Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.6
155 reviews
$41 to $100
European
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.

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!

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 155 People Are Saying
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4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
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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.

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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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PedroGodinho
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cozy restaurant and amazing food! The service was also excellent!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 5 July 2021

Thnak you very much :)

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katew
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 5 July 2021

Sounds like a great night out with a fantastic show to cap it off , thank you for sharing :)

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and great service. A little cold as we were seated in the area near the door but otherwise a great experience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 5 July 2021

Apologies for your discomfort, thank you for your feedback re food and service.

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Caviar
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 5 July 2021

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 !

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TamaraG
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Always reliable. One of Melbourne’s best!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 5 July 2021

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.

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BrettA
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 5 July 2021

It sounds like overall you enjoyed your Punch Lane experience and we appreciate your feedback. Look forward to seeing you next time 😊

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Heather
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been eating here for 10 years. Always reliably great food experience. Quintessential Melbourne dining.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 23 June 2021

Gosh!!!, that is so wonderful to read ... thank you very much

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GraceG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 23 June 2021

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 :)

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Carmel
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 23 June 2021

We love friendly at Punch Lane, thank you for sharing :) All the best from the Punch Team :)

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Leah
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible from start to finish,
Highlights,
Jura savagnin.
Tuna crudo
Gnocchi
Eye Fillet.
Beautiful, ambient, & delicious from start to finish.
By far one of my favourite wine bars in Melbourne.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 27 May 2021

What a brilliant review to go into lockdown with... see you on the other side refreshed and ready to go :)

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JenneferE
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I think I have already said it all - great place to go

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 24 May 2021

We are very pleased that you have said it :) see you nex time around !

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IsobelM
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 24 May 2021

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 .

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AnitaB
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 24 May 2021

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 .

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maryannr
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lively atmosphere, warm staff team and great food without the fuss.

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Responded on 24 May 2021

Thank you for your support :) from all of us at Punch Lane

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GennyS
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place for a an intimate catch-up with friends

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 May 2021

Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate you joining us for your catch-up :)

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ZandiM3009
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 17 May 2021

Wow!!! thank you so much ... the team are literally jumping up and down !!!

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Jennie
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great evening, with friendly & helpful staff, good food and a good wine selection with a cosy ambience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 14 May 2021

We all have smiles on our faces reading about your experience with us ... we look forward to seeing you next time around :)

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StephenG
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue, food and service was awesome, thanks Lawrence great work !!!!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 14 May 2021

Love your message... Laurie send a big shout out :) and hope to see you in the near future .

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Britpop
8 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good as usual , nice environment

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 14 May 2021

Brilliant , much appreciated

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TiaM
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Its all about quality. We've never had a bad meal at Punch Lane.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 14 May 2021

Warms out hearts ... thanks so much :)

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vipClaireC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely for a nice glass of wine and nibble after work

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 14 May 2021

see you for the next after work catch up .. we also have Juliet Melbourne next door in the basement with a fire :)

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YeeMin
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 28 April 2021

We Love Aaron he always brings his A game and thank you for your continuous support over many years :)

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RichardJ
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not a strong vegan menu but were happy to tailor something for those in our group.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 28 April 2021

Glad to hear we could adapt as required so that the group was looked after :)

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HelenB
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous, one of our oldest & best, food & wine delicious.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you for your ongoing support

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RobertV
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 April 2021

We love the expression and color in your review, thanks so much for supporting us :)

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MichaelQ
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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,

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thanks for sharing and we are pleased to read you enjoyed your experience :)

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JeremyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great atmosphere.. food was delicious. Cheese selection amazing.. wine selection phenomenal.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 April 2021

Gosh , gee wizz ... thank you !!

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MikeT
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thank you for the attention to detail in your review , sounds like the team looked after you both and that you enjoyed your night :)

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 28 April 2021

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:)

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MichelleF
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 April 2021

Really appreciated your feedback and views on the wine list :)

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, well presented. Large wine selection.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thank you very much :)

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thank you for your ongoing patronage , couldn't have done it over the past 26 years without this kind of support :)

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Michael
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 April 2021

We really appreciate your continues support as well as the feedback :)

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SMJA
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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).

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 28 March 2021

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

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AnnieLiz
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent, varied choice of food and drinks; comfortable; noise level allowed normal conversation; great location.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 27 March 2021

Thank you very much , we are thrilled that you enjoyed so many aspects :)

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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.