Lucy Liu Restaurant

4.6
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1227 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar is an exciting Pan-Asian restaurant located in Melbourne’s CBD’s heart of dining, off Flinders Lane down the cobblestone Oliver Lane. Bustling and busy since 2014, Lucy Liu restaurant has cemented itself as one of the best places in Melbourne to find great Asian share plates in a buzzy street food environment.

Take a journey through Southeast Asian cuisine sampling hot, sour, salty and sweet plates like a Sticky Braised Pork Belly with Red Chilli and Coconut Salad or a Slow Roasted Short Rib Rendang with Turmeric Pickles and Sambal. Match these with fresh and fruity cocktails in our bar while you wait for your casual table to be ready or sit down with a Coconut Mojito on arrival. Minutes from the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and right in the heart of Melbourne Lucy Liu’s great for any occasion.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food was rather over priced for the portion sizes, taste was good. The service was aggressive and annoying to a degree, at times felt uncomfortable and could not maintain a conversation due to over-aggressive service.

LF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food!
Sequencing of our meal a bit odd - we had all the meat items come first which meant our vegetarian friend had no food, then there was a period where we only had bokchoi and rice on the table (the sides) for 25 mins with out their accompanying mains!

LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, knowledgeable waitress and funky atmosphere!

SK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was incredible but the service was arrogant and not very welcoming/friendly.

JG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great lunch out with the girls, and everyone thought it was delicious!

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food and an awesome atmosphere all you want to start off your night..

DF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I am a repeat visitor to Lucy Liu which never disappoints. The food is fabulous and the service is professional. Ambience is good. Only negative is that the tables are too close together which makes it a little difficult to have a private conversation. I will be back.
Diane

C
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can never fault dinner or drinks here! Service and staff are always excellent too.

J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was very tasty with a good selection and the wine, both sparkling and red was lovely. The staff were attentive, friendly and helpful.

IT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great food, amazing attentive staff and perfect ambiance.

K
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Did the 5 course set menu and there was not enough food

A
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We enjoyed our evening, although our table wasn’t ready at 7.30 then less than 2 hours I go our booking they said they needed the table. I understand it’s busy but it’s not ideal to be asked to finish your meal & wine.

FL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

From the friendly staff at the entrance to the final bill the experience was such a great one . Really tasty food and not stingy with portion size made share plates a good option for the four of us . Very happy and will be back again for sure .

JD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The girl that showed my guest and I to our table seemed very disinterested in showing any hospitality to us when we were giving the details of our booking and then showing us to our seat. No explanation or welcome whatsoever. Once we arrived at our table she walked off and left us to grab someone else’s attention for the food and drinks menus. The next gentleman that then attended to us to ask if we wanted to order drinks again seemed very disinterested and bored explaining what the special wine house blend was and couldn’t care less to what we then chose to order. It was only when we were served by another gentleman that we had excellent table service. Sadly I think the food is quite average compared to other Melbourne restaurants offering a similar cuisine but I’d only perhaps return to try a dessert. Sorry Lucy Liu but the first impression for two first timers to your restaurant was not good.

DS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lucy Lui is consistent which is why I return when in Melbourne, keep up the good work

CP
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and good! The alley was great as well!

KB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love Lucy Liu - food is amazing and service superb. Whenever we are in Melbourne we try to go for a meal

d
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely light celebratory brunch. Loved the chefs choices.

AB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

As always, we found the food to be absolutely wonderful - so many different flavours and the cost very reasonable. Wine prices by the glass were also very reasonable. Our overall experience though was soured by our waitress who was very abrupt and at times rude - certainly she made no effort to make our dining experience a memorable one. We also found the music to be quite loud. Finally it was also very warm inside the restaurant - little to no air-conditioning and they jammed everyone in the back half of the restaurant where it was undoubtedly warmer so that the front half of the restaurant where the windows are looking out onto the street and it was cooler were left free. Undoubtedly this was to give the impression to passers by that there were spare seats inside. For the first part of the meal despite there being ample alternate seats, we were seated next to a family with very young children which was also an initial distraction. Overall food and wine excellent but it was not an enjoyable dining experience.

L
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Went there for lunch and it was our first time. We were the only ones there as it was raining hard outside. Had I not asked about the express lunch, the server wouldn’t have given us the express lunch menu. It wasn’t also explained to us that the drinks included in the express lunch was only limited to house wine. We ordered mocktails thinking it was free, but not. Not happy.

RP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, helpful and efficient staff. Overall a great experience and will definitely be back again!

T
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

We were recommended to drink a glass of champagne that cost $22 each absolute rip-off The food was mediocre and overpriced

r
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The food was really good. For a restaurant of its caliber the service fell short. Staff had a bit of an attitude when we made simple requests such as ice for our water as it was very hot in the restaurant. Would expect above level service from a place like this

AB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The food selection was great! The food we ordered was really yummy and came out quickly. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. Atmosphere was great, music was at a level where you could talk and not have to shout - winning!

SB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Fabulous staff and a lovely atmosphere, but I felt like every dish was doused in sugar. I had to stop eating, not because I was overly full, but because I was tired of the sugar, particularly in the sauces. I think that for the cost of the meal, there are better ways to add taste to the food. I'd expect loading food with sugar for taste at McDonald's, but at this cost - I expect tasty ingredients instead. I'll certainly be spending my money elsewhere next time.

MP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Attended on a busy Friday lunch. We received great service and recommendations about the menu. The Food was very good with a good overall experience.

RB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, interesting cocktails and tasty food. Our waitress Caitlin was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble . We had a terrific night.

DJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lucy Liu is NEVER a bad idea! Love it every time l go. Thanks for giving me amazing memories, food & killer Martini’s x

MS
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If I could give a higher score than 5 for service, i would! And the food was amazing. Kingfish Sashimi is definitely the signature dish.

TC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Was disappointed with our dinner overall. The good definitely not as good as previous visits. Will give a miss next time in the city.

JN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always assured excellent food and service.
My favourite Melbourne restaurant!

RC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love the food … especially the soft shell crab rolls!
Our waiter was amazing and very helpful.

AM
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had a great experience! Loved it!

NG
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Michael and the team always deliver and Olie's wine list never ceases to amaze me. Cannot recommend it highly enough, great work and keep it up🙋

HC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Always such a delicious meal and excellent, subtle service

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect in every way!!! My new favourite!!!

AD
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cool, buzzy place with great food and awesome staff. I keep coming back.

d
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

The waiter was rude. We ordered the express lunch, 4 course with drink. They only serve 3 course and forgot the last one. When we check with the waiter, he tell us no more dish for our table straight away without checking anything, and the way he talked really make us uncomfortable.

RF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is consistently excellent and the staff are very friendly and deliver great service.

A
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Another great dinner and evening. The food is superb, you are never waiting and the staff are friendly and very helpful. Owen who greets you at the door was welcoming, friendly, knew his stuff and made sure we were escorted to our table. He even checked how our evening was on our departure. Definitely book or else you may be disappointed.