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City Wine Shop

4.7
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605 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European

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Pre/post Theatre
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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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 605 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Perseus
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere up there on Spring St.
Fresh produce served with a smile and a witticism.

Great place for a long lunch.

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JenG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food, the wine, the service and the vibe - was great not being crowded! Highly recommend, some nice take away wines also.

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AlanC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a superb dinner for two, with all the trimmings. Highly recommended!

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MWMW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The City Wine Shop is an institution! It’s one of the most delightful places to sit in Melbourne and their food and wine offering is always a favourite!

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Meji
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very knowledgeable on wine, prompt and efficient service, lovely staff, delicious food and safe hygiene practices. Would come back.

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vipAmyG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute favourite. City Wine shop never disappoints. Amazing wine, food and ambience.

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JakeR
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Brilliant food. Incredible wines avaliable. Never a bad choice!
They're not the cheapest wines around. But they are all high quality. Isn't that what you really want anyway!? 😊
The staff are very attentive and friendly. Try nab the little spot directly out front. It's the best. 👌

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and fabulous wine. Cosy atmosphere and excellent friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely to visit again

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KatiaSkaps
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Considering the current restrictions City Wine Shop were fantastic. And the food was amazing as always.

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NicoleP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Food was good, however quite pricey for what it was.

Kind of strange that they didn’t have a menu and everyone had to walk over to a blackboard to see the food selections (which made it awkward for the couple sitting in front of it.)

Wine selection was wonderful though so I would definitely go back but mainly for drinks.

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Livi
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Slow service, had to wait to be seated even though my table was available, table was next to the service window where public would stand close - uncomfortable during social distancing times.

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RossS
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very well presented, represented good value for money, but the real strength is the 'Wine by the Glass' offering that was interesting with an International bias from some of the world's best wine regions. Very pleasant!

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JanLip
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful buzz in the restaurant to match the delicious food (paella with heaps of seafood, and roast duck for mains), and attentive but not intrusive service. Would highly recommend dining at The European.

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WilC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the arrival to the depature, the European met, and exceded our expectations. The service is a key ingredient of our return to this venue everytime we are in Melbournce. The food is amazing and well-priced.

The European is on Spring Street, an easy tram ride or gentle stroll from the CBD.

We have taken friends to The European.

We highly recommend The Europena.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent, food outstanding & staff friendly & helpful, from the brilliant breakfasts through to late night supper, a Melbourne must-do!

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VirginiaM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an absolute pleasure to go to the European, a fantastic restaurant! Thank you

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Jill
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All round fab restaurant: food, wine and service all first class.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife and I went to The European for our wedding anniversary. The service was brilliant, engaging and very attentive. The food was outstanding, from the fish starters and the shared aged steak main. Great wine suggestions. Cant recommend The European enough.

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JackieMoon1
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Eat here on a regular basis, great food, great waiters.
Small on the outside but huge when it comes to food quality and service.
Very intimate and dark in some sections.
Overall great value for money and the menu is not too long with a nice selection from the drinks menu

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Colin
Canberra / ACT
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Revisited after a gap of 9 years - the menu has changed with the times but is no less enticing, with great seafood presentations and a Paella to die for (which my wife and I ordered for two). Great to see that a Chateaubriand presentation is still available - when we last visited we enjoyed a Beef Wellington and still talk about it. What a pity it is not still on the menu. We enjoyed our entrees (sharing the raw tuna with a clam topping and the zucchini flowers) followed by the superb Paella (with very generous and various seafoods) but could not fit in a dessert although the Bombe Alaska looked good enough to overindulge. We couldn't manage it. The staff were great - the lass with the Belgian/South American heritage moved us without us asking from what would have been a very noisy placement next to a large table 0f 8 people. We were glad of this and it helped make the night for us.

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Csaba
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Staff very helpful and patient. Expensive but excellent quality.

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DeanV
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The European is one of our favourite restaurants. When we visit Melbourne from the country, we always consider the European when we dine out!

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DebbieC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You have to go to the European once in your lifetime!

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RogerD
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great European food and wine and friendly service. Well located next to Princess Theatre and easy access in Melbourne CBD.

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JanC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delightful way to spend a pre Theatre luncheon. Lovely atmosphere.
Could be somewhere in Italy

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NicholeT
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always such a delightful evening out. Great food, staff and delicious wines.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bernaise was amazing!!! Absolute highlight.

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JessicaE
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love to visit the European for reliably delicious food and excellent wine list. Service is attentive without ever being intrusive. The team are always efficient and friendly. My go to restaurant especially for work lunches.

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Layla
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service. I always love coming to this restaurant. The staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. I highly recommend this place if you love great European food and wine! 10/10 :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

European is consistently great.

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Alastair
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning flavours, beautiful (yet unfussy) presentation in a lovely, warm ambience.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So torn here. The service here is just outstanding! Brilliant and incredibly friendly staff. Great meals too!! But there are plenty of other options that offer better value for the same quality...

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EllenS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent food ,good service and pleasant waiters to have a chart with...Enjoyable ,bur expensive ,esp on a Sunday night with surcharge...

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vipWarnes
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food, great ambience

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DANIELF
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic little restaurant. Took me back to when I was in Italy. Great food and better atmosphere. Staff very friendly.

We ordered entrees and a main to share. Bought the main put on 2 plates such was great! One entree we ordered the size for 2 but it was recommended we just get the serving size for 1 - glad they suggested that as the serving size was large!

Went back for dessert after the show and the staff remembered us which was a nice touch.

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JoeM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good service and food only let down by bread which should have been better. A nice sourdough or ciabatta would have been preferable to what was served up. However, this did not detract from our enjoyment of very good food and winelist and will certainly be returning.

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SandyF
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Noise level an issue for reasonable discussion.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with my wife and parents to celebrate my birthday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was really very good, wonderful use of fresh herbs. The service was friendly and sincere and the atmosphere casual and comfortable. A lovely evening.

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ELLEN
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Definitely will come back. What a lovely place to dine out

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City Wine Shop is rated 4.7 stars by 605 OpenTable diners.

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