The Carlton Wine Room

4.8
326 reviews
$40 and under
European
Carlton Wine Room is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a well-executed, fresh, seasonal food menu, and an ever changing, diverse wine list featuring the best of Italy, Australia and the rest of the World. Carlton Wine Room offers bar space, an outdoor dining area, restaurant dining room and unique function dining spaces.

Please note, all reservations are 2hour seatings and spots are limited.

Covid regulations are in-place & please do not enter our venue if you are experiencing symptoms.

Guests selecting outside seating, please note this is subject to the weather and we may not be able to move your reservation inside in the case of bad weather.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 326 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed but amazing service. Also of course delicious food and wine.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff and delicious food. The scallop tostadas are my absolute favourite!

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John
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Thus was generally a very enjoyable experience. Unfortunately the food was disappointing. It seemed the produce was very good but the treatment and sauces were heavy handed and over worked. Sadly. Everything else was great, staff, wine and ambience.
Wouldn't recommend it to anybody interested in good food

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Olivia
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So beautiful, great ambiance and service. The food and wine was incredible

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Toby
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the CWR!!! Great service, incredible food and a very very solid wine list! Have been back several times. Highly recommended!

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GeorgeM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

spectacular and delicious evening - also love being able to bro on monday evenings.... very special!

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angelaw
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

MY expectations were high but not actually met. All serves were small and we went away hungry. The croquets were dry and tasteless. We also asked for salt, very strange for a high level restaurant to be under seasoned mostly we find them salty.

Some things were very good and enjoyed the wine. The female waiter we had was really good.

Just not exceptional as I had hoped for. I have recommended to my son to go and see what his opinions are.

Take into account I am perhaps an older person

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Viola23
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I ordered the chefs menu and they accommodated my dairy intolerance easily. Everything was delicious, in particular the raw scallop and the pork loin. Can’t wait to come back!

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DonA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food, great service and we will certainly be back soon

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RickD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The menu is quite limited, but all our selections were delicious and well put together. The pork and duck croquettes were rich and satisfying, and the wagyu caps came in a deeply flavoured stock reduction which was memorable. The serve of fried potatoes was generous, crisp and well-flavoured.

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DorotaB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Four of our family had lunch on Sunday the 27th. We sat on the 1st floor which wasn’t as “good” as downstairs but still very nice. Service was excellent as was the food.
We will definitely come back.

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Ledger
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A non-pretentious setting where the food shines amongst an incredible wine list.

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YasminR
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly service, fabulous food, warm vibe and great drinks list

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WilliamH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb. Second time visiting and I am once again impressed and inspired by the coherency and quality of the menu, wine selection and service. Took some friends from out of town here and so glad I could let them in on one of my favourite restaurants. Highlights include the stracciatella, anchovy bread (of course) and wagyu rump cap which was really completed by the iceberg lettuce - nontheless I truly believe there is no wrong choices here. Superb wine progression, of which all agreed the Georgian orange wine was poignant.

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RebeccaC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this place. Love it.

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Lolav
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine list! Amazing food! Went here for my birthday with friends, I knew it was going to be good but everything we ate was was delicious above expectations. Staff was super friendly and I think this is my new fav restaurant.

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TonyD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and excellent service from the 3 staff that assisted us.
I didn't like sitting right next to the door when I was trying to have dinner with my wife and the patrons were checked off the dining list right above my shoulder. Otherwise, dinner was lovely.

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AIVM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Entrees were good, mains and the broccolini side were a massive miss.
Good wine selection

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ChristineT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Good service from nice staff. Lovely restaurant. The food will please the crowds. There were a lot of scales on the whole snapper we got.

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KikiP
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was excellent, tasty and delicious. Classic flavours and some great wines.

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Frank
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience all round.. The Semmonlier was excellent as was the table service. Food was very good with great contrasting flavours. Will be back!

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IanL
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been here before and if you love wine and trying new ones with food to match, then this is the place Highly recommend if you have not been here before.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and venue.

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vipOpenTableDiner
Perth
43 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As we were leaving Melbourne we wanted to hit up as many of it's amazing hospitality venues as possible and Carlton Wine Room was on the "must do" list - and it did not disappoint! It truly is as simple as eating delicious food accompanied by amazing wines that the friendly and knowledgeable staff were happy to recommend. One of the best parts of the evening was the fact that they allowed us to order half portions which made this table of 2 very happy as we could pretty much try the whole menu! Highly recommend the anchovy on toast.

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Rebekah
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The reviews don't lie, this place is amazing. The food, service and atmosphere are all perfect. If it's your first time I highly recommend the daily menu.

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sandraB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

cant wait to go back, food and drinks was superb and a nice relaxed but classy vibe

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LilyH
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful special occasion meal. My partner and I had the daily menu which was a fantastic way to sample lots of the menu on our first visit. Was pleasantly surprised by the amount of food and that the daily menu included dessert. The service was impeccable and the staff were super knowledgeable about recommending wine to pair with the dishes. Ambience was wonderful. Cannot fault Carlton Wine Room at all - thank you for a great birthday dinner, we’ll be back!

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BrentD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dinner - food excellent, service impeccable and the wine (and sommelier’s advice) was great. One of the Melbourne’s best for sure.

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JimQ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Very enjoyable meal and the waiter was attentive and certainly knew the wines well. They matched the meal very, very well. Unfortunately the music was uncomfortably loud and the large table of diners near us had to talk loudly too. We felt that we were rushed a bit
but overall it still rated highly.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They never seem to disappoint. Food was amazing and great service as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food as always!
Staff was nice but not too friendly, but how can we blame them when they have to work with masks on?
This place never disappoints!!

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LLJisfull
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was ridiculous - highly recommend the daily menu to get a yummy taste of everything. We almost had to be rolled out of there too, so super good value :)

Staff were lovely, professional and made us feel relaxed and looked after. Only qualm is that we didn’t order enough oysters!

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BrionyE
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really don’t know what to write right now. I loved everything. Great food and great wine.

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time visiting The Carlton Wine Room and it was an experience to remember. Everything from the food to the service was wonderful, I had one of the best steaks I've ever eaten. Their expansive wine list and educated & sweet staff made for a great night - would definitely recommend.

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AlyssaR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have had the pleasure of dining at CWR on numerous occasions and it’s one of those places that is always good and you leave on a high. Doesn’t matter the season with menu or staff rotation. Service is helpful, food is always absolutely delicious and wine pairings and advice is always A1.

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HereIAm
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just lovely. First time out in a long time. Thank you for looking after us x

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seamless, laid back and elegant experience. DELICIOUS food, excellent wine advice. I felt totally COVID-safe reassured by attentive staff instruction and hygiene controls in place, which did not interfere with the lovely dining experience.

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TanH
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is as spectacular as the wine! Always love the Carlton Wine Room, chilled, beautiful and now with a bit more space to lean back and enjoy. It was the perfect way to celebrate the easing of restrictions and our first date out of the house in 4.5 months 💞

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible experience!
I’m a coeliac, they catered for me by having my own plate (of the shared plates) I’ve never had such great service, especially with my allergy. Nothing was a problem!
The Carlton Collins was the best cocktail I’ve ever had, I’ll definitely be back!

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RebeccaT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Food and wine was spectacular. Our seating was a shame - even though we booked our special dinner 3 weeks ahead, we got a table near the toilets on high bar stools on a long table to sit 8, so the ambiance was lacking and a bit uncomfortable, but the staff couldn't move us as they were full. I'd suggest next time keeping that spot for large group bookings or put a proper table there. But the food was really tasty, perfectly seasoned and the wine pairing/suggestion was excellent.

FAQs

The Carlton Wine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 326 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.