Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.8
191 reviews
$41 to $100
European
A MELBOURNE INSTITUTION
Established in 1995, Punch Lane is a Melbourne dining icon and a pioneer amongst its laneway counterparts.

Punch Lane is a cosy and inclusive Wine Bar and restaurant, which prides itself on serving delicious food from a seasonal menu, mouth-watering cheeses from an eclectic board, matched with exceptional wine and service.

Our kitchen team headed up by Nuno Gabriel have created a seasonal menu showcasing local produce. Our new outdoor space has an increased capacity. We are currently offering a 2 hour dinner sitting for all early reservations in our dining space with drinks, cheese and charcuterie available from 4pm - 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday and from 3pm on Saturdays. Dinner service commences at 5.30pm.

Support Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 191 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
Value
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MelissaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. We've dined there twice now and I just had to go back for the steak, it's the BEST steak I have ever eaten. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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Steph
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cosy restaurant with great ambience, fantastic wine selection and beautifully cooked meals. The service was excellent, I'll definitely be back.

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martink
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to Punch Lane for a special occasion with my wife and could not fault the service ,staff ,food or the ambience of the place. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night and as locals we will certainly return and bring friends. Everyone was friendly, relaxed and professional. Sam really helped with wine tasting and food tips. Anywhere this good for under $250-$300 for 2 is good value.

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JoannaB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable food and service. Decor was great. My mother was so impressed she wants to go again for her birthday. Still in the afterglow.

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stephanieT
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

The focaccia bread was dry and the butter was cold. The cod fritters were very fishy. The wine was very very good. The agnolotti was boring, but the sauce was very nice. The burrata with beetroot could have been improved with some cherry tomatoes. The market fish was nice.

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PrudenceM
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Only issue was our waiter did not have his mask over his nose and at one point took it off all together. He kept bobbing down close to us which was very disconcerting and totally inappropriate given the current Covid climate.

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Responded on 8 January 2022

Thank you for your comments , I have pass this onto the whole team ( who I must say have been/are brilliant and pushed through so many challengers of late and I couldnt even explain what they have gone through and going through ) as a reminder of how important being vigilant is especailly in these current testing times. Great to read you loved our food, atmosphere and service.

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GeoffM
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always great food and excellent service my go to choice for business lunches

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KatyaB
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great wine selection, nice service

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RodH
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A great afternoon had by all. Will certainly come back again

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AdamF
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, food and wine. Would highly recommend.

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PeterL
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Punch Lane is a fantastic intimate dining experience. Great food, great wine list, great personal service.

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StuartW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding venue with really great vibe food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service wonderful ambiance

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TomE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome x50.
Just excellent on everything!
Will be back again!

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BecH
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fabulous night out, the food is fantastic and service is brilliant.

Side night - thanks to the wait staff for using inclusive language 🏳️‍🌈👏🏻

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OwenL
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I'm a 10 year, 4-5 times a year, diner at Punch Lane. It is always a pleasure and the first place I think of to entertain or impress, and the occasion never fails. Congratulations to Martin for maintaining the highest standard in trying times.

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Jess
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We could only book a table outside as inside was full. Food was amazing and excellent value. Waiter forgot about a cocktail order but we just asked again and it was fine.

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Briano46
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Punch Lane Wine bar is a gem. The food and wine is top shelf, one of the top eating houses in Melbourne and staff are great.

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KristyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming back to Punch Lane for perhaps 15 years. I never cease to be impressed by the service particularly the wine knowledge, and the ability of a waiter to look at you and divine by some kind of dark magic the precise style and vintage that you need

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JulieE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food amazing. I think due to reopening staff weren’t as attentive- eg. had to ask for wine. But overall amazing food and lovely experience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 26 November 2021

Thank you for your feedback and ongoing support ... it is great to be back and in the swing of things :)

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HenryL
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

All the food was good except the dry aged Angus steak. It was on the bitter side, I would also suggest doing a sauce or jus to help it out. For $80 it was disappointing. Scallops were the hero of the night, ordered second serve at the end. Polenta fries were also good.

Food came out all at once which was good for photos

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 26 November 2021

Thank you for your critical feedback, our chef appreciated all your comments :)

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vipJudyH
22 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

great ambience, food and drinks. Will be back for the full service as we went between lunch and dinner so just sampling

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 26 November 2021

Look forward to seeing you back for the full package and making it a good one :)

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CarlyG
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Staff were very friendly and food was amazing, can not wait to go back

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 November 2021

Can't wait to see you again :)

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food, staff were very helpful and friendly. A great place for a special occasion!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 November 2021

We love and value the culture our friendly staff have cultivated in this short post lockdown space we are in , we look forward to more of this in 2022 and beyond :)

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Zold
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere, excellent service. The swordfish was a highlight, as was the roe with the salmon. Lamb was also delicious. Can't wait to come back and try more of the small and medium plates.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 November 2021

Look forward to seeing you all again for more yummy morsels !

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PeterL
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Restaurant, Great Ambience, Great Service, Great Food Great Wine.

It's a special little boutique French themed restaurant.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 November 2021

Great Customers :)

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EvaS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was dining alone and felt well looked after. Nice to be back dining in the city at some old favourites. As good as ever!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 November 2021

That is SOOO good to read , feeling the love :)

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OldGnarlyDude
10 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food as always was excellent. Wine list has shrunk somewhat since I dined there regularly pre 2012, and the 2018 Mount Mary Quintet at $335 was definitely way overpriced. Service was excellent.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 November 2021

Yes lots has happened since 2012, glad you found the service on point :) thanks for your ongoing support !

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nate
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice food and atmosphere, great service. On the pricier side but won't be disappointed.

Wine by the glass pricing a little excessive.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 November 2021

Thanks you for supporting us and its brilliant to read we didn't disappoint :)

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Aaron
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! Absolutely fantastic spot. Food was phenomenal, Prosecco was limited in range but certainly the best my partner and I have ever had. Tables were intimately lit. Will certainly be going back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 November 2021

Look forward to seeing you for round 2 :)

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MelissaG
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful well priced food and lovely wine. We sat outdoors under the heaters and it was really pleasant

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 November 2021

Thank you for joining us :) hope to see you again in the near future ...

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vipMarionp
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went here for a date night with my partner - restaurant was romantic and had a lovely menu, not many options for vegetarians but otherwise lovely.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 November 2021

Look forward to setting the scene again for the next date night.

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PeterM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great to be back out of Covid and at one of our favourite restaurants. Still a hidden gem. The food has definitely gotten better. Great chef!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 30 October 2021

One of the amazing experiences I have had in my professional restaurant career and after 26 year since I started Punch Lane was that through lockdown and the uncertainty I had an amazing Executive Chef ,Nuno and General Manger , Jane ... the fact that we are now open again I'm sooo excited of what is possible having Nuno at the helm, his food integrity , creativity and can do attitude are a true gift that Punch Lane and its diners will benefit from and enjoy!

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AndrewH
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of Melbourne's best wine bars and contemporary dining restaurants, Punch Lane never fails to deliver on quality food and first class service. European flavour on most menu items and all beautifully prepared. Service is always friendly and helpful

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

The waiter didn’t give us napkins, didn’t tell us what we were drinking and forgot one of our meals. Nice guy but not doing his job. Otherwise, we love this place.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 18 August 2021

We are pleased to read you enjoyed the overall Punch Lane experience ... thanks for the heads up on your service experience, we will endeavour to put "competent" in front of the phrase " Nice Guy" . Hope to see you again after lockdown #6 . All the best

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food service and ambience! A wonderful night out. Thank you

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 1 August 2021

Thank you for sharing, its great to be back doing services and looking after customers I must say :)

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TimA
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were lucky enough to be able to book for the next night and had a great two course meal. The menu was quite limited but the food was excellent

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 1 August 2021

So pleased you enjoyed a night of freedom with us , it seems normal day to day pleasures are what we value more and more , thank you for sharing yours.

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NoelM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual great service food and surroundings. Always the best.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 July 2021

Great to see you x 2 as always :) happy lockdown and see you on the other side ...cheers Martin

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DavidL
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a Melbourne treasure. Excellent food and great wine options.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 12 July 2021

What a lovely compliment

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FAQs

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.gift-it.com.au/buy/punch-lane-wine-bar-&-restaurant.

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.