Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.7
175 Reviews
$41 to $100
European
A MELBOURNE INSTITUTION
Established in 1995, Punch Lane is a Melbourne dining icon and a pioneer amongst its laneway counterparts.

Punch Lane is a cosy and inclusive Wine Bar and restaurant, which prides itself on serving delicious food from a seasonal menu, mouth-watering cheeses from an eclectic board, matched with exceptional wine and service.

Our kitchen team headed up by Nuno Gabriel have created a seasonal menu showcasing local produce. Our new outdoor space has an increased capacity. We are currently offering a 2 hour dinner sitting for all early reservations in our dining space with drinks, cheese and charcuterie available from 4pm - 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday and from 3pm on Saturdays. Dinner service commences at 5.30pm.

Support Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Christmas Day Lunch

    A$225.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    After Covid has interrupted our lives and seen us cooking our special milestones at home, it's time to spoil yourselves this Christmas Day with lunch at Punch Lane. We are offering 2 sittings - 11.30am & 2.30pm to our 5 course extravaganza which includes a glass of Louis Roederer on arrival. The bar will will call last drinks at 4.45pm to allow our staff to escape home to their own Christmas celebrations. Amuse Appellation oyster, chartreuse granita First Ballotine of Ora King salmon, smoked crème fraiche, sea vegetables, preserved lemon, cucumber, dill oil Second Heirloom tomatoes, peach, stracciatella Mains Roast duck breast, duck leg croquette, soubise, pickled plums Dessert Christmas cake trifle with drunken cherries

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 175 people are saying
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BecH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous night out, the food is fantastic and service is brilliant.

Side night - thanks to the wait staff for using inclusive language 🏳️‍🌈👏🏻

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OwenL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I'm a 10 year, 4-5 times a year, diner at Punch Lane. It is always a pleasure and the first place I think of to entertain or impress, and the occasion never fails. Congratulations to Martin for maintaining the highest standard in trying times.

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Jess
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We could only book a table outside as inside was full. Food was amazing and excellent value. Waiter forgot about a cocktail order but we just asked again and it was fine.

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Briano46
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Punch Lane Wine bar is a gem. The food and wine is top shelf, one of the top eating houses in Melbourne and staff are great.

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KristyH
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming back to Punch Lane for perhaps 15 years. I never cease to be impressed by the service particularly the wine knowledge, and the ability of a waiter to look at you and divine by some kind of dark magic the precise style and vintage that you need

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JulieE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food amazing. I think due to reopening staff weren’t as attentive- eg. had to ask for wine. But overall amazing food and lovely experience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and ongoing support ... it is great to be back and in the swing of things :)

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HenryL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All the food was good except the dry aged Angus steak. It was on the bitter side, I would also suggest doing a sauce or jus to help it out. For $80 it was disappointing. Scallops were the hero of the night, ordered second serve at the end. Polenta fries were also good.

Food came out all at once which was good for photos

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 26, 2021

Thank you for your critical feedback, our chef appreciated all your comments :)

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vipJudyH
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

great ambience, food and drinks. Will be back for the full service as we went between lunch and dinner so just sampling

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 26, 2021

Look forward to seeing you back for the full package and making it a good one :)

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CarlyG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were very friendly and food was amazing, can not wait to go back

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2021

Can't wait to see you again :)

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food, staff were very helpful and friendly. A great place for a special occasion!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2021

We love and value the culture our friendly staff have cultivated in this short post lockdown space we are in , we look forward to more of this in 2022 and beyond :)

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Zold
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, excellent service. The swordfish was a highlight, as was the roe with the salmon. Lamb was also delicious. Can't wait to come back and try more of the small and medium plates.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2021

Look forward to seeing you all again for more yummy morsels !

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PeterL
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant, Great Ambience, Great Service, Great Food Great Wine.

It's a special little boutique French themed restaurant.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2021

Great Customers :)

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EvaS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was dining alone and felt well looked after. Nice to be back dining in the city at some old favourites. As good as ever!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2021

That is SOOO good to read , feeling the love :)

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OldGnarlyDude
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was excellent. Wine list has shrunk somewhat since I dined there regularly pre 2012, and the 2018 Mount Mary Quintet at $335 was definitely way overpriced. Service was excellent.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2021

Yes lots has happened since 2012, glad you found the service on point :) thanks for your ongoing support !

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nate
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice food and atmosphere, great service. On the pricier side but won't be disappointed.

Wine by the glass pricing a little excessive.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2021

Thanks you for supporting us and its brilliant to read we didn't disappoint :)

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Aaron
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Absolutely fantastic spot. Food was phenomenal, Prosecco was limited in range but certainly the best my partner and I have ever had. Tables were intimately lit. Will certainly be going back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 2, 2021

Look forward to seeing you for round 2 :)

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MelissaG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful well priced food and lovely wine. We sat outdoors under the heaters and it was really pleasant

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you for joining us :) hope to see you again in the near future ...

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vipMarionp
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for a date night with my partner - restaurant was romantic and had a lovely menu, not many options for vegetarians but otherwise lovely.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 2, 2021

Look forward to setting the scene again for the next date night.

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PeterM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to be back out of Covid and at one of our favourite restaurants. Still a hidden gem. The food has definitely gotten better. Great chef!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on October 30, 2021

One of the amazing experiences I have had in my professional restaurant career and after 26 year since I started Punch Lane was that through lockdown and the uncertainty I had an amazing Executive Chef ,Nuno and General Manger , Jane ... the fact that we are now open again I'm sooo excited of what is possible having Nuno at the helm, his food integrity , creativity and can do attitude are a true gift that Punch Lane and its diners will benefit from and enjoy!

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AndrewH
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Melbourne's best wine bars and contemporary dining restaurants, Punch Lane never fails to deliver on quality food and first class service. European flavour on most menu items and all beautifully prepared. Service is always friendly and helpful

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The waiter didn’t give us napkins, didn’t tell us what we were drinking and forgot one of our meals. Nice guy but not doing his job. Otherwise, we love this place.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 18, 2021

We are pleased to read you enjoyed the overall Punch Lane experience ... thanks for the heads up on your service experience, we will endeavour to put "competent" in front of the phrase " Nice Guy" . Hope to see you again after lockdown #6 . All the best

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food service and ambience! A wonderful night out. Thank you

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing, its great to be back doing services and looking after customers I must say :)

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TimA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were lucky enough to be able to book for the next night and had a great two course meal. The menu was quite limited but the food was excellent

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on August 1, 2021

So pleased you enjoyed a night of freedom with us , it seems normal day to day pleasures are what we value more and more , thank you for sharing yours.

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NoelM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great service food and surroundings. Always the best.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 20, 2021

Great to see you x 2 as always :) happy lockdown and see you on the other side ...cheers Martin

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DavidL
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a Melbourne treasure. Excellent food and great wine options.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 12, 2021

What a lovely compliment

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PedroGodinho
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy restaurant and amazing food! The service was also excellent!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thnak you very much :)

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katew
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This restaurant was a great find. We were in Melbourne to go to Harry Potter and wanted somewhere convenient to the theatre for dinner. We were very happy with our choice. The food was delicious and well presented on the whole. Good wine list and well priced. However, we were disappointed with our dessert (the chocolate mouse). It had a comfortable cosy ambience. Noise level was good. We were easily able to enjoy a conversation. The service was prompt and friendly. Highly recommend it.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Sounds like a great night out with a fantastic show to cap it off , thank you for sharing :)

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service. A little cold as we were seated in the area near the door but otherwise a great experience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Apologies for your discomfort, thank you for your feedback re food and service.

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Caviar
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cracking food. fantastic wine. Great service.
From the top of the night to the closing round, I've got to hand it to the team - 5 stars.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Loved your Private comment had us all on the floor " DOUBLING DOWN ". Seriously loved your words and we are sooo pleased that you had a great night !

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TamaraG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Always reliable. One of Melbourne’s best!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

Gosh that’s a real compliment in the tough food city ... thank you very much from all at Punch. We look forward to seeing you next time around.

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BrettA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The 2 course was a little overpriced for what you get. The salmon entree was delicious but the sirloin steak for main was a little chewy. The Pinot noir the waiter recommended for $21 a glass was not great. We thought it was a little expensive but we decided to go with his recommendation. Espresso martini was delicious and the venue is very cute! I’d still recommend it to people and we would go back but just a few things that was a little underwhelming.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on July 5, 2021

It sounds like overall you enjoyed your Punch Lane experience and we appreciate your feedback. Look forward to seeing you next time 😊

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Heather
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating here for 10 years. Always reliably great food experience. Quintessential Melbourne dining.

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Responded on June 23, 2021

Gosh!!!, that is so wonderful to read ... thank you very much

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GraceG
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the wine was excellent and the staff were friendly and accommodating. As a vegetarian I found the veggie options vibrant and tasty.

My partner's only complaint was that the sourdough that accompanied his charcuterie was too hard - I tried it myself and it was almost impossible to bite through. However, he also said his steak was one of the best he'd ever had, despite the waiter not asking him how he'd like it cooked - a risky move!

Would 100% recommend and would 100% go again. Thank you for a lovely evening!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

Thank you for sharing what sounds to be an enjoyable night out ... we definitely need these occasion especially in these crazy times we are living in. All the best from the Punch Team :)

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Carmel
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were absolutely incredible, so friendly and attentive and you could tell there was a good team morale between them too.
Extensive wine list, definitely on the pricier side of this but the experience is there to make it worth it.
We had a cheese and charcuterie board which were both delicious.
Thanks Punch Lane, we will be back.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on June 23, 2021

We love friendly at Punch Lane, thank you for sharing :) All the best from the Punch Team :)

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Leah
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible from start to finish,
Highlights,
Jura savagnin.
Tuna crudo
Gnocchi
Eye Fillet.
Beautiful, ambient, & delicious from start to finish.
By far one of my favourite wine bars in Melbourne.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 27, 2021

What a brilliant review to go into lockdown with... see you on the other side refreshed and ready to go :)

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JenneferE
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think I have already said it all - great place to go

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 24, 2021

We are very pleased that you have said it :) see you nex time around !

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IsobelM
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great location - we felt like we were sitting at a cute restaurant in Italy. The food was outstanding, and the service was great. Highly recommend if you're after a date location

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 24, 2021

We are thrilled to read your review and love the pictiure you have painted :) as Italy is out of the realm of possiblity its nice there is a back up otion .

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AnitaB
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and service as always. Pleased they seemed to be on top of people using QR codes. This is a favorite "winter" venue with the a lovely atmosphere.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 24, 2021

Yes those QR codes are the "new black" ... serioulsy tho ... thank so much for your ongoing support :) You will have to pop into Juliet Melbourne our venue next door in the basment and part yourself by the fireplace with a cocktail the next time .

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maryannr
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively atmosphere, warm staff team and great food without the fuss.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for your support :) from all of us at Punch Lane

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GennyS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a an intimate catch-up with friends

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on May 21, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate you joining us for your catch-up :)

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FAQs

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.gift-it.com.au/buy/punch-lane-wine-bar-&-restaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.