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

City Wine Shop and The European

4.7
4.7
906 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 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

What 906 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Melbourne

    European

  • City Centre

    Best Overall

  • City Centre

    Best Food

  • City Centre

    Best Value

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

  • City Centre

    Pre/post theatre

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  1. F

    Foodie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ordered the steak which was very good however the presentation was ordinary. It did not make you feel excited about the dish. I would suggest some vegetable at least as a garnish not just a slab of meat on the plate.
  2. HT

    HammerTime

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always love coming this the City Wine Shop. The food and wine is perfect. However it was freezing inside the restaurant last night which made it a little difficult to enjoy.
  3. ET

    EmmaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine list excellent - service professional and knowledgeable - top shelf staff
  4. D

    Durks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Another very satisfactory lunch for two at the CWS - a beer, chicken schnitzel, bottle of red and a coffee all sitting at the bar. Never fails.
  5. JM

    JaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable evening. Service was excellent. Good value. Food was tasty. Only complaint was Saganaki was overcooked and very thin. Overall would recommend
  6. ML

    M3LLO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly they're Melbourne institutions, you can't beat them for their drink selections, friendly service & incredible food. It's always a treat! I need to get there more than once every 5 years. Going to be back soon.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, amazing wine options and perhaps the best friendly but not clingy service in Melbourne! Always a red hot hit.
  8. TS

    TSull

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Can’t beat the chicken schnitzel but it is a large and generous serving so you may not need any entree.
  9. MB

    MonicaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Friendly service, tasty menu and reliable wine list. Can be quite noisy if busy.
  10. PF

    PamelaF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great as always! Only
  11. KQ

    KatrinaQ

    Adelaide

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    AS always, gorgeous food, wine and staff. There is a reason this has stayed one of Melbourne's best restaurants in amongst so much competition. It is consistently excellent. We love the staff - so authentic but professional and efficient.
  12. JL

    JulieL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a great Melbourne institution for breakfast, lunch, coffee or dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful food and ambience and very knowledgeable and friendly service. The steak tartare was delicious.
  14. JS

    JaneS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We had made a booking for 6 but the server insisted it was only for 5.(She was wrong) She was so rude and kept us waiting for another chair and setting and really did it with no charm. Our guests were from Sydney and were looking forward to the evening. We were kept waiting for over an hour for our meals. The noise level was so high, especially from the super drunk who all seemed to be lunch leftover people, were were grateful when they left at about 7pm, that we couldn't talk. I wont be rushing back and I'm really sorry that I had to write this review, but you asked
  15. DP

    DavidP

    Thailand

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been for years as I live in Sydney, but used to go pretty often. Was as good as I remembered. Thing that stood out this time was the warmth and class of the service. Food and wine was brilliant too. Definitely a great option if you need some comfort food.
  16. MN

    MichaelN

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great night out with beautiful food, great wine and wonderful service.
  17. J

    Jason

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Hard access table with security at door, made to line up despite having a booking.
  18. MH

    MarkH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A relaxing old world eatery with great food, attentive staff and always delights with their cellar offerings.
  19. RC

    RobbieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff were very welcoming, friendly & efficient with service. Our meal was delicious..best spaghetti marinara I’ve had for a long time!
  20. R

    Robbie

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu was quite restricted but the choices we made were all excellent dishes.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very simply a delicious dining experience, the service was outstanding as was the food & wine selection Thankyou very much
  22. SK

    SamuelK

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. FL

    FionaL

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great uncomplicated food in a classic Melbourne restaurant.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. HC

    HughC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wines, excellent service, a top spot
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All aspects were very good
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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

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 906 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 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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