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The European, Melbourne, AU-VIC

The European

4.7
4.7
1218 Reviews
$41 to $100
European
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 30 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 1,218 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Great for fine wines

1,218 Reviews
  1. BobT

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always very good Italian food in a bustling European environment. One of Melbournes institutional favourites. You can’t go wrong.

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  2. ChrisO

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely fantastic restaurant. Excellent food and outstanding service

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  3. Matt

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An awesome, flavoursome, generous menu which left us all very happy with the food. Starters, mains, deserts, all wonderful. A great wine selection… great staff, great service as a result, and a fabulous venue location, definitely with that ‘old school’ classy feel. Absolutely loved eating there, thoroughly recommend and will go back.

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  4. StuartH

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place. Outstanding service, beautiful food. Would highly recommend.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our 27th wedding anniversary dinner. The wine was delicious. The appetizers, meat dishes, and pasta were all delicious.

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  6. AnnetteM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cuisine, stunning presentation, excellent wine and the best dry martini I've had. Special mention to Blake, our server however all the Staff are superlative. Do order the WA octopus -divine- the Ceviche and leave room for some dessert. You will not regret it. Worth every cent and then some. 10 out 10.

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  7. PJBR

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fabulous restaurant and wine bar with personable staff and excellent food and delightful wines.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliable Melbourne institution, wonderful food, excellent service, feels casually yet special, fine-dining without pretence.

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  9. JillS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a gem of a bistro. The menu is interesting, the service is attentive and the food was well prepared and presented. My only negative was the noise level- on a busy night it can be a little loud. That being said, we would totally recommend dining here.

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  10. Foodie4051

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to disappoint. Great work team European. Thank you

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The European is rated 4.7 stars by 1218 OpenTable diners.

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Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 30 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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