We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve a table
Thu, 27/1

Ratings and reviews



USD 40 - USD 200
Chinese, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (486)
Filter reviews
473 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews peking duck dim sum soup scallops pork yum cha yarra river south bank wine list staff were attentive banquet cantonese chinatown courses
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic food and excellent service. Didn't feel comfortable eating any of the live Lobsters or Crabs but the Oysters were beautiful. The other dishes we had were very good also.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 days ago

We found this restaurant by accident on a hot Melbourne day with very hungry grumpy children. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and patient with us as we had never had yum char before! We LOVED it. The food was so good. The BBQ...pork buns were so divine we had to take some home for later. We were well attended- never ran out of food or drink and the place is spotlessly clean and relaxing. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 20 December 2021

The waitress who served us was well versed in the menu and was very attentive to our table. This restaurant was very efficient with the time food came out as well as allowed plenty of time for digestion. I could not recommend this restaurant more,...easily the best Chinese food on south bank with the most amazing staff! 10/10!!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 18 December 2021

Chinese is one of those cuisines that has been overdone to the point of underdeliver. This is a great change from the usual, with some of the best cantonese Chinese food I have eaten, outside of Hong Kong. For the most past, this isn't traditional...Chinese cuisine, and that's exactly what I was there for. The menu features many of the usual ingredients, but the quality and planning in the food here is first rate and fresh. We ended up having the chef's banquet on the night and there was not a single item that didn't wow me with taste, even the presentation was of a very high standard. The restaurant as well was well appointed and had a great atmosphere. Nothing to extravagant or inventive though. With the exception of the very busy restaurant being occasionally slow in service, for a Chinese restaurant this sets a very high standard. If you are fatigued with suburban Chinese restaurant food, give these guys a go if you want a sense of how good it can be. The only faults I felt were the cramped layout, along with the strain on the service that made it slow. That's not really their fault, but be mindful it took us 2.5 hours to get through the whole banquet.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 21 November 2021

The Red Emperor serves a superior sort of Cantonese food, similar to yum cha, but more up-market. We had chicken and sweet corn soup to start, followed by chilled jellyfish. We had several other courses, but the best was the Peking Duck. We had scallops,...which were tender and delicious. For dessert we had mango pudding, which was sweet and tasty.. We had a good chardonnay to drink, and also copious jasmine tea, We had a great table overlooking the Yatta River. Our server was very helpful. By the way, you get a discount if you pay cash.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 July 2021

The staff were very friendly and they were very accomodating to our last minute booking of nine- delicious meals and great value.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 21 June 2021 via mobile

Lovely wait staff who cannot do enough for you. Couple this with excellent food and high quality wines this place is a real experience..a great combo of food wine and people

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 23 May 2021 via mobile

We were very excited to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday at the red emperor, but found the food was very average, the cost excessive and amount left us still needing more. We had ordered the $90 banquet. While the service was ok we were encouraged...to put through a tip. Our tip is don’t mix golden syrup with banana fritter and fried ice cream or buy generic ice cream.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 14 March 2021

After walking up and down South Bank searching for a nice restaurant we settled on Red Emperor. I had been there before with a large number of people and I recalled the food was quite nice. We selected the banquet for 2 and eagerly awaited...the arrival of the dishes. The service was nice and polite and the head waiter seemed eager to please. The 2 person banquet was $90 per head, I was ready for lashings of food as I was pretty hungry. Unfortunately, its a big scam. The dishes in the banquet are 3 entrees which were nice enough, and 2 mains and a desert. The entrees we had were reasonable and tasty. Then the main dishes turned up. The peking duck consisted of two thin slices of duck meat packed into a pancake roll, 2 each. not quite a main meal. Then the diced beef fillet turned up, probably about 8 slivers of meet with 8 battered green beans and a tiny bowl of fired rice. That's it. I was still starving and I am not a huge eater. Then the dessert came out, neither of us could eat them. I had the deep fried ice cream. There was nothing deep fried about it. In fact it if had been within 2 metres of a deep fryer I will eat my boot. It was cold, tasteless and rock hard. I am always wary of banquets as restaurants use it as a license to make profits. To think we paid $180 and got probably $30 worth of food makes my blood boil. All I can do is make others aware of the scam and avoid making the same mistake we did. We will certainly never be back here.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 5 February 2021

One of my go to eateries when in Melbourne a good place to catch up with friends and it has never let me down I have been several times. Very impressed with the extensive vegetarian options there is even a banquet, in the past the...vegetarian options were limited. I was impressed with the dumplings they were lovely and fresh. The Peking shredded shitake mushroom was sensational cannot wait to have it again so tasty. I was with 4 people and all were happy with the food. Good service, good food, good location. Good covid practice.More

Date of visit: January 2021
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Quay West Suites Melbourne
1,465 reviews
.07 km away
The Langham, Melbourne
7,297 reviews
.11 km away
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
8,025 reviews
.20 km away
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
2,623 reviews
.21 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub
532 reviews
.09 km away
1,495 reviews
.08 km away
La Camera Restaurant Southgate
1,083 reviews
.02 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
2,306 reviews
.20 km away
Yarra River
1,684 reviews
.14 km away
Southgate Melbourne
61 reviews
.02 km away
Testing Grounds
9 reviews
.20 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
20 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from martin c | Reviewed this property |
do not know the answer but visit the red emperor when ever we go to Oz, excellent.
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant

Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4