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

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

4.3
4.3
209 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

9:00 PM


Booked 102 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 209 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Great for Lunch

  • City Centre

    Sunday Lunch

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

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  1. RS

    RohanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Top Service. Polite and helpful staff. Must try cocktails.
  2. AM

    AnnaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were offered Juices for Children and disappointed when the bill came to find out they were $13 each. Far too expensive for a childrens drink, especially when you pay for four of them! We enjoyed it but it was very expensive Yum Cha
  3. TR

    TaliaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for dim sum/yum cha! I’ve been trying to find a good restaurant for dim sum and after trying a few other places, have found my new go to. We booked prior and on arrival were taken straight to our table. Waiter was there immediately taking drink orders which came out super quick. Food started appearing not long after we sat down and the quality was great. Definitely recommend.
  4. AW

    AmyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been for a while, it was a very pleasant experience. The food tasted as good as before, lots of options, and also they let us stay a bit over our session, which is a huge improvement!
  5. K

    Kris

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous yum cha! Already planning our next delicious trip.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best yum cha in Melbourne
  7. TR

    TaniaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Terrible service. Would not go back, would not recommend.
  8. N

    Nancy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and great service
  9. DJ

    DecJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Hall staffs pushed us to pick dim sims. Hard to communicate with them. Poor service.
  10. JG

    JonathanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really great food, quick service, though not personal but for yum cha that's alright.
  11. S

    Scarlett

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great location and good ambience. We'd like to try it next time
  12. TC

    TamaraC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and loved the piggy buns. We will be back
  13. L

    Luca

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing food, a bit pricey but the experience is as amazing.
  14. PW

    PaulaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very quick and efficient service food very good plenty of it and lots of choices
  15. AJ

    AJYO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food had the fresh lobster and minced garlic. Good service. However they need to fix their lightning. Half the table was lit and half was in the dark.
  16. J

    Jenn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our visit to Secret Kitchen for the Yum Cha menu. We did the 12pm sitting on a Saturday and it was fantastic! The service was perfectly timed and one server made sure my kids had everything they needed, she took extra care in making sure we were satisfied. The BBQ pork buns were absolutely amazing and the Xiaolongbao were some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
  17. BP

    BelindaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always beyond delicious here. Also the service is great, the staff checking if we were going to see a show as we sat down took the stress out of dinner and wait time for food.
  18. p

    peterz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    foods were good .service was nice.but time limited had been restricted too tough.
  19. A

    Angeline

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service in the restaurant is really good, they will always check in on you. They are fast, reliable, and easy to talk to. There are vast menu options which are also great! Overall recommend to come back to the restaurant.
  20. LA

    LuisA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really Good, like the ambience, quality of food is amazing.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food and ambience
  22. KT

    KimT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We got ripped off with the glass of Watermelon is $13.00/ea x 4 and orange juice is $11.00/ea x 2. Also only 4 people drink tea got charged for 6, told the staff there but seems she didn't care. So make sure check the price first and also check the bill carefully before proceed payment.
  23. ES

    EamonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Because we booked the 1:45pm yum cha session, anything that’s steamed will be over cooked. Good if you like chicken feet, not so good if you like steamed prawn dumplings. Stand out was the suckling pig and the garlic prawn cigars. The deep fried taro dumplings with pork filling was awesome. Service is very good and attentive. I would go back again for sure for the 12pm session.
  24. h

    hello

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Service was good, price was expensive but food quality was really good. They did charge us for tea and tea refills without letting us know that we would be charged. Ended up paying over $10 just for tea.
  25. NL

    NickL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Couldnt get any help fromt he waiters, had to ask a few times re: cutlery for the kids
  26. LT

    LinT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great array of traditional yumcha options to choose from.Chicken feet and tripe are my fav from this place.
  27. MF

    MrsFox

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Go for the dumplings served until 3 pm. Otherwise it is just a Chinese restaurant. We arrived early for dinner and was taken to the very back of the restaurant even though there where lots of tables available in the front. (I felt like a second class cItizen). What ever they were doing in the kitchen our table shook. The service and food was quick but nothing special and a bit pricey for what we had. Would I come back? Yes for the yum cha was was fantastic the last time I was there.
  28. WE

    WackarE

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted immediately and led to our table. The menu is extensive, beautiful wines on offer, and delicious cocktails. Yum Cha available.for lunch, a la carte for dinner. So much to choose from. Amazing flavours and aromas. Generous serves. Food was prompt to come out, and constant service to order more if we liked. Drinks being topped up regularly was great. Overall, a wonderful first dining experience at Secret Kitchen
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent!! The food was fresh with so much flavour. It was a great experience
  30. b

    beverleym

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is really good here. We shared rice, lemon chicken, beef and broccoli, and some steamed buns amongst 3 women. It’s a fairly quiet dinner place in the theatre district. Our service was very quick before our show. Thank you for the great service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection! Excellent service. Delicious food
  32. k

    kareng

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been a few times & always excellent food & hospitality. Recommend.
  33. WW

    WinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious traditional Hong Kong cuisine. Roast goose and baked fish in hot pot are terrific.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very enjoyable lunch. Great soup and yum cha
  35. S

    Steff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was prompt and friendly. Good place to go with family or friends :)
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was a Sunday lunch service of yum cha and of course was very busy. Lots of effort made by the team to manage such large numbers; however we felt the range of dim sum and other yum cha dishes offered to us lacked diversity and interest. We had to ask for the menu in the end and ultimately did not have time to enjoy the experience.
  37. J

    Johnny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Section time a bit too short. Being in the CBD is hard to find a car park and traffic diversion is unexpected. So, I think it should be longer Section 2hrs instead of 1.15hrs...food and service is very good. Surely will be back again.
  38. N

    Nick

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serious Chinese food with fish fresh from their tanks served with attention and friendliness.
  39. I

    Infinituz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and lots of variety to select from. Delicious.
  40. L

    Langdon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great variety, love the trolley choice, grat service. A pork Bau unlike I have had before.

FAQs

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD is rated 4.3 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 102 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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