Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
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.
- 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
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.
Cosy restaurant with great ambience, fantastic wine selection and beautifully cooked meals. The service was excellent, I'll definitely be back.
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.
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.
Impeccable food and service. Decor was great. My mother was so impressed she wants to go again for her birthday. Still in the afterglow.
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.
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.
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.
As always great food and excellent service my go to choice for business lunches
Delicious food, great wine selection, nice service
A great afternoon had by all. Will certainly come back again
Great service, food and wine. Would highly recommend.
Punch Lane is a fantastic intimate dining experience. Great food, great wine list, great personal service.
Outstanding venue with really great vibe food and service!
Fantastic service wonderful ambiance
Just excellent on everything!
Will be back again!
Always a fabulous night out, the food is fantastic and service is brilliant.
Side night - thanks to the wait staff for using inclusive language 🏳️🌈👏🏻
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thank you for your feedback and ongoing support ... it is great to be back and in the swing of things :)
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
Thank you for your critical feedback, our chef appreciated all your comments :)
great ambience, food and drinks. Will be back for the full service as we went between lunch and dinner so just sampling
Look forward to seeing you back for the full package and making it a good one :)
Staff were very friendly and food was amazing, can not wait to go back
Can't wait to see you again :)
Lovely atmosphere and delicious food, staff were very helpful and friendly. A great place for a special occasion!
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 :)
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.
Look forward to seeing you all again for more yummy morsels !
Great Restaurant, Great Ambience, Great Service, Great Food Great Wine.
It's a special little boutique French themed restaurant.
Great Customers :)
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!
That is SOOO good to read , feeling the love :)
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.
Yes lots has happened since 2012, glad you found the service on point :) thanks for your ongoing support !
Very nice food and atmosphere, great service. On the pricier side but won't be disappointed.
Wine by the glass pricing a little excessive.
Thanks you for supporting us and its brilliant to read we didn't disappoint :)
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!
Look forward to seeing you for round 2 :)
Beautiful well priced food and lovely wine. We sat outdoors under the heaters and it was really pleasant
Thank you for joining us :) hope to see you again in the near future ...
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.
Look forward to setting the scene again for the next date night.
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!
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!
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
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
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.