Oriental Tea House - Chapel St

4.6
113 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Chinese
Top tags:
  • Fun
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Here at Oriental Teahouse, our aim is simple: to connect the dots between Chinese tradition and the contemporary Melbourne dining scene. Tea and yum cha are our thing, and nothing gives us more of a buzz than balancing authenticity with creativity. Sure, we offer all the classics, such as siu mai dumplings, but we’re not afraid to serve juicy parcels stuffed with chilli wagyu beef or even white chocolate.

As for our tea, each signature blend is hand-crafted by Oriental Teahouse founder David Zhou. Since moving from Shanghai to Melbourne David has dedicated his life to understanding the holistic healing properties of different teas, creating blends that are as beneficial for the body as they are on the taste buds.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian, Yum Cha
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Hours of Operation
Mon-Thur: 10.30am – 10pm
Fri: 10.30am – 11pm
Sat: 10:30am – 11pm
Sun: 10:30am – 10pm
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Phone number
(03) 9826 0168
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Contact
chapel@orientalteahouse.com.au: (03) 9826 0168
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Cross street
Cliff Street
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Public Transit
Tram No 78. Stop 48.
South Yarra Train Station (5 mins)
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Special Events & Promotions
Dumpling Frenzy - $45pp - 26th September
To celebrate World Dumpling Day, a one-off dumpling frenzy party that offer dedicated fans non stop dumplings for just $45.

The kitchen is working on some brand new creations like Crab & Asparagus, Kimichi Pork & Black Bean Angus Beef to be served alongside favourites such as Flame Thrower Pulled Pork Dumplings and Chilli Wagyu Beef Dumplings.

Guests can order from the drinks list to accompany their ongoing feast, with a wide selection of beers, wine and cocktails such as the apple sencha tea infused martini or the Green Emerald with sake, apple, lemon and wasabi.

Date: Tuesday, 26 September (World Dumpling Day)
Location: 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra - 6pm & 8pm sittings.
378 Lt Collins st, Melbourne - 6:30pm sitting
Price: $45 for nonstop dumplings
Booking: Chapel Street - http://bit.ly/2h3F7Tf
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 113 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, especially the cocktails! Definitely coming back.

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K
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great, tea was delicious, however served in a bizarre way.
Great for a date night.

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EB
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Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always great food. Staff were a bit over run with the pre public holiday rush but attentive and communicative

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IB
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Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Generally great, but drinks need to be delivered more quickly, we had to wait ages for every drink order

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FH
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Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time and it was my daughters birthday and the staff sang happy birthday to her, made us feel very comfortable and helped us choose foods and happy to change things around for us, so would definitely be back and recommend them to my friends and family thankyou again for a lovely night x

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PF
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Food was amazing, highly recommend. Service was great.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a small group for dinner on a Wednesday night. We didn’t really know what we wanted to order and the waitress suggested the banquet/feast menu. What a fabulous idea!! We got to taste a little bit of everything and after thinking we would need to order extra afterwards we didn’t need to as we were so full! We had a couple of fussy eaters who don’t like seafood and the staff were very accommodating to swap and change a couple of things to suit our group! We enjoyed it so much and had some adorable teapot cocktails! 👌🏽 Will definitely be back awesome atmosphere. No wonder it’s so busy all the time. Great value for money too ❤️❤️

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WS
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant. We loved it. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves asian food

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MP
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was delicious and fresh, there were plenty of options.

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H
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was delicious. I'm a vegetarian and I was very happy with the options available, will definitely eat here again.

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KX
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! Such an amazing environment and felt incredibly looked after :)

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Drinking the tea is like having an internal spa. The food is sublime but I'd love some more non-traditional, vego options (ginger, mushroom, water chestnut???) and less traditional yum cha fare. BTW, I am a meat eater and adore the duck and pork!

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A
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and team are always fantastic, great vibes thank you!

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RT
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the friendly & engaging staff . Dumplings taste amazing, didn’t taste or feel any msg as many places make you thirsty after dumplings... we were very happy with our experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was just fantastic!

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P
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

It was early restaurant not full. But the server gave us a table far away from the remaining guests. So then the server took an age to ask us if we would like drinks or even order food. When the food did arrive it was practically thrown down.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious dumplings and great menu. Great cocktails as well. Food was all brought out so quickly (I know, usually this is a good thing...!) that we ended up with everything at once and a feeling of being rushed. Not to mention that some dishes got cold before we had a chance to get to them.

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T
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best service I have ever experienced at a restaurant. I asked for them to put candles on a desert and bring them out.
The staff literally came out singing for my best friend, I was take back by the level of excellence they have.
Will definitely be going back there many many more times to come.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a truly great Chinese restaurant, with upmarket tastes, dishes and prices. However, there were no complaints from any of us - and we have come here several times!! The ambience could be improved marginally, but it has the "tea house" atmosphere that it clearly wants. There is also a cool upstairs bar.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a group of 7 and easily got a reservation on a Saturday early evening. The food is amazing, some of the best Chinese I’ve ever had!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic variety of food, friendly, attentive service, can't ask for any more!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the decor and the ambience.
Service was great and staff were really nice and welcoming.
Food was also great!
Will definitely come back again :)

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AL
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It was a a special night the ambience was awesome the food so yummy a bit expensive but it was worth it especially the pork belly wow so yummy

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A
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really lovely food. Only critic is the food doesn't come out together. We found we were all eating our dishes at different times and not together.

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F
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

As always, great food, good value. You need to book. We had to wait a while for service at times due to it being a busy night and ask for some things more than once but no big deal. Good meal with kids or friends.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, enjoyed the experience, will definitely return

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A
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

It was nice. Just the photographer walking around was tiny bit annoying.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meals. Fantastic service. Lovely teas. Will definitely recommend.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, Excellent / Quick Service, little bit pricey.
4/5

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CC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I think the food is just spectacular, I really do. I've eaten here multiple times and it's consistently delicious. It's especially good bc I and many of my friends and family are vegetarian/vegan and the plant-based section is fantastic. I've gone there often enough that they recognise me which is really enough of a review in itself I think. Would recommend to anyone.

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E
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Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time dining at Oriental Tea House for my partners birthday and boy oh boy! What an amazing experience!! Staff were so friendly and fluent with taking orders and handing dishes out, bar tenders do an amazing job with the tea pots and cocktails, food was delicious and quick to come out! Would highly recommend people to visit this funky energetic restaurant :) 10/10 xoxoxo thanks for having us!

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SG
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice food in a lovely setting. The staff were very friendly and helpful when it came to advising us on how much to order. The dumplings were delicious .

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

This was only the second time I have been. the first was on a Sunday for lunch and that experience was much better. Dinner on Monday night felt like we were rushed and all the food was brought out at all at the same time, which made the table feel squashed, tricky and somewhat unenjoyable.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A little too noisy. Tables very close together and sound became echoey

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VW
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great first time at Oriental Tea House. Will definitely be back with hubby and friends too!

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LC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, hard to choose what to have as everything was so nice. Good cocktails and excellent service.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food was dry, bland and tasted like it had been reheated. The tables are literally on top of each other and you are unintentially involved in others conversations. The service was just ok. Staff were nice but were not attentive and it was a Sunday so it wasn’t that busy. It is overpriced and not great value for money! Very disappointed as I have heard good things.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Such amazing and affordable food!! Will definitely come back!

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SK
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I’m from Sydney but this was recommended by a local while I was in Melbourne. They were right - the food was great, the value was exceptional considering the level of food quality. I liked the feel of the restaurant and service started off really good. I assume our waiters shift ended and from then on we were left to our devices. Nobody offered us after dinner drinks or dessert and while we were chatting (well before restaurant close time) the host hovered around our table until we asked for the bill. But aside from that everything was great and I would go back when next in Melbourne

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RH
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Fun, quick, service. Noisy and bustling. Just go and enjoy.

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