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The European, Melbourne, AU-VIC

The European

4.7
4.7
1232 Reviews
$41 to $100
European
  • Great for fine wines
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, The European offers a welcoming ambience with warm, generous and knowledgeable hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its finest. Located on Spring Street near the Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to perfectly complement our extensive collection of wines, old and new world, available to enjoy with your meal.

We also welcome you on a walk-in basis next door at The City Wine Shop any day of the week, where you may simply pop in for a seat at the bar or grab a spot outside overlooking Parliament House.

We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple, classic foods. Nose-to-tail offal dishes are centred within our menu, utilising every part of the animal products in our kitchen. 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 at The European and City Wine Shop.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 28 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 0811
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Sheldon
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for an iconic space for your next event? Spring Street Events looks after all the events within the much-loved family of businesses, including the European, Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo, French Saloon, Kirk’s, the Spring Street Grocer & Cheese Cellar. Feel free to visit our website: https://springstreetevents.com.au/ for more information.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Sara: (03) 9654 0811
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Bourke Street
  • Parking Details
    Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
  • Public Transit
    35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Stations
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 1,232 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Melbourne

    Great for fine wines

  • City Centre

    Best Food

  • City Centre

    Great for fine wines

1,232 Reviews
  1. RossA

    Melbourne

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We shared some oysters to start, fantastically fresh, then shared an appetiser of terrine en-cruite which was exceptional. Main was pasta arrabiata, excellent and dessert was a shared tiramisu, outstanding. We enjoyed the recommended pinot noir with our meal which was a very drinkable pinot from the yarra valley. Overall an excellent evening meal.

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  2. Barbsattler

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter and I arrived and were immediately welcomed and taken to our table, which for 2 persons was perfect, to commence our journey into Paris. From the moment we sat down, you were no longer in Melbourne, a beyond awesome experience. The awesome wait staff who knew their craft, to their knowledge of the specials, to the wine list, nothing was short of amazing! Whist the wonderful waiter was telling us her list of specials across the courses, my ❤️ stopped when she told us about the Coq au Vin, I could not tell you anything about what followed. This Coq au Vin, the well-known French chicken stew where pieces of meat are braised in a luscious, glossy red wine sauce with bacon, mushroom and onions on a bed of creamy mash, sent our pallets to food heaven! We shared wonderful starters of cod row and an eggplant special which we both amazing. We both had room for dessert which is the first time in my food life, I could have eaten both all by myself! An awesome Rhubarb crème brûlée, as well as a special dish with a delicious biscotti on the side. All alcohol consumed was from France and well, what can I say! If you haven’t walked through the tiny doors and been transported to Paris, you really are missing out on an awesome experience. Thank you to the amazing kitchen who took our taste buds on an epic adventure, to all the front of house who made our pre theatre experience, one night forever etched in our memories!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for a great meal before our show. You helped us get out on time and the service overall was terrific. Delicious food too!

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  4. Susan

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a stunning luncheon was enjoyed by my friend and myself. We absolutely LOVE this place.

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  5. 2Wonderful

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful lunch eating delicious food and wonderful Chianti wine

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful time at The European. Fabulous service. Food was first class. It was a bit noisy in the restaurant but would return without hesitation Thank you for a fabulous experience

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent restaurant in a very convenient location in the Theatre district. Excellent quality meal with great options. Service was as expected of a restaurant of this calibre.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always will be my go to for an amazing lunch with fussy friends! Jay knows how to make a good experience exceptional!

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  9. DonnaC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most beautiful restaurant in Spring St, right next door to the Princess Theatre. The food and wine were delicious and service impecible.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and excellent, friendly service. Nothing was too hard for our waiter - he just made us feel so welcome and spoilt.

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FAQs

The European is rated 4.7 stars by 1232 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for The European

159 Spring St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bourke Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
  • Public Transit
    35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Stations
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Sheldon
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 0811
  • Private party facilities
    Looking for an iconic space for your next event? Spring Street Events looks after all the events within the much-loved family of businesses, including the European, Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo, French Saloon, Kirk’s, the Spring Street Grocer & Cheese Cellar. Feel free to visit our website: https://springstreetevents.com.au/ for more information.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Sara: (03) 9654 0811
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