Shark Fin Inn

4.2
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26 reviews
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$40 and under
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Chinese

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Sunday Lunch
The 'original' Shark Fin Restaurant was established in 1980 at the top end of the little Bourke Street. Close to the Parliament Station, Shark Fin Inn achieves it's excellence by serving the finest Cantonese food at affordable prices. With lunchtime Yum Cha, takeaway service and an extensive a La Carte and banquet menus, Shark Fin Inn has remained favourite of many despite some strong neighbouring contenders over the years. It gives customers a good chance to savour the famous dishes from Hong Kong without the expensive price tag of the air ticket - or the meal. Close to different bars, cafes and theatres and open until 1.30am daily, Shark Fin Inn is the best place for family gathering, business acquaintance, celebrating special occasions and late supper after a night out.

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What 26 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
3.8
Ambience
4.1
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good solid yum cha and reasonably priced wines. Overall, very satisfied. Only issue was the difficulty getting vegetarian options for a veg guest.

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BecI
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great meal at the Shark Fin Inn between two events at the Princess Theatre. Service friendly and fast. Food delicious. Very noisy bustling place, a good vibe if that's what you're expecting. Not for a quiet hushed evening.

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AnitaC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The yum cha food is consistently good, plenty of variety and the most scrumptious asian desserts to finish. We love the Shark Fin team!

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LeahW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been going there now for 17 years and still loving it! Great food and attentive staff.

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AnthonyL
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

A little rowdy but the atmosphere is friendly, warm & above all, enticing to a dining enthusiast! Great variety of foods, a sometimes slow-moving but seemingly endless round of food trolleys.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wife’s Birthday

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WayneR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good food - scallops stuffed with prawn, fish rolls, Peking duck all worth going back for.
Service was very good
Great place for a get together with friends

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AdamS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Our booking was made through open table but the host told us not to book through them and to only book direct with the restaurant. They didn’t have our booking even though it was confirmed online.

The food was good, we had to ask for many items to be brought to the table as they weren’t bringing a variety of yum cha around.

The floor staff were very helpful and got us dishes we wanted.

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MurrayM
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food with quality service & reasonable value.

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Raegan
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great spot for Yum Cha, I organised a lunch for my team and it was really good! Think we had 24 dishes and it was $20 per head for a group of 9. Definetely would do it again!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

We arrived on time and had to wait for 25 minutes before being seated. We waited another 20 minutes to have our order taken then we were rushed to eat our banquet and asked to leave with takeaway containers. This was supposed to be a great Christmas lunch. We’ve been coming to Shark Finn for over 30 years and the day we brought our parents there it was not a good experience. Unhappy on this occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Packed as many people in as possible, poor service, rude, slow food trolleys and very tired looking restaurant. Nothing memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

End of year relaxation lunch. Good food. Timing great for YumCha

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GuyY
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been eating at Shark Fin in for many years. I lived in Hong Kong for 28 years and this is my favourite Chinese restaurant. Always recommend to friends and always take visitors for a truly authentic dining experience. Great for dim sum too.

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LindsayD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Have been there dozens of times for yum cha and always enjoy it. Food is always good and quite affordable. Nothing special in terms of decor, but I am normally there to enjoy the company of my colleagues rather than looking at works of art.

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MeredithM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Yum Cha. Huge variety of food to choose from. Delicious.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a fun time! Service is efficient and fast and food is delicious!

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SabrinaJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved the fact you can BYO wine/beer and the corkage was not absorbadant ($4/$5pp not per bottle). Could not fault the service, food or anmbience. Was very pleased and will go back. good value for money.

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gailm
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We have been coming to Shark Fin Inn for years and looked forward to the event on cup day. Food was good but there seemed to be too many pork dimsum and wantons and not the delicate variety and diffuse selection of ingredients we have normally come to expect.

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GlennT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

The dumplings were of good quality but the service and ambiance is really not what you go to a place like this for because the service is either non-existent or abrupt/rude while ambiance is like eating at a train station during peak hour with lots of people screaming in Chinese at you. Go for the dumplings and only the dumplings - they are pretty good. If you are entertaining business people (like I was) or after a romantic date, go elsewhere.

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MichaelP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

A little disappointed with the variety of steamed dumplings on offer. No siu Mai or har gow which was a real blow. We went to the 1330 sitting so perhaps all the good stuff had gone earlier. Very good service and decently priced wine list. Overall good without being spectacular.

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iPhill
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Shark Fin Inn remains one of the best places for Yum Cha in Melbourne. Highly recommended.

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WayneR
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

First time going to Shark Fin for Yum Cha. Food was good but the range of dishes offered was a bit limited.

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ROGERC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

nothing came upstairs, same 3 dumplings did 10 rounds. Not what Yum Cha is supposed to be

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ArielW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food with great service. Definitely a must for yumcha lovers. If you are a big eater go with all-you-can-eat for $42. It is worth it. I recommend it 100%!

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JodieW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great restaurant with lovely food but it’s not a relaxing meal, the staff seem to try and hurry the meal and hurry you out the door.

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Shark Fin Inn is rated 4.2 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

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