Oriental Tea House - Chapel St

4.6
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220 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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DF
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Incredible food! Would definitely recommend to everyone!

MT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food and superb service and attention to detail :)

JA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I went to the vegan yum cha evening. The service was incredible and the food was delicious.

My only wishes were:
a) that they balanced the timing of certain dishes. It was pretty much only dumplings in the first 30 mins. It got a bit boring. I filled up on dumplings and then didn't have any space for the rest of the night. It would have been great to have a variety of foods coming around, not just dumplings. The table beside me turned down multiple dishes, saying they were waiting for something that was not a dumpling. They were waiting quite some time for more variation.

b) that there was a list of the foods featured that night. I heard a few other tables asking for this and it would have been great to see what was coming too. I tried to wait around to see if anything would be coming out that I really wanted, but I was SO full that I ended up leaving before the entire 18 plates had been released. I wish I'd been able to see what food was coming because I filled up on some dishes I didn't really care for, and then didn't have space for things I would have loved to try.

CW
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Went to their vegan 2.0 yum cha event. I felt that the taste of the dishes and the options available were designed more for the westerners. Not saying that it wasn't tasty, but just not the flavors I expected for authentic Chinese food.
I probably won't come again unless another function with a group of other people.

DB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun, funky, fresh, great drinks, great service, easy location

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding
Will go again.

CM
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been a number of times to this address and the city address and both never fail to deliver. We were there to celebrate my partners birthday with her family. The food and the service were outstanding as usual

LS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Really delicious food and great atmosphere! Really enjoyed birthday dinner here.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food
Cool vibe
Great vegan options
Will be back - and back - and back

TM
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service staff were very attentive to us even though it was quite a busy time. The food was great, (my fave are the chilli wagyu beef!) although the spring rolls were quite oily. I make a 40min trip to chapel st just to come here, will definitely be back! Thanks

LG
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

GreT casual place for dinner with family. Wine list great not over the top like many places

CB
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience2

Yes but not in a large group with restricted menu.
We had 1x veg, 1x gluten free and the large group (8) made the menu far too restricting and boring.
when i rang to confirm booking and ask about gluten free. was told lots of gluten free but nothing about restricted menu....i would have cancelled or booked 2 tables of 4 to order from your usually lovely menu.
Very disappointed.

EB
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the look of the restaurant as we walked in and the food that followed was so tasty! I’m a vegan and was pleased to find a full plant based menu to choose from. It was also so reasonably priced. We will definitely be back and have already recommended to everyone we’ve seen since!

PB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and service, just would have liked the windows closed as the cigarette smoke came right into the restaurant (we were at the very back as well) and reached us.
I understand that this might be important information to pass on given the food/smoking laws.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I thought the serving were quite small and pricey. The service was excellent though.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great yum cha options. Good service.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and great price

C
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, however better descriptions should be given on the menu. The prawn and pork rolls on a bed of vermicelli were not as expected (soft and soggy vs crispy).

KA
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great everyday Chinese restaurant with great vegetarian options

SS
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Thought the value was poor with three piece dim sum dishes @$11 each and cocktails @ $20. Felt more like hotel pricing than a restaurant.

KG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service provided from the door to the table. Cleopatra was amazing and had great product knowledge and customer service. The food is outstanding and soft shell crab sliders to die for! All dumplings are amazing and don’t forget to order the amazing cocktails in the teapot!

RF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food excellent quality and service quick and non intrusive
The egg noodle dish was bland and lacking any real flavour.
The pork belly on a bed of cucumber pickled salad was the highlight as where the the wontons.
Dumplings were lukewarm but of good quality so I will forgive them for that.
Would highly recommend

JS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty, very interesting dumplings. I will be back.

S
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We had the sharing deal. Great flavours and portions for the four of us. Service was friendly and food came out in a timely manner. Yum!!

AB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice but not fantastic food and for a fixed menu not enough food.

SB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and service - the only let down was not being able to split bill at the end which was very annoying!

L
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Oriental Teahouse for yum cha. We were seated quickly and were also served quickly and our waitress followed up regularly with us to see if we needed more drinks etc.

All staff were lovely as was the food which was all delicious. The different trays of food kept coming out very regularly and we did not have to wait for anything. The food is very tasty and fresh. The best yum cha!

JM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

I was told by my friends that the food at the Oriental Tea House was the best food anywhere - a very big claim. I don't know about that, but we shared 4 meals and all of them were quite special so I recommend giving Oriental Tea House a go. I don't have any negatives; it's a little expensive, but the food is good so i thought the prices were fair enough. I even enjoyed tasting a couple of different teas that were on offer in "the tea area".

MS
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Just had dumplings - great idea
Really interesting flavours great combinations

SL
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and great customer service. Food was well priced with exceptionally fast service. 10/10 would recommend and be back.

KM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great service.
Brought rice out for my little one straight away, asked us if there was any preferences we were waiting on from the kitchen (we were at Sunday Yum Cha) then plates of what we requested came around.
Delicious food as always and a really pleasant experience

RR
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

The food always seems under seasoned.
The service was very slow, food came out at different times and we also didn’t receive 1 of the orders. Nothing special :(

SN
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Very quick and attentive service. With a smile . Loved it.

TE
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Dined here for Midweek lunch. Very quiet. Good main but cold wagyu beef dumplings were disappointing. Pretty pricey for what it is.

LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic food with amazing flavours, we dined on a Sunday afternoon and began with yum cha then finishing with rice and another main dish from the menu. Lovely settings with great service although a little slow due to the peak demand.

EC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, incredible variety and quality of food! Will be back again! Thankyou for a lovely evening

S
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and food, was a very busy night but staff still managed to be very attentive and helpful. Food arrived quickly and was absolutely delicious. It was the perfect end to my birthday, thank you so much!

NJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent for kids. Great highchairs and utensils for kids. Staff even brought over a plastic cup and paper straw for my daughter so she couldn’t break it. Thanks!

O
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Recommended with reservations. Food is good, service is friendly although not that efficient. Horrendously they will not split the bill at all - absolutely refused to even split into two equal halves. Understand that they can’t have a situation where each person in a group wants a separate bill - but surely we can do two equal splits.

SD
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and good friendly service, casual and no fuss.