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Punch Lane  - Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.7
4.7
292 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 and bar snacks available from 3pm - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Dinner service commences at 5pm Tuesday - Friday and 4.30pm Saturday

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2 people

10:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9639 4944

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nuno Gabriel

  • Private party facilities

    We have a perfect spot for large parties in our basement space Juliet Melbourne. Please enquire on 03 96394944 or visit www.julietmelbourne.com.au

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross street

    Liverpool Street

  • Parking details

    Secure Car Park in Lonsdale Street is 100 meters away

  • Public transit

    Parliament Train Station 100meters away , Tram line in Bourke Street and along Spring street

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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Experiences

  • Feasting Menu

    A$95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Reservations 10-16 guests are available for lunch & dinner on our Chef’s Selection feasting menu 95pp. Early sitting time is 2.5 hours ENTREE COURSE - sharing SAMPLE MENU Burrata, Romaro Farm heirloom tomatoes, basil, Sicilian olives Hiramasa King Fish crudo, fermented chilli, native finger lime Rabbit & pork rillettes, cornichons, Madeira, sourdough MAIN COURSE- sharing Nettle agnolotti, squacquerone cheese, lemon, sage butter Market fish, saffron mash, fennel, mussel escabeche, Macadamia romesco Southern Ranges Sirloin, cafe de Paris butter, parsley, caper & shallot salad DESSERTS - Alternate Drop 'Poor Tom's' strawberry gin & rhubarb trifle, lemon curd, fennel biscotti Chocolate Crémeux, Dulce de leche, salted peanut butter ice-cream

What 292 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    European

  • City Centre

    Best Ambiance

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

  • City Centre

    Romantic

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  1. TB

    ToddB

    New England

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    An appetizer that was supposed to have rabbit and pork had no discernible rabbit.. it may have had rabbit, but was served almost puréed. A featured wine, verminento, was too fruity, maybe my ordering mistake, but the red snapper special was quite good. No bread or other early free accompaniment. Nice but noisy atmosphere
  2. NW

    NicholasW

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Punch Lane was as close to perfect as it gets. Service was top-notch. Great recommendations, including a clear explanation when I wasn’t sure what something was, advice about how much food to get, and overall just lovely. Food was amazing. The fish was delicious, entrées were delightful, and sides were perfect. We got a bottle of Shawdowfax Pinos Gris to match the fish and it was great too. And it all came in under $200, which was a surprise; we had budgeted more. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough (especially if, like me, you have a relevant voucher - good food or gourmet traveller).
  3. f

    fatfreddy

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Oysters were cheap and flavorless. If you are going for wine you will come away happy
  4. MF

    MojoFernandez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I have been to Puch Lane many times over many years. I always enjoy it. Great atmosphere, great lighting, great wine. This time the food was OK but the $85 steak was not worth the cost. Gnocci serving was very small and a little light on also. Room was warm but bit stuffy.
  5. SB

    StephanieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful restaurant with an excellent ambiance. Delicious food and excellent service, we loved our dishes.
  6. JS

    JennyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an amazing dining experience- caught up with friends from Sydney and they were impressed by this choice! Staff were very informed and extremely knowledgeable both of the extensive wine list along with the beautiful meals enjoyed. Could not fault a thing… hope to be back soon!
  7. GG

    GeoffG

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the wine list exceptional with good food.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 20, 2022Brilliant ... thanks from the whole team

  8. JS

    JanS

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After a long time, we finally had the chance to return to one of our favourite venues - and it didn’t disappoint. A charming venue with a great vibe for dining or just a bar snack or two, this gem again met all our expectations, especially fir our ore-theatre dining. We must visit again soon.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022Lovely to see you return after a break , please to read we still delivered on your experctations :)

  9. R

    Rhiannon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Wine is amazing, service is fantastic. Definitely a wonderful place to go to treat yourself to a great meal & wine.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022We really appreciate that you enjoyed our offer :)

  10. LT

    LouiseT

    Victoria

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food, wine and service. Love it.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022Loved having you join us ! :)

  11. BM

    BiancaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at this gorgeous, cosy wine bar. Service was friendly and attentive. Wine was delicious as was the food. Recommend!

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you Thank you :)

  12. SW

    SueW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are a group of 8 former work colleagues. The noise level is high but the atmosphere & quality of the food was fantastic. I thought as the organiser that there may be some issues, but at the end of the night, the harshest critiques told the staff how greatest the food was. And we were there for a long time. That speaks for itself! Come & enjoy, as we did!!

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022What a great result and thanks you so much for sharing :)

  13. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Ideal venue for pre-show meal, but it will cost you the price of your theatre ticket.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022Please you enjoyed the Punch experience :)

  14. NB

    NickB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love this restaurant and bar! Both the food and service was excellent. The wine list was well priced and the dark low key environment perfect for our date night.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022We LOVE date night at Punch .... :)

  15. MJ

    MarkJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Food was great and place is great. The servers added wine we didn't have to the order, also the wine we did select was not in stock so they brought our a "comparative" bottle... they failed to mention it was twice the price of the one we selected. Experience ruined. it's not nice to be gouged at the end of dinner

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022I believe Jane has already been in touch re remedy this unnecessary experience with us . We all apologies for your disappointment with us .

  16. l

    lovetolove

    New Zealand

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just what we needed .. a great Melbourne dining experience at its very best WOW. Our first trip to the city in a long while and it was fantastic. The service was friendly and competent, the food was glorious and the ambience just right. Specials are definitely priced at the high end for sure, but worth it.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022Love your story very much and WOW back at you !

  17. CD

    CraigD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our food choices were well presented and largely show something extra in imaginative flavour blending. Staff were knowledgeable without pushing their expertise. Very good atmosphere, interesting wine list.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022Punch at its best :) thank you for sharing

  18. R

    Reub

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a relaxing night - the lighting was beautiful, service was relaxed and friendly, the food came promptly and was delish.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you very much for your words :)

  19. IB

    IanB

    Adelaide

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    a great venue and enjoyable evening. Only downside was how strict they were on the time limit for the table

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022We will have to stretch you time next time around :)

  20. UC

    UnsatisfiedCustomer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very small list of wines by the glass for a wine bar. Food was ok. Service was terrible. Couldn't get the server's attention so I could even order a second glass of wine to go with my meal. Overall, not a very good experience.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 6, 2022We sincerely apologies for your experience .

  21. PR

    PeterR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was seamless, relaxing and delicious.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 22, 2022So please to read that you enjoyed your night with us . :)

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Great looking location and good atmosphere. Too dark to read the menus properly. Service was very average. We were shown to our table, given water and very abrupt service. Other tables were given speeches about the specials and descriptions of the wines chosen. Ordered food which came promptly but was the wrong food ordered for one of three dishes. (Ordered rabbit and pork dish, got tuna.) Wines are well overpriced, particularly by the glass for what is poured. Disappointed by what should have been an amazing experience. Will be looking elsewhere in the future.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 22, 2022That just in not right and we apologies for your experince , please send your details to so we can rectify this .

  23. DM

    DuncanM

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Melbourne institution. It's been a while but the place is as good as ever. The steak was superb. Thank you!

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 18, 2022Thank you for your vote of confidence so much has happened over 27 years and to know you have been supporting us and still returning is very much heartfelt.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so yummy and our server was so friendly

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 17, 2022Thank you for letting us know we are thrilled to read this :)

  25. KT

    KathT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Attentive but not overbearing waiting staff. Appropriately very knowledgeable about all their wines. Would recommend, and go again for drinks or food or both.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on June 17, 2022Thank you for your lovely praise of our staff , we are also very appreciative and proud of them also :)

  26. j

    jays

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always even when the place is full up they never miss a beat one of Melbourne's best restaurants

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 11, 2022Gosh thanks so much :)

  27. EH

    EzraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Punch Lane is a standout as always. We enjoyed a great meal with stellar service and perfectly paired wines after seeing a show. On a colder autumnal night, Punch Lane is a warm hug. Can’t wait to return!

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 11, 2022So good to see you and your family in again, we so appreciated years and years of support and goodwill ... from the Punch Team

  28. I

    Island2

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The wait staff was good! But if the chef is eating the steak, he can serve it as he likes, if the customer is eating the steak, I think they should choose how they like it to be cooked. ‘Just sayin!’ I struggled to read the menu (small writing with dim light), found it hard to hear the waitress becuase of the noise, got beans instead of the salad we ordered and they were under cooked. Steak had gristle and was chewy to eat, and fries were the best part of the meal. Given the prices, this is not a great experience.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 11, 2022We have spoken to the FOH and kitchen staff that served you on Friday night last week , your steak was ordered to your cooking presence ( the kitchen cook steaks as per peoples request ) and totally eaten before mentioning anything , your salad was brought to the table once the mistake was noticed on top of the beans served by error and we acknowledged your experienced with 2 x complimentary desserts as a gesture of good will.

  29. JK

    JayKay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful wait-staff and great food. Excellent wine selection. It felt like Covid hadn’t happened.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 11, 2022What is COVID ?? only joking ... it is great to be back tho and do what we do again !!!

  30. SM

    SusiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn’t been here for many years as I’m from interstate. It was always a go to on our regular winter visits to Melbourne before you know what 😬It was great to be back and it certainly didn’t disappoint. A wonderful Autumn/Winter experience.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 11, 2022Great to see you and thank you for your continued support .

  31. BM

    BrokeMillenial

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An awesome little gem tucked away in one of Melbourne many lanes. We’ve been here a few times now and never been disappointed. We haven’t had a full dinner yet so I can’t judge the whole menu but what we have had has been fantastic. The wine list is extensive and we’ve tried some truly great wines based on great recommendations from the staff. 11/10, will go again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prompt service and great food.
  33. JS

    JadeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Punch Lane created the perfect environment for the girls to catch up, dine and enjoy a glass of bubbles. The food was class and incredible.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 2, 2022So good to hear your all enjoyed your time at Punch Lane , now in our 27th year it is comforting to know that we can still create these moments.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Portion sizes on main meals disappointing considering the high price. Cheese platter didn’t emulate the Instagram images (flash advertising). Service was fair, although entree came at same time as main.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 2, 2022Appreciate your feedback, entrée and main at the same time that is totally not right, I hope the staff member attended to that at the time ?? ... I'm not actually sure what "flash advertising" is sorry , we just use photos that we have taken and post internally.

  35. TC

    TinaC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous atmosphere, great food and exceptional service!
  36. EB

    ElizabethB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful feel and great food and wine choices. Lovely experience.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 2, 2022Much appreciated and thank you for your support . Great to see Melbourne coming alive again :)

  37. a

    ajfjff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great atmosphere - food was very good - would highly recommend.
  38. JO

    JackO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and wine were fantastic and the staff knowledgable and hospitable.

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on May 2, 2022Thank you very much , I'm fortunate to have a great team of staff , good ones are particularly rare at the moment. We have been fortunately to have a few great new staff starting that I'm totally thrilled about .

  39. CP

    ClaireP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Service didn’t match the price paid or what we had experienced in the past. Bathroom was also clean

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 28, 2022Thanks for your continues support , we are disappointed to read your comment re service ( would be great if you could give specific detail so that was passed onto the staff on the night ). We are pleased to read you enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited here before a show on a busy Friday night. The wait staff were very friendly and attentive, helping us with our choice of both food and drink with good knowledge of what was on the menu. The food came out quickly - we ordered several meals to share ranging from entree to small, mains and desserts, they were all well timed well to allow enough time to thoroughly enjoy each dish. The food was divine, we enjoyed every single thing we ate and nothing was left unfinished. The ambience was lovely, we sat outside, it was a cold night but the heaters were on and it was very pleasant - we very much enjoyed the wonderful laneway vibes of Melbourne! Would absolutely return here again and highly recommend to anyone!

    Punch Lane Wine Bar & RestaurantResponded on April 23, 2022Thanks for sharing and really appreciate your feedback . Great to see Melbourne coming alive again and being part of the rebirth of a beautiful city :)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

43 Little Bourke St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Liverpool Street

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Secure Car Park in Lonsdale Street is 100 meters away

  • Public transit

    Parliament Train Station 100meters away , Tram line in Bourke Street and along Spring street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nuno Gabriel

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9639 4944

  • Private party facilities

    We have a perfect spot for large parties in our basement space Juliet Melbourne. Please enquire on 03 96394944 or visit www.julietmelbourne.com.au

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