The Carlton Wine Room

4.7
125 reviews
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$40 and under
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European
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
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SK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, beautiful wine, a special place to take that special someone.

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M
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Funky little bar downstairs which, personally, is spoiled by the contemporary jazz background music and a classy restaurant on the first floor. We had outstanding food (the kingfish and chicken particularly good) and a great selection of wines. Service was exemplary. As good as any I’ve had. Great night out. Great atmosphere (upstairs). Loved it!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A really great meal (I love the sharing plates which mean you get to tast lots of different things) all complemented by really good service

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MD
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food!

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D
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing food and great looking restaurant tucked away in a quiet corner in Carlton. Wine selection is great too. Entrees and starters are much tastier than the mains. Service was adequate but not great. Glasses of wine were cleared from the table without offering if customers wanted another drink. Sommelier seemed annoyed that we asked about specials (as we didn’t know he was the sommelier). And we had to request to look at dessert menus as again, it was not offered when our mains were cleared.

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OT
46 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the menu choices, service was fast and friendly, generous portions and very good value. The anchovy fried toast was incredible!

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BE
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Having been here a number of times, the wine list compiled by Travis never misses a beat, whilst the food is always great.

On this occasion, the service was a little bit off to start, but with a change of waiter to waitress it improved significantly.

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s
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great tasty food and cocktails, really nice ambience.
Perfect for group or romantic dates.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really friendly and knowledgeable staff, the food was simple and really well executed, I would go again without any hesitation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Hot stuffy room with elevator music blaring out.

Very pretentious wine waiter - rapidly became apparent he knew very very little about anything. Served flat champagne whilst snootily commenting that the wine room avoids the use of flutes. Sent back. Most of the wine list unavailable. Also failed to actually offer the wine to be tasted just slopped it into the glass. Food unpalatable to average.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic menu and lovely service made for a great evening. Would definitely go back

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LW
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was a very pleasant evening and the food and service was good.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed our experience here however we we’re seated upstairs and it was very warm and noisy . There was an air conditioning unit though it wasn’t being used .
We would only sit downstairs in future .

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AR
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The CWR does everything on point in every aspect of it's hospitality, food and wine. It's always a pleasure and will be back again sometime soon!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service! Travis and his team are very professional, they clearly enjoy and take pride in what they do. Food is delicious and the wines are different, interesting and perfectly matched to their menu.
Will keep coming back, at least every season!
Well done guys and THANK YOU!
Andrés

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N
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food delish & service impeccable. Nice not to be rushed out at 2hour seating mark.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

CWR we weren’t that impressed. The wine was very good. Food was passable. We had anchovy, croquettes, kingfish tartare, broccoli with pork, mussels and tripe and cuttlefish gratin (which was revolting and we couldn’t eat). It’s more of a casual vibe. More suitable for a lunchtime. Sat upstairs so not as much vibe as front bar/street level. Would only go back for a casual drink/bite. Not the place for a special occasion.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food and the staff, we were given a voucher for Christmas by my brother and his wife, and are looking forward to bringing them with us soon

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JG
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went for a casual lunch with o/s visitors ( and we are from WA) and are full of praise for the food and service. Wait staff helpful and knowledgeable and every dish ordered was a delight of flavour and presentation. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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a
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carlton does it! turns an, at first, uninspiring (not much around) location into a 'must go' haven of gastronomy and fine wine.Downstairs a casual bar top, upstairs a crisp, clean dining room: all cool sage and copper, attentive table service from friendly giants, creative sharing-menu just the right side of fancy, impressive complimentary tastes and textures without flim-flam.. across all six courses. Impressive and oh so professionally handled. Simple ingredients confidently perfected in tasty dishes...and then there's a wine list, what a wine list!! Excellent by the glass selection too, vermouth and warm advice from an extremely cheerful wine-guy great, very personal selection of local and European gems. Lots of real care has gone into this place, people who like what they're doing and deliver!. It feels good to be there, hope it'll run and run.

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OL
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Second time I have been here. Just as out standing as the first time. The wine list is cracking and the Somm is a really lovely bloke who will talk you though it all. Let him pick for you. The wait staff are great the woman who looked after us was fantastic. Anchovies on on bread, the croquettes (like french katsu croquette?), rump cap and the fish are all great.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Wine was great. Service also good but not overly chilled and friendly perhaps friendly but smug. Food was all prepared well and nice but not exceptional or overwhelmed to be honest. Was expecting more. When the bill came we did think it was very good value however when including the drinks too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Start to end was amazing experience that i will remember it for good. Best of best there. Thank very much for great food and wine not to mention “caring us”

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RE
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly the best meal I’ve had in Melbourne. Fantastic, relaxed service. And I’d pay nearly twice this for a similar meal in the States. Stunning night.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent knowledge staff help to create a relaxed and enjoyable ambiance supported by wonderful food and wines.

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L
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue, great service and great food. What more can you ask for?

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CW
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine was amazing - the list is extensive so having a sommelier to help navigate was great! Service was prompt, friendly and professional with each dish well explained and any questions readily answered.
Each dish was incredible - we especially loved grilled pork chop and the corn (genius!).

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Sorry! Overrated!

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JC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had a very enjoyable evening with fine food and wine.
It was, however, rather a hot night and the air conditioning was not up to it.
Noise level was also a little high...but we were a table of older people!
We will still be back...

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b
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

so good! been wanting to try for a while & will DEFINITELY be back

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MB
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Circular table and seats was perfect for s family get together with 6 people. Tasting menu was interesting and the perfect way to go for a group!

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e
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Great food ruined by poor service. We didn't appreciate the bottle of wine we had ordered being used at another table, nor the response of the waiter - complete denial. Mistakes happen, but as customers we were treated badly, and with rudeness. Given the cost of the lunch it left a sour taste. Pity that the kitchen staff are let down badly by the dining room.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Great wines (as you’d expect) and service was great. Only small critical point was no diet/zero sugar soft drink. We had one diabetic, so that was a small issue.

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I really enjoyed the food, wine and service at the Carlton Wine Room. I would recommend it to all my friends

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SO
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Caught up with girlfriends and perfect for the occasion

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A
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Enjoyed our meal with 6 friends though the noise level made it hard to hear. Food and service was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service. Highly recommend

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WH
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had a marvellous dinner here on a Thursday night with a group of friends and my brother. There was a slight buzz about the place but it was by no means noisy and had a warm and energetic ambience. As we started to work through the smalls menu, I think we realised very quickly that you could really order anything from here and not be disappointed. We ended up trying a good portion of the entrees and appetisers and not a single dish was anything less then excellent. The duck and pork croquettes proved especially sublime to all's taste, as did the the silky and rich focaccia with mushroom and stracciatella, the cuttle fish - superb, kingfish - brilliant! Our only dissapointment was perhaps we did not even reach the mains or in fact try every entree/appetiser. Perhaps this was made up for but the fathoms of our wine selection, which proved excellent also. All night long, each wine could not be faulted and was carefully selected and catered exceptionally to all of our tastes.

All in all a flawless experience and eagerly looking forward to returning to try the other side of la carta.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Booked an early table thinking we would have a pre-dinner drink. When taking our orders we were offered the set menu but told in the same breath that we wouldn't have time to eat it as our table was pre-booked and would have to be vacated quickly. This had not been made clear at time of booking or I would have gone elsewhere.

While I appreciate that restaurants have two sittings to maximise turnover and profit, we felt rushed and pressured the entire time, which did not make for a pleasant dining experience especially at this expensive price point.

Food was nice but nothing amazing. Not good value and I would not recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely anniversary dinner there - I highly recommend it. The steak was one of the best I’ve had.

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