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About Lucy Liu Restaurant

Enjoy great Pan-Asian cuisine in a fun, colourful environment when you dine at Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar, situated in Melbourne’s CBD off the trendy cobblestone alleyway. The interior is a buzzing, stylish and fun street food environment that works equally well for a night out with friends or a first date. The menu has a host of different meal options including entree, sides, dumplings and small bites before you work up to the main dishes. Consider our most Instagrammable dish - the best hock in Melbourne is the Korean Style Crispy Pork Hock with Apple Kimchi Salad, Pancakes and Hoisin.

If you can't choose between the delicious options, put your faith in the chefs at Lucy Liu Restaurant and let them choose either five or seven plates for you to try. The restaurant also has a bar where you can enjoy wine and cocktails. Finish your night at Lucy Liu Restaurant with a delectable dessert like the Vietnamese coffee ice-cream or petit fours. Lucy’s waiting for you…

23 Oliver Lane
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Contemporary Asian, Southeast Asian

Hours of operation:
Open daily from 11:am - late

Cross street:
Flinders Lane

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9639 5777

Website:
http://www.lucylius.com.au/

Parking Details:
Street Parking or Multi level parking at Federation Square

Public Transport:
Flinders St Train Station just a block away, and trams right outside!

Executive Chef:
Michael Lambie, Zac Cribbes

Private Party Facilities:
Lucy Liu is excited to offer the possibility of hiring the entire venue for exclusive events. With a sophisticated interior design located in Melbourne’s most popular dining precinct.

We are able to offer a private sit down dining experience for 60 to 100 guests with seasonal, fresh flavours and the classic Lucy Liu dining experience.

A canape style function is available for parties of 80 to 180 and is designed with flavours from the current menu.

Private Party Contact:
events@lucylius.com.au: (03) 9639 5777

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lucy Liu Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.6

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.2

Noise

Energetic

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (188)
Vibrant Bar Scene (148)
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Fun (32)
Group Bookings (32)
Hot Spot (28)
Neighbourhood Gem (27)
Casual (25)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Spicy (22)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Tapas (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Quick Bite (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
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People Watching (8)
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Food3
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Service1
Value3

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Food was nice, service was adequate but I had requested a special birthday dessert for my boyfriend as a surprise and called several times to confirm that on the conclusion of our meal it would be delivered, however that was not the case and I was presented with the bill instead, and it being a surprise I couldn’t say anything to the waiter, and ruin a surprise let alone his birthday night out.
I even messaged the restaurant the next day to let them know of my disappointment and haven’t heard back from anyone regarding the incident. I have to admit I left quite disheartened.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and fabulous service, refreshing and enjoyable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, good service and good value - we'll be back

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious and service was excellent. The beef rendang curry was amazing, must try!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food, waitress fantastic and very attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Brilliant as always!!! Absolutely loved the tuna in betal leaves! We will be back again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 6 December 2017

Loved the whole Lucy Lui experience. The food was awesome and the staff were lovely and really knew their stuff. Gold stars all round ⭐️⭐️

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 2 December 2017

Spectacular food. A very busy restaurant, we were seated about 30 min after our booking, but it was worth the wait. Excellent service, I would highly recommend coming here to impress someone

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 2 December 2017

Awesome night out!! Food and service was spot on 💕

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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Food4
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on 2 December 2017

I have been to this restaurant on several occasions and always enjoyed it. However, I felt the whole thing had slipped since my last visit. The music was VERY loud, which made talking often difficult. I asked the waiter to turn it down but nothing seemed to change. The staff were rather young and often inattentive as we were middle-aged and not, I imagine 'groovy' enough for them.
Overall it was a bit underwhelming and I will not be returning despite some good food.

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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 1 December 2017

Very attentive and friendly service staff with a good knowledge of their menu. Our waiter brought out a little plate of mini tarts with a candle at the end as he had discovered that we were celebrating our daughter's birthday. Lively atmosphere and stylish, understated decor. We enjoyed a selection of small and large share plates. Food that we selected was seafood and meat based with well-balanced spices, fresh herbs and greens. Will definitely return. Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 1 December 2017

Such a vibey dining experience. The music playing in the background and the overall ambiance really added to our wonderful dining experience. We ordered the 5 course feed me menu and were suitably full afterwards.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 1 December 2017

Wonderful food, great ambience also. A little loud, but understandably so.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, People Watching
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 1 December 2017

Great food and atmosphere though noisy. Service was prompt and informed. We will come again.

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 26 November 2017

It was our first visit to Lucy Lui and we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The food was delicious and the service was quick and very good. Our waitress was attentive and quick to fill our glasses and offer advice. We will certainly return.

Tags: Spicy, Hot Spot, Fun
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 26 November 2017

Great restaurant and creative,fresh and good quality food. We will go back.
I like the fact you can book!!

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 25 November 2017

The food was delicious. We shared a couple of small plates and one large dish which was plenty. The pancake was recommended by the waiting staff and did not disappoint.
It was very busy and could be a bit noisy at times if you were near a larger group.
Overall, an enjoyable evening and I will go again.

Tags: Spicy, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 25 November 2017

Our meal at Lucy Lui was amazing - food incredible, fabulous service and all-round an excellent expereince!! Can't wait to go back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Spicy, Cozy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 24 November 2017

We thought the food was quite bland. Atmosphere and ambiance were good, as was the service. We have no desire to return.

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Food2
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on 24 November 2017

We have been here multiple times before but something was just off on Friday night. Service was rushed and pushy and the food lacked care and depth of flavour.
Overall disappointing as we came down form Sydney and took some Melbourne friends who are foodies and we had raved about the experiences we have had previously........

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 24 November 2017

Fantastic food, service and location. A must when in Melbourne.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 22 November 2017

Food was excellent - service was outstanding and attentive - really enjoyed the evening - greqat venue that feels good

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 21 November 2017

Great variety of Asian cuisine. Something for anyone and very creative.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 21 November 2017

One of the best spots in Melbourne, best Bao EVER!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 20 November 2017

Loved the place.
Food. Service. Ambiance.
Will return every time I’m in Melbourne
100%

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Spicy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
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 (New England)·Dined on 20 November 2017

We did the 5 course option where Lucy decides. The food was amazing and the cocktails were too good! Can’t wait til we are back in town to go again!

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Food5
Ambience4
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Value5

 
·Dined on 19 November 2017

Really enjoyed the food and the recommendations from Zac were spot on. Top spot.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 18 November 2017

Another perfect meal at Lucy Lius ... as always ... if you think it’s not cheap, it’s not .. but worth EVERY CENT!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 18 November 2017

Due to flash rain we arrived ten minutes or so late, as did most guests, and felt very rushed to leave so next guest could come in (given a very clear warning 20 minutes before the second sitting). They rang all early sitting guests to see how they were tracking but might have been better off to call later sitting and advise them to come 15 minutes later.

Tags: Casual
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 18 November 2017

Great take on modern share tasting Asian cuisine. Service was good, food was tasty and reasonably priced. Staff were professional and fun.

We were rushed out at the end of our meal for the next booking at 7:00pm. Although when we booked we were told that our table was for 6:30 to 7:00, so not really an issue.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food4
Ambience1
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 16 November 2017

Typical Flinders Lane fare. Crushed seating that puts you uncomfortably close to your neighbours but at least there's no danger of overhearing their conversation. The thumping soundtrack that belongs in some hell hole Chapel Street club sees to that. Food is tasty enough and seems selected to be designed to be people pleasing rather than to any particular plan. It really is a mish mash that's hard to put your finger on. Wait staff were mostly attentive. Sometimes they failed totally. I think this as much because they can't hear diners over the uproar as anything else. If you like to spend your Friday's in South Yarra this probably seems like a great venue. Maybe not so much for the rest of us

Tags: Hot Spot
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 16 November 2017

Food was tasty and the vibe was cool, but we were way too rushed. Plates were cleared before we were finished. I didn’t enjoy the upselling either.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 15 November 2017

Have always enjoyed this place, but the share plates kept coming until we had to stop. Impressed by the delicacy of the flavours and the subtleties of the dishes. Excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 14 November 2017

Discovering Lucy Liu was fantastic. Food flavours are unbelievable. Cocktails are a delightful indulgence. Fabulous place to enjoy a special evening.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 14 November 2017

We had a fabulous dinner at Lucy Liu's. We love coming back and trying new dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Spicy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

All selections on the menu are worth a try at least once. That’s why we are going back soon. Only got to try four dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

Was there for my birthday, great meal, great experience. Alwys recommend Lucy Liu to friends. Definitely be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

We had the most amazing night! The food was great and the service was outstanding. The sommelier Michael, recommended perfectly matched wines to our meal and Rosie who looked after our table, was amazing at recommending the right amount of dishes and food choice. A very memorable night and would recommend Lucy Lui’s to anyone!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
Ambience4
Service1
Value4

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

Food was, as usual, top class. The service was poor- I’ve been there before when it was very busy. That’s not an acceptable excuse.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 8 November 2017

Not being from Melbourne, this was a last minute meal decision based purely on its central location and cool name. We were pleasantly surprised. Service was outstanding, food flavoursome and general vibe very cool but welcoming. It's noisy and the tables are close together so not the best for intimate, romantic dining but definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual, Late-night Find
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