The European

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Open 7 days a week from morning until late, the European offers classic bistro fare with substance and character to compliment it's extensive collection of Champagne and other European wines. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food , from breakfast, lunch & dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu. Whether perfectly cooked eggs, a tin of caviar or a late night supper, pre-theatre pasta or a 3 course celebration, the European offers a bustling ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.
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JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing night out. The noise level was too high, the food was average, they forgot our entrees. Wont be back.

DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! The meat portions however were a little too much so could not finish meal

AR
London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable all round. Food good. Service very friendly and attentive.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Apart from being a bit noisy, everything else about the occasion was excellent. The service was attentive, the food divine, the wine well matched and the ambience cozy.

KP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent as was the service. Wait staff are very efficient and knowledgable. The wine list was on the expensive side. A good bottle of wine does not have to be so expensive. A few more options under $100 would be pleasing to see.

JO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great location, terrific service. Food for breakfast good.

T
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ultimate gathering place over food and beverages in Melbourne.

JF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to the European for it excellent food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.
That sums it up nicely.

TB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always delightful dining, the standout this time was the blinis with whipped cod's row.

PX
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food serviceand atmosphere! disappointing to have to leave table after 2 hours but at least it was lovely sitting upstairs for drinks afterwards.

OT
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chateaubriand was outstanding. The food and service were so good we went back the next night and had Tornedos which was equally outstanding.

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very professional and attentive. Our waiter was excellent. And the sommelier was fantastic! Made excellent and interesting recommendations, and when he could see that we were up for a joke, he was hilarious. What a character. We had a wonderful evening all round. Love it even more here now.

FO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great experience but feel it is overpriced

GK
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy, modern service, really amazing seasonal food.

LP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

There were 5 of us! All 5 meals were great. The three children said the food was better than mine. Now that is saying something

LP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three cheese omelette is superlative as is the the space and the people. Thank-you

MB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The European is 'our' restaurant, we come here for special occasions and adore the food and ambience over everything. We've tried a lot of restuarants in Melbourne but always gravitate back to this quaint little eatery. Keep doing what you're doing, love it!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting Melbourne to see Come from Away

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fast, friendly service. Meals a bit pricey but delicious - desserts wow!

CM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the most lovely service - warm, friendly and genuine. Great food and beverage

RC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the relaxed feel of the place & the staff were fantastic

OT
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Close to the Princess theatre! European charm and excellent service!!

D
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Getting too expensive, surcharge we a bit rich considering I paid $16 for scrambled eggs and $20 for a Bloody Mary. Not great people. No much to catering for vegetarians...

EL
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always great service and food without the pretension of many lesser Melbourne restaurants. Superb wine list

JB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Fabulous staff

C
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We had a marvellous time at the a Europen but we felt like they were rushing us a bit and also there was a stressful mishap with our booking being listed multiple times .
However the staff were lovely and the food was great. It’s a charming restaurant.

D
Melbourne / VIC
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great place for a feed with friends. Excellent menu choice to cover most bases

d
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A step back in time from the modern cafes and bistros. Very European to the point of having somewhere to hang your overcoat. We enjoyed the different aspect of it.

MF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been to The European Restaurant a few times and it never disappoint. Lovely food and very good service

S
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not inexpensive but good food well presented. Friendly and informative waiters. Handy location.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining with your fabulous team , consistently outstanding yet relaxed service & attitude .

KW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Service and ambience great. The wine selection is wonderful.

s
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chose this restaurant for Sunday lunch due to its proximity to both St Patrick's Cathedral and Princess Theater as two of our companions were catching a show. It was perfect for the location, the food, service and overall experience. The boys in our party all loved their steaks. We also enjoyed the potted shrimps which we had for starters. The only thing keeping me from rating it excellent (instead of just very good) is that I ordered a bellini, but what I got just tasted like plain orange juice - seems like they forgot the bubbly!

RC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place never fails to deliver. The crab linguine just continues to be amazing.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this place. The food was exceptional. The service was outstanding. And the ambience was perfect. We wil be back for sure.

BC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful meal here as a family of 5 for my daughter's 14th birthday. Food was as always, fabulous. With a good variety to choose from including exciting specials on offer to compliment the regularly changing menu. Service was attentive but not intrusive. As it was a particularly warm night it was nice to find the restaurant warm and inviting. Always a pleasure to dine here.

CR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great friendly waiter service and knowledge.
Food and wine exceptional.

ZU
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Second time, however I felt that seating opposite the kitchen/waiters station was far too loud and disruptive.

Food was good and service was good

MR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourites, and the perfect place to spend my 30th birthday dinner.
Silver service with flair, a killer wine list and sensational cuisine make this restaurant a shining star in the Melbourne dining scene.
All aspects of the experience are consistent, detail-oriented and personalised. You are guaranteed a delicious and enjoyable meal.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Table service was excellent, good knowledge of menus and very efficient throughout the night!