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Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

4.3
4.3
146 Reviews
$41 to $100
Asian
Founded in 2007, Secret Kitchen brings to the city of Melbourne chinese dining experience the like of which you
won’t find anywhere else in the state. Combining traditional flavours with innovative techniques, an extensive variety of menu items and an incomparable atmosphere, Secret Kitchen offers its guests an inimitable feasting experience. We are awarded one of the top Yum Cha restaurant on Time Out Melbourne and rated 4 stars out of 5 by The Age Good Food Guide. Secret Kitchen is located strategically opposite Her Majesty's Theatre, also serving pre-theatre menus for your before show meal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 91 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0421 738 107

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 146 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Kid Friendly

  • City Centre

    Great for Lunch

  • City Centre

    Sunday Lunch

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Cute

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great. Food wonderful. Beer cold. Terrific service.
  2. LB

    LenaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Secret Kitchen never disappoints. Food is excellent and service is better than 90% of all other restaurants - even the most high end places in Melbourne. Highly recommended.
  3. JO

    JOSEPHINEQ

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Yum cha trolley not coming to us most of the time. Had to chase, not enough variety, probably being session 3
  4. TY

    TomYong

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    I was seated at the entrance of the kitchen and the service staff are rough with their push carts.
  5. JR

    JudyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were offered a very limited number of food options and as we were leaving saw that other dinners had been offered different trolleys to choose from. Our table was off to side corner and we felt that we may have been overlooked by some of the waiters. The dinning area was clean and spacious. However it was all very rushed. We were booked for 1.5 hours but were out within an hour, even though we were a group of 6.
  6. FT

    FayT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Absolutely delicious food, good service without being overbearing. Very enjoyable and will go back, definitely.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well priced Top notch food And quality delivery
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Satisfied with the meal
  9. H

    Harley

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    So pricey for the standard of food in here. Food is good but the portions are too small for the payment
  10. SL

    SannyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my yumcha lunch with my family there and we all came out with a big smile on our face. Food was yummy and service was great. Will definitely go back
  11. HJ

    HarryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing selection of food and prices, perfect and accommodable to large group dinners. It was much formal than I expected and that built a great atmosphere. This was only enhanced with the personable and friendliness of the staff and I wish them great success in the future. Perfect ending to our Melbourne trip!
  12. W

    Wendy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great. Don’t forget to book! Was hoping more of a menu but the carts were amazing
  13. C

    Carissa

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best yum Cha in town. All the classics are good
  14. JD

    JohannD

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you see a queue in a Restaurant at 10 am on Sunday when the doors open at 10:30 it's almost a warranty of quality. Food and experience are a 10/10. The custard buns are yummylicius, and do not forget the Duck.... OMG
  15. LJ

    LeighJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the $75 pp Banquet and the meal was Delicious and so Yummy. The amount of food was adequate.
  16. t

    tastymike

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was mix of really good and not good when they push the trolley past you with what you want. Also, they only offered our table any fresh juice, so I didn’t buy one even though I wanted one. Food is good but not outstanding like it used to be.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food but the check in process is chaotic.
  18. C

    Christ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Not as good as I last recall. Consistency between branches differ greatly and the city one is not held with high regards. While some of the basics were excellent, there were also many lacklustre staples. The surcharges are a real bite at the end, even when paying through Liven where it was the first time ever that credit card surcharges were passed on. Passable but I will likely find a different usual now.
  19. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food but a little expensive The highlight is the goose
  20. A

    Andy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go to Yum Cha in Melbourne CBD. Good for get togethers. Excellent service, quality food. Toilets are clean.
  21. MF

    MrsFox

    Melbourne

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Arrived early but was quickly directed to a seat. Good was excellent but it was hard to understand some of the dumpling varieties that were being offered by server. Beast than Shark Finn!
  22. 2

    2ndbreakfast

    New York Area

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The eggplant and chicken hot pot with vinegar sauce was delicious, but the mushrooms in pumpkin sauce was very bland.
  23. JC

    JeffreyC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food as always. Sitting time of 90 mins is a bit tight though but manageable.
  24. NY

    NoraY

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service was really nice. The waiter recommended nice dishes. It was a busy day and unfortunately we got a small table for us 6. No space underneath the table for my feet and the dishes couldn’t fit on table. Another downside was our desert was forgotten at the end, so it was not as good as fresh made when we had it.
  25. J

    John

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The dishes weren't washed, the dishes weren't cooked, the dishes weren't handled, and there was sand in them.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were the first in the door at 5.30pm as we needed to leave by 6.30pm to be at a 7pm show. The service staff were attentive and asked if we were seeing a show and took our order quickly. Our drinks and first items arrived quickly and we were off to a good start. However the rest of our food, which were only entrees, did not arrive. Meanwhile the tables around us were enjoying full meals. I hurried up the wait staff and there was some mention of a broken machine. We finally received our remaining items with 3-5min before we needed to leave. Whilst the food was tasty, and the staff attentive, overall the delay really sullied the experience, as the restaurant is $$$ and we were forced to eat quickly and then rush off. Shame.
  27. NN

    NaNe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    It took around a hour until our first course was served, and there was little light on our table, the only light source was the bar so the environment was really bleak. The quality of food is unremarkable compared to other Chinese restaurant in city and not worth its price at all.
  28. OH

    OliviaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Love everything served on our table. Will come back again.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the staff were friendly and attentive. Food was awesome as always!
  30. TW

    TracyW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accomadating for big groups and great food! Would
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything perfect.
  32. MS

    MatthewS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Very highly rated so we thought we would check it out. The whole meal felt very rushed, we never really had a chance to peruse the carts before they would take off. One lady got frustrated with us because we didn’t understand what she saying. The food was nice, but we’ve had just as good dumplings and buns at other establishments for much cheaper. We spent $80 and only had 4 plates, a tea and was seated for all of 20 minutes. Probably wouldn’t go back
  33. TP

    ThuP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Barely any food trolleys and service was slow. Would go elsewhere next time.
  34. JD

    JoanneD

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was ok but I’ve had better. It was also quite noisy and hard to hear the servers when they came around with the food.
  35. TA

    TraysAnne

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service focused on helping us leave on time, food was served quickly and efficiently. Very good food, fresh and delicate flavours.
  36. N

    Nidf

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly prepared food .. honey chicken was crunchy without being too sweet, beef in black bean sauce was succulent with crunchy greens and the pan fried pork dumplings were perfectly seared. Topped with beautiful green tea to drink this was a beautiful meal with kind, attentive staff that paid attention to our plans post dinner and ensured we had a dinner where we could linger and savour and get to the show on time. Highly recommend!
  37. DZ

    DavidZ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was unfriendly, many food items on the menu were not available and we were ushered to leave in a rude arrogant manner. Food was overpriced for what it was. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  38. s

    shivpark

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful experience dining at Secret Kitchen for an early Father’s Day lunch. The staff are attentive and service is efficient. Good balance / order of carts and never felt that we needed to flag anyone down. The food is delicious - in particular, their prawn dumplings are excellent. We have been several times now and consistently get the same high quality service and food.
  39. S

    Steph

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Some floor staff, not all, especially the more senior looking ones, are kind of rude. Like they're so over everything. Maybe it's time for them to retire. Maybe they're like that because they want to but can't. Still, it's not right to take it out on the customers. Food is good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food tasted like overnight. Not steamed well still cold and not tasty

FAQs

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD is rated 4.3 stars by 146 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 91 times today
Google Map for Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

222 Exhibition St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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