Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
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.
Conveniently nestled along the northern section of Little Bourke Street, Punch Lane sits right in the heart of Melbourne’s entertainment and political district. Chinatown, Princess Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre are just minutes away by foot.
Open seven days a week, Punch Lane can cater for business lunches, after work drinks, group celebrations or intimate dinners for two. Simply want to relax and watch the world go by? Then pop in for a glass of wine and a yarn with Punch Lane’s friendly staff – the choice is yours!
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
Steak Tartare, Smoked Egg Yolk, Horseradish
Great Ocean Road Dry Aged Duck Breast, Red Cabbage, Quince, Mead
Selection of Australian and international cheeses with fruit chutney
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.
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
Loved the food service and ambience! A wonderful night out. Thank you
Thank you for sharing, its great to be back doing services and looking after customers I must say :)
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
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.
As usual great service food and surroundings. Always the best.
Great to see you x 2 as always :) happy lockdown and see you on the other side ...cheers Martin
Such a Melbourne treasure. Excellent food and great wine options.
What a lovely compliment
Very cozy restaurant and amazing food! The service was also excellent!
Thnak you very much :)
This restaurant was a great find. We were in Melbourne to go to Harry Potter and wanted somewhere convenient to the theatre for dinner. We were very happy with our choice. The food was delicious and well presented on the whole. Good wine list and well priced. However, we were disappointed with our dessert (the chocolate mouse). It had a comfortable cosy ambience. Noise level was good. We were easily able to enjoy a conversation. The service was prompt and friendly. Highly recommend it.
Sounds like a great night out with a fantastic show to cap it off , thank you for sharing :)
Delicious food and great service. A little cold as we were seated in the area near the door but otherwise a great experience.
Apologies for your discomfort, thank you for your feedback re food and service.
Cracking food. fantastic wine. Great service.
From the top of the night to the closing round, I've got to hand it to the team - 5 stars.
Loved your Private comment had us all on the floor " DOUBLING DOWN ". Seriously loved your words and we are sooo pleased that you had a great night !
Great atmosphere, food and service. Always reliable. One of Melbourne’s best!
Gosh that’s a real compliment in the tough food city ... thank you very much from all at Punch. We look forward to seeing you next time around.
The 2 course was a little overpriced for what you get. The salmon entree was delicious but the sirloin steak for main was a little chewy. The Pinot noir the waiter recommended for $21 a glass was not great. We thought it was a little expensive but we decided to go with his recommendation. Espresso martini was delicious and the venue is very cute! I’d still recommend it to people and we would go back but just a few things that was a little underwhelming.
It sounds like overall you enjoyed your Punch Lane experience and we appreciate your feedback. Look forward to seeing you next time 😊
Been eating here for 10 years. Always reliably great food experience. Quintessential Melbourne dining.
Gosh!!!, that is so wonderful to read ... thank you very much
The food was delicious, the wine was excellent and the staff were friendly and accommodating. As a vegetarian I found the veggie options vibrant and tasty.
My partner's only complaint was that the sourdough that accompanied his charcuterie was too hard - I tried it myself and it was almost impossible to bite through. However, he also said his steak was one of the best he'd ever had, despite the waiter not asking him how he'd like it cooked - a risky move!
Would 100% recommend and would 100% go again. Thank you for a lovely evening!
Thank you for sharing what sounds to be an enjoyable night out ... we definitely need these occasion especially in these crazy times we are living in. All the best from the Punch Team :)
The staff were absolutely incredible, so friendly and attentive and you could tell there was a good team morale between them too.
Extensive wine list, definitely on the pricier side of this but the experience is there to make it worth it.
We had a cheese and charcuterie board which were both delicious.
Thanks Punch Lane, we will be back.
We love friendly at Punch Lane, thank you for sharing :) All the best from the Punch Team :)
Incredible from start to finish,
Beautiful, ambient, & delicious from start to finish.
By far one of my favourite wine bars in Melbourne.
What a brilliant review to go into lockdown with... see you on the other side refreshed and ready to go :)
I think I have already said it all - great place to go
We are very pleased that you have said it :) see you nex time around !
Great location - we felt like we were sitting at a cute restaurant in Italy. The food was outstanding, and the service was great. Highly recommend if you're after a date location
We are thrilled to read your review and love the pictiure you have painted :) as Italy is out of the realm of possiblity its nice there is a back up otion .
Good food and service as always. Pleased they seemed to be on top of people using QR codes. This is a favorite "winter" venue with the a lovely atmosphere.
Yes those QR codes are the "new black" ... serioulsy tho ... thank so much for your ongoing support :) You will have to pop into Juliet Melbourne our venue next door in the basment and part yourself by the fireplace with a cocktail the next time .
Lively atmosphere, warm staff team and great food without the fuss.
Thank you for your support :) from all of us at Punch Lane
Lovely place for a an intimate catch-up with friends
Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate you joining us for your catch-up :)
Punch Lane is one of our favourite restaurants to visit for a meal. The decor is inviting & the staff are top notch! The food is fabulous & seasonal & the wine list, extensive.
Wow!!! thank you so much ... the team are literally jumping up and down !!!
We had a great evening, with friendly & helpful staff, good food and a good wine selection with a cosy ambience.
We all have smiles on our faces reading about your experience with us ... we look forward to seeing you next time around :)
Great venue, food and service was awesome, thanks Lawrence great work !!!!
Love your message... Laurie send a big shout out :) and hope to see you in the near future .
Good as usual , nice environment
Brilliant , much appreciated
Its all about quality. We've never had a bad meal at Punch Lane.
Warms out hearts ... thanks so much :)
Lovely for a nice glass of wine and nibble after work
see you for the next after work catch up .. we also have Juliet Melbourne next door in the basement with a fire :)
We were welcomed with such warmth and great smiles it set the tone for the night. Aaron was super attentive without being in our faces.
Everyone enjoyed the food. We had the beautifully fresh Sydney rock oysters, parsnip, scallops, quail, gnocchi, steak and duck with a couple of sides. Every dish was beautifully cooked. Stand out dishes were the duck and steak.
Our friends were very happy they finally made it to Punch Lane as it had always been a restaurant they wanted to dine at.
Will be back again as we have never had a disappointing experience at Punch Lane. Not something we can say about most restaurants who struggle with consistency.
We Love Aaron he always brings his A game and thank you for your continuous support over many years :)
Not a strong vegan menu but were happy to tailor something for those in our group.
Glad to hear we could adapt as required so that the group was looked after :)
Gorgeous, one of our oldest & best, food & wine delicious.
Thank you for your ongoing support
What a great night out we had at Punch Lane! A divine menu with plenty of options, suggestions from the waiting staff and a 33 page (I kid you not) wine list. It was crazy busy when we arrived but were offered a drink and option to wait outside until our table was ready. It wasn't long before we were informed our table was ready and we immersed ourselves in the decor, ambiance and vibe. We felt like we were in a Parisian restaurant! The food quality topped it all off. We'll be back!
We love the expression and color in your review, thanks so much for supporting us :)
We dined outside and city was very busy. Food and drinks were excellent but did have to remind the waiter on water and bread but still left a tip as he was really lovely to talk to,
Thanks for sharing and we are pleased to read you enjoyed your experience :)
Great atmosphere.. food was delicious. Cheese selection amazing.. wine selection phenomenal.
Gosh , gee wizz ... thank you !!
Have been here before and really enjoyed it. We ordered one medium and two large, my friend had the duck and I had the chef's cut which was aged scotch fillet, we shared tuna crudo (the medium) for entree.
Tuna Crudo was really nice, tiny bit of spice with a little bit of crunch for texture, Duck was cooked perfectly with lovely flavours, steak was delicious and cooked perfectly but both of us thought a bit chewy so hence 4 stars instead of 5. We each had two glasses of wine (I had 2 shiraz, she had a pinot gris and a pinot noir), all were delicious - and both waiters that served us were very knowledgeable - knew their stuff and made good recommendations.
We were within a foot of another table for two so not as intimate as it could have been.
Service was really fast and the overall experience was very positive.
Bill came to $188 which included the 3 meals and 4 glasses of wine.
Thank you for the attention to detail in your review , sounds like the team looked after you both and that you enjoyed your night :)
After a somewhat extended hiatus we were so glad to be back at Punch Lane. The staff, although new to us, were excellent. Food as we have come to expect over the years, simply delicious. Hope to put this back into the diary for a date really soon.
We have been truly blessed post Covid with a some magnificent new staff in addition to the past crew and we are having more fun than ever as a united front and back of house team who take their jobs seriously . Look forward to seeing you in the near future:)
Extensive wine list. You ll have to read it through an app on your phone, so prepare to scroll through 30-odd pages. We visited several places through the day for wine and food pairings, so we only spent 2 hours here between lunch and dinner at other places. Plenty of wine to choose from.
Really appreciated your feedback and views on the wine list :)
Great food, well presented. Large wine selection.
Thank you very much :)
Have been dining at Punch Lane for some years now and its has never disappointed - food is excellent in presentation and taste, and the services always highly attentive without being intrusive. As long as they keep delivering, I will keep coming back.
Thank you for your ongoing patronage , couldn't have done it over the past 26 years without this kind of support :)
After a very large group the noise level drop dramatically and we went on to have a fabulous night in all respects. Our meals (there were four of us) were all wonderful and all delivered with friendly and professional service. We have all been to Punch Lane before and would highly recommend it.
We really appreciate your continues support as well as the feedback :)
Friendly and knowledgeable staff you can trust to help choose the perfect wine to accompany the delicious food. Perfect for a drink and a snack or a longer and more indulgent dinner (we came for one drink and stayed for 6 hours).
Thank you for summing us up so beautifully , sounds like you had a drink with "the lot" :) Much appreciated from all of us at Punch Lane
Excellent, varied choice of food and drinks; comfortable; noise level allowed normal conversation; great location.
Thank you very much , we are thrilled that you enjoyed so many aspects :)
Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 155 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.