The staff at...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018

I love to travel alone because it gives me a different perspective on the places I visit, and it seems to test the patience of waitstaff. While my welcome at the restaurant was warm and friendly, my server seemed to feel obligatorily nice and efficient....More

Thank MiaBchGal
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with us the kitchen was thrilled to read your comments about your food experience.

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Punch lane has quickly become a favourite of ours when we visit Melbourne. From beautifully executed mains to simple but delicious charcuterie boards, the food here is fresh, exciting and there’s always something that takes our fancy!

Thank DomG90
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time and giving us your feedback , we are very happy with the food coming out the Punch kitchen and as you said it is about great product done simply ...

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
22 September 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
Yes we do have a la carte menu however kitchen is closed at 10.30 we do have cheese available now :)
Chris K
9 September 2017|
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Response from Kristina E | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I guess you just ring them. If it's anything like our experience it will be very quick because you won't get any food.
30 March 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
smart casual or however you feel comfortable !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 31
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 4944
  • E-mail
A Melbourne institution now in its 22nd year Punch Lane is situated at the Paris end of the CBD near Parliament . We are also in the theatre precinct and perfect for a pre/post show bite to eat . glass of wine or a plate of cheese . Our food style is Modern European with Australian overtones , there is an extensive range of wines by the glass as well as an array of beers and spirits . We are house in one of the original CBD police stations as we where situated in the heart of the red light district of the time . We also boast the original chairs from the Southern Cross Hotel which was the home of the Beatles during their Australian Tour . We look forward to seeing you for a relaxed lunch, a glass of wine or an intimate dinner.
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