Dessous

4.8
97 reviews
$40 and under
Wine Bar
Enter Dessous, Melbourne's newest basement wine bar, located in the heart of the CBD.

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. If you do feel like coming in just for a drink, we do keep the bar stools and some tables available each evening.

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 97 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
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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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.

OT
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!

OT
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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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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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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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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NatalieB
1 review
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 👍🏼

TC
TammyC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Romantic and intimate setting. The service was above exceptional. Food is definitely unlike other restaurants and a true experience for any food lover.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First visit. Everything was fantastic. Great staff and delicious food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect Night out

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing! This is my second time here. The vibe is nice and the food is amazing like the first time

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AnnabelA
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, especially the lobster donuts. The best!!!

EL
ELucas
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

Food was just average. Sounded better on the menu than it was in person. Staff were friendly and helpful.

JK
JayneK
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a really nice night, waiting staff were outstanding and Dodd snd wine were great!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just the most wonderful experience of dining I have had in Melbourne. The food, the ambience and the matched wines were truly special! I highly recommend this restaurant

JJ
JimmyJames
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Expected the cabbage to be a useful side dish and it ended up being a show stopper! Best meal during my visit in Melbourne. Exceptional.

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VinodNair
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Should have avoided the chefs menu, because we have one piscatorial, we all ended eating crab with no meat and just fish and fish. Used to be such a great restaurant. However, the staff continue to be amazing.

GM
GlennM
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, attentive and friendly staff . Great place for a drink or special occasion dinner. Loved the playlist too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was spectacular

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Sikeli
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic. Food was delicious and our host for the evening was wonderful. Looking forward to our next date night there.

KD
KarenD
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the chef's selection, it is one of the best value and tastiest chef selections that we have tried. Will definitely be back!

AJ
AnnaJ
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful, intimate dining experience. Food was excellent, service was great. We weren’t rushed, excellent ambience and not too noisy, which is hard to find!

BT
BridgetT
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely experience! Wonderful food and fantastic service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow - this place is amazing - the food was absolutely stunning and the service was even better.
The lobster donut - I’d go back just for that 🤩

EH
EmilyH
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was extremely happy with our dining experience as Dessous. Food, wine, staff, ambience ... everything exceeded my expectations. I have already recommended to family and friends who plan to attend. I will be back !

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BettinaL
Singapore
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy food, great staff! Love this little gem in the city!

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AvrilB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, ambience and styled venue. Just loved it, attentive service very trendy and cool. So we did the chefs tasting menu some dishes were amazing the scallop sandwich, mussel and belly pork were to die for. Drinks expensive but very nice wines gutted they ran out of Prosecco though after one class! Definitely go our whole party we’re impressed.

NH
NadirahH
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Dessous is a perfect place to go to on a date or celebrate a special occasion! It's dimly lit atmosphere makes it a sexy little joint to enjoy quality cocktails and delicious food. Been there more than once and definitely will be coming back for more! Highly recommend!

JH
JohnH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef's menu is great. The service impeccable and the sommelier knowledgeable. It makes for an excellent night

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vipQuincy
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a beautiful environment, delicious and refreshingly different style, personable staff. Would return any day.

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tashdean
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. Great space for conversation while dining, despite vibrant environment. Service was initially very slow but attentive once arrived.

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked Dessous for an early Saturday night dinner before a show. Staff were excellent and very accommodating of our dietary requirements and time limit. Even at 5:30pm the ambience was great (thanks to effective mood lighting) and the food and wine was delicious. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Dessous is rated 4.8 stars by 97 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.