City Wine Shop

4.8
654 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 654 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReneeS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Love the European, an absolute favourite for cuisine and experience!

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A Melbourne classic! The service and ambience is perfect for a leisurely afternoon wine.

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Jane
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great visit . Great service and advice on wine. Food is fantastic

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ChrisTheScotScott
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Come on, is this a trick question? Schnitzel is a legend in its own right, and the spaghetti alla vongole was exemplar. Great wine recommendations as you’d expect.
Still my favourite place in Melbourne.

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently the best Italian heritage restaurant in Melbourne.
The ambiance is effortlessly seductive.
And the experience always memorable.

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JoeyD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous spot for a wine, feed and chat. The best chicken schnitzel in Melbourne and lovely staff.

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Vaughan
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner and excellent service. My wife has some food allergies and this was noted this from my booking request. The chef actually made something not on the menu specifically which was very much appreciated. Great wine recommendations. Highly recommend and will be back. Thanks for making it a great night.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Staff are always great and caring. food was again outstanding but the two bottles of Rose' for the 4 of us was not up to standard.

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JoeFoz
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A perfect venue for a relaxed catch-up with friends over a lovely meal and a class of vino. The house Shiraz by the glass was excellent.

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HannaS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Sommelier was so helpful to guide me thru line ups

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KateB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There is nothing bad about City Wine Shop and everything to love. Iconic Melbourne.

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Jiannis
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, top menu, well executed. Best vibe in Melbourne CBD dining scene.

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JadeL
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I love that they always have amazing wines by the glass

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First sunday lunch since lockdown ended was spent at City wine Shop. Enjoyed great food, generous portions, and an excellent selection of wine.

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DamienK
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Usually a lovely ambience, spoiled a little by four men at the next table talking loudly and swearing a lot. Service was excellent, champagne and oysters perfect, the salmon excellent but, sadly, the pepper steak okay a bit grissely in places and the french fries were not quite hot out of the frier. Accompanying wine was excellent.

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Bondijourno
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best steak in town and beautiful, European ambiance. Dined solo and was given the ideal table to people-watch and read a good book.

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vipFredericoD
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

NIce place for a date. The decor of the european is a bit old fashioned and needs a bit of a scrub. The food was average but the price not bad. Wine was cheap. I was impressed to get a bottle for 50 dollars. Would go back again.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, good, wine and ambience.
Excellent place.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best!

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Beee
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never fails to deliver. Good wine. Simple, good food and plenty of outdoor space to sit

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SteveC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cant be too cimplimentary about this place. The food was exceptional. The service was incredible. And the ambience is authentic. We loved it. And will be back.

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Niclink
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a really lovely evening. Food was delicious and the service was brilliant.

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ttttt
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent ambiance, great food - perfect casual date spot.

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vipVivienS
Melbourne / VIC
25 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a long time fan of this delightful wine shop, It’s always a great pleasure to dine at the bar and take in the congenial atmosphere. Then there is the wine. Then there are the hosts who know about what they are serving. Makes for an exemplary experience. Great coffee too. Highly recommended.

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MattG
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the wine shop one of my favourite places to catch up with friends and enjoy great wine

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BenS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff could not have made us feel any more welcome. Perfect night!

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BruceM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A delicious meal was enjoyed seated in the European. All elements of the meal, including a wine recommendation, were perfect, though desert was foregone!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great wine, awesome vibe. Enjoy pretty much everything

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vipNina
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, service exceptional and wine selection great. Would absolutely come here again - just perfect.

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VinousVentures
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

City Wine Shop always incredible and never misses a beat

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seated at The European. Great atmosphere, wine, food and service.

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ImogenW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service as always, friendly and very knowledgeable staff!

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MichaelV
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It really is a wonderful place, friendly and professional. I had the chicken schnitzel, a standard but superb as always. It's sophisticated without being exclusive, and very very Melbourne.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very happy! We ended up on one of the outside tables. All was perfect. A very nice way to celebrate Melbourne opening up again. Thank you :)

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MuzzaC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

A renowned favourite that is operating "just like it always was".

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vipOpenTable Diner
Brisbane
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Premium !!

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HeidiB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute pleasure dining at city wine shop, as always! Food was served quickly, with reliable and friendly service and wine recommendations. Thank you for being covid-safe as well!

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ShirleyH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First dine in after lockdown and this place totally impressed me. Friendly staff and reasonable prices. Food was delicious and wines were perfect. Definitely would go again. Highly recommend for sitting at the bar.

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MariaO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The City Wine Shop is an iconic Melbourne restaurant. The ambience is lovely and the food is consistently very good. It is is an ideal spot directly across from Parliament House which makes dining outside a picturesque and enjoyable thing to do. A fantastic wine selection which can be enjoyed per glass or per bottle. VERY good desserts!

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vipAngieF
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our Opentable reservation had been confirmed but our booking did not integrate with the City Wine Shop reservation system. Luckily we showed the app to staff and they were very quick to try and accommodate us. Thumbs up for quick thinking and service

FAQs

City Wine Shop is rated 4.8 stars by 654 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.