Lucy Liu Restaurant

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1155 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GS
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was outstanding.
Great seats
Food was amazing
We live Lucy Liu

SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing wait staff - super friendly & knowledgeable . Food was so tasty & moorish . Music & ambiance was fabulous - had a great night !

OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Sunday lunch , food was delicious, very flavoursome, highly enjoyable...

a
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the music, service,food and cocktails
Thanks for a great night !

JN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Waiter was so lovely and accommodating to dietary requirements. Food was delicious and drinks were divine!

MT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love the place, fantastic food, great staff, good fun all round. Also nice to see the owner
/head chef in there pretty much every time we've been in there, means he cares and he's obviously doing a great job because it's always busy. Well done to Michael and his team.

m
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing. Food was delicious and floating market cocktail amazing

DW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We always enjoy the food here, and have more than a few favourites. Highly recommended for interesting dishes. On this visit, the service was a bit uneven and the music a tad too loud to enjoy conversation.

M
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints. Great flavors, menu options and deserts.

NM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great. Excellent service and consistently delicious food. Great deserts especially. Our favourite!

MH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed it
Staff were attentive, helpful and friendly
Food was 10/10
Atmosphere was perfect for a Saturday night

DM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

there was no soap in the bathroom!
No personal service.
I had had a recommendation from a friend and had been advised to book in advance, which I did! as it was so good!! but not in my liking thats for sure! It felt like we were just another number.. in and out as fast as they could..
so close to the next person and just so happens they weren't keen to even say hello.

JA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service and very much Melbourne chic! We had a great night for three and lovely cocktails as well.

KD
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had dinner at Lucy Liu before heading off to see Fleetwood Mac.
We were a group with a few dietary issues amongst us, but our waitress was wonderful, she took time to listen to the specific needs of our group, offered suggestions and was able to adapt a couple of items to suit the needs. The food was amazing and the service really excellent, in addition to our waitress being so helpful, the speed of service was great too. The wine selection was also very good, and we had a lovely table.
Unfortunately we didn't get around to trying the cocktails, we will just have to come back to sample them next time:)

ST
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The express lunch was not sufficient to be full. It was tasty but the portions were too small

CC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing food beautiful Cocktails ! knowledgeable staff

MA
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a fantastic night, great venue, food, service and value!

DC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Food and service was amazing..highly recommended!!

IP
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As always, this was a very good dining experience. Given we were heading off to a Fleetwood Mac concert everything was timed perfectly. Staff were excellent.

JN
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice bar area while waiting to be seated.
Kung fu lager is pretty good as well
Very attentive staff, amazing pork bun.
Nice n relax

KJ
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Absolutely stunning food, and service is discrete and professional. We will be back thanks again LL

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Good service on a busy night

SG
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

table a little too close together. couldn't chat in private with others sitting so close but other than that BRILLIANT!!

MH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really enjoyed lunch with a friend here. Menu is shared plates so were able to try a couple of things, all excellent, highly recommended.

JP
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are from Perth and this is our ‘ go to’ restaurant every time we come to Melbourne, food always exciting as is the wine list, especially those Italian reds!
James & Shirene

PP
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love! Love! Love! One of my favourite places in Melbourne. I've spent many hours here ... not only is the food fantastic but the staff are genuine, which makes the experience that much better. Sitting at the kitchen bar is entertaining - buzzing!

AW
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing, as was the service! I will definitely be coming back.

JS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive and engaging service and the most divine food!!!

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty, also spicy food, lively atmosphere - there’s music & noise, but you can hear your conversation too - if you want to talk - great service

MS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my new favourite restaurant. This was our second visit, the first one being a walk in. Both times were excellent and surpassed my expectations in all ways. The food is outstanding, the service is friendly and relaxed and there is great ambience, thanks mainly to good acoustics. Try the soft shell pancakes!

A
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

From enquiring via email to leaving the restaurant, every staff member was extremely friendly and accommodating. We were lucky enough to have PJ looking after us and his knowledge of the food and cocktails was perfect and really made for a relaxed lunch with the best food. We loved every dish we ordered and left feeling happy and full. Thank you so much Lucy Liu - we cant wait to come again!

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We came here to have dinner with the family for a special occasion. Because there was 12 of us we don’t have a choice but to choose between 5 and 7 plates from the banquet menu. Food is not worth for what we paid for. $833 for the 12 of us and we were still hungry after. Coleslaw and rice together is just not right just doesn’t go together. Dumpling we had ti share , 2 per person...i will not recommend this restaurant to anyone. It was a rip off. Very disappointed!!!

CF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good value lunch time menu. The won ton was delicious but the rice dish was bland

KD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The food was excellent. The service was non existent, the staff operated like robots.

PH
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I like this restaurant for its consistently good food. You know what you're going to get and I find it always delivers.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails, fantastic staff - can't wait to come back!

r
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent varied menu;

Shared plates provide a great way to sample a number of menu items;

Dishes appeal for quality of flavour, rather than sheer volume;

Service was efficient and amiable, without being overbearing;

Great ambience;

A good online booking service

M
Melbourne / VIC
51 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

One of our favourite restaurants, it was a last minute decision to book Lucy Liu, and thankfully they had a spot for us! The soft shell crab rolls hit the spot (as always), and we had the fried chicken, the sauteed greens and a few other small dishes. Sadly, the pacing was off this evening, with long wait times in between each dish.
We also selected the roti which the waitstaff kindly offered the rendang curry sauce to accompany it. It was a fantastic touch, however upon seeing the bill, we were charged for the curry despite not being informed prior to ordering. The roti was also quite oily on this occasion. Hope that this was a one-off off night and that when we return next, it will hit all the big spots again!

PE
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

Food quality was awful, especially for the price. We did the 7 plate feast; kingfish sashimi on a cracker, which was 10 times cracker to kingfish. A tempura fried lobster betel leaf, which had someone told me was filled with chicken it would be easily believed. A fried chicken leg served with kewpie mayo and a lemon slice. Beef salad which was entirely bean sprouts, but at least it was seasoned with enough spice to give the impression someone had tried the dish before serving it. Then after a huge break, an extremely small lamb curry, a salmon fillet with a smashed cucumber garnish and an “Asian style” coleslaw, with a serve of jasmine rice so tiny you’d think we were paying by the grain. You can tell a restaurant’s food quality is bad when the best dish is the skin on the salmon fillet, something easily replicated at home. A man I have to assume was the manager also managed to get two drink orders wrong. We were dining as a group of 6 and to a person, all still hungry after leaving dinner. An incredibly disappointing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food was ok, a bit oily. Was looking for a wow factor after being recommended however did not find it. It is fine for a casual meal, but have had better elsewhere

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