The Carlton Wine Room

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$40 and under
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European
Carlton Wine Room is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a well-executed, fresh, seasonal food menu, and an ever changing, diverse wine list featuring the best of Italy, Australia and the rest of the World. Carlton Wine Room offers bar space, an outdoor dining area, restaurant dining room and unique function dining spaces.
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food and wine and even better service. Brilliant place for dinner for two or a larger table.

V
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtfully creates dishes. Delicious in their simplicity. Staff exudes same character- unassuming but helpful and knowledgeable. Recommended we have half the pasta serve so we can order the other main we liked. Great wine list with a great value Veltliner, my current fave.

H
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I have been to for food, service and wine.
Example 1 - we have a habit of ordering to excess so we can taste a little bit of everything. The waiter suggested a half serve of wine if the dishes - very proactive.
Example 2- the sommelier had revised our menu prior to coming to our table and had selected wines to accompany each of our courses if we were happy to leave that in his hands. We did and we weren’t disappointed.
Example 3 - the food was amazing. The anchovy, duck/pork croquettes, tripe (not normally a fan but sublime) , the flounder not to mention all the sides wee perfection.
Thank you. - it was a wonderful experience

T
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly beautiful food, lovely staff, great venue, and extremely good value. I will be back!

ES
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and amazing food & wine! 10/10 would recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My partner and I were seated on a table of 2 between upstairs to two groups of 10 women. Some more thought to seat planning would have made our dining experience a bit more enjoyable. Meals were ok but didn’t quite hit the mark on the entrees.

JO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great wine list and really good service, we had a great evening. Highly recommend that place

J
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overpriced. Wines were very good but not exceptional.

a
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love your restaurant and the waiters ....... the look of the restaurant and the yummy food

JS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner last Saturday there, trying the tasting menu with also tasting of wines, Travis was an excellent host! Would come back again!

BB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding, the wine was outstanding en the service too. We had a great evening.

PW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality. Kitchen doing amazing things and the wine selection is brilliant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb wine and delicious food

SJ
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

In down from WA and was looking for a nice casual dining experience. Knew of the CWR. Was not disappointed.

It fits perfectly the surrounding area. The casual but quality presentation is perfect. The staff attentive but not over bearing. Loved the food and wine. Great value wine compliments an amazingly flexible menu.

Just loved it and will be back. Soon we hope.

AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night in a casual dining room that felt private and intimate - great food and great wine!

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience with any restaurant in Melbourne, and it was a great start! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. The food was creative and well-executed.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb wine and food!

OB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d been waiting to visit for a while now and it was worth the wait. All the dishes we had were well balanced and delicious. The staff were friendly and professional. The stand out though was the Rum Baba, it has to be one of the best desserts I’ve had in years, I literally had to have a break in the middle to take stock of it all haha. The somm for the evening was great and knew when to give advice and when it wasn’t required. See you again soon.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was a bit so-so. I had the aubergine pasta dish, which was just a bland mix of two ingredients with similar textures. All I could hear of the music was the distorted bass. The service was lovely.

CP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We had been recommended to try this place for lunch. It was very average. We had to keep requesting menu items that had been ordered and were forgotten. No one apologised for this but asked only “ do you still want it” and “ our machine is on the blink today”. A large group In the upstairs dining room was astonishingly loud with ear splitting shrieks of laughter for the whole three hours we were there. Another table of diners asked to be relocated because of the noise. When I asked if they could asked just to tone it down a little nothing happened. We ended up with splitting headaches and a stop start served meal with forgotten courses delivered out of sequence. Not a place I could recommend.

TF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE really enjoyed our experience. THe food and wine were great. Staff were terrific and knowledgable. Wine and food suggestions by staff were spot on and timely. we will definitely return GREAT !!

N
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Our waiter had excellent wine suggestions that paired perfectly with our delicious food, and was very attentive. Will definitely return!

AK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Delicious food and the ambience was nice. However, throughout the service we felt rushed. If you get there on time and still don't have time for dessert then there's a problem. Our booking was at 6.15 and right on the dot at 8.15 we got told that they needed the table back and we could have dessert downstairs at the bar. We did just that but it still left a bad taste. Also after sitting down at the bar we had to ask for water after ordering desserts. Sure most restaurants these days impose a time limit but I've never felt rushed or asked to vacate at establishments of similar or better caliber such as embla, cumulus, cutler and co, Marion etc. Maybe I've just been lucky so far but if I'm spending over $250 for dinner this is not the kind of experience/service I'd expect or want. Personally I would not visit again nor recommend anyone to do so. There are just much better options out there.

AC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, brilliant. Travis is an absolute super star. Knowledge & passion. Alex & Nina

g
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great Service, Great knowledge. We will be back with friends.

PW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carlton wine room is back to being a fine dinning experience with excellent food , wine and service.

KE
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality venue, attentive service, great food and wine. Certainly a 'go to' place for us !

AM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, great place for a date or dinner with friends

M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive knowledgeable staff, highly recommend treating yourself to The Carlton Wine Room.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Melbourne! (And we eat out a lot!) can’t wait to be back!

TS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great knowledgable service. Couldn't fault 10/10

LC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very relaxing dining experience. Delicious food and wine. Great service.

NB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are the first of our friends to dine at the Carlton Wine Room and we’ll be heartily recommending it! Nice ambience & music, cozy lighting, lovely intimate setting, great food, responsive service. All-in-all we had a great time. Thanks!

A
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Brilliant, as always. Perfect birthday dinner with family. Excellent wine advice and friendly and professional staff. The new favourite.

K
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was a good experience food and wine was really good, service was great also. All and all a good evening out.

JU
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our lunch on Sunday. The room was not fill which helped with the noise level.
I'm sure on a busy day it would be much wose as there is little to soften the volume with lots of hard surfaces.
The food was tasty and serves were adequate. The staff ere a bit unfriendly and when it came to end the meal we had to find someone to accept our payment.
Ending the meal speedily and efficiently is just as important as the introduction.
The staff could be a bit friendlier.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue, great service, great wine selection and the food was delicious. Found it to be one of the best values Dinners in Melbourne for some time. Would highly recommend, actually already have to three people this morning.

AH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening with great food, wine and service

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect

DF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly outstanding. Andy and his team should be incredibly proud of what they've created. The food is beautiful, the wine list considered and the service incredibly thoughtful - do yourself a favour. Book a table immediately.