Oriental Tea House - Chapel St

4.7
318 reviews
$41 to $100
Chinese
A long-time favourite for dumplings and yum cha on Chapel Street, Oriental Teahouse is both traditional teahouse and innovative Chinese restaurant, where friends and family come together to sip on tea and dine on their favourite Chinese dishes. Our Chapel Street venue provides a unique teahouse experience that eases from daytime to nighttime, where patrons can enjoy delicious Chinese restaurant fare and the old-world charm of a Shanghai drinking den, all under the one roof. Sure, we offer all the classics, such as Shu Mai Dumplings and our BBQ Pork Buns, but we’re not afraid to serve juicy parcels stuffed with chilli wagyu beef or even white chocolate. Tucked away upstairs is Zhou Zhou Bar, our 1930s Shanghai-themed bar. With two private rooms available, our space is perfect for corporate functions, birthdays, and special occasions of any size.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 318 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AFAV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious, fun, friendly and easy. Perfect place for a Chapel Street lunch or dinner.

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Theodore
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Feedme menu was perfect.
The dumplings could have been a little hotter. The timing of the service and dish arrival was a little out of sync.
Main beef dish with greens and the dessert topped off a good experience.
I thought Tea charge per person is outrageous. $48 pp plus tea plus mineral water meant it was just under $60 per person

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food with a great menu catering for all dietary requirements. A bit pricey for dumplings but quality is great.

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PamelaK
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have eaten at the restaurant a few times services always been good food excellent can highly recommend

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WinnieK
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Overall not too bad. But could be better as I have been a customer since 2014.
Food is good, but too pricey, eg $11 for 3 small dumplings, $19 for a plate of House Tofu. We liked the male waiter, friendly and helpful, but others weren't too attentive, had to wait a little while for response.

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Timl
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very nice food! great service and in a great location

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ShannonZ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant and it never fails to impress me every time I go !

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CarolB
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

hard to find parking
but otherwise would go again.

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Niclink
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dumplings and duck I’ve had in Melbourne! Delicious.

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Cece89
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

The service was so so bad. I have never been more annoyed or disappointed in my life while eating out. Literally little to no service, long wait times was so so annoying

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Ayesha
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was lovely as always and well priced. The staff were friendly and helpful and service was good.

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ScottF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cannot complain about the food was absolutely delicious! Service was good but they rushed to get us out at 9:00...

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

I would have giving 5 stars but I would be lying if i said it was a relaxing experience. We were given a 1.5 hour
Seating slot only to be rushed throughout the entire meal and told it was last call 50 minutes into the meal. My partner ordered a beer when there was about 35 minutes left of our booking and we were informed that they don’t usually do that as it’s last call but they will make an exception. I appreciate that it’s been a trying time with covid restrictions and that restaurants are trying to make their money back but I would expect a little more courtesy a heads up that it’s actually a 1 hour booking. I also don’t appreciate having someone jam a credit card reader in front of our faces before we’ve had a chance to look at the bill. I don’t know if I’ll be rushing back next time which is a shame - since this was one of my favorite restaurants - pre COVID. Mot sure what the solution is but it can’t be this.

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NatalieM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best yum Cha in Melbourne. Best chilli oil in Melbourne. Service great

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HannahJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were so lovely and so attentive. The food was absolutely delicious and everything came out so quickly. All dishes exceeded our expectations. This is definitely one of our favourite restaurants which is why we will keep coming back!

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food consistently excellent
Staff go above and beyond to make your visit enjoyable
Highly recommend

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KylieA
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chose the feasting menu and was extremely impressed with the quality of the food. Waitress was very friendly and accommodating, however we found the food logistics to be confusing and illogical - Peking Duck arrived first, quickly followed by an array of dumplings. Chinese Broccoli arrived solo next followed by the steak (which was beautiful) and then finally the fried rice - all of which was high quality. Staff were extremely friendly and atmosphere was great - highly recommend as not too formal but certainly not too casual. Will certainly be going back!

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Esky
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and taste however could do with increasing the feed me menu a bit more option was still quite hungry afterwards

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Arzur
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service and quality food as always. We ordered the shredded steak, satay peanut chicken dumpling, soft shell crab sliders, chicken san choi bao and salt pepper calamari. The soft shell crab and shredded steak were the highlight. Would of been nice if the calamari came with a dipping sauce and lemon wedge to counter the saltiness but nonetheless was an enjoyable meal.

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PeterK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy coming here to eat. Especially after months of lockdown! Food is always great quality with really good flavours. Probably a bit on the pricier side for yum cha style, but the service and venue definitely make it worthwhile.

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BAYLEYM
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a delicious meal as always! Service very friendly and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Open reservation was for a special occasion. We noted this on our booking but it was not mentioned throughout our dining experience.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Okay food but expected better. Expensive for what’s on offer. Some good service but some really disappointing service as well. Not recommended and I won’t be back

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Johnny
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was fine. Prawn dumpling with ginger and Football dumpling were our favorite. Bbq pork bun was well made but not a standout. Friendly service.

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vipMCML
London
22 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Outrageously expensive and unauthentic yum Cha experience. Service was nice but $11 for standard prawn dumplings and $17 for 3 Peking duck wraps is crazy.

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DominicB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food. Value for money. Definitely can recommend.

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Tong
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Our group was overcharged twice (first by $80) on the unlimited feasting menu - however when queried about the double counted items, was told that this was an issue with the billing system that was raised before by staff to management, but was ignored and not remediated. Staff also mentioned offhand having to reprocess bills for customers on multiple occasions before and knew how to fix this instance. We understand things can go wrong in billing, however it is not pleasant to hear that the error was well known and would have gone unmentioned if the customer does not not closely inspect the bill.

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MiaT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I have always loved Oriental Tea House but it seems to have gone down hill a little since precovid. There was one staff member that was extremely helpful and lovely but the other staff seemed like it was a huge chore to be there. The food was nice but I do feel that it is extremely overpriced. You're happy to pay the extra for the experience but this time it just lacked that. There are so many good Chinese/dumpling places around these days, I think I'll save my pennies and go to one of those next time. Oriental Tea House definitely should bring back the all you can eat and drink events. I would definitely be back for that!

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DaniellaK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and the food was delicious! We are still dreaming about it

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anon
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

we were charged for things we didn’t order and the food was over cooked and dry

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MichelleK
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service great food! Was such a great experience. Will definitely going back there again!

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was great but I was annoyed I was never told that it was a set menu $50 per person for groups of 10. Apparently I was meant to have been told on the phone but I wasn’t and when we got there it was poorly explained and we all were confused

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Mmmmmdomplings
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

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markg
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Its a favourite of mine, ,and food always wonderful

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Smithys
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service
Staff was friendly and helpful
Will definitely going back

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, so delicious 😁

JB
JodieB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, extensive menu with plenty of choices and dim sum that I haven't seen anywhere else. Loved the Peking duck dim sum! Friendly and helpful staff. Adherence to Covid safe measures was spot on.

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KurtH
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place, the best dumplings in Melbourne, thank you

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elek
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Super affordable, great vibe, amazing decor & perfect location!

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Digby
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was excellent. We have come to expect this and they always deliver

FAQs

Oriental Tea House - Chapel St offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9826 0168.

Oriental Tea House - Chapel St is rated 4.7 stars by 318 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.