Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.6
129 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!

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 129 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipClaireC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely for a nice glass of wine and nibble after work

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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.

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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
Italy
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 6 days ago

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.

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Responded on 19 April 2021

Gosh , gee wizz ... thank you !!

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MikeT
1 review
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 26 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 24 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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RowanB
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants. A perfect mix of great food (and range), superb wine list, ambience and interior design and hospitality - the staff quickly understand what you are looking for and service accordingly. This was for the occasion of my 50th and a better afternoon it couldn’t have been. Thx Punch Lane...keep doin’ what you’re doin’. Cheers Rowan

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Responded on 26 March 2021

Love it on all fronts ... thanks so much for sharing, lots of staff here with an extra string in the step :)

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foodie394
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had some pre-drinks for a small after bridal shower celebration. Super enjoyed it! The wine recommendations were perfect for what we needed and the outdoor seating had such a lovely ambiance for the event. Thank you!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thank you and a huge congratulations from us all, it’s great that we can start these celebrations back up in 2021 and thank you for choosing Punch Lane. :) PS the wine offer here is the best it been in 26yrs awesome crew of professional that I’m privileged to have onboard.

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CraigB
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, top notch food. A must in the Melbourne laneways.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 March 2021

Thank you for joining us :)

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ValentinaS
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is excellent and the food is always amazing. Great menu and experience. Love this place and never disappoints.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 March 2021

Love you loving us , appreciate your continued support :)

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food
Great wine list
Great service
Started with oysters
Had the masters cut cake brim
Rare cooked to perfection

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 March 2021

Thank you for the Great review and your continued support :)

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TroyB
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Great food, little on the high end price wise but overall very good

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 March 2021

Thanks for joining us and great to read you enjoyed the food .

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for our anniversary and was not disappointed. They took care of everything for us so all we had to do was sit back and enjoy.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 March 2021

Happy anniversary and thank you for sharing .

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Flexible with us being late! Thank you

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 21 March 2021

It was such a pleasure :)

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Mitch
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service, a romantic evening with my partner, we will be back

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 12 March 2021

Thank you very much , appreciate your feedback .

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Diner1234566789109999888
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

I don’t understand how this has such a high zomato rating. Service was poor. Dishes were ok but for the same price a lot better food in Melbourne. Would recommend to avoid.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

To be able to understand more clearly what was poor about the service and what you didn’t like about the food you ordered would help, we are genuinely sorry you didn’t enjoy your experience with us. For the most part we have enjoyed favourable reviews on many platforms , Open Table, Google, Zomato etc and after 26 years we are fortunate to be still operating as it’s a pretty tough gig. It is disappointing and almost unbelievable to read your statement “Would recommend to avoid” !!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great meal!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Thanks so much glad you enjoyed it :)

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LiamH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Partner and I shared a number of the small meals, all were excellent. Wine list was good and waiter's knowledge was excellent also. Highly recommend!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

We have a particular great ream in the wine team post Covid , they a certainly are great group of talented and knowledgeable individuals that know how to have fun also .

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AmyN
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful romantic dining! Came here with my boyfriend for our anniversary. Cosy, warm atmosphere, attentive staff and amazing food.

The menu was a little limited and albeit quite expensive, but definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion. I believe it is also a seasonal menu, so I would love to return later in the year to see what other options are available.

We needed help deciding on an entree so our waitress suggested we try the chorizo with Padron peppers, of which one in every five is spicy. We were really grateful for this recommendation as playing this little game of roulette together was such a fun, exciting way to start off our meal. While the heat of some of the peppers was intense, the flavour was incredible. Another must-try is the Parisian gnocchi, which is made with choux pastry. So light and fluffy with an amazing flavour.

Another thing we really liked was that we didn't feel rushed at all - we were given ample time to decide what to order, and then to really enjoy our meal and soak up being there. It added to the romantic experience as we could simply relax and enjoy our time together. Punch Lane was beautiful and we will definitely be back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Gosh you really have created a great picture of your experience with us, it certainly is heart-warming to read about your night. The kitchen and FOH were thrilled to read your review. Thank you

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic spot. Food was lovely and the service was fun and efficient.
I’ll be back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Look forward to seeing you back next time for some more fun !

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AndreaE
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic date night at Punch Lane. Everything was delicious and great attention for detail. We got a range of plates to share, including the main, which was plated perfectly for us to share the dish. Wine was also fantastic. Highlights were the cucumber, burrata, tuna tartare, duck breast. Five stars!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 2 March 2021

Thank- you Andrea, we are blessed to have an amazing team both Front and back of house. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We love this restaurant. It has a great ambience, the staff are knowledgeable and efficiently friendly, and the food is outstanding. We have always enjoyed our visits there.

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KristenK
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner date with hubby, thanks to the wonderful service and food! It was a busy night but the staff all took it in their stride, stopping past our table often to check in with us and ensure that we were having a great dining experience. The food was well worth the wait. We’ll be back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 February 2021

Look forward to you being back :)

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Beni
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

An old haunt of mine back some 15 years ago. Was disappointed with the wine selection available especially in the Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Overall the evening was great. Service excellent and food was delicious. Would definitely visit again.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 February 2021

Wow 15 year thanks heaps for the support over sooo many year . Much appreciated

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BridgetteE
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and attention to detail, especially in accomodating a wheat allergy.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 February 2021

Thank you for the positive feedback and your support. :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We used to go to Punch Lane often but hadn't been for a few years. It was great to see that this restaurant had maintained its standards. The place was busy but the service was attentive and friendly. The food and wine were excellent. Overall an outstanding experience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 16 January 2021

Gosh !! so good to read your review and particularly that you enjoyed your time with us … it has certainly been a journey over the past 25 years and counting 😊

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MarieT
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, and a vast selection of wines to choose from. We were completely looked after by the friendly and professional staff. A very enjoyable evening, Punch Lane is always on our 'best restaurants in Melbourne' list

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thank you for your kind words we certainly loved seeing you again really appreciate your ongoing support of us :) all the best for 2021

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service was fantastic, great atmosphere, definitely will be returning

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 12 January 2021

Thank you for visiting and for your feedback , really boosts morale and rewards the effort staff make daily bases, I'm so proud of the team both front and back of house :) all the best for 2021

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vipKirstyH
15 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

If you like a typical Melbourne alley way vibe restaurant with an extensive wine list, this is a place for you. Every time the sun comes out, I love heading to Punch lane for some cheese and wine. Definitely worth a try!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Hopefully we have more sunny days ahead , even though is is now Autum :)

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Underwhelmed
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

A little underwhelmed this time around. Service was not very attentive. Food was good, but we've certainly had better previously. Been dining here for years and left feeling rather disappointed.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 10 January 2021

It was disappointing to read this as will Laurie, Aaron and Oliver who are all customer focused and very knowledgeable young men, we catch up early in the week so we will be discussing your review. The kitchen and food and for me is at its best been since starting Punch Lane however I would really appreciate to know what you had and where it fell short as will the kitchen be grateful your feedback. I don't take for granted that you have been a regular customer and value your comments.

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LouiseT
5 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I enjoy Punch Lane and have been going there on various occasions since it opened. It was my birthday but we just enjoyed a lovely dinner for 2. The food, wine and service was excellent as it always is.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 January 2021

Happy Birthday and thank you for your ongoing support ,it’s been quite a journey over the past few decades .

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Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

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.