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The Carlton Wine Room, Carlton, AU-VIC

The Carlton Wine Room

4.8
4.8
593 Reviews
$41 to $100
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. We offer a bar space, an upstairs restaurant dining room and three unique spaces that are can be booked for private dining perfect for special events.

RESERVATIONS: are for a two hour sitting. We do not accept bookings for drinks and snacks, however we accept walk-ins for this if space permits. A surcharge of up to 1.2% applies to credit card transactions. A surcharge of 10% applies on Sundays and 15% on Public Holidays.

OUTSIDE SEATING: please note this is subject to the weather and we may not be able to move your reservation inside in the case of bad weather.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Modern Australian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9347 2626

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Private dining and functions

  • Neighborhood

    Carlton

  • Cross street

    Corner of Drummond Street

  • Parking details

    Shopping Centre Car Park

  • Public transit

    TRAM - <br />Tram Route 1 and 6. Stop 112 on Elgin St <br /> <br />BUS - <br />Bus 200 and 207 along Lygon St and Elgin St <br />Bus 250 and 251 along Rathdowne St

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 593 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for fine wines

  • Melbourne

    European

  • Inner City North

    Best Food

  • Inner City North

    Great for fine wines

  • Inner City North

    Good for special occasions

  • Inner City North

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    Anthony

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely time here, a few of the dishes were exceptional along with great service but $471 for 2 people (that did include 2 x $90 bottles of wine) was I think too expensive. Dishes are very small so price adds up quickly especially after 10% Sunday surcharge and tip. Otherwise great.
  2. JM

    JenniferM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food as always was amazing at Carlton wine room. However the service was a little off putting at times. The somellier seemed annoyed at all of our wine selections (from a very expensive and limited wine list mind you). And our waitress told us ‘10 minutes until the doors shut and you need to be out’ (and we weren’t the last table there). Got the impression the staff just wanted everyone gone and it was only just past 11.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    It was noisey, overpriced and very transactional. Not interested in the customer experience at all.
  4. NC

    NicoleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried bread with ricotta and anchovy was incredible!
  5. V

    Vanessa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must to put on your list to visit, eat and drink. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner, menu style was great with shared plates and the food was fantastic with the perfect portion size and flavour! Wine list is extensive and everything a wine lover is after. Staff were friendly, helpful and importantly knowledgeable on all things food and wine. We will definitely be back for another visit!
  6. MR

    MorenaR

    Melbourne

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration special dinner. Great service, very friendly.
  7. JC

    JoeC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing meal at Carlton Wine Rooms. I think I had eaten most of the dishes this time before but I'm not even mad, they were all so good. Those duck and pork croquettes should be criminal they are so good! Throw in great advice from a friendly sommelier and it was a perfect evening meal.
  8. G

    Grafitz

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another lovely evening. My second time dining here and didn’t fail to disappoint.
  9. SS

    StaceyS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always a good experience. Your Sommelier is excellent
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly attentive service. One of my favs.
  11. O

    Olivia

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Food & Wine, in a refined setting. Never ceases to make for a great Friday night dinner outing.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly enjoyable experience from the team from Wine to food. Amazing experience. Loved every moment.
  13. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming young staff with a good knowledge of what's on offer.
  14. HA

    HarryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are from perth and this place has set the standard for food Will gladly fly back just to go here
  15. SA

    SophieA

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food and wine in a lively room! Can’t wait to go back
  16. GS

    GregS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, food & atmosphere
  17. T

    Tammy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, the food was amazing. Overall a great experience, will be back!
  18. EG

    EmilyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff were great, one of us had dietary request and they were very accommodating. Everything was delicious.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food and beautiful venue. Lots of great knowledge about the wine lists to try a few unique options.
  20. RS

    RichardScrivener

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Travis is an exceptional host. His wine knowledge is exceptional.
  21. L

    Luigi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food a bit disappointing at the price. $62 for a flathead? And chewy beef at over $50? Wines good, but not great for the money. Service excellent, ambience lovely.
  22. RH

    RichardH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed with the Carlton Wine Room overall. Staff knowledge of food and wine was impeccable. Service was friendly and professional. Nothing was too much trouble. Sittings are only for two hours, but it was made very clear to us that we could just move outside if we wanted to spend more time enjoying the restaurant offerings and each other's company - which we did. The food was absolutely delicious.
  23. BK

    BrigidK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always come to the wine room when in Melbourne. Haven’t been for 3 years but enjoyed it as ever
  24. MP

    MatteoP

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clever preparation & presentation of fresh seasonal produce with an abundance of flavour and friendly professional service. thats why we keep going back.
  25. AL

    AnnabelleL

    Melbourne

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience at Carlton Wine Rooms. Highly recommended for small dinner parties to events.
  26. O

    Owen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Had set menu for 2, 830pm booking. order would have been taken around 845-850 pm. first few items came through a nice and efficient manner, got to mains and it stopped. mains was served around 10:20pm, I honestly don't mind eating late but it was pretty evident there may have been kitchen stress as it was evident from the main and salad that was presented. The pork was really cooked well but mustard sauce was to acidic and a bit unbalanced, was fine at first the first few bits but cause it was so acidic it became unpleasant. the salad itself was a mixture of leaves and dressing, the salad wasn't dressed very well, & unfortunately was a miss. the main as a whole was a bit of a miss unfortunately. & by dessert time, appetite was gone. it was ok, easily forgettable. I honestly don't like leaving reviews being a former industry worker for many years, but i really was looking forward to dining here, and unfortunately it missed the mark for me and my partner. I hope this review is used as nothing more then constructive feedback, I really wanted to enjoy my time at CWR as I have wanted to dine here for along time, unfortunately I didn't & chances of myself coming back are slim. drink wise possible but food wise would be hard for me to spend here again with options in the area. sincerely, Owen
  27. CH

    CaitlinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, offering perfect wine pairings with our selected food.
  28. S

    Simone

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding and always consistent. Excellent service all round.
  29. SB

    ShelleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and quiality wine. My personal highlight was the anchovy toast!
  30. AP

    AnthonyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food , service , ambiance. The crowd was a little noisy as there was a function happening. But all good .Food quality was great , especially the anchovies entree & the flounder . Coffee was exceptional, not normally the case in a high end restaurant,they tend to simply push the button on a automated machine . Overall 8/10 experience!
  31. M

    Maddalened

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend this restaurant the food and service was excellent.
  32. M

    Mike

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This was a late birthday lunch for a friend who works in hospitality. So to be eating and drinking with him on Saturday afternoon was superb, especially last Saturday in Melbourne 😍
  33. CH

    CharlesH

    Melbourne

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely Sunday lunch in a great location. Atmosphere was nice and the service prompt and friendly.
  34. TP

    TPG84

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, the food, the wine and the aesthetic were all on point.
  35. C

    Carissa

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Carlton Wine room has a great selection of wine with amazing food to go with it. Service was hard to get attention for during peak periods and were a lot more attentive when asking us to leave at the end of night.
  36. D

    Diane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, food was fantastic and seasonal which is great!
  37. B

    Blackbean

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the fact that you could get half serves! Great for small eaters that want to try the beautiful food.
  38. LJ

    LoganJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Attentive service & friendly, knowledgable wait staff made this experience a fantastic night out. Service standards in Melbourne are sorely lacking, and The Carlton Wine Room should commend itself for holding to high service standards in a climate of cost cutting, shonky QR code ordering (a covid hangover) and lack of attention to staff training. The ambience was right, music good, and the mood relaxed and we loved the eggplant, champagne & pecorino wine in particular. We will definitely be back. Thank you!
  39. PR

    PeterR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and wine, our friends rated it their best Melbourne food and wine experience.
  40. AF

    AngieF

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic celebration dinner here with my partner. Great service and incredible food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Carlton Wine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 593 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 33 times today
Google Map for The Carlton Wine Room

172-174 Faraday St, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of Drummond Street

  • Neighborhood

    Carlton

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Modern Australian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Shopping Centre Car Park

  • Public transit

    TRAM - Tram Route 1 and 6. Stop 112 on Elgin St BUS - Bus 200 and 207 along Lygon St and Elgin St Bus 250 and 251 along Rathdowne St

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

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