Oriental Tea House - Little Collins

4.3
124 reviews
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Here at Oriental Teahouse, our aim is simple: to connect the dots between Chinese tradition and the contemporary Melbourne dining scene. Tea and yum cha are our thing, and nothing gives us more of a buzz than balancing authenticity with creativity. Sure, we offer all the classics, such as siu mai dumplings, but we’re not afraid to serve juicy parcels stuffed with chilli wagyu beef or even white chocolate.

As for our tea, each signature blend is hand-crafted by Oriental Teahouse founder David Zhou. Since moving from Shanghai to Melbourne David has dedicated his life to understanding the holistic healing properties of different teas, creating blends that are as beneficial for the body as they are on the taste buds.
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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was introduced to Oriental Tea House by a friend and have been back every week!

It is delicious, authentic and the staff are fabulous!

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious as always. Unfortunately I was right under the aircon which made it a bit chilly (they may want to look into the strength of their aircon on a not hot day).

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MH
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Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

More than expected..excellent..yummy definitely will be back

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BW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food and portions were average in flavour, depth and size. The restaurant had a nice ambience with solid interior, however, the restaurant seemed to focus on the interior design and showcasing of tea rather than the food itself.

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BM
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Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved loved loved this place! Every dish was delicious!

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MA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service unfortunately let’s this place down. Staff were disorganised and inexperienced. Food just average. We had the yum cha but should have had alacarte

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K
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Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was my first time with family. Staff were friendly but service was slow. The staff forgot our order of a glass of warm water and a tea. Food was reasonably good. Would recommend to friends.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, pleasant staff, reasonably priced

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great venue with delicious food and excellent service!!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was very nice foods, they are so tasty and delicious.
one of my favourite restaurants now.

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , service, drinks , location , best dumplings

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VW
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Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite dumplings! Had family from England who said it was outstanding.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We decided to go here for a nice Sunday lunch and came away really happy with our choice. We had a variety of dishes and it was hard to decide which was our favourite they were all so good. Fresh ingredients, vibrant flavours and amazing taste. Sometimes the service was a little slow but the food is well worth the wait. Staff are friendly, and it looks like they have some nice private spaces for large groups if you wanted that. All in all we'll be coming back again.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine delivered by friendly staff making the overall experience very pleasant. Will come again and again, never had a bad meal here.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been twice and both times it’s been tasty food and great service.

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L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place always delivers on beautiful food, service and atmosphere. Everything is delicious and the staff are happy, efficient and personable. We came with some friends from interstate and they loved it too. Great place for all different occasions. Love it here.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food, perfect for a relaxed catch up. Service was a little hard to get when we wanted to order more but we had been slow to order at the start as we kept talking.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was a nice place to be aesthetically speaking, the food and drink itself I can only describe as average, not bad but certainly nothing special. We grabbed a 4 person feast deal and it felt like we paid about $5 - $10 each too much for what we got. The desert especially was disappointing, only 1 scoop of ice cream to share between 4 people. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

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FJ
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Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricy but food is delicious! The tea a very lovely.

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EG
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Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't recommend the Oriental Tea House more highly. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, especially Justin, nothing was too much trouble. And the food, it was amazing! We will definitely be returning on our next visit to Melbourne.

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Slightly larger serving sizes would be better considering how much you’re paying. Especially the dumplings eg. 3 dumplings for $11 is a little pricy.

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YK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere!price and quantity was good

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EG
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Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food full of flavour. Not large meals but certainly filling enough. Nice range of dishes on the menu. The ginger fish was amazing.

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F
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it! Yummy food, great decor and fantastic ambience. Will return again soon!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had dinner one night and Food came too quickly.
Are the dumplings Gluten Free no one knew?
Wine too expensive how about some House White Wines in the $30 range
We had difficulty booking through Open Table. We could not vary our booking once it was made. When we arrived at the restaurant they did not seem to have our booking and put us upstairs.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. Great place for Vegan options.

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a regular for myself and my husband. I also bring different business colleagues and clients. The service is friendly, meals are consistently good and served quickly.

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I highly recommend Oriental Tea House, Yum Cha was great all round, taste and value, we will be back !...
again and again ! Service was quick and friendly and happy to accomodate all reasonable requests.

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NC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious! We dine here every time we visit Melbourne!

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AK
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Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is packed for obvious reason the food is amazing, my date & I both ordered a glass of wine and the selection on offer were good too.

Very much enjoyed the food.

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JO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have been to Oriental Tea House - Little Collins on many occasions and over a number of years. The yum cha lunch has always been great with lots of food options being presented and enjoyed.

Unfortunately the lunch on 27 August 2018 was let down by poor service. On arrival at 1.00 pm yum cha food was presented regularly to the table but then was switched to selection from a list. That would have been okay as long as the food arrived without promptly and repeat reminders to the waiter staff who seemed to disappear or not make eye contact when we attempted to remind them of missing orders. One order of BBQ Octopus was delayed and then finally arrived (after again prompting) and was tough and not the usual succulent and tasty dish previously enjoyed.

I will go again with the hope that this experience was a one off.

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food and there was an excellent variety. The only criticism was we thought that chinese broccoli and vegetarian fried rice were on the smaller serving sizes for the price. Other than that was a lovely experience. Thank-you

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r
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, awesome atmosphere and great customer service. Definitely be back again :)

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B
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy my time here. Lovely staff and delicious food.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great! Lots of interesting and unique dishes. Service was inattentive and seemed disorganized. Dishes didn't come out at the same time and we had to follow up on a couple of dishes.

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MM
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Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was beautiful - Chinese broccoli was so good we ordered it twice! Service unobtrusive, efficient and provided great advice.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I did dumplings for dating and it was by far the best dinner experience I’ve had on a date! I’ve been with my partner a while and it was almost like we were on a first date again it was so nostalgic. The food was outstanding as were the cocktails we had and the service was so genuine and they were very friendly and accommodating.

The only slight inconvenience I had was that the lady who seated us didn’t realise we were doing dumplings for dating despite my calling to confirm it was on our booking and because it was a surprise I had to sneak away and find the lady so I could tell her BUT she was very sweet about it and promptly moved us to the bigger table and brought out the game board etc.

The only suggestion I’d have that would’ve made the experience more seamless was that there was a way to let the waiters know we were ready to order as we progressed through the board as we felt rude waving them down so we ended up having long waits between being seated to getting our drink and then entree etc although we weren’t too bothered as we were very entertained by the game :)

All in all a fabulous experience that can be enjoyed both for first time daters and long time partners! Thank you so much for the memorable dinner experience :D

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food

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TH
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun teapot cocktails. Interesting modern flavors with nice presentation. Good offerings for my vegan friend.

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SJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It wasn’t terribly busy but the wait staff were not overly attentive and forgot to put some of our orders through and then seemed irritated with us.
The service on Chapel St is much better. We still managed to have an enjoyable night but I think they need to lift their game a little.
Food was good.

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