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Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

4.4
4.4
86 Reviews
$41 to $100
Asian
Founded in 2007, Secret Kitchen brings to the city of Melbourne chinese dining experience the like of which you
won’t find anywhere else in the state. Combining traditional flavours with innovative techniques, an extensive variety of menu items and an incomparable atmosphere, Secret Kitchen offers its guests an inimitable feasting experience. We are awarded one of the top Yum Cha restaurant on Time Out Melbourne and rated 4 stars out of 5 by The Age Good Food Guide. Secret Kitchen is located strategically opposite Her Majesty's Theatre, also serving pre-theatre menus for your before show meal.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 97 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0421 738 107

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 86 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Lunch

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

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  1. KT

    KatherineT

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think it’s the best yum cha in town right now. Try the truffle sui mai and the scallop dumplings. Delicious! Everything else is excellent too
  2. A

    Ayenn

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Received the excellent services from the staffs there. Roast duck and BBQ prok combo and steam xiaolong bao are sensational with dipping sauses. Asked for an extra chill oil to go with them that bring the tastes to a different level.
  3. JC

    JohnC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It made me really miss some famous yum cha lunches in Hong Kong, great selection of food and drinks
  4. N

    Noel

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Please smile when you serve the customer. Thanks you
  5. J

    Jane

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall service are a bit slow and food quality can be improved.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service ever. Food is ok but we loved the staff service. We have been to many many places but this place is our no.1 best service for us now
  7. F

    Foodielover

    New Zealand

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The yumcha is much much better than the dinner service, food was a little above average of other Chinese takeout restaurants and the serve ware was lacking individual bowls, hard to eat rice off from plates! The foie gras rice didn’t taste like there was much in it. But the special fried rice and barramundi was very delicious. Mango pudding is also a must from secret kitchen!
  8. SG

    SharynG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent. Unfortunately we had to try many times to get water and to get our drinks order delivered.
  9. SA

    StephenA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was really good and good value for money. Service was okay too.
  10. A

    Ankers

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, but it was very noisy and the service was rushed and a bit overwhelming. Staff were excellent in their helpfulness.
  11. A

    Ange

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Overpriced and under flavoured. This is Chinese food for people who can’t handle spices/flavour. Extremely overpriced as well - $42 for 4 prawns and a bowl of steamed sugar snap peas and $36 for a bowl of mushroom and soy sauce. $30 for fried rice that had no taste. The BBQ pork was bland. The oolong tea was amazing and very good service but considering you are on Chinatown’s doorstep go anywhere else. This place is not worth the price.
  12. KW

    KateW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic yum cha. We had a great dining experience.
  13. LU

    LULU

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good however we were upstairs and it did not appear that we were served all of the same items that were served downstairs
  14. RW

    RuthW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our Yum Cha was delicious in a very busy environment
  15. l

    lisac

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit. The food was delicious with an abundant choice of yum cha dishes. The service and ambience were outstanding and made for an enjoyable experience. We will definitely be back.
  16. ZF

    ZoeF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The customer service provided to us during our reservation was outstanding. The portions of the food was really good and left with a full stomach.
  17. YT

    YasminaT

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food great. Service very poor. Got told off for clarifying a drink order. Got bill before we even finished our dessert.
  18. MG

    MikeyG

    Victoria

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    “Melbourne’s Best Yum Cha”? Damn right it is!!! We visited Secret Kitchen once before for dinner, and it was absolutely amazing. This visit, our first time having Secret Kitchen’s Yum Cha, also did not disappoint! The service was amazing, as expected. But the food was mind-blowingly good, especially the Black Truffle Har Gow. This is NEXT LEVEL YUM CHA. It was about $130 for two people with tea (no booze). Definitely on the expensive side, but you are really paying for exceptional quality food and fantastic service. We'll be back 😁
  19. LM

    LoanM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The waitress was a bit rude but the food so delicious
  20. MW

    MeaganW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The nicest Chinese food we have had in ages. The Peking duck is a must!
  21. CL

    ChrisL

    Edinburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite Chinese cooking done very well !!! Fresh lobster noodles ( cooked to perfection) with the best roast duck to match with good attentive service. Definitely coming back for more
  22. CL

    CarreonL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST yumcha place for me!!! Nice place, good services and the foods were so delicious.
  23. FS

    FionaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Have visited many Yum Cha restaurants over the years & this was possibly the best one around. A must visit if in Melbourne. Try the truffle prawn dumplings - wow 🤩
  24. MM

    MartaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The entrance does notnlook that inviting. There are tanks with sea animals whoch are not that decorative and ot looks like being rebuild at the moment. But once you enter the facilities, you are warmly welcomed and placed at your seat. There is never a moment that you have to wait to be served. Everybody is very kind and caring. The meals are outstanding. The tastes are just as described. For every taste there is a meal. The deserts are light and very delicious.
  25. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited for yum cha and so pleased we did! From arrival until we departed the service was exceptional, all staff were friendly and there was a great variety of hot, fresh food. Would definitely visit again next time we are in Melbourne!
  26. C

    Cosy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Rude staff and just a general lack of respect for the customers. The food was average and nothing special. Would not recommend.
  27. C

    Chris

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice yum cha. It would have been better if the menu identified which items had allergies eg gluten free.
  28. MS

    MaryanneS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before the theatre. Great service and amazing food
  29. S

    Soobee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was amazing. Cost a bit high. Sitting close to ventilation duct that was a bit noisy at times
  30. AS

    AshleyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food though our table was missed by a lot of the trolleys. Somewhat pricey as well.
  31. S

    Soulblighter85

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the Best Yum Cha place in Melbourne and has the best service and friendly staff.
  32. JF

    JordanF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Would have been nice for some candles/music as there was no ambiance. Outstanding food and service however!
  33. FS

    FoodieS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The customer service definitely needs to be improved
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tastes great and the staffs were super friendly
  35. AC

    AnnieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have eaten here many times and the food is consistently good. It was a weekday and service. Was excellent. Food is a little pricey compared to others in the area.
  36. M

    Mulan

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sunday 10th July 2022 We loved the ambience , the quick food service to table , and the yum Cha selection .
  37. SM

    SueM

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    A bit overpriced and herded like cattle for sittings which I was not made aware of when booking. Lots of extra charges.....
  38. JO

    JimO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It's among the good restaurants for yum cha. We will go again.
  39. KS

    KimS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Such delicious yum cha and a great variety. Not a cheap brunch, but something fun to do every so often, and feels very authentic. Definitely make a booking!
  40. JP

    JaneP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fabulous service. Would definitely recommend

FAQs

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD is rated 4.4 stars by 86 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 97 times today
Google Map for Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

222 Exhibition St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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