City Wine Shop and The European

4.7
724 reviews
$41 to $100
European
Open 7 days a week from midday to midnight, the City Wine Shop offers classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement its extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal as well as to takeaway. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for 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.
City Wine Shop 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
  • 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
What 724 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LisaP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Impeccable food, service and atmosphere.

CA
ChrisA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had picked a quiet night after a long weekend.
Perfect. A reason why we always keep going back!!

JE
JENNYJ
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was great to be back eating out again and very grateful to the Melbourne wine shop. Great night

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely worth a visit .... very cool Melb breakfast venue

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TraceyW
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just love this place. Amazing food and wine and what a location.

KM
KarenM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

We had deliberately booked bar seating however were directed to seating in a long corridor in the old European side. (next to a fridge or storeroom). So from an ambience perspective this was disappointing.

It took quite a while to be asked if we would like drinks-when we did order it took around 15 mins for a complimentary sample to arrive as an apology because they were busy.

Drinks arrived about 10 mins after.
Food was great but early service and ambience disappointing

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miami01
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

I so enjoy this place as the staff are knowledgeable, helpful and not driving you to buy the dearest bottle on the shelves. They in courage you to buy to your taste and likes. It’s a wine lover’s nirvana.

MP
MarkP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, another fantastic evening. Great food, atmosphere and service.

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Feeber
9 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to be back at the European! The food is still great as is the service. I can definitely recommend!

CC
ChrisC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant but don't tell anyone as it will get too crowded. Food is outstanding, wine list extensive, staff knowledgeable and ambience great.

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Multimiffin
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super efficient, professional service. Traditional French/Italian style dishe cooked superbly. Delicious.

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PhillipK
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was very good, service was pretty good. We've been here a few times and always been good. On this occasion we were seated down near the kitchen which is a thoroughfare for wait staff and patrons going to the bathroom. Probably wouldn't want to be seated there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Catching up with interstate friends. It’s a little bit of Marvellous Melbourne isn’t it? Always impresses.

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gordon
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

excellent in service and very good in food. It is located near public transport.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & wine & a fabulous atmosphere

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ThomasI
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Very pricey. They also pushed us out very quickly after our email. Food was ok but nothing special. Wines were overpriced. Great setting, though. Very nice interior.

JT
JustinT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Service was wooden and prickly.
Food excellent
This restaurant has always been a goto favourite.
When you order a Bloody Mary and get told that there is not any in stock, is sounds comical when there is three bars operating.
Lots it s mojo but the food was delicious...

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James
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our fav in Melbourne. Just like being in Italy but with a Melbourne touch.

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vipttttt
7 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the city wine shop. Perfect place for a date

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Koala
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great fresh food and superb wines. We will come back again and again

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Arrived and they didn’t have a table for us at City Wine Shop so we were plonked after waiting 10min in The European. Service was incredibly slow. Staff seemed disinterested and too busy chatting amongst themselves to deliver the experience we’d become accustomed. Sad, loved this place.

PT
PeterT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff are key and are outstanding, makes you feel like you are very welcome and part of the overall experience. I don't look at the menu , i just ask the wait staff to tell me what i need ! :)

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic!

DR
DanR
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to be reunited with this old gem which is as good as ever,

CJ
CreativeJim
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The European was one of my favourite CBD restaurants pre-lockdown & it's merging with the City Wine Shop has not affected it one bit.

The food was excellent (a humble chicken schnitzel with Italian coleslaw was so tasty) & the staff helpful & solicitous as always - I would always recommend it for friends to eat at whether in a hurry for the theatre or for a longer & more leisurely dining experience.

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Locals
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

I took my friend to the European for her birthday We are locals and love supporting businesses in our "hood''The food was very good however the service seemed non existent..no greeting or acknowledgement upon our arrival..during the meal we had to continually ask for assistance ..for everything!...and my request for a small cake and candle to be brought to the table at the end of our meal..completely forgotten They staff were pleasant enough to us however I left with a lingering feeling of being in their way

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Chris
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don't keep asking me for a comment everytime I come! Can't you be satisfied that I've given you a high rating?

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JennyG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic to be back in Melbourne eating at the European via City Wine shop. Not the full menu as pre COVID but an excellent selection . Especially love the service and attentiveness- just perfect.

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MichaelV
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a wonderful place with such character and charm, pretty good value for money considering it’s in the heart of the city. And the service is always professional and friendly. I had the Pepper steak which was outstanding and the schnitzel which I introduced to my sister for the first time was brilliant.

JV
JenniferV
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dining experience actually took place in The European - a well-loved location, as is the City Wine Shop. Both offer a superb dining experience with exemplary, welcoming service.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and friendly, attentive service. Easy going place for the whole family to enjoy an excellent, relaxed dining experience.

BM
BruceM
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

High quality food and wine in atmospheric surroundings. Highly recommended!

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TaraS
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

EVERYTHING.WAS. PERFECT.
Just love love love that place... xxxx

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CatherineR
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous to be back after a year. The service we received was exceptional and the food was as good as ever. Our favourite place in Melbourne did not disappoint. So good to see you back

DN
DavidN
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Consistently high standard of Italian oriented cuisine. A perennial favoutire of mine and one of the first places I patronize when visiting Melbourne.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was very good and well priced, as was the wine. Venue had a nice ambience and was child friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service and THAT martini. The best!!!!

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Didining
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great knowledgeable friendly staff. Simple menu, however well thought out, big on flavour and generous serves.

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Isabel
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great location! The polenta chips here are a must!

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Anthea
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The European is probably my favorite Melbourne restaurant. I am so pleased to see it back close to pre-COVID normal. Can't wait to return.

FAQs

City Wine Shop and The European is rated 4.7 stars by 724 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.