Dessous

4.8
135 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

  • 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

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 135 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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MuksS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Melbourne. Period. Brilliant food. Amazing ambience and world class service. If you have a date, you can’t go wrong with this place.

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VictoriaA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I had a wonderful time for my birthday dinner the wait staff were so lovely and accommodating and I had a really lovely time!

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FrancesA
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Flawless! This place is an exceptional hidden gem. The food was truely incredible and staff were perfection.

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Grouse
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best spots in town! Smashes it on so many levels.

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Tara
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The staff and the atmosphere were wonderful. We ordered the chef's menu with matching wines, and this was not worth the price. We seemed to get dishes which were not the freshest (possibly what they needed to use up?) and tiny portions of the meats with large vegetable sides (e.g. one tiny piece of duck to share and half a cabbage). I would recommend just ordering off the menu as what we received was disappointing. Again, can't rate the staff highly enough, so friendly and welcoming!

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TomC
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

An extremely tasty meal, the king prawn noodles i highly recommend.

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foodie
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Dessous is magical. If you blink you will miss the entry door...go up the few steps head to the Dessous branded door, then down some dark stairs. The wine and food was sensational, and the entree scallops are like an explosion in your mouth. We tried all of the entrees. Wagyu beef and prawns amazing too.

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Steffio28
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Incredible menu. Highly recommend! Lovely staff and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great night out, great food and atmosphere.

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AmandaT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We received amazing service the whole evening. Lilly was serving us and she went above and beyond to make our evening memorable

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KerynR
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and drinks in a cosy basement. Cool place for a special occasion. You might need your phone torch on the way downstairs.

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
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!

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

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

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vipEmilioD
61 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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, impeccable service and great decor

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vipBrookeWise
4 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!

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JoannaB
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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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!

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JosieT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, stunning service and amazing food,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a treat to spend the evening at Dessous

FAQs

Dessous is rated 4.8 stars by 135 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.