Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.4
94 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!

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Lunch

    A$105.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Love is in the Air! Celebrate with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Punch Lane with our 4 course chef's tasting menu.
  • Valentine's Day

    A$125.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Love is in the Air! Celebrate with your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Punch Lane with our 5 course chef's tasting menu.

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 94 People Are Saying
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4.4
Service
4.5
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4.1
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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
Melbourne / VIC
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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Underwhelmed
Melbourne / VIC
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
Melbourne / VIC
4 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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DemiM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thanks Punch Lane team for an incredible dinner! After providing feedback from our first time dining, the team reached out and offered us a voucher to make up for the experience. The whole evening far exceeded any expectations we had, and 100% flipped our opinion. Lovely food, wait staff were nice and attentive, and perfect wine. Thanks team

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 January 2021

Our sincere apologies , we were very disappointed to read your comments . I so sorry that you were made to feel this way I can only think the stress of the busiest night we have ever had in 25 years created a few stress cracks on the night however as you said you were expecting a lot more . Could you please send and an email to us as we would like to send out a voucher as a way of acknowledgment and apology .

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PaulandYolley
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We couldn’t have been more impressed with our New Year’s Eve dinner meal and celebration at Punch Lane wine bar.
The atmosphere and sound level of music playing was perfect. The food itself was delicious and extravagant.
Although the service crew were run off their feet during the night they kept up and did an outstanding job.

Very happy and would definitely dine there again.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Thank you for that compliment , I have to say it was one of the hardest and most satisfying nights I have worked in 40 years and in the 25 years since starting Punch . Great way to end 2020 !!! thank you soooo much for your support and hope we can make 2021 the best ever :)

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

News Years Eve dinner and probably one of the best meals on 2020 - thank you Punchlane

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Let's see if we can raise the bar in 2021 , seriously thank so much for joining us and contributing to an amazing finish to a year we will certainly all remember ! :)

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had an enjoyable New Year’s Eve dinner. Service, food, wine was all very good. Had not been to Punch Lane Wine Bar before but will certainly be back.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Thank you for giving us a go and for your support and feedback :)

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judys
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the whole experience.great service and yummy food

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Brilliant thanks so much really appreciate your support :)

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Karin
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Dined here for NYE and loved it. Food was amazing and waiters were friendly attentive. Would definitely go back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Love to see you back soon hopefully :)

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Darren
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food. 100% worth booking here.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Wow!!! thank you for the commendation ... all the best in 2021

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BrewB
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent little restaurant, great food and atmosphere. Stand out service.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Loved having you in all the best for 2021 :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful meal, thanks Punch Lane!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Thank you for your kind review :) hope 2021 is a good one for you !!

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Allison
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

We were disappointed that the squid was cold, the pate was not great and the cheeses on the cheese board were bland.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We placed our trust in the waiter who chose the seafood dinner for us. I chose the Bader Schlossberg pinot gris and would have appreciated a warning that it had a lot of residual sugar. Had I been told, I would have picked something else.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Thank you for your feedback very much appreciated :)

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ShannonM
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, the wine too

A wonderful experience

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback , hope 2021 is a good one for you :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

I have been to Punch Lane many times before lockdown and I used to love their food and services. I went with a group of friends last night for dinner, i felt so embarrassed for recommending Punch Lane!!

The waitress that was looking after our table was very pushy and rude, she came back multiple times and asked my guests if they want to order any drinks. After the first 3 attempts everyone who want to drink alcohol would have ordered, but she kept on coming back and asking us to check the wine menu. The same waitress kept on taking away one of my guests unfinished drink on 2 different occasions, she didn't even bother to ask if he have finish with the drink!!

When she tooked our order she skipped guests and it caused alot of confusion when we were being served. For the entire dinner no one check on us how was our mea, everyone who have ordered steaks on my table was unable to eat our main as it was covered in charcoal and extremely burnt!!

The best part of the dinner was dessert, but it took over half an hour before our plates was cleared for it to be served.

I would no longer recommend Punch Lane to anyone, personally i would avoid it in the future. I came with expectations but i was let down.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 22 December 2020

We noticed you had written this review also on Zomato a few days ago , you took photos of all your dishes and the steak dish you described looks juicy ,beautifully charred and very well presented not covered in "charcoal and extremely burnt ". Just to give you some feedback, your guests playing video games, a large Fluro flood light at the table and being ignored does make it difficult ,hence repeat attempts at drink orders.

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Happydays
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, wine selection and service. Highly recommend.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 18 December 2020

Thank you for the heads up , hope you have a great Christmas and hope to see you 2021 :)

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PaulP
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very friendly staff , although we were sat outside , great atmosphere. We thought the food was a little over priced but very good overall.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2020

Thank you for your support and feedback .

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Disnor
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love this wine bar for a night out! Great wine, great food, great service! It is our 'go to' whenever we make our way to the city.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2020

We are so please to be back and we really apprecaite your continued support :)

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Punch lane is an institution and never fails to deliver. We had a girls night out to celebrate three 50th birthday’s. The food was delicious; Service was impeccable. I had the quail for an entree - the flavours were matched together perfectly . The lamb was cooked a little more than medium rare but the knife sliced through it like butter. We couldn’t decide on dessert, so we ordered all 3 & shared.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2020

That lamb we have been getting in is amazing , just like butter !! Thank your for sharing your 50th with us :)

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PetaR
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great night here. The food and wine were delicious and the service was very friendly and welcoming.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 14 December 2020

Thank you for sharing, we are all so thrilled to get your feedback ! Happy Christmas

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Hele
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super friendly staff, couldn’t do enough for us. We didn’t eat but had plenty of drinks. Quick, cheerful service. We will be back!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 December 2020

See you for dinner next time around :) Happy Christmas

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GeorgeP
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always enjoy eating at Punch Lane

Service is great so is the food

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 December 2020

really appreciate your support :)

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toot
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Service was overdone - a bit intrusive. theendtheend

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 13 December 2020

Thank you for letting us know .

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AllyM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great spot for a mid-week glass of wine and snack! Cosy with great service. Excellent wine and fries were AMAZING!

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 10 December 2020

Thank you very much for swinging past .... if you think the fries are AMAZING imagine the full menu ... :) Happy Christmas

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

So disappointing. From being ignored for a few minutes once walking into the restaurant, to the complete lack of service, forgetting some of our items and what did arrive was really average. They seemed really understaffed which is fine, but I think acknowledging that at the beginning of the night would have made us feel less “forgotten”. Given the quality of options in the city I would definitely not go back or recommend. I’m sorry.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

From all of us at Punch Lane our sincere apologies for your experience, we are defiantly better than this. Please email jane at Punch Lane as we would like to make it up to you if this is of interest. All the best

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KathC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience. Wine and food superb and staff friendly and with good humour. This place never disappoints. Central location and wonderful ambience.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Thank you for your support , and I agree humour is so important , especailly over the last year :)

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LouisaG
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and ambiance were excellent, as was the food. The lamb was so tender and cooked to perfection and the salmon entree was cured perfectly. Could have stayed all evening, unfortunately with COVID we were restricted to a two-hour seating. I will definitely be back.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Look forward to seeing you in the near future, we are very excited about 2021 and have some new and amazing staff joining the team and we hope to keep the 26-year journey going strong!

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GMFG
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an absolute pleasure! Service warm & friendly, food great and ambience perfect. Looking forward to my return.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 December 2020

Thank you for your heartfelt words , it really means a lot especially at the moment when there is so much pressure on staff to deliver quality food and service when hospitality is under resourced with limited staff and high demand, it has certainly been felt this week so your review has a special place for all of us .

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francesk
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Punch Lane is always an amazing experience. The food and wine are delectable! Service impeccable with a lovely ambience to ensure your experience is complete.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 December 2020

Gosh !!! thank you so very very much :)

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

We reserved a table for 8pm but on arrive just before 8pm we were told our table wasn’t ready and to wait outside. Then at 8:18pm the waiter pointed to an outdoor sitting. I called prior and requested an indoor table which a girl confirmed and amended for me. The waiter was kind enough to get us seated indoors but we had to wait another 10 minutes. Once seated we looked over the menu and ordered by this time is was 8:40pm. Our entrees came out rather quickly at around 9pm but then we were sitting there waiting till 10pm before I asked the waiter where our main course was. I was annoyed no one came over sooner and on delivery of our main course no apology was given. We paid the bill in full but I was very dissatisfied with the service and would probably not go back.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 30 November 2020

It was disappointing to open up to your review, yes 8pm was a hectic time that evening with 3x tables arriving earlier and some earlier tables had arrived late , COVID has presented its challenges not full capacity inside , lots of outdoor seating, sanitising as well as high demand and turning tables etc. We have found post COVID, diners more than ever have got that these are unusual times and have been very understanding. We sincerely apologies for not making your night a success.

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Davo
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite place in Melbourne. Only go here for the best of what I consider the premium Melbourne dining. Just love the joint.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 29 November 2020

LOVE your support !!!! just amazing and much appreciated, 25 years in and humbled by your sentiment :) Cheers from all of us at Punch

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Angelina1949
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

One of the staff wasn’t polite when she tried to explain about the set menu requirement by guilt-tripping us by saying: “we have turned away MANY customers for this reservation/ booking system. If you want to cancel this booking, it’d be 50 dollars per person.” And proceed to continuously raise her voice into my ears for the next 2 minutes without giving me some space to speak with my friend to decide if we want to stay or leave. The whole experience was ruined with just her having a massive attitude, but also, the steak was below average. The lamb was fine however. The rest of the staff members were polite, professional, and considerate, but there’s just this one specific staff member that seems to be extremely rude to us.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 23 November 2020

Firstly my apologies for being overwhelmed and for your experience . Just to clarify we have been running a 20% of our capacity due to COVID restrictions which require either a 2 or 3 course meals as per our bookings policy hence leaving cc details to secure the bookings this is due to no shows , last min cancellations, reduced covers attending or people just booking drinks only etc. With restrictions easing we will slowly be able to get back to being more flexible with our offering.

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RolandM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a perfect Melbourne night and it was our anniversary. The services was amazing, the food wonderful and the spot under the awning on the street was lovely. The oysters, fish soup, salmon and chocolate delice were all stunning.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 25 November 2020

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

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KylieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Punch Lane was absolutely terrific. The service was outstanding and the food delicious. We sat outside and it was so lovely watching people walk by.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 23 November 2020

Brilliant thank you very much :)

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GarryM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very relaxing evening, very nice food. Staff were excellent & friendly. food price is very good but wine prices are way too expensive, took the edge off the night. I would go back though.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 20 November 2020

Thank you for your kind words and your support ... its great to be back :) from all at Punch

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It was mostly fine. Quick service, lovely wine. Excellent salmon entree. Not great steak, but I guess you really need to go to a “steak place” for a great one.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 29 November 2020

Thank you for your feedback and for the positives , the kitchen were disappoint to read you didn't enjoy your steak and that checking the degree of cooking with a probe , resting the meat so that it is not bloody and tendered didn't translate into your experience and wasn't reflective of the attention to detail. We are please that you felt the service was quick and the wine lovely . All the best :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to see these guys open again. We were really blown away by the food they made for us

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 16 November 2020

Thank you soooo much.. we have been blown away with the goodwill and support we have been shown ... a match made in heaven :)

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FAQs

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9639 4944.

Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 94 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.