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City Wine Shop and The European, Melbourne, AU-VIC

City Wine Shop and The European

4.7
4.7
888 Reviews
$41 to $100
European

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and taking bookings Tuesday-Saturday. If you can't find a booking online, please contact the restaurant directly. On Sundays and Mondays we welcome all guests on a walk in basis. Our extensive outdoor area welcomes guests on a walk in basis so feel free to drop by. We are always happy to see you. Located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement our extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for lunch and dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu. City Wine Shop and the European offers a welcoming ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.

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Booked 7 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9654 6657

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Sheldon

  • Private party facilities

    Our award winning menu designed by our amazing team of chefs, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.

  • Private party contact

    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross street

    Bourke Street

  • Parking details

    Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street

  • Public transit

    35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Stations

  • Additional

    Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Menu

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What 888 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    European

  • City Centre

    Best Food

  • City Centre

    Neighborhood Gem

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

  • City Centre

    Pre/post theatre

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  1. RC

    RobbieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Staff were very welcoming, friendly & efficient with service. Our meal was delicious..best spaghetti marinara I’ve had for a long time!

  2. R

    Robbie

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The menu was quite restricted but the choices we made were all excellent dishes.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was very simply a delicious dining experience, the service was outstanding as was the food & wine selection Thankyou very much

  4. SK

    SamuelK

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish was amazing, flavour was balanced and sublime. The salmon cod roe and blini and rhubarb creme brulee were especially memorable. Will definitely be back. Perfect for a date night.

  5. SM

    SusieMcDonald

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    How wonderful to visit again and have such a delicious meal before the theatre. I would have preferred a table with a cloth but the service made up for it. Definitely going back

  6. JP

    JimP

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Service slow on arrival, steak over cooked, but overall an enjoyable experience.

  7. KE

    KateE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Service was delightful and helpful, wine selection by the glass was diverse and impressive. Food was good, not great. Super European in feel - lovely.

  8. SA

    SharonA

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always love this place miss the sprouts and duck pre covid

  9. C

    Chez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really lovely lunch. Some good vegetarian options. The service was amazing! Great location.

  10. BM

    BruceM

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The food, as always, was of the highest standard. However, the menu has remained static over quite a time. Some variation would be beneficial though we do have our favourites.

  11. KL

    KerrylL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This has become a 'go-to' restaurant for us - it is consistently welcoming and the food is always great.

  12. M

    Manthan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Awesome food and great service. Location and drink options were excellent

  13. DL

    DonnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    CWS is as always an exceptional experience. From the second those doors open with the wall of wine greeting you on one side & a full bar on the other you know it’s going to be a cracker of an evening.

  14. GP

    GlennP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and wine in a cosy environment. Nice to be back surrounded by people.

  15. FL

    FionaL

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great uncomplicated food in a classic Melbourne restaurant.

  16. K

    Kylies

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing wine for all. A must for anyone visiting Melbourne who wants a wine and food experience.

  17. HG

    HaleyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lovely savory food and good service. Only downside was that they served our gnocchi main at the same time as entrées so it went a bit cold and the tiramisu which was soggy and not very flavorful. If you dont want your food all at once you will need to be specific about that.

  18. HC

    HughC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent wines, excellent service, a top spot

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All aspects were very good

  20. KS

    KateS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a beautiful lunch outdoors; gracious and helpful staff kindly helped us with the beverages. Food was delicious.

  21. WF

    WattleFlatJane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Beautiful, generous, unfussy food of the best quality. Delightfully knowledgeable and friendly service. Can't wait to return again!

  22. RM

    RobertM

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual the overall experience was awesome. Food good wine sensational service top class

  23. ME

    MERYL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always consistent service at this fabulous Melbourne institution

  24. SH

    SueH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had tickets to a show and needed to be served promptly. The staff were amazing, attentive and informative, the meal was timely and delicious. Well done and thank you.

  25. EL

    EmilyL

    Victoria

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently superbly executed meals. One of our favourite regular haunts.

  26. JG

    JanetG

    Perth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The European/ City Wine Shop is always outstanding and has consistently good food and a wonderful wine list. The steak with pepper sauce was perfect.

  27. PR

    PeterR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can recommend this restaurant to anyone, food delicious, friendly staff, ambience warm and comforting.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A masterpiece of flavours. Simple yet utterly refined. We’re going back on Saturday. We need more of this fabulousness!

  29. JG

    JeanGrogne

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service, outstanding food and a broad range of wines styles and prices. Highly recommended.

  30. AR

    AlanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food meticulously prepared as always.

  31. VB

    VincentB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An all round pleasurable dining experience. We've visited several times prior & will no doubt return again. Classic menu with a modern twist. Tasty & consistent food. Very attentive / friendly staff in an old world venue which is no doubt steeped in history. The European is a true Melbourne icon to be savoured by all.

  32. SS

    SamanthaS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was amazing and with the outdoor seating, on a sunny Melbs day, was a lovely way to watch the world go by. Service was a bit average to start with but their game lifted, would definitely recommend

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful night here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had a range of small plates to share and all the food was presented beautifully as was as delicious as it looked Excellent service from the wait staff and superb range of wines as well topped off and excellent evening We will be back again

  34. KV

    KelliV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food and service. So good we went two days in a row and took our husbands the second day.

  35. LT

    LynT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were amazing - perfect for a date night

  36. GG

    GeoffreyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food with original and interesting dishes. Stimulatingly varied list of good wines. Courteous and efficient service.

  37. R

    Ross

    New South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    A tough piece a steak smothered in a pepper sauce with a bowl of limp lukewarm fries for $49? Very disappointing.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect spot for pre-theatre dining. Service, food and ambiance was great. An old favourite that continues to deliver. Will be back!

  39. B

    Bianca

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fav place to eat in Melbourne - incredible food and atmosphere.

  40. T

    Theawesomeness

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We come here every year(once or twice) and it is Amazing as always

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

City Wine Shop and The European is rated 4.7 stars by 888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for City Wine Shop and The European

159 Spring St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bourke Street

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street

  • Public transit

    35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Stations

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Sheldon

  • Additional

    Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9654 6657

  • Private party facilities

    Our award winning menu designed by our amazing team of chefs, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.

  • Private party contact

    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811

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