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

Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD

4.3
4.3
712 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

7:00 pm


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • 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 712 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • City Centre

    Great for brunch

  • City Centre

    Child-friendly

  • City Centre

    Good for groups

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

712 Reviews
  1. GiscardR

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Very expensive for mediocre and very small portions. Sui Mai was not up to standard which is kind of the benchmark for HK Yum Cha. Most dumplings were bland and lacked their individual flavours. Shou long boa was dry without juice. tYhe dumplings are much smaller then for example at Gold Leaf, oh how we miss Gold Leaf in docklands!!! Which btw was the only reason why we tried here again. Service was inattentive, almost trying to not see you waving your hands for 5min trying to get their attention. And then there is the cost! Easy $25 more PP then GL, sorry but that’s still my go to comparison of a great Yum Cha experience in Melbourne, and this was not it! So we’ll be getting in the car next weekend and drive out of town for great Yum Cha.

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  2. JennyR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love eating at secret kitchen. The food is so fresh. It’s my family’s favourite restaurant

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was something left to be desired, it seemed poor value for money as we’re expecting the food to be good but it was hit and miss. The glutinous rice and fried taro dumplings were good but the rice noodle rolls and dessert were not so.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went on a weekday and the noise level was ok. Food quality was excellent, service was fine. At one stage, a waiter was too quick giving us a plate before we agreed to having it. Overall, a good dining experience for 4 of us.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We were seated and then immediately rushed to order - the Yum Cha stopped coming almost straight away and then, after one hour, we were told the service was about to stop and told we'd have to leave. No mention of this policy when booking. The food was great but the overall experience was disappointing. A premium price should come with premium service - and this did not happen.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    12pm session. Long queue to get in even with a booking. Trolleys were very sparse that we ended up ordering our go to dishes. Would have like to try many other dishes. Left hungry and very disappointed.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant Yum Cha in Melbourne CBD The best I have had Service - 10 Quality of Food - 10 Best options were the Combination dumplings, ginger prawn dumplings and Scallop Siu Mai Don’t get the vegetarian noodles. Dry as a bone Make sure you book for 12pm sitting as the place was packed!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Friendly, attentive and efficient service. Reasonable prices.

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  9. TrudyF

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were very attentive. Making sure we never needed anything. Extremely friendly

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Turkey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and fast service, great food but was quite expensive. 6 adults and 4 children (under 9) costed $600. It was a public holiday and we were kindly notified of the 15% surcharge when booking. Orange juice was $11. Might need to make yum cha a twice a year only occassion now 😞

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  11. Kevo

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food has always been good. Probably the best yum cha in Melbourne but pricey. Customer service from some waitresses was hit and miss.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our family enjoyed our dinner. The food was amazing and the service is great.

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  13. JoLuke

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything we chose was very delicious and quality was excellent. Choices were abundant and did not dissapoint. Table service was lovely except it was marred by one of the reservation staff that literally told us to finish and leave when part of our meal that we ordered had not arrived yet. We did have a reservation and were not walk ins. Your staff should ask tables that have been there before us to leave as two tables were still there just sitting after their meal was finished. Is it because we were not middle-aged customers and it was easier and less confronting to get us going to accommodate your next reservation? We spent $160 for 3 people for yumcha lunch so it wasn't exactly we weren't spending any money. Pls improve your reservation and customer service skills.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service is exceptional. We advised our waiter we had a show in an hour and he speedily took our orders and the food and our drinks quickly arrived

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  15. HelenO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is great, we’ve been here several times for yum cha in the city in the past however the service is a hit and miss. I bought my partner who is not Chinese on our last visit and there was this one waitress in particular that couldn’t be bothered pushing the cart where we were seated. It was a bit in the corner. When she asked if we wanted more to eat, I asked her what she had. She made this ‘so troublesome’ look on her face as she reluctantly pushed the cart a little closer. She had no issues calling out to the table further than ours in Chinese. The other wait staff had better attitude, just this particular lady with a pony tail didn’t even have standard customer service manners. Felt like we just let her go as the interaction was just awkward. Dampened our experience a little but for the most part we enjoyed the dining.

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  16. Shanika

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service , booked in advance so no waiting , best yum cha , a bit more expensive but worth it . Fresh delicious and great service - will definitely go again

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is always a highlight at Secret Kitchen- they are very attentive and efficient. The food is also excellent and there is a huge variety to choose from.

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  18. BrookeP

    Perth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, bit pricey but portions were big, delicious and fresh Service was above expectations

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  19. Bella

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great classic Chinese food. Best dumplings I’ve had in years

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  20. LuluF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Personally felt like the food came around quite slowly but it was very delicious.

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  21. Jason

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Extremely disappointing. Lacked variety as food carts were scarcely brought out, with carts doing multiple laps of the restaurant with the same food. Within 20 minutes of our bookings, they started hurrying people out by serving the desserts. As we wanted to eat more savoury foods, we expected the dessert cart to come around closer to the end of our booking (it did not). Barely any carts came out 40 minutes into our booking and the staff were already giving the bill out to customers and asking when we're leaving. There was also (what appears to be) multiple surcharges applied on Easter Sunday. 10% Weekend surcharge and a 15% public holiday surcharge. A 25% surcharge seems excessive and not clearly stated. While the food was passable, the service and pricing does not make this place worth coming to

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  22. LawrenceS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, staff are wonderful. Best yum cha in Melbourne. Look forward to going back.

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  23. Mike

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love lunchtime yum cha offering. Great choices and service. Only down side is no mango pancake

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  24. SHAWN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is good. Toast and pancake roll. Staff is friendly and patient.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good service! Food taste alright! Compare with yumcha I like that yumcha more!

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  26. BobW

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt like a change in pre-dinner meal instead of Italian and decided on Secret Kitchen. Close to the Theatre we were going to and felt like Chinese Meal. We were not disappionted. Staff, Food and atmosphere were 100%. Highly Recommend. Will be in my preferred venue for Dinner again or just a trip in with the family.

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  27. Samkk

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was not up to expectation for the price they charged. The service was a big concern and they really need to have it improved.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. But slightly high on price

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  29. sharynC

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very good the food wasn't as good iv had in the past stir fry was very oily and the soup was ok nothing to rave over and near our table was some type of fan very noisy

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  30. LeanneS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had dinner here prior to a theatre visit at the Comedy Theatre next door. Super convenient because of the location, the food was nice and the service was excellent, but have to be honest that it's over priced for Chinese food. Can't deny that the service was excellent, but we were practically the only people in this huge restaurant that had wait staff hanging around with not much else to do at 5.30pm! If you're going to any of the nearby theatres and want to have nice food and ensure you make it to your show on time, then I'd recommend going here, otherwise, there are plenty of other Chinese restaurants in China Town that have just as nice or even better food at much cheaper price.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had tried most of the dim sum there and our total bill was $206.35. The table that assigned to us is spacious and suitable for my mother that travel with wheelchair but the downside was the area where our table located not bright enough… i will say it was too dark for us. A lady that served us kept on explaining to us why we were located at that table. Explanation was acceptable. Overall the food was good but there are still rooms for improvement.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Guatemala

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff was weirdly very strange. Keep pushing us to order wine many times at 11:30am

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  33. Vman

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were put in a corner so difficult to see yum cha trolleys but food as usual of a great standard. Mango mochi is a must!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Experience-Terrible. Service-Terrible. Booked for 14 and confirmed but table was only set for 13. Meals were being served before everyone had ordered. Mains were served before entrees. 1st drinks were being served after the mains. 2nd drinks were not offered. I ordered a bottle of wine and they tried to serve one double the price. When some places started to be cleared they took my wine too. The bottle was not finished. When I asked for it back they had to search for it. Not once were we asked if everything was ok. The meals themselves were nothing special and by the time we got them they were only warm. The restaurant was not very busy so there was no excuse for them being so disorganised. Even though they took names with the orders they still gave them to the wrong people. I was last to order and by the time I got my meal everyone else had finished and the table had been cleared. The only nice thing that happened was they sang happy birthday to me and that I was with friends. We left very early and continued to have a great night across the road at the pub. Should have eaten there too.

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  35. Chin

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience Enjoyed myself Hood food Overall great!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and good, was impressed by the efficiency as well. Ended up being an expensive meal, but worth the experience for a fun birthday dinner in a family friendly environment!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not as good as previous visits A few dishes not fully steamed / hot We had to ask for chilli sauce and soy sauce twice and service a bit offhand / grumpy Must have been a bad day as it wasn’t its usual excellent self

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yum cha was delicious, excellent variety, really helpful staff

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  39. JeanGrogne

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and some great dishes. A couple were ordinary but overall well worth a return visit.

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  40. Suzie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Secret Kitchen is fabulous. We loved the yum cha and the whole place is bustling with fabulous service and lots of people enjoying the fun ambiance!!!!

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Secret Kitchen - Chinatown - Melbourne CBD is rated 4.3 stars by 712 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 2 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
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Chinese (Canton), Yum Cha
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
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  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
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