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 214 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

JS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing dinner last Saturday there, trying the tasting menu with also tasting of wines, Travis was an excellent host! Would come back again!

BB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was outstanding, the wine was outstanding en the service too. We had a great evening.

PW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hospitality. Kitchen doing amazing things and the wine selection is brilliant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb wine and delicious food

SJ
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

In down from WA and was looking for a nice casual dining experience. Knew of the CWR. Was not disappointed.

It fits perfectly the surrounding area. The casual but quality presentation is perfect. The staff attentive but not over bearing. Loved the food and wine. Great value wine compliments an amazingly flexible menu.

Just loved it and will be back. Soon we hope.

AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely night in a casual dining room that felt private and intimate - great food and great wine!

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first experience with any restaurant in Melbourne, and it was a great start! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. The food was creative and well-executed.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely superb wine and food!

OB
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’d been waiting to visit for a while now and it was worth the wait. All the dishes we had were well balanced and delicious. The staff were friendly and professional. The stand out though was the Rum Baba, it has to be one of the best desserts I’ve had in years, I literally had to have a break in the middle to take stock of it all haha. The somm for the evening was great and knew when to give advice and when it wasn’t required. See you again soon.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was a bit so-so. I had the aubergine pasta dish, which was just a bland mix of two ingredients with similar textures. All I could hear of the music was the distorted bass. The service was lovely.

CP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

We had been recommended to try this place for lunch. It was very average. We had to keep requesting menu items that had been ordered and were forgotten. No one apologised for this but asked only “ do you still want it” and “ our machine is on the blink today”. A large group In the upstairs dining room was astonishingly loud with ear splitting shrieks of laughter for the whole three hours we were there. Another table of diners asked to be relocated because of the noise. When I asked if they could asked just to tone it down a little nothing happened. We ended up with splitting headaches and a stop start served meal with forgotten courses delivered out of sequence. Not a place I could recommend.

TF
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WE really enjoyed our experience. THe food and wine were great. Staff were terrific and knowledgable. Wine and food suggestions by staff were spot on and timely. we will definitely return GREAT !!

N
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service. Our waiter had excellent wine suggestions that paired perfectly with our delicious food, and was very attentive. Will definitely return!

AK
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Delicious food and the ambience was nice. However, throughout the service we felt rushed. If you get there on time and still don't have time for dessert then there's a problem. Our booking was at 6.15 and right on the dot at 8.15 we got told that they needed the table back and we could have dessert downstairs at the bar. We did just that but it still left a bad taste. Also after sitting down at the bar we had to ask for water after ordering desserts. Sure most restaurants these days impose a time limit but I've never felt rushed or asked to vacate at establishments of similar or better caliber such as embla, cumulus, cutler and co, Marion etc. Maybe I've just been lucky so far but if I'm spending over $250 for dinner this is not the kind of experience/service I'd expect or want. Personally I would not visit again nor recommend anyone to do so. There are just much better options out there.

AC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From start to finish, brilliant. Travis is an absolute super star. Knowledge & passion. Alex & Nina

g
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, Great Service, Great knowledge. We will be back with friends.

PW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Carlton wine room is back to being a fine dinning experience with excellent food , wine and service.

KE
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quality venue, attentive service, great food and wine. Certainly a 'go to' place for us !

AM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it, great place for a date or dinner with friends

M
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, attentive knowledgeable staff, highly recommend treating yourself to The Carlton Wine Room.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Melbourne! (And we eat out a lot!) can’t wait to be back!

TS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Great knowledgable service. Couldn't fault 10/10

LC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very relaxing dining experience. Delicious food and wine. Great service.

NB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are the first of our friends to dine at the Carlton Wine Room and we’ll be heartily recommending it! Nice ambience & music, cozy lighting, lovely intimate setting, great food, responsive service. All-in-all we had a great time. Thanks!