City Wine Shop and The European

4.7
790 reviews
$41 to $100
European
Open 7 days a week, for lunch and dinner located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre. City Wine Shop and the European offers classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement its extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for lunch and 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.
City Wine Shop and the European offers a welcoming ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 790 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Jesse
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Best chicken schnitzel & coleslaw! Great ambiance. Good wine selection. You can’t go wrong dining here.

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maries
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely recommend for those who appreciate fine food. I would definitely take Interstate and International visitors to The European.

MS
MargieS
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and good service. Very enjoyable lunch

TA
TimothyA
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The staff at the door need to understand that when long term customers have a booking that ought not take so loooooong to get in the door. It’s happened all 3 occasions. The staff inside were outstanding as usual.

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SylviaK
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

As always great service with experienced wait staff and food delicious. Never disappoints. I have been going here for years. Best spaghetti Marinara in Melbourne .

LH
LaurenH
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful, traditional trattoria with very delicious food. It is small and can get noisy but only due to all the guests thoroughly enjoying the meals. Cute decor and perfect if you are enjoying a show at The Princess Theater! Would recommend and plan to come back soon. Thank you!

RB
RayB
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food is classic and well done, but it’s the wait staff who are fantastic and bring it up another level.

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Steedy
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to The European many times privately and for business with clients and it is always fantastic

NM
NickyM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Service and food was outstanding. We were sitting outside and the protesters at Parliament House were really loud. So good to be out.

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Eyelashflutterer
10 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Food servings are as generous as they were delicious. Good value, everyone enjoyed their meal. Desserts are not to be missed.

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TamaraB
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff at City Wine Shop did the best they could give the anti vax protests going on loudly across the road. Food and service was great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really busy but still pulling off great service and perfect food.

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A delight to be back in the city and enjoying familiar delicious food with friends at City Wine Shop.

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PaulineL
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This is one of my favourite restaurants but the food at my last visit was not the usual high standard.

ME
MarieE
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's always a pleasure to go visit.
Food was sublime- we particularly enjoyed the desserts!

JS
JamesS
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was simple but done very well - definitely on the return list

BR
BbRr
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect in every way as always.

KM
KatieM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Arrived early for an booked outside table but were able to be seated in the bar, which was great as a storm swept through and outside was horrid.
Attentive but not intrusive service.
Food arrived in a timely way and was fresh and delicious.
With no one waiting for our seats, we were able to stay a bit beyond the allowed 1.5 hours.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and customer service are amazing. My friend and I had a great catching up time.

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CelineF
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff did superb job to keep "anti vax" protesters (at Parliament across the road) away from clientele - very professional despite some very rude people - well done to the CWS team👏👏🙏. The food was brilliant as was the table service (thanks for giving us our table requested in booking). Looking forward to our next visit - Celine & Craig.

MS
MrSpark
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience as always. Will return soon.

LB
LB12
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waiters have great personality, fantastic food, European vibes

VS
VeronicaS
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely afternoon.
Great zucchini flower and polenta chips! Waiter - I think I heard his colleagues call him Lachie - was understated, attentive and managed a couple of other difficult customers well. I like to give a heads up when staff do a good job in an often very demanding environment.
Thank you and we’ll see you again.

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sunny
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Amateur Hour at the City Wine Bar. Staff overwhelmed. Where are the senior staff?

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tofts
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and friendly, professional service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Unfortunately they were understaffed but those who were there did well to manage the patrons. Booking was also not on their system although confirmed on my app. Food and drink lovely. Would go again

MR
MaxR
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

City Wine Shop continues to be a special place for my wife and I. We’ve been coming here for years and it is consistently excellent. A strong wine list, excellent menu, knowledgeable and friendly staff plus a great location make this our preferred city destination. Cheers! Glad to be back and dining out again!

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moirar
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great choice ... great service. Will definitely be back soon.

JP
JoanP
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Memorable meal after being in lockdown for so long

LG
LeeGal
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely afternoon at City Wine Shop. Sitting outside sipping on a delicious Prosecco which was recommended by our waiter. Food was superb. Cannot wait to come back.

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Tilly
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Back after lockdown and these guys have not missed a beat! Sensational as always.

JR
JaneR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely to be back at the European. Enjoyed the food and the excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First dinner on first weekend post lockdown. Superb in every way. Well done, onwards and upwards.

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Leonie
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really nice service and friendly staff. Wines are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for our group of 5.

LH
LizH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, drinks and service in casual dining setting. Quintessential Melbourne. Can't wait to go back.

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vipPNeauNwah
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent venue as a first stop following the lifting of lockdown. The standout aspect was the effort the staff made to tell us more about the wine, including a bit about their own favourites (which factored into our selection). That type of staff interaction adds to the experience. We also enjoyed a visit to Siglo rooftop (same owners). The respectful approach from the staff members managing the entry line was appreciated. Would recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff are fabulous, food amazing, wine selection top notch! Thank you to the team for being there today for us!!!!

NM
NicoleM
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always impeccable food and service. I go whenever I can!

MB
MikeB
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything excellent. We strongly recommend for a lazy lunch. Really liked being able to select a bottle of wine from the shelf snd add $20 for table service/ corkage. A great aspect.

J
Jerez
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall, fantastic service from the team as usual. Never fear, I will definitely return.

FAQs

City Wine Shop and The European is rated 4.7 stars by 790 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.