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Dessous, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Dessous

4.8
4.8
166 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9070 4939

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Dan Sawanasak

  • Private party facilities

    Dessous is also available for private events. Seated lunch and Dinner events are available for 20-70 guests and private stand up cocktail parties and events are available for 40-100 guests.

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross Street

    Russell St

  • Parking Details

    Wilson Parking available on Russell St

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 166 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. EW

    EmmaW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Had an amazing night. Food was Devine, staff sublime. Highlight of our weekend in the City. Cannot wait to come back.

  2. M

    Mdellar

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food & drinks were spectacular - Highly recommended for a nice night out!

  3. N

    Natasha13

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great spot for for dinner and a drink.

  4. JE

    JenniE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Beautiful food. Extensive drinks menu. Great location. Would definitely visit again!

  5. IL

    IngridL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A wonderful experience, beautiful food and lush cocktails.

  6. JG

    JG2015

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice intimate venue - reminded me of some of the wine bar dining I enjoyed whilst living in Europe.

  7. RJ

    RyanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were lovely and the chefs were accommodating to our dietary requirements.

  8. s

    soniap

    Tasmania

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic service, beautiful food, friendly staff! Highly recommended! Thank you so much!

  9. LG

    LucieG

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Could not fault it. Incredible food, service and ambience. Our new favourite place.

  10. KD

    KirstenD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a beautiful restaurant - very impressive and warm decor. A great vibe but unlike many restaurants you could also hear one another and have a conversation. The food was delicious - we had the chefs menu and every dish was perfect. Service was also excellent. I’ll definitely be coming back and recommending this place to others.

  11. DH

    DeborahH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Exceptional service, incredibly friendly. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  12. DL

    DrayL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The Singapore chillies pipis was great and the broth reminded us of the original Singapore chilli crab dish. However, the pork hog was a mismatch in the dish. But otherwise, loved all the other dishes we tried.

  13. VR

    VeronicaR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered the chef’s selection and it was divine. I’m so glad we did because ordinarily, I wouldn’t order something like pipis but they turned out to be the highlight of the meal. Cocktails and wine were also on point. I honestly can’t wait to go back to this place!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday. Lily was fantastic. Customer service was excellent

  15. B

    genamayB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot! Always reccomend to friends. Feels like it's a bit of a hidden gem.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    This was a completely spontaneous visit to this fantastic Melbourne restaurant, last minute booking and had no idea what to expect. I was not disappointed! The decor and service was phenomenal, don't even get me started on the food. Refreshing, light and delicious flavors on the palate, the chefs had really outdone themselves.

  17. m

    miramagic888

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, friendly service and great ambience. Our only feedback is that the prawn vermicelli noodle dish only had two prawns and was $48 which is very expensive when you're able to get this dish at local Chinese restaurants for cheaper. It was delicious but not worth that price. Also, there should be a door stopper on the upstairs entrance to let air come through as we felt a little uneasy being trapped in the basement during this covid-era with seemingly no outdoor airflow and only recycled air via the aircon.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is absolutely spectacular and the staff are even more spectacular, so much so it’s like you’re talk to friends. The cocktails are absolute FIRE, you MUST try all of them. The experience is magical

  19. J

    Jodie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, beautiful food and very friendly team.

  20. SW

    SteveW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The service as usual was exceptional! Staff friendly and were great in accommodating a group of seven for dinner and drinks.. Love the welcome back and recognition. Food came out quickly and the cocktails were spot on. Love the “Dirty Grasshopper”!

  21. J

    Jojok

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food was very tasty, service was great. Definitely recommend and we will be back.

  22. AL

    AndiL

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Perfect venue for an intimate dinner/catch up. Staff were very friendly and we didn't have to wait long for anything.

  23. CE

    ClaireE

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is so amazing! The staff were super friendly and the food was right on point. The mussels and king fish - so yummy. After dinner my husband and I moved to the bar and had cocktails because we liked the atmosphere so much, we wanted to stay longer. A great experience. Would definitely go again!

  24. CC

    CatherineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely place to celebrate, lovely experienced staff and fabulous food and wines.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were amazing, the food and cocktails were incredible! 10/10 new favourite bar :)

  26. SD

    ScottD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dessous was simply fantastic. From the second we walked in we knew this was a special place. The ambiance was great and the staff were exceptional, particularly our server who recommended an excellent wine and host of snacks which were amazing. If they have the spanner crab doughnut on the menu when you visit then definitely order it! Overall, it's one of the best restaurants we've been to for some time.

  27. D

    Deeeeeeeee

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Upon entrance, Dessous is a really lovely restaurant with great ambience. First impressions really engage the senses and you feel you will have a great night. Staff are wonderful, very helpful and do thier best to make you welcome and engaged, but they are let down by the menu they serve. Food tastes nice but serving size, availability, and options were not the best. Will go back at a later date as maybe it wasnt a great night for them this time, and ambience was lovely.

  28. a

    andrewb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    went to Dessus for our anniversary as i had heard it was pretty special. it delivered in every way we had hoped. great food, winelist and service. fantastic experience and looking forward to returning.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Highly recommended

  30. VS

    VirginiaS

    Sunshine Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the moment you enter this moody bar you feel great! Excellent food menu, fabulous cocktails and mighty fine service too.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Staff very friendly. Good food with Asian twist. Drink menu has good variety

  32. MS

    MuksS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    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.

  33. VA

    VictoriaA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2022

    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!

  34. FA

    FAsd

    Sunshine Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  35. G

    Grouse

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  36. T

    Tara

    1 review

    3.0

    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!

  37. TC

    TomC

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

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

  38. f

    foodie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  39. S

    Steffio28

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Incredible menu. Highly recommend! Lovely staff and service.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great night out, great food and atmosphere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Dessous is rated 4.8 stars by 166 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Russell St

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Wilson Parking available on Russell St

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Dan Sawanasak

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9070 4939

  • Private party facilities

    Dessous is also available for private events. Seated lunch and Dinner events are available for 20-70 guests and private stand up cocktail parties and events are available for 40-100 guests.

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