Dessous

4.8
60 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
  • Terms & Conditions

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for choosing Dessous. All bookings are for a 2 hour sitting. 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.
  • Reed Wine Dinner at Dessous

    A$130.00 per person

    Apr 20, 2021 only

    Dessous Wine Dinner Featuring Sierra Reed ! This month we are fortunate to be joined by Sierra Reed of Reed wines, Sierra has spent her time across many great wineries including Robert Weil (Rheingau), E.Pira & Figli (Barolo) and Domaine Chandon (Yarra Valley) just to name a few. We will be Showcasing 7 of her wines paired with a four course tasting menu designed by our head chef Dan Sawansak for $130. Wines poured on the night will be available for purchase once the event concludes. Dietaries can be catered for with sufficient notice, please make a note when making your booking. Cancellations within a 24hr period will forfeit the full ticket price.

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 60 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
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Victoria
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 🤩

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EmilyH
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AvrilB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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NadirahH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 3 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
9 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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tashdean
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 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 27 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious chef’s menu with generous portions and great value. Wonderful ambiance, will visit again!

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NSteffival
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing ambiance and experience. Definitely a must try.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I very much enjoyed our evening at Dessous. As soon as I walked in I felt a sense of calm and it reminded me of eating in Italy or France. No pumping music, refined but unpretentious, and the service was friendly and understated. The wines on offer by the glass were delicious and the food was even better. All round a pleasantly surprising experience - fancy enough to satisfy Melbourne's appetite for class but humble in its own way. I rarely give a 5 star review but I had a satisfying night that left me with no doubts or reservations. A big thumbs up from me :)

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jamien
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Micheal and the team, we’re amazing, keep up the great work!

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Newtomelb
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambience, the food is amazing! We have been there twice and will go back again!

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Scarlett
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really good night the other day at Dessous. Honestly, we were so surprised by the food there, they absolutely tasty and definitely worth a try. I would 100% recommend my friends to visit!

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Rosebud
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational! A delightful dining experience, our group was treated to a generous & creative degustation of mussels, prawns, lobster, waygu and innovative seasonal sides served with delicious aplomb. Not a skerrick left on any plate. Such warm and professional attention from the knowledgeable sommelier to the smiling kitchen maestros to the crazy cocktail whiz and all the friendly waiters. And all this in a sumptuous cellar hideaway reminiscent of a decadent 1920s speakeasy. It’s a 10/10 from us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Amazing food, tastes were simply out of this world. My friend and I come to Dessous about once a month to enjoy and debrief our lives - unsure what happened this time but the female server was a little too attentive - coming around every 5 minutes to ask how we are, even when in the middle of a conversation saying “sorry to interrupt, can I get you anything ...” we actually wanted to stay for dessert for left because of this. Another awkward moment was paying at the end and her “just before you pay you can choose to put in a tip” on the eftpos machine, watching us put in a tip amount lol - I didn’t want to tip! Oh well, really love this place it’s such a hidden gem, but this time put us off a bit

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heidi
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent food and services! A lovely date place to be

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HarmarnieH
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing dining experience with the chefs menu. The food was incredible and the drinks were delicious. I can’t wait to come back again!!

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LisaM
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous bar that with a sexy ambience for pre dinner drinks and with the mussels to die for. Loved it then went upstairs to Hazel for dinner !! Prefect night.

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SJB22
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Dessous was good, but not great.
Venue had a nice, underground vibe. Staff were lovely, but we went for 30 mins with no engagement before we could order. Maybe understaffed?
We ordered Chef’s Choice, which was good value - five courses. There were a couple of outstanding dishes - pork belly sanga and mussel crisp - but not sure serving a whole lobster as a share dish was very practical. Dessert - pineapple and coconut with ice cream - was a disappointing end.
Melbourne has a great food culture, expectations are high and restaurants need to encourage repeat diners. A few tweaks to the menu would benefit Dessous and might see people return rather than rely on one-off visits.

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IndieC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dessous is a totally underrated restaurant and I have no idea why there are always less people there than Hazel upstairs and Supernormal next door, because the food is just as good and somewhat more unique. The service is lovely as well, and everything is fairly good value for money considering the quality.

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vipMatthewA
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Tasty food, great ambience, good service

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Ladym
Melbourne
9 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm, friendly and enthusiastic welcome. Food amazing and great cocktails.

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LibbyR
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Had a voucher to use and left really really underwhelmed with all the food and wine. Service was great.

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IsobelM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a perfect restaurant for a date night. We had the best oysters of our lives, and the wine list is incredible! The staff are very friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend, we will be going back!

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PeterO
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Romantic spot, great ambiance. Excellent wine list. Awesome tapas! And superb service by Michael! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Dine in for NYE crab feast. Food was okay and a bit overpriced for four courses and a glass of champagne. I came in served with appetisers, I must say the crab cake sando was delicious but the potato crisps crab was a bit oily and sweet chilli crab was fair but tasted a bit too cold when served. Mains was okay as well- the stir fry crab noodle was great though but the rice crab is undercooked for the rice overcooked for the crab which was not pleasant. The heirloom tomato and zucchini mushroom was also bland and a little bit undercooked for the zucchini makes it tough when chewed.

Dessert was coconut sorbet and pineapple - combination was odd I think cause the pineapple served was too young makes my throat hurt. It would be better if pineapple were switch to mango instead

Service was so so, I ate at Hazel which is the affiliated restaurant above from same Mulberry group the service was excellent but Dessous was not giving similar care to the customer I guess

Overall 2 out of 9 of the food was good but the rest was just alright and need some improvements on the consistency and the food

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great attentive service and delicious food

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Melly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful decor and luxurious seating. We had a set menu for Nee Year’s Eve Street Feast. So, it is hard to judge if the taste and presentation will be the same for every other day. My dishes were crab central and delicious. The presentation was delightful to the eyes and taste tingled my taste buds.

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MajaP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, varied and well priced for a fancy night out

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NancyC
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love going to Dessous. It ticks all the boxes, ambience, great service and amazing food. Will definitely be going back there.

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Sophc
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our team dinner thoroughly enjoyed the chef's tasting menu with flavours and items we haven't tried before! The vibe was perfect and quiet enough that we could carry on conversation through the night! The service was excellent and we felt taken care of! Wonderful night at Dessous!

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent location, venue and ambience. A great experience and will happily recommend. The set menu was delicious and creative.

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John
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere, dining experience, and customer service were all amazing and phenomenal, truly a unique and personalized experience, thank you!

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MichelleD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful venue, great spot for a date night or a few cocktails

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Evisu
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never been disappointed. Fantastic cocktails. Great service. Not much more you can ask for.

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BonAnniversaire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambiance, excellent food, great service. Was wonderful to be out and about again in Melbourne. Our first time at this restaurant and we weren’t disappointed. We were celebrating our anniversary and it proved to be an ideal spot. Highly recommend the chef’s choice from the menu, you get a taste of nearly all the items on the menu. Looking forward to our next visit so we can try the wine pairing. Thanks for making our night so memorable.

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Nomo
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic bar and the food is great 👍🏻 Love ❤️

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Superimpressed
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible menu by one of Melbourne's best chefs, Dan Sawansak. Gorgeous ambience, great staff! Definitely a favourite.

FAQs

Dessous is rated 4.8 stars by 60 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.