Dessous

4.8
124 reviews
$40 and under
Wine Bar
Dessous is the newest addition to Flinders Lane. Located on the basement level of 164 Flinders Lane in the iconic Richard Allen Building.
Come for a drink and stay for dinner.
The wine list is an eclectic mix of Australian and International sustainable producers making fun and interesting wine which is above all delicious.
Our menu ranges from smaller snack driven treats to more substantial main courses and of course dessert. You will never need to leave once you make your way down that stairwell.

Experiences

  • Terms & Conditions

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing Dessous. All Friday and Saturday bookings are for a 2 hour sitting and are required to commit to a minimum spend of $60pp. All groups of 6+ are required to dine on our $85pp chef's menu. If you feel like just a drink, we always keep a few spots at the bar, so feel free to drop on in
  • Dessous reservation terms and conditions.

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing Dessous Wine Bar. Reservations are for Dinner bookings only and have a seating time of 2 hours. For group sizes of 6 or more, you will be required to dine on our $85 chefs menu. We always keep the bar and a few tables aside if you were just looking to pop in for a drink
  • NYE at Dessous

    A$120.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Dessous is taking you to Thailand (or thereabout's) this New Year's Eve, with a four-course, Thai-inspired feast by Melbourne's favourite underground chef, Dan Sawangsak. $120 for 4-courses, drinks not included. Please note these bookings are for indoor reservations, for street dining options please visit the Melbourne Food and Wine website Curry puff, fermented chilli sauce Spiced mussels, rice crisps Local half-shell scallop, seafood sauce Baked lobster, noodles, ginger + spring onion Pickled cucumber + wood eared mushroom salad, black vinegar dressing Chargrilled vintage rump cap, nahm jim jaew butter Fresh herb salad Jasmine rice panna cotta, lime syrup

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 124 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.5
Value
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AlexP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great find, has a prohibition underground feel, will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The ambience here is off the charts fabulous. The staff are incredible and the bar is like a little jewel chest. We both absolutely LOVED everything about this place except we found the food average. I don’t know if I we were just having an off night (we were tired) but we didn’t really like anything on the menu. The only exception was the soufflé which was delicate and quite lovely and done well.

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vipJess
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I thought Dessous was just a cocktail bar but I was so very wrong - the food was superb! We ordered the Chef's tasting menu and it was one of the best food experiences I've had in Melbourne. Kudos to the team!

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Kassyput
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful dining experience with subtle gorgeous adventurous cuisine that felt like a series of magical events - exciting, delicious and so imaginative. Food as ART. Our host was impeccable in attending to us. The ambience was lush. With an excellent wine list. A five star experience. Highly recommended.

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Ella
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff. Absolutely loved it and will be back!

AX
AussieXmas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pre theatre dinner. Staff were amazing, lovely ambiance. Cool location.

ED
vipEmilioD
58 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

This was our first visit to Dessous, and it won't be our last! The food and service were terrific, and the wine list of sufficient variance to offer real choice!
We all enjoyed our evening, but one small point - while we get the ambiance of low light levels, this is seriously dark!

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little underground place! Service was excellent and food/wine was delicious! Definitely exceeded expectations.

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Katrina
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing ambience, delicious and refined food, well crafted cocktails along with outstanding service!
We will definitely be back!

TY
TamYaz
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such an amazing evening here, the ambience is fantastic and the food to die for! Will be back!

MH
MichaelH
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food - we worked our way through a number of the shared plate offerings, Service was smooth, knowledgeable about the menu and wine options. A really nice experience.

Turn up the lighting - ambiance shouldn’t need to turn on the torch to read menus

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OlenaW
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice cosy bar with a good service! Enjoyed my Spicy Margherita.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Attentive service and the food was very delicious. Great atmosphere. Would definitely go back again!

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LisasF
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Beautiful venue and great service. Restaurant could be more progressive by offering a vegan option.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Ambiance and service was great! Couldn’t ask for better service. We got the chefs menu which was fine but not the greatest then with pairing of alcohol was not worth the price tag.

Would go again for their amazing cocktails, service and ambiance but not for food.

AH
AnthonyH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Flawless. The end. Classic melbourne and so nice not to feel like one is dining in a factory that is desperate to get people in and out as quickly as possible.

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WilliamE
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly, this was amazing. Thank you for a great night.

The sound level was totally appropriate. Well done.

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Parky
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great cocktails, amazing steak, sexy ambience, attentive staff. Will be back for the sunflower cocktail

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been to. Flawless experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, food and ambience is outstanding. It’s my new favourite restaurant. I think the taste sensation is a memory that will bring joy to me for years!

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Katie
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vegan options, the staff were lovely, and the restaurant had a beautiful ambience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, impeccable service and great decor

BW
BrookeWise
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WOW! Could no fault this place in anyway! Kind, caring and attentive staff, food was perfect, the jasmine rice panna cotta and main rump was 10/10. Cocktails were also some of the best we have had! We will be back!

JB
JoannaB
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent staff and the food was amongst the best I’ve had.

CG
ChloeG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delicious food, lovely staff and a great vibe for an intimate date night!

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Hughie
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, delicious cocktails and lovely service

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ShobhanaS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and fabulous drinks. This is a hidden gem of the Melbourne food a scene!

JT
JosieT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, stunning service and amazing food,

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a treat to spend the evening at Dessous

CB
CraigB
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Do you want a classy ambience? In a 'hidden' spot that would be great for boisterous friends gathering or even for a quieter, more intimate date? Dessous is outstanding - from the service to the crispy aged duck, the red curry corn fritters, the pickled muscles and the wine and gin, it would be hard to imagine anyone walking away disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Dessous to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Our experience could not be faulted. Food was top notch, which I expected as a regular at Hazel upstairs. The staff were very knowledgable re wine and offered guidance and had discussions in a casual and accessible manner. Good offering of international and local wine, for all budgets. Service overall was very friendly and casual, yet professional. The ambiance of the space is very cosy; perfect for date night or catch up with friends! Equally as good for drinks (and nibbles) as it is for dinner. Highly recommend! I can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place for the discrete, secret agent like location. As well as the super, sleek and sexy ambiance. Everything from the lighting to the utensils incorporates complete attention to detail.

The food is exceptional and the combination of textures and flavors is always a welcomed treat. I keep coming back because it is one of the best places to go if you want to impress a date with high quality ingredients and remarkably delicious servings.

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KarenV
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Beautiful basement space, but super noisy and service isn’t that great for the price

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Simon
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Although We didn’t eat, the food looked delicious. Sat at the bar and really enjoyed the drinks menu and great ambiance.

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Lozz
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The ambience was really lovely. The food from the chefs menu was a good amount however the main dish we were served was meatballs and I feel that it didn’t match the rest of the dishes which were served and didn’t quite hit the spot. Really enjoyed the mussels! The wait staff were also really lovely and helpful with all enquires.

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vipNatalieB
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, amazing service and beautiful place to wine and dine! Will be going back ASAP!

NC
NadiaC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Fabulous cocktails and delicious food.
A little light on toilet accessibility.

AJ
AmberJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service ah-amazing. Only negative would be there is only one toilet for everyone to use.

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christied
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, everything was so tasty, great vibe, loved it. Will be back!

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kimbo
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot
Not too big, reduced diner numbers meant not loud.
Food was delicious. We had set menu. Venison meatballs were beautiful.
I’ll be back 👍🏼

FAQs

Dessous is rated 4.8 stars by 124 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.