Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.5
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$40 and under
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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!

Special Offers

Punch Lunch - 3 course - $59pp

Choose from starter and main, main and dessert or starter and dessert with a glass of house wine

Terms and Conditions: The whole table is required to dine

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 14 January 2020

Ends: 30 June 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:45-15:00

Punch Lunch - 2 Course - $49pp

Choose from starter and main, main and dessert or starter and dessert with a glass of house wine

Terms and Conditions: The whole table is required to dine

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 14 January 2020

Ends: 30 June 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:45-15:00

What 37 People Are Saying
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TP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Fantastic food and service in a great setting and location. Highly recommend

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Responded 5 days ago

Much Appreciated :)

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d
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Risotto entree was hard to chew on. Waited an hour for mains to come out. The spatchcock was very burnt and bitter, had to cut off skin to eat. Waited too long to send the dinner back to kitchen and at no point did anyone ask if the food was ok either.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

We appreciate your feedback and are all extremely disappointed that you didn't have the opportunity to correct this on the night or hear your feedback in real time . Our sincere apologies as those dishes were well received and yours was the only negative response received on the evening.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great but the portion sizes for the wines matched to the degustation menu were ridiculously small for the price. Order by the bottle or glass instead!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 11 February 2020

Really appreciate your feedback , we have had a team meeting and have amended the pour sizes for our wine matches , great to read you enjoyed our food and service .

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely Italian waiter.
Delicious RARE steak, cooked how I actually asked for it. Lol.
Partner enjoyed Barramundi.
Enjoyed a lovely gin martini.

But your space is exquisite. That’s the real gem.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 3 February 2020

Love the way you have phrased your review , warms my heart ... Thanks for all at Punch Lane

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Unfortunately we found the food to be disappointing particularly given the cost. We had pork, barramundi and gnocchi. The barramundi was the pick of the dishes. Great ambience but I won't be back. Much better other options at a more reasonable price

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

We are pleased to read you enjoyed the Punch Lane vibe , we are very much disappointed you didn't enjoy the food offer and sorry we have lost your ongoing business. All the best .

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Staff could've have been a tad more friendlier. Food, drinks and location were all excellent.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

We are pleased that you enjoyed the offer , we are disappointed that you didn't find yourself in friendlier space at Punch Lane as we pride ourselves on accessibility and personality . Hope to see you the next time you are in the area. All the best :)

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GL
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ad always. Lovely space and ambience. Would recommend.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

Brilliant and thank you for your continued support .

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DL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose the Tasting Menu with wines to match which turned out to be a great choice.
Our waiter Jason, along with Sommelier Quentin, took us on a real food and wine journey.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 January 2020

Thank you and all the best from Jason and Quentin :)

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Punch lane has a wonderful ambiance - it brought us back to being in a Verona wine bar. It has that strong European feel. I'm afraid that the service could have been better. Although friendly, we were left unattended for too long at times, which was surprising as it wasn't busy - we were one of five dining. The food was tasty and enjoyable, but I wouldn't say it 'blew my socks off'. I would go back next time for a wine and nibbles, rather than a meal as it's more of that wine bar vibe for an afternoon sip, or post theatre vino.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 January 2020

You are correct in saying that you should have been attended to much more promptly as the staff are a great team who know what standard is expected so I'm a little taken a back . We appreciate your comments and giving us a chance as a team to address this going forward. Perhaps if you do join us for a drink next time please do look at the food offer again as we have an exciting new menu that is coming up in the next week or so , I'm confident it will impress as much as the atmosphere.

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G
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

We have been here a few times and had good experiences. This time the Fish was raw in the middle and the turkey Roularde was very dry. The service was very good and they gave us free cheese to compensate for the raw fish, which was appreciated.
Not sure whats gone wrong but if the Chef can't cook Barramundi correctly then they are in trouble. Hope it was a one off.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 January 2020

I'm pleased to hear the FOH staff responded accordingly, and we are most apologetic about your meal experience . Given you have had a few good times with us in the past we would like to invite you back on us and are confident we can impress, please feel free to email or phone us at the restaurant to organise a voucher , please ask to speak to or address your email to Jane . We hope to hear from you...

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Busy, buzzy restaurant on a Friday night, but still good attentive service. Excellent wine list and a knowledgeable sommelier. Interesting menu and also a good tapas style cheese or charcuterie board if you just want to visit as a wine bar.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 January 2020

Thank you very much , hope to see you soon :)

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LS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Punch Lane never disappoints, the food is consistently good and the wine list and service to match.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thank you for your continued support and all the best for 2020:) from all at Punch

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R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tastings menu for nye was great. Really nice food. Service and ambience both fantastic. Highly recommended.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 January 2020

Much appreciated and thank you for choosing to start 2020 at Punch Lane :)

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RT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We love Punch Lane. As vegetarians we always find something interesting and tasty on the menu. Highly recommended.

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Responded on 29 December 2019

Thank you and all the best for 2020

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MW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the 5 course tasting menu with matching wines.....everything was superb...each course and its accompanying wine was delicious

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 29 December 2019

Thank you very much and all the best for 2020 from all of us at Punch Lane

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ON
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great little Melbourne classic restaurant. Fantastic wait staff, wonderful ambiance and food was delightful.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 24 December 2019

Brilliant and thanks for sharing :) Merry Christmas

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AG
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing ambience, was pricey, but would happily pay that much again for increidble food. Service was great, waiter was super friendly, but not too annoying! Noise was loud, but I don’t mind when it’s loud, because it means they are busy and everyone is having a good time!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 22 December 2019

Thank you for your fabulous review and we look forward to seeing you in 20/20 from all at Punch ...

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B
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

One of my return visits,great food, good service but the food was very slow,last course at 10.15 from a 7.30 start made it a late night which i did not need but i will come back as the food is excellent

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 December 2019

Thank you for the feedback and look forward to seeing you on your return

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RP
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I liked the warm ambience of the restaurant but it took a bit of concentration to hear my partner across the table. An amazing wine list. We chose wines by the glass and were very happy. Not your ordinary house white. The food and service were good, but not over the top. Lovely evening.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 December 2019

Thank you kindly Merry Christmas :)

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NP
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy the food and wine selection here. Service is always great with a great ambience.

Our favourite place to dine, especially for a special occasion.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 12 December 2019

Brilliant thank you and Happy Christa's , see you in 20/20 :) from all at Punch

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PW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Truely great place to go to

DF
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We first came here over 20 years ago. It’s always been a great place to enjoy food and wine. The tasting menu works well before Theatre bookings and it’s still a good destination for a drink etc afterwards.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2019

Lovely to meet you David,thank you for your kind review and lovely words ...look forward to seeing you again in 2020 :) cheers Martin

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CB
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

There are good restaurants, great restaurants and restaurants, such as Punch Lane, where you will remember their meals for years to come. Literally some of the finest food I have ever eaten. This is the second time we have been and I’m determined to save my pennies and return as often as I can. Truly stunning.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2019

Thank you and look for to seeing you again in the New Year with bells on :)

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KP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Have been to Punch Lane on many occasions & have really enjoyed our experience, recently we went & was quite disappointed with the young waiter that was assigned to our area, no eye contact & the drink service was very poor. Disappointing experience....

CP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, location and service. Perfect place for a meal before or after a show.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you very much :)

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RB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A most enjoyable lunch with friends from New Zealand. We had the fixed price lunch deal and were all extremely satisfied. The most negative aspect was the noise level, particularly from a table of business men. Would certainly recommend the lunch deal as very good value.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you for joining us and great to read you had an enjoyable catch up with you NZ friends :)

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KF
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a most enjoyable evening lovely service and would recommend to our other friends to go too! Food was delicious however Our friends said their fish was over salty.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 25 November 2019

Thank you for your kind review , our sincere apologies for friends fish , the kitchen were extremely appointed with themselves however pleased the overall experience was positive.

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J
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is warm and inviting , loved the whole package , wine list , food and service .

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The $85 five-course tasting menu was overpriced and underwhelming. Course 1 was a single oyster, while course 5 was a single small dessert between the two of us - delicious, but how can you justify giving each person just 1-2 bites? My course 3 fish was undercooked, and my course 4 steak was overcooked and gristly. Only the vegetarian course 2 was really up to the expected standard. Add a premium-priced drinks menu and patchy staff performance (one waiter excellent, others weirdly arrogant) and I wouldn't return. Too many good places in this city.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Consistently great

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 30 October 2019

Thank you for your support and return business :)

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JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time there. We had an assortment of starters as we didn’t like the sound of the Prix fix menu options but the food we had was great for sharing amongst 3 guests. Friendly server and staff.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 October 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us .

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LM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We returned to Punch Lane after a year or more and found it was and excellent choice and evening out for the family on my wife's birthday. We will be back again, sooner rather than later.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 October 2019

Thank you for joining us again and look forward to seeing you for the next milestone :)

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The desert was mediocre but entree and main was awesome, we loved the Wagu bresaola. Had a good time in this very cozy restaurant.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 October 2019

Pleased to read you enjoyed your time with us :)

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PL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived early for an 8pm Reservation, and while upstairs was full , the waiter ran downstairs and secured us a table to have a drink while waiting. Very helpful and excellent service. They then informed us when our table was ready upstairs.
The food was delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 October 2019

Thank you for sharing , Juliet Melbourne is our beautiful space downstairs next door and I’m please to see you enjoyed your experience in both as well as the service .

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance. I did the fixed menu option with wine pairing. If I had to complain about something, it would be that you don't get to select your items off the set menu. The Chef does that for you and it's a surprise when you get your dish. Overall I enjoyed all the dishes and my experience here.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi Damianm, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Glad you enjoyed our set menu with wine pairing and have a enjoyable time with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent service and wonderful food and wine. Very accommodating of our nine year old daughter.

AW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love a long lunch at Punch Lane. Thanks again for the top quality food and service.