The Carlton Wine Room

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$40 and under
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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.
What 240 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Deliciousness without the pretentiousness. A causal environment that didn’t compromise on service or quality.

CM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food. The chef has truly mastered some incredible food combinations full of creativity and complementary flavours and textures.

R
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal, attentive staff and great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

VA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Good wine. Excellent service. It would be good if something could be done about the noise though as it is very noisy downstairs. Apparently upstairs is quieter.

ED
Melbourne / VIC
45 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

After a reasonable break from eating at this establishment, it was a breath of fresh air to return to a truly excellent establishment! From the greeting, that acknowledged our seating request, to the staff who introduce themselves, as the one "who will be looking after us tonight" - this is an object lesson in running a restaurant and making customers feel welcome. And we haven't even got to the food and wine yet!
The food, as we remembered, was excellent, and the wine choices, with a little help again from staff, well informed and delivered on expectations. It's an old adage that you only realize how good something is, when you step away, and then return! But the lesson here, is not stepping away, but why did we ever take so long to return! In a city where dining is cut throat and eateries a dime a dozen, this restaurant is really that good! Thanks again!

S
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful low key place with superb food.

R
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food as always and great ambience. Service was a little slow on ordering a couple of things. Had to remind staff a couple of times about some things. Otherwise food was beautiful and woukd go again !

P
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always food and wine selections simply outstanding - I just have to keep coming back !

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish was delicious, the service was outstanding & the wine recommendations spot on.

LE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

reliably excellent service & deliciousness at Carlton Wine Room. the wine we drank was top notch too! many thanks for over delivering again 😍

MM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the un usual food presentation - food was delicious and exciting! Atmosphere great! Owner Andrew spoke to us at length, we tried his wine and found him an overall great host! Definitely will visit again.
Maggie

JB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the daily menu which was delicious and interesting. I don’t usually eat anchovies and was pleasantly surprised at how yummy they were

MS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous venue , great location. Loved the space. Needed a bit of help with light to read the menu. Service was impeccable. Wine list was extensive but expensive.

c
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The rum baba at Carlton Wine Room has got to be one of my favourite desserts of all time!

EN
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. They even offer half portions so you can try more! Looooove

GT
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoy The Carlton Wine Room a few times a year. This is the first time in the upstairs room. Nice and spacious. Food is always wonderful and wine by the glass top class. Best dishes we had were the "Cauliflower salad, sesame, sumac, chilli, fried chickpeas" and the "Stracciatella, mushrooms, rosemary, potato focaccia". Looking forward to our next visit soon.

GC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Couldn't fault the food, wine or service; a real gem. 10/10.

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food! Loved every dish.

PT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my go-to place, a delightful combo of wine, food, beautiful service and divine atmosphere. Sets the ‘bar’ very high!!

MB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food excellent. Kingfish and scallop and calamari/tripe were standouts. Duck croquettes probably the low light because of stringy texture and clingy sugary dollops on the top. Zucchini salad also fabulous.
Service great in the upstairs restaurant. Not so great at the door where we stood ignored for a while.
We tried three glasses of different wines. Each one was new to me and each was very enjoyable which leads me to suspect that the others on the list would be terrific also.
Thoroughly recommend. We will visit again.

G
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and ambience, lots of variety available on the menu and would recommend to anyone looking for great experience. Pricing pretty reasonable too.

A
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service attentive and informative but took a while for plates to arrive. Great choices of wine and cheese. Ladies toilet could have had it's 'intimate' rubbish bin emptied. Otherwise a lovely vibrant experience. thanks

BV
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent wines from all of the World, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Only had snacks but food looked very good.

BC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Absolutely outstanding service, catered to my girlfriends dietary requirements so incredibly well, the waitress at our section nailed every detail. The noise level in the dining room was loud but bearable.

AL
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As usual beautifully presented excellent food. Our visitors from Perth were very happy and we loved the Oregon pinot noir.

LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibes, amazing food. Wait staff are knowledgeable and attentive.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff were just fantastic & we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Food was excellent and when something went wrong with our meal coming late due to miscommunication with the kitchen...they were very apologetic and tried hard to fix it. Highly recommend

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved everything about this wine bar. We had a tasting menu with great wine pairing. In each course our waitress gave us an explanation about our food and wine. I can’t wait for our next visit to Carlton Wine

TF
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Experience.. Ttravis took us on a great Journey very enjoyable with matched wines.. Fantastic

PB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I had heard of The Wine Room for many years but never had the opportunity to attend.It was a good experience although I think it is not a venue for every occasion.Somewhat a left field approach with food and at least on the evening I attended it was very noisy.Not a venue for a quiet dinner with friends.

P
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed everything about The Carlton Wine Room. Food was outstanding as was the wine selection.
Also the staff were fantastic, can't wait to go back.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Fantastic food and wine and even better service. Brilliant place for dinner for two or a larger table.

V
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoughtfully creates dishes. Delicious in their simplicity. Staff exudes same character- unassuming but helpful and knowledgeable. Recommended we have half the pasta serve so we can order the other main we liked. Great wine list with a great value Veltliner, my current fave.

H
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant I have been to for food, service and wine.
Example 1 - we have a habit of ordering to excess so we can taste a little bit of everything. The waiter suggested a half serve of wine if the dishes - very proactive.
Example 2- the sommelier had revised our menu prior to coming to our table and had selected wines to accompany each of our courses if we were happy to leave that in his hands. We did and we weren’t disappointed.
Example 3 - the food was amazing. The anchovy, duck/pork croquettes, tripe (not normally a fan but sublime) , the flounder not to mention all the sides wee perfection.
Thank you. - it was a wonderful experience

T
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly beautiful food, lovely staff, great venue, and extremely good value. I will be back!

ES
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible service and amazing food & wine! 10/10 would recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

My partner and I were seated on a table of 2 between upstairs to two groups of 10 women. Some more thought to seat planning would have made our dining experience a bit more enjoyable. Meals were ok but didn’t quite hit the mark on the entrees.

JO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great wine list and really good service, we had a great evening. Highly recommend that place

J
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Overpriced. Wines were very good but not exceptional.

a
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we love your restaurant and the waiters ....... the look of the restaurant and the yummy food