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

City Wine Shop and The European

4.7
4.7
985 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

9:30 PM


Booked 10 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, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 985 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    European

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

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  1. R

    Ralf

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, good wine list, value for $$ but most importantly, excellent service.
  2. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, great wine selection, getting in to a table is pretty convoluted through the bar.
  3. GB

    GeoB

    Tasmania

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    City wine shop is always outstanding. I'm never disappointed and just love the food and wine and ambience and service. Ten out of ten
  4. JM

    JelenaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    great atmosphere! food was good but not outstanding - my gnocchi was a bit too tomatoey
  5. LB

    LeoB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The shucked oysters, duck, dory, and deserts were all enjoyed by all, the food was fantastic! Definitely recommend as a fine dining experience.
  6. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and servers were friendly and helpful. Been a number of times and it never disappoints
  7. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meals - chefs here never disappoint and do a great job serving meals full of flavour without taking too long. Waitresses have always been top too!
  8. MB

    MichaelB

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always wonderful food and appropriately attentive service, with particular and helpful attention to the wine list.
  9. JM

    JohnM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A good place to go with good service, so much variety of food and prices. We spend about $60 for lunch but , on a special occasion, you could spend a lot more and still get value.
  10. M

    Markii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A double-edged sword if I give too much praise, I won't be able to book-in due to popularity. The chicken schnitzel 10/10
  11. D

    Denis

    Brisbane

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time experience at this Melbourne icon - It has stood the test of time and was absolutely on point. Loved the food and service experience. Being able to peruse the wine shop and select a wine to drink was really cool. Staff were warm and engaging- Johnny Depp even works there 😜
  12. KP

    KarenP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A lovely experience with friends. I was disappointed the crab pasta was no longer on the menu, but the food we ordered was fabulous. The service was good as well. My only gripe is having to leave a credit card to book via the online site and being threatened with a $25 per person cost on cancellation. I understand there are issues with no shows, but it is off-putting.
  13. K

    Kimm

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Have taken clients in the past, and like to order the $120 beef which is usually very very good. This time around that cut of meat was fatty, had quite a large bone and was about a 5/10 in terms of quality. The sides it came with were a few fries and green salad. In the past there were some nicer vegetables etc. It was pretty disappointing. Definitely not worth $120 (old price was $100), back when the menu was layed out with more European sounding descriptions. What’s changed? Anyway, I am not sure that I would go back for the same meal that I considered a hidden gem in Melbourne previously.
  14. HG

    HelenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Helpful & efficient service. Polite & courteous staff. Allowed us to linger longer. Overall professional management. Excellent wine list. Delicious salad & Fish of the day, which was flathead. We will be back again! Thank you European. 👌👌😀😀💃💃👏🏻👏🏻👌👌🥂🍹🍷🍸
  15. JT

    JohnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such great food service and setting! Always one of my fav’s to hit up when out of town friends visit. The wine list is certainly up there with the best in Melbourne as well. Such a great visit!
  16. JL

    JamesL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Attentive and helpful. A lovely pre theatre dinner
  17. MC

    MaxineC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit loud, and as expected, your prices are a bit up there, but overall, ambiance and food quality and exceptional service make it one of Australia’s great restaurants. I recently received all of above, and am better for it.
  18. MB

    MichaelB

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and charming service as always. Looking forward to my next visit.
  19. PW

    PhillipW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant staff, best affordable wine selection in Melbourne and Great Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  20. D

    Dicey

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely space and staff and a great wine list. Food was very nice although not a huge menu and not great for vegetarians.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Will definitely be back.
  22. DP

    DavidP

    Thailand

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an absolutely outstanding night with my parents at The European. Always wanted to take my parents there since my first visit 12 years ago - I always try and visit when down from Sydney. Everything was wonderful from the food to the impeccable and personable service - proper service - they just seem to get it right every time. Highlights on the food side were the whipped cod roe with blinis, salumi plate and a stunning half duck ‘a l’ orange’ that was incredibly tender and perfectly cooked. Thank you all at The European for a truly memorable night with my parents.
  23. d

    debt

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent welcome and familiar good food and service.
  24. MB

    MaggieB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food, as always. Love the flexible booing hours.
  25. LS

    LouiseS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a really enjoyable evening, thank you. Great food, and gorgeous interior
  26. BB

    BlueBerta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The European has an old world ambience. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The food and wine was delicious. We had a great experience.
  27. GG

    GupG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loving the Schnitzels - old time favourite ! Best in Melb ! Thanks for a great recommendation on the wine !
  28. s

    susanf

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    i like a buzz in a restaurant, but it did get a bit noisy - ie too hard for us to have a conversation even though just two of us. But probably that was just last night, and where we were seated. Of course I'll go back! I love the place.
  29. AA

    AllisonA

    Adelaide

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great after who knew the wines by the glass and mad recommendations that were great. Food was good and just right for lunch.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great dining experience and service. Fabulous wines and delicious meal. I would happily come again. Came earlier then reservation and was accommodated without issue.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful here, and service was perfect and considerate given our time constraints.
  32. S

    Steve

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grand final lunch with my son.
  33. PT

    PaulineT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing Definitely go again
  34. MC

    MaggieC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere, comfortable, relaxed mood and friendly efficient service
  35. A

    Angelina1949

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine menu and great service.
  36. GG

    GGBC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service plus great food and wine. Staff very knowledgeable.
  37. RF

    RobynF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our dinner, so good to be back in Melbourne. It felt so good to be back at the European. Our waitperson Kate was so lovely and welcoming and reaffirmed for me that the European is my favourite place to dine when in Melbourne. X
  38. c

    catherined

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt like I was in Europe. Excellent four and service. Always a favourite
  39. RA

    RizA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. The mushroom risotto was great
  40. VA

    VANDAS

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The risotto with mushrooms was exquisite

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 985 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 10 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, 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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