The Carlton Wine Room

4.7
71 reviews
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$40 and under
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European
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Modern Australian, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Monday 12pm - late Tuesday closed Wednesday 4pm - late Thursday 4pm - late Friday 12pm - late Saturday 12pm - late Sunday 12pm - late
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Phone number
(03) 9347 2626
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Private dining and functions
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Parking Details
Shopping Centre Car Park
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Public Transit
TRAM - Tram Route 1 and 6. Stop 112 on Elgin St BUS - Bus 200 and 207 along Lygon St and Elgin St Bus 250 and 251 along Rathdowne St
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dogs permitted, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 71 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I'm still a bit nostalgic for the old decor, but the food has improved, I have to admit, and there are a few more options for vegetarians (though still not quite enough). I've been here twice in the last two weeks. Both times with set menus. The first, a Friday night, was almost ruined by totally inappropriate and overloud dance music. I can imagine that would be fun at 5.00 when restaurant staff are setting up, but by 7.00 or 8.00 when people are shouting at each other to be heard, it's just annoying and a bit of a disincentive. Second occasion was a smaller group in one of the round nooks. Very lovely for a group of five. Tasting menu was excellent value; the sommelier matched our wine perfectly (half glasses for tasting was so great) and music - though annoying - was not as intrusive.

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An exceptional meal. Everything was the best version of itself - the briney-est oyster, the most flavourful chicken, the most vibrant broccolini, and so forth. The sommelier was outstanding; excellent recommendations to accompany the daily menu. It's quite relaxed and unfussy, yet with remarkable attention to detail and beautiful presentation. Highly recommended.

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P
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again a terrific experience from this freshly awarded venue. Awarded a hat by Age good food guide a few weeks ago plus Australian sommelier of the year 2018 for part owner Travis Howe prompted us for another look - just keeps getting better every time. Cannot wait for the new seasonal summer menu and incredible salads that go with it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food - loved everything

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is the best value for dollar in Melbourne for fine dining!! The small plate motif for the prix fixe dinner is perfection, as os the half glass per course wine pairing. I have had dozens of ‘chef’s menu’ dining experiences around the world, and this is near the top in terms of value for dollar.

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ID
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice venue ; decor relaxed ; good booths
Interesting food ; A few more choices would be goid

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LE
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Wine knowledge was impressive.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, incredible wines and great service.

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UM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal, great service, knowledgeable staff. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. We hope to be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food tasted extraordinary. You cannot expect better cooking of this kind anywhere.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly service. Relaxing dining area.Staff knowledgeable on wine.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Menu range was good, food excellent, service good too

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MH
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rare find in Australia -waiting staff who anticipate and respond

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d
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Food was wonderfully cooked. Chicken was succulent and gently spiced. Wagu rump was full of flavour.
Was hard to find a value wine but the Lowboi reisling was excellent. But your wine is more expensive than I’d anticipated.
Appreciate the tap water.

But our table was too small for 4 - a constant juggle to fit in the food on. It felt like a second class, last minute table in the hallway. And it was way too dark. Had to use the phone torch to see the beautiful food.

And somewhat outside your control I know but the shrieking laughter of a woman on the other side of the room was pretty bad.

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TL
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable meal at The Carlton Wine Room on a Monday evening. Our waiter was very helpful, and we appreciated help from the sommelier with choosing the matching wine. We were having a "weekday" meal and didn't want too much alcohol, the two glasses of wine paired with our meal were on point! The food was delicious, and we enjoyed the relaxed ambience of the restaurant. This would certainly be a place I would return!

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FS
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal at the Carlton Wine room. The service was impeccable and the food beautiful. Can't wait to return to try the tasting menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Decided to try CWR for Father’s Day after reading that it had won Time Outs restaurant of the year and chef of the year against some serious competition. I was unsure what to expect but have to say from the warm greeting at the door and beautiful wine matching by the staff we were all blown away. The highlight is the chicken as a shared dish and wonderful salads to compliment them. And if that wasn’t enough the night was topped off my an insane Pavlova for desert - fresh cream and fruit - it was simply divine. Found everyone to be so professional - highly recommend you give it a try. We did find Friday’s and Saturday’s were quite difficult to get a booking and Sunday night was busy but relaxed.

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J
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our night at Carlton Wine Room. The team there took great care of us and made outstanding wine selections for us. Very happy and can't wait to go back again soon!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous service, sensational food and delightful drinks

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TC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gee, these guys know how to run a restaurant. Awesome food, great wine list and seamless service. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Good advice about how and what to share. Pleasant Sunday lunch.

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JX
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was fantastic! Perfect balance of flavours, well thought out, with wines to match. Great place!!

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EG
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love. These guys care. And that's what is important.

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R
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food- downstairs made us nervous that it was just a cafe, but upstairs is magnificent!

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NW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite new restaurant in a very long time. The service was fantastic, food was exceptional and the cocktails were brilliant.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really enjoyed my dining experience with the Carlton Wine Room.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

For our group the music was far too intrusive and not necessary at all.

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T
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Enjoyed the food, wine was brilliant. Service was brilliant and patient, we order each dish separately as we felt peckish.

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CH
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely mouth-watering food. Such an amazing combination of flavours and textures. We had a fabulous date (my second time there) and will most certainly be back.

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CO
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant food and service.
Every dish was exquisite and so different
Wines were excellent
Andrew was a joy!

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MD
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic and ambient Sunday evening spent at The Carlton Wine Room. Delicious food, drinks with a beautiful and warming interior.

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P
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The bar keeps lifting, new menu with seasonal fresh changes being made constantly and spanking wine list at super value prices - can not speak highly enough and cannot stay away !

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E
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

This time I was disappointed with the service and the food, in particular the lack of choice on the menu.
The building, the ambience and the marble bench promise so much.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous again! Great food, excellent local wines and great service. Wonderful atmosphere. Looking forward to a return date!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything you want in a Sunday lunch. I’m still dreaming about the Rum Baba even know I don’t often order dessert at a restaurant. Keep up the excellent work guys and congrats on the recent awards.

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AO
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very knowledgeable staff and excellent attentive service.
There were some alterations to the menu due to seasonal ingredients and availability, but the staff members made us immediately aware of these changes.
The warm farewell at the end of the dining experience really made the night.
Highly recommend this venue.

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GE
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Would definitely return - loved the fit out and the staff were really good. Appreciated being able to get a meal after 8.30 too - food was good and reasonably priced.

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I
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had excellent service and a great recommendation on wine. Would highly recommend.

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AR
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Our party of 6 had a terrific meal. Our only complaint on the (Saturday) night was the noise level. When the room was full we struggled to hear each other across the table. A lively buzz is one thing; a din is another. Otherwise it was a terrific experience.

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ED
30 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was only my second visit to this restaurant, and already it's one of may faves! Once again it didn't disappoint with great table, delicious food and wine - and an increasing rarity these days - an informed intelligent and friendly staff!

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