Eau De Vie Melbourne

4.6
516 reviews
$40 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

A bar straight out of 1920’s prohibition America, from the moment you walk in you are taken back to a much forgotten era. Once inside you can sit up at the bar, at one of our shared high tables, our low banquette and coffee table seating, or a more intimate and private booth.

Secretly hidden behind our book case, the Whisky Room owes its name to our large collection of rare and exclusive whiskies that live here. It is also home to our Bottle Lockers, where you can purchase your favourite spirit bottle from Eau-de- Vie and store it for your next visit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 516 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My wife’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Lovely staff and food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Beautiful drinks, service was a bit slow - but the drinks made up for it!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and cocktails

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SamuelD
Brisbane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible experience! Great selection of fine food, incredible cocktail list and mind blowing collection of whisky. Highly recommend for special occasions!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and atmosphere, will definitely be coming again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place. From the intrigue of finding the entrance and then your eyes adjusting to the low light as you walk in - your experience begins. Fantastic venue. A must do experience in Melbourne

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience4

We reserved a booking to have dinner, but were seated at low tables with stools rather than a ding table, very awkward to eat our meals

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RebeccaW
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love coming here, such a great atmosphere. Been with friends, family,groups or couple its lovely. Service is great and worth the $$ for what you get.

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Jess
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was exceptional. Cocktails were amazing and served with entertaining twist. Cannot fault this place will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great start to a girls night out!

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SteveI
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Thank you! We really enjoyed our first time to the venue!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

All good but the server was too attentive. We felt a little harassed and couldn’t wait to leave. Food and drinks were great.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Definitely a Melbourne experience and a great place to take out of town friends. The drinks are fantastic, although service can be a little slow.

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MichelleF
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the absolute bargain of a deal: whiskey and cheese tasting board @$40 for 5 of each.
We tried a bunch of cocktails as well (my favourite is called ‘deerstalker’ I think?)
3 of us sat in a cool little booth.
The only sad part is the timed bookings (standard in busy places like this, and I totally understand) But they come and remind you, so you still have time to finish drinks.
We didn’t try any menu food as we just had a short early sitting and went for dinner after. Highly recommend the quality cocktails and the cheese and wine deal (only on Tuesday nights?)

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good service. Cocktails were one of a kind. Great night.

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bridgitd
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great venue - loved the atmosphere, the food, and cocktails. Will come again!

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GourmetGirl
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Loved the cosy ambiance and mood lighting of this bar. The expresso martini I had was excellent and definitely a step above other expresso martinis that I have had. The service took a little while, considering my table did not order food, only drinks, but the venue was very busy and the cocktails were definitely worth the wait. I would suggest having a sign along or outside Malthouse Lane to help people find the bar, as it was definitely tucked away.

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Rita
Melbourne
13 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Had a great night at Eau. We arrived at 730pm, at which stage a few of the menu items were unavailable already, which was unfortunate. However the substitutes were delicious. Drinks were great and presented beautifully.
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CarrieI
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved being here. Only issue was we lost 45 of our booking due to not be able to find it. No signage.

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Valentina
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

I have been going to Eau De Vie for years I am disappointed they have changed their food menu I used to love the warm goat's cheese dip I did not like the deep fried brie at all! I also wish they would bring back their full drinks menu

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SssVvv
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every cocktail we ordered and the cheese platter was awesome too! :)

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MattC
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with plenty of theatre. Can’t wait to go again.

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MelissaK
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This little hidden gem did not disappoint! It is very beautiful and cozy. They had nice old music playing and the staff were so knowledgeable and helpful when making drink choices. Would definitely recommend this place for whiskey drinkers. They had an app you use to select your whiskey using different flavours on a wheel chart to get to your choice! On Tuesday's they do whiskey and cheese pairing- love this idea

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WilliamA
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, the cocktails did take a little bit to come out so order them right away, the food was delicious and service was really good. Great atmosphere and vibe

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LindaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This was our third time at Eau de Vie and the food and drinks are very good. The service had fallen off a bit. We were tucked away in a booth and they kept passing us by. They forgot to come back for our food order so we were rushed when we got it. You only have the table for 1.5 hours. Food and drinks menu online and that took a bit of time although I understand their reasoning. Cocktails were very nice but I don’t think there was much alcohol in them.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The venue is dark and cosy & the cocktail list is find. Food is simple and generally of good quality.

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JamieS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A quiet, romantic hidden restaurant and bar. Service second to none. Beautiful crafted cocktails with food to match. Felt like we were in prohibition. All class

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Rantanplan1988
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always impressed with this place. Very grateful there’s somewhere like this in Melbourne. Please don’t change anything.

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erich
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant—a hidden gem
Service was brilliant
Food to die for
Ambience terrific
Not a single fault
Highly recommended & will be back
One of the best places we have ever been too & we’ve been to many over our lifetime.

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VANESSAC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, perfect ambience. Super friendly. Always my go to!

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DeepikaK
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The ambience was very intimate, great for conversations over exotic cocktails. The aviator cocktail is highly recommended for the child in you!

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ChristopherS
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Glad we reserved a table very busy, a little slow with the drinks but top notch cocktails

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EmmaL
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service. The food. The DRINKS. Where do I even start?
Five star service, food, and drinks, so expect to pay an appropriate price.
The door is exactly what you'd expect it to be for the vibe of the place, but it's quite nondescript and doesn't stand out much in Malthouse Lane. I had to send my husband a picture of the door so he knew where to go! The waitstaff were fantastic about giving him a bit of time to calm down from his dash to the venue before asking for orders, and, when given his tastes, recommended a drink that he very much enjoyed. The staff certainly know what they're doing. I had the charcuterie platter (requested no red meat and recieved precisely that, thank you!) and DH absolutely melted when he had the first bite of his tuna tartare. (So good.)
Probably the only downside is the strict 90 minute booking time, as we would've had another drink each if we'd had the time to enjoy it after finishing our meals. Stupid pandemic, ruining all our fun. As it was, the bill was just barely still in double-digits and as far as I could tell, the only solution was to return at a later date, so before we'd even paid I'd booked in another table for a week later. I can't wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful ambience and an excellent collection of whiskey and single malts from around the globe.

If you like smoky/peat flavour, try Smokey Rob Roy, more than the taste it’s the experience and presentation.

Loved the place, will surely go again.

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vipNatM
Melbourne
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious cocktails and such a cool venue. Great atmosphere and the interior decorations etc really make you feel like you’re in a secret speakeasy!

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MirandaB
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere for a brilliant experience, perfect for intimate dinners and small groups. Food and drinks were lovely and the staff were amazing. Highly recommended.

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CharlieD
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food, service and the cocktails were superb. We went in a busy Saturday and it was quite loud so don't expect a quiet evening.

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SMD21
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great staff and great cocktails - would recommend

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Peter
Melbourne
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Martini's were excellent. My friends had cocktails that we creative and very different flavours. Great time.
We had the 'feed me' menu. Lots of food, great variety - enjoyed it!

FAQs

Eau De Vie Melbourne is rated 4.6 stars by 516 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.