Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.6
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15 reviews
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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

Tasting Menu - 5 Course - $85pp

Five course tour of our menu created by our chef and his team

Terms and Conditions: The whole table is required to dine on

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 8 November 2019

Ends: 7 May 2020

Availability: Daily 11:45-22:00

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 - 6 people

Starts: 8 November 2019

Ends: 7 May 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 - 6 people

Starts: 8 November 2019

Ends: 7 May 2020

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

What 15 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
2 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.