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City Wine Shop and The European, Melbourne, AU-VIC

City Wine Shop and The European

4.6
4.6
1188 Reviews
$41 to $100
European
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and taking bookings for the European restaurant Tuesday-Sunday. If you can't find a booking online, please contact the restaurant directly. On Mondays we welcome all guests on a walk in basis. Our extensive outdoor area welcomes guests on a walk in basis so feel free to drop by. We are always happy to see you. Located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement our 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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 32 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 6657
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Sheldon
  • Private party facilities
    Our award winning menu designed by our amazing team of chefs, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Amy: (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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,188 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Great for fine wines

1,188 Reviews
  1. HelenR

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just delicious. Our UK friends last meal before heading back to London. Best schnitzels ever they told Jay. Won’t be able to eat it anywhere else. What more can I say!

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    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambience, wine and friendly staff. Will definitely come back.

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  3. LauraC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Female toilet is not impressive. Hope the restaurant can improve it.

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  4. SherylG

    Perth

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant as usual; The European, brilliant as usual, so Melbourne

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the venue and food as always but it was extremely difficult to modify my booking which could not be done directly through the Open Table app. Whilst asked to contact the venue directly, nobody answered my numerous calls nor could I leave a voice message. This provided a less enjoyable experience overall .

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  6. KayC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this place strikes the perfect balance between formality and fun. food is amazing. wine list is amazing.

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  7. Roxla

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I like the restaurant because of the ambiance and the the venue is quiet for a pleasant relaxing meeting and conversation.

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  8. AlexLaw

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent vibe and service. Great local oyster. Had chicken schnitzel, fish and streaks. They are all excellent

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual good service and a wonderful wine list

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  10. LindaS

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was flavoursome and beautifully cooked to perfection. The bathroom area is looking a little shabby and it would have been nice to know the price of the specials on offer.

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  11. Shazam100

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The European never disappoints, they have the balance right and perfect for a true Melbournian experience.

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  12. SusieR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Adore coming here. The staff are delightful and the food delicious. Will be back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spot on ambience, very friendly customer service, excellent wine, and delicious food.

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  14. Doug

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven't been since before COVID. As good as I remember it. Service was wonderful, food reliable, wine fabulous and ambience (outside watching Melbourne go by) just great

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  15. KAZUHISAK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    赤身の牛肉のステーキが、炭火焼きの香りがしてとても美味しい。日本では味わえない。地元の人向けの安いレストランで、スタッフもフレンドリー。暗い明かりの雰囲気も気に入った。

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  16. BRIGITTE

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here in the past few months. So good. Atmosphere, service, food - all outstanding.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Spaghetti Marinara always a highlight

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been dining at the European for many years and have loved it, but the last two times have been disappointing. Service was slow, beverages took 20mins to arrive. We ordered bread but did not come. The marinara was very over salted, pippies over cooked, prawns glassy, only one piece of fish (1 cm) in the pasta! King George whiting was a very small fish possibly undersized and the mash underneath was lukewarm. Waiter could have suggested sides as well because the whiting came with nothing else…

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  19. DeanE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Have not been for awhile, it was a friends birthday and so gave it another go. Food is excellent - a little pricey for what it is. Staff just did their job and gave service, would not say overly friendly, but it was efficient. Has great coffee !

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  20. HeatherK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful night for my husband’s birthday. We had appetisers & mains but no desserts. Our table for 6 at the rear with part banquette seats was the best in the house. The pate & saganaki & blinis were delicious starters. My blue eye was excellent as was the whole pan -fried fish. But the aged steak for two with pomme frittes served medium rare at $125 was quite disappointing. It was very chewy & had no sauce of any kind. I’d skip this. But it was the only blip on what was otherwise a fabulous night. On a previous visit, the chicken schnitzel with coleslaw was juicy & very tasty. The wine list is exemplary.

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  21. DanM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When in Melbourne try The European for fine food and excellent wine.

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  22. SusieP

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend and I decided to have an entree each and share a pasta plate. We just loved our waiter who was so professional and really knew his wines. Such a refreshing change.

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  23. ThomasM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive service and excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere, Very European!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    As always great food and wine on choice! All the usual crew who serve us were great

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  25. victorias

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    love the restaurant and staff. sadly the chicken schnitzel was very disappointing

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  26. MikeE

    Tropical QLD

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Plenty of character but The European is very narrow & little space between tables. On the plus side, the smallish menu is broad in scope & the wine list has plenty of choice from all over. The service was very good and the entrees & mains were all excellent.

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  27. MarionP

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unrushed, knowledgeable serving staff, didn't make you feel foolish when asked questions or for suggestions, good quality food.

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  28. Squizz

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fantastic, Maitre d' was great, the wait staff need to actually do there job at a much better standard, for being a high profile establishment and on the pricier end of the scale, It was a real letdown with the wait staff, I’ve had better service at McDonald’s

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  29. James

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat, wine and food excellent. Even when raining. Classic experience

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  30. StefanieB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was looking forward to it. Made a booking few days ahead with the request to be outside if the weather is nice. I ended up in a short waiting line. And people got seated as soon a table was available. Some tables were reserved. But my waiter took me inside into the European. Into an empty restaurant. I explained to her that I preferred outside and that I love the atmosphere outside. Ten minutes later I got a table outside. We ordered a bottle wine, some snacks and later our main course. It was hard to get a waiters attention to order more food. Once I got up to ask for the menu back. But the waiters kept chatting and set me without asking what my interest was back to my table. We had to ask for specials. And got without a word a short menue back. No one new what there market fish was. When we asked for aioli for the chips, never we received it. I usually loved it the. But we left after all and decided to continue our night somewhere else.

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  31. KevinW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The moment we walked in was lovely we always go to the European when we come to Melbourne as we are country Victorian s And would recommend the European the food was very good

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  32. ReginaK

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, food & wine exceptional wait staff were great - thank you

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  33. KarenW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for an anniversary lunch and were warmly welcomed and attended to by all the staff throughout our meal. The restaurant is cosy and cute and the music created a nice ambience. The wines were lovely and our meals were delicious and reasonably priced. We had the chicken schnitzel with tasty coleslaw and the lamb ragu pappardelle. The restaurant is having some renovations in the kitchen area and could probably use a general freshen up of the wooden surfaces which look a bit tired.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wine, and a really nice environment. Excellent service. A favourite place for a classy meal

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  35. DanielM

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful night - the service was attentive without being fussy and the sommelier recommendations were on point. Great food, too. I’d probably review the in-house consumption charge but all in all, a great night out.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great. From the moment you walk in the door until you leave. The food and coffee was delicious.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined at The European. First time for me (have been to their wine shop many times which is fantastic!) Really lovely place - great food and service. They could make a bit more of an effort with the ambience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Once a favourite sadly it is not anymore… The service is just awful, it took over 30 minutes to get the first drink, and this was in a literally empty place at the time with about 7 staff just lazily wandered around. Clearly there is no strong management that the team is needed. When we ordered the food, there was a mix up again… the food was good though but overall experience was underwhelming. The interior is also gets very dated and due for an update. Won’t be visiting any time soon.

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  39. JeffW

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service, waiters that take the time to explain. Reasonably priced and a great wine list.

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  40. MegsR

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a late lunch to celebrate a birthday, smaller plates were shared and all of us had mains, all were enjoyed, plus all the wines were fabulous. Forgot, had cheese and sherry after, also delicious.

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City Wine Shop and The European is rated 4.6 stars by 1188 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 32 times today
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159 Spring St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bourke Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • 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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 6657
  • Private party facilities
    Our award winning menu designed by our amazing team of chefs, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811
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