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Shark Fin Inn, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Shark Fin Inn

4.0
4
97 Reviews
$40 and under
Chinese
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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 9 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9662 2681
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 97 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Great for brunch

97 Reviews
  1. DavidD

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We use their Keysborough establishment most often and this was our first visit to the city restaurant. Being Mothers" Day, the restaurant was busy, and this would have impacted on the level of service. Our only disappointment was that they moved us along by 2115 even though we were still engaged in post-dinner conversations. There were other tales still being occupied, so this moved caused us confusion.

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  2. Beth

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are regulars at Shark Fin Inn but this had to be our best visit ever. AND it was Mother's Day, notoriously the busiest day of the year for restaurants apart from Lunar New Year. It was flawless, the food was delicious and somehow still their best despite the business. There was a an abundance of wait staff who were all a pleasure to deal with, very attentive. We never waited long to place an order or to receive a specific request. I don't know if the banquet is what they usually do each year but I wanted to feedback that it was so well done and efficient. If they do this again, we will do this every year for Mother's Day! Thank you for a flawless service, our family had a wonderful time. We ate 2 egg tarts each by the end and the mums were very happy indeed 😊

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very traditional dim sum. Nothing fancy just all the classics. If it’s existed since 1980 you know they’re doing something right

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always love coming here. Great food and service.

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  5. Elaine

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, food amazing , if you like the bustling of a busy Chinese restaurant this is where you should come!

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  6. 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
    The staff were quick, efficient and great to deal with

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  7. Kenji

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service excellent. Food average. A bit pricey for what we got.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were placed in one corner of the room. By the time the trolley got to us, it was empty. We waited more than ate. In the end, I suggested to my wife to just place the order manually, which worked.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff are not welcoming. One of the staff is very pushy when ordering. No thank you on the way out. Food are good. Price is good value for money.

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  10. MelissaJ

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food. Booking a table was easy. Will return

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  11. PennyB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Eh, it was okay. Very rushed. Very overpriced. Being our first time, would of liked a bit of a run down if how it works. No prices on anything. Food was okay but certainly not worth the money

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Many years since we came here. Did not find staff warm and friendly, food ok. Got charged $24 for bringing own wine for 3 / 5 people and $20 for bringing plates to our table for our own birthday cake which they didnt have to do anything for. Wish Id brought paper plates or none at all. Most restaurants never charge for byo birthday cake and 5.50 for a small plate of prawn crackers which are usually complimentary. Honestly, its just not worth dining out if this occurs. Wont be returning. I say lift your game & value customers. We didnt cause the pandemic loss of profit to the hospitality industry!

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  13. CarolH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant. The food is always hot and tasty. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the staff are usually attentive. On this occasion we were perplexed that one male staff server always passed our table without enquiring if we wanted anything from his trolley, which for yum Cha is very annoying. Otherwise yum Cha at Shark Fin Inn is excellent.

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  14. Keryn

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were 6 people on a table for 4 squashed between the aisle and another table. When asked for more room were ignored. Were told we had to leave soon. We had been waiting for spring rolls for 20’ or so. We had to ask 3 timed before we were served then another 2 servings arrived. We were not offered enough variety, predominantly prawns. And it was expensive.

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  15. AdrianL

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Melbourne Institution! The Food and Service at Shark Finn Inn never disappoints! The food is always fresh and the servings generous. The team are very efficient and helpful. If you intend to head here for Yum Cha I would recommend You book first to avoid disappointment.

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  16. Philly

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked a table for 8 for 12.15pm. On arrival we were informed we had to be gone by 1.30pm. Had we had known this in advance we would not have made the booking. Food was excellent, but far too rushed which ruined the experience for us. Our waiter Jack was very good and was sympathetic to our situation but it was outside of his control. Restricted times should be made much clearer.

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  17. Pegs

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Good yum cha spot however we were cramped into a tiny table and constantly bumped by the trollies. I asked Rindo the number of people twice before the day, there were no reply and they didn’t action the request. This resulted in us being out in a table that is too small for the number of people. Some of us had to sit well back from the table to fit everyone in. It was hard to get someone’s attention to order drinks.

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  18. SandyM

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, very helpful staff - having a baby in a pram was t a problem

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  19. MelindaY

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Shark Finn is always wonder. Fresh, tasty food served by very attentive wait staff

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  20. PatriziaP

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a small group service is fast food yummy & lots of noise. Love the ambience

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  21. SueD

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Experience was chaotic, noisy, fast passed. Food good but I felt it was expensive.

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  22. YanL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, would love to see more variety of food and desserts

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  23. Stan

    Singapore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant ambiance on the low scoring side due as decor is dated and run down. Food is good but service was a bit lacking. Would come again if prices weren’t on the steep side.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit Shark Fin on every trip to Melbourne. The food is always delicious, the service friendly and very efficient.

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  25. lenh

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited Shark Finn Inn for Chinese New Year luncheon set menu for $66.00 all you eat buffet amazing range of food endless servings dragon came in to restaurant very entertaining even manager Gabrielle came over and greeted us will be back

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated and watered and all was ok at first. We ordered the banquet which would have expected to be straight forward. However after noticing others receiving all their food and service realised something was amiss. The manger then said without any apology or explanation he didn’t have time to give us what we ordered as we had to be out of x o’clock so he can do a watered down western dish special to get us turned over. The option was that or well….nothing. The apology didn’t come until we left. The food that we were served was nice. I was also told the extra plain noodles for our son weren’t available which was a lie. Wasn’t well handled on their part. Never received as bad service ever anywhere.

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  27. Chezzie

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a beautiful place to have dinner. The food here is always excellent, never disappoints!! That's why whenever we are in the city for a show we love to return to the Shark Finn Inn. The staff are always attentive and attend to our needs promptly and efficiently with a smile and sometimes shared laughter. Many happy memories here!!!

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  28. WendyR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of Melbourne's classic Chinese restaurants. We had the banquet and it was well-timed and of course, delicious. Service is perfect. Good table. Consistently excellent.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a variety of delicious bites. There were many choices. The staff were pleasant and service was prompt. We mentioned a particular dish we were looking forward to and this was ordered for us from the kitchen at once.

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  30. AngieG

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    THE FOOD WAS AMAZING AND SO WAS THE SERVICE!!!10/10

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  31. WinnieN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best yum cha and service in Melbourne.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very bad customer service. Waiters walk off halfway through taking our order and some dishes came very late pretty much when we were finished with the remaining dishes.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve been coming here for yum cha for years but unfortunately won’t be anymore after this last visit. The trolley selections were very limited, s&p calamari, fried puffs and not much else. We waited for our favourites to come but they never did. We ended up ordering a La carte and this took ages, kept having to follow up with staff who assured us it was 5 minutes away for about 45 minutes. Now searching for a yum cha experience that comes close to what SFI used to offer…

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  34. Michael

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Chinese meal ever. Had the Fortune Teller banquet. Every course was a magnificent culinary surprise. Staff were excellent.

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  35. EmilyM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service & atmosphere. I’ll be back ! :)

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  36. DavidD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service food was excellent seating was ample room

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  37. AlisonM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious yum cha. A lovely assortment of the standard dishes.

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  38. BettyM

    Victoria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was delicious, the service was get us in get us out. We received the bill before we had finished our courses. We were asked to move tables for our last course and then all of a sudden all of these round tables were being wheeled through the restaurant, tables were being set, tablecloths, glasses, cutlery. We were then second class customers while the staff greeted other customers. A free meal should be offered to us

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The evergreen Shark Fin is so much part of Melbourne - as always the yum cha and service were wonderful😀

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Perth

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was ok. Very loud and hard to hear. Average value for money - we had the banquet

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FAQs

Shark Fin Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9662 2681.

Shark Fin Inn is rated 4 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Shark Fin Inn

50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Takeaway
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