The Carlton Wine Room

4.8
391 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
  • Contactless payment available
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 391 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoranD
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, service and seat. I had forgotten just how good the food and service was here. Great to go back and only the menu had changed. Great work! Also, thanks for such a great seat for my wife and I. It was a birthday dinner and she felt very well catered for.

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SashaH
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

I had heard raving reviews about this place and I was so excited to try it. Unfortunately my husband and I did not enjoy our experience.
It felt very rushed and before we could take a sip of our drinks the food was already there we were done in 45 mins.
The food wasn’t great either we had a very bland pasta and side of greens which was broccoli leave just with a whole load of lemon on it and was very average.
One thing I did enjoy was the anchovies on toast and the drink were nice.

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Peter
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always absolutely fantastic with a super burgundy recommendation from the lovely Sommelier Sayaka. Tried the cauliflower salad and rib eye. A really nice vibe and super friendly team.

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, dish after dish was excellent. And to top it off the service was impeccable. Couldn’t fault it, all servers were attentive and friendly. Highly recommend!

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BarryM
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent wine advice from Travis, wonderful food, terrific ambience

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Samuel
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. Great attention to detail. Food was superb with excellent use of local produce. Chef’s menu highly recommended.

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Reuben
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Literally no gaps in the service. It was just delivered with so much disdain, it just made us feel awful and unwelcome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

We had really high expectations coming to Carlton wine room and were very disappointed with the food. I don’t want to be rude but many of the dishes we ordered were almost inedible and nothing was particularly enjoyed. The cauliflower salad was the worst thing I’ve eaten in a while. It was all just shockingly disappointing.

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Organicmandigitalworld
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall we had a great experience, the main item that downgraded the restaurant was their lack of accessibility to cater for babies and toddlers. When we made our booking we highlighted that we would require a high-chair for our child. When we arrived, we were informed that The Carlton Wine Room only had 1 high-chair. Without a highchair it would be impossible to enjoy our meal, so we decided to leave the restaurant. Thankfully, as we stood out the front deciding where else we could go, the helpful manager informed us that he was going to try and procure another high chair from a neighbouring restaurant, which he did. We went back in and enjoyed our delicious meal and the complimentary splash of bubbles. On leaving the borrowed high-chair was quickly taken away and given to another customer in the same predicament as us.

This issue was not the staff's fault but The Carlton Wine Room who only had 1 high-chair.

If you have a child that requires a high-chair, I would recommend calling The Carlton Wine Room the day of the booking to make sure you have secured the only high-chair in the restaurant.

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GeorgeC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Travis is an amazing sommelier! Trust his recommendations. Food was outstanding - for those not so much into deserts, rum baba is highly recommended

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CaseyM
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and the service was amazing. Nice vibe not to loud and crammed even for a Saturday night. Had a really lovely time will be back

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TeresaW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service, Carlton wine room never disappoints!

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JTaN
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall a really nice experience. Great friendly service and ambiance.

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Miranda
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food and an incredible wine selection.

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Lochie
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The steak of the night was beautiful, staff were friendly and very helpful. Staff also had great knowledge of wines 👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience2

Hair in the kingfish when it arrived. Downhill from here. Not precious so we removed it. Yuck. Not sure why the kingfish was so bad. Why ruin such a delicious sashimi served with an absurd amount of horse radish? Pretty average place after having higher expectations. Female waitress was very stand offish and arrogant. There are way better places with charm to go in Melbourne!

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NatalieW
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible. Every dish was a delight and the service was so polished and impressive. The place also had incredible lighting and great views. Cannnot recommend highly enough and will definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food, best ambience, best wine, could not have been better!!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Our waitress provided very good service. The food was a bit too salty for me. Other then that it was pretty nice experience.

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to meet with friends after work. The bar food/appetisers were delicious and outstanding and worth returning for.

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Rhiannon
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Carlton Wine Room was the perfect Sunday lunch destination. The menu had enough variation to cater for different dietary requirements and tastebuds and was equally delicious. I will definitely return for dinner with friends or date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

The food and staff were lovely! We were sat in the top part of the restaurant and it was very, very loud due to large tables which made it hard to have a conversation. Would definitely go back when we are next in Melbourne, but request to be sat away from large parties.

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vipCP3121
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was excellent, we did the $80 set menu and it was fabulous. Just the right amount of food for our group. The knowledge of the staff was fantastic also making great recommendations for matched wines.

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dud04
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Excellent food is lt down by staff that doesn't listen to the diner when taking food orders

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Rassa
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very enjoyable lunch - the food was wonderful and the service excellent.

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a wonderful night to celebrate our daughter birthday. Thank you all for being so accommodating and especially to the special dietary needs , you were all so caring.

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Riana
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service fantastic, lovely ream. Great food and wine!

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Annad
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our experience at Carlton wine room. Lovely staff and delicious food.

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CarlieR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reliably excellent quality food, wine and service.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food and amazing service. On

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SilvijaS
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere:) Can not wait to go back!

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience at Carlton Wine Room. Amazing food, wine and hospitality.

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Sarah
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals and service experiences I have for a long time!
Every single staff member was professional with an easy manner, there was no rushing through courses, they were friendly and knowledgeable on the menu and wines and the food was A-Mazing. I can't recommend the Carlton Wine Rooms enough. Go - Eat - Enjoy! I can't express how perfect our long lunch was. It will be remembered.

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irenel
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous ambiance food & wine
Worthy of a meandering and relaxing meal

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and ambience. Excellent fixed price menu option.

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Dono
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every dish was outstanding and the level of service was just as good. Love the variety you get by sharing lovely meals with friends instead of each person just doing their own thing with a main meal.

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CharlotteS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it!! Had such a lovely experience there ♥️ Food was so flavoursome and the staff were very accommodating.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Was let down by Carlton wine room. Heard good things but service was stuffy, food sub par.

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MisterV
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived, service en pointe, food delicious and sent out at a good pace, drink recommendations were spot on. Ambience was relaxed and very enjoyable.

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this is my second time eating here and i have to say that i’m very satisfied with my visits to carlton wine room. ordered 5 different dish and a bottle of wine. everything was so good. the dishes looks pretty simple but the ingredients were very fresh and the taste was surprisingly complex. service was also good. price is a bit high but definitely worth it.

FAQs

The Carlton Wine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 391 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.