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Shark Fin Inn

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50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 2681
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“egg tarts” (7 reviews)
“dumplings” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Chinese, Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a delicious dinner at Shark Fin Inn. Service very quick and maybe a little too quick but food was delicious. Some waiters ok but one a little too anxious in putting our food down too quick and meals did not come out together. Lucky...More

Thank Jane S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was beautiful and the place clean with very friendly staff. Price is great considering the quality food. Must eat place when in Melbourne!

Thank SteveC_syd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, it's a bit tired and decayed looking, and there are fancier places right next door, but this was a great Yum Cha experience. Greatest variety of dishes I've seen outside New York, and prices remain reasonable, just like service.

Thank hogiebear33
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fast, sensible and efficient yum cha. Nothing too crazy on the menu so awesome for children and families alike.

Thank Tina C
Reviewed 17 May 2017

In the heart of Chinatown and one of Melbourne's best established Chinese Restaurants. We had Yum Cha on Mothers Day and it was great. Fixed price, lots of food, very tasty, great service and quite intimate. Would recommend this experience to anyone.

Thank Ivon L
Reviewed 16 May 2017

If you want yum cha just like a bustling Hong Kong yum cha palace, this is the place to go. Shark Fin Inn is one of the few places in Little Bourke Street still being run by the original owners, and it prides itself on...More

Thank Professor_JER
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Good food Not that expensive Peking duck is nice but missing a flavour Very busy on a Sunday Had to request for things a few times

Thank Frederic F
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Nothing special on the outside or inside of this restaurant if that's what determines where you eat. The food though is very good. Honeyed prawns -lovely. The service is friendly and unhurried. We were asked if we wanted our next course straight away or wanted...More

Thank Lyn R
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We tried the Shark Fin Inn because it was conveniently located, but we should have known from the anglicised menu that we were setting ourselves up for disappointment. The service was passable but not great. The ambience was passable but not great. The food was...More

Thank JeremyAustralia
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We went to yum cha on easter Sunday at 131 Lt Bourke St and were very disappointed. Service poor, food ordinary, expensive, and a surcharge for using a card for savings account. Never again

Thank Michael3Melbourne
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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Are there many options for vegans?
16 June 2017|
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Response from GLW1941 | Reviewed this property |
Vicki S
Do you have gluten free dishes on your menu?
18 March 2017|
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Response from Wineman68 | Reviewed this property |
Im sad to have to say that this (as i don't normally rate bad experiences - prefer to congratulate ), but my recent visit was very average. I'd look elsewhere if i were you if you have any dietary preferences as i'm not sure... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 28
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 2681
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