The European

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583 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Pre/post Theatre

The European takes the best from Old World Europe and serves them using produce from Australia and Europe. It is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A set menu is available along with the more traditional menus. The warm wooden tones of the interior set the mood for an old world meal. Come with a partner or a group of friends for dinner and enjoy selections such as the freshly shucked oysters in a red wine shallot vinegar or the Yasa caviar selection. Dine on suckling pig served with black pudding and apple or the rabbit cassoulet. The European boasts a versatile wine list that focuses on European wines that span the continent from Italy to Spain. All bottles listed on the menu are also available for sale to take home with you.

The European has several venues that it offers for private events and parties.

Private Dining

Our award winning menu designed by our executive Chef Ian Curley, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The European is one of our favourite restaurants. When we visit Melbourne from the country, we always consider the European when we dine out!

DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You have to go to the European once in your lifetime!

RD
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great European food and wine and friendly service. Well located next to Princess Theatre and easy access in Melbourne CBD.

JC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delightful way to spend a pre Theatre luncheon. Lovely atmosphere.
Could be somewhere in Italy

NT
Tasmania
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always such a delightful evening out. Great food, staff and delicious wines.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bernaise was amazing!!! Absolute highlight.

JE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love to visit the European for reliably delicious food and excellent wine list. Service is attentive without ever being intrusive. The team are always efficient and friendly. My go to restaurant especially for work lunches.

L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service. I always love coming to this restaurant. The staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. I highly recommend this place if you love great European food and wine! 10/10 :-)

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

European is consistently great.

A
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning flavours, beautiful (yet unfussy) presentation in a lovely, warm ambience.

DK
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So torn here. The service here is just outstanding! Brilliant and incredibly friendly staff. Great meals too!! But there are plenty of other options that offer better value for the same quality...

ES
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent food ,good service and pleasant waiters to have a chart with...Enjoyable ,bur expensive ,esp on a Sunday night with surcharge...

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food, great ambience

DA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic little restaurant. Took me back to when I was in Italy. Great food and better atmosphere. Staff very friendly.

We ordered entrees and a main to share. Bought the main put on 2 plates such was great! One entree we ordered the size for 2 but it was recommended we just get the serving size for 1 - glad they suggested that as the serving size was large!

Went back for dessert after the show and the staff remembered us which was a nice touch.

JM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good service and food only let down by bread which should have been better. A nice sourdough or ciabatta would have been preferable to what was served up. However, this did not detract from our enjoyment of very good food and winelist and will certainly be returning.

SF
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Noise level an issue for reasonable discussion.

MP
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with my wife and parents to celebrate my birthday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was really very good, wonderful use of fresh herbs. The service was friendly and sincere and the atmosphere casual and comfortable. A lovely evening.

EL
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Definitely will come back. What a lovely place to dine out

N
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the food. Amazing flavours. Knowledgeable staff.
Unfortunate about the obnoxious table next to us that forced 2 other tables to relocate.

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This place never fails! Consistently interesting food very well prepared with extremely professional serving staff. We visit every time we come to Melbourne. Great wine list too

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and rustic filling food from France, Italy and England. Two courses was plenty and the wine list was comprehensive, delicious but a touch expensive.

EH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food. Very attentive service. Knowledgeable staff. Food very quick. Great option for dinner before Harry Potter

CK
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Lovely wine and wait staff. Gnocchi ok. Not earth shattering. Great ambiance. Walk to the toilets was grubby and very off putting.

RS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

More like a wine bar with food rather than a restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

It was too loud for our enjoyment 😔

LM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great for small groups - say 4. A very intimate space

CF
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

The restaurant has a nice flair although it might become at moments quiet noisy. The meals are ok, nothing terribly special to it. That the waitress didn't know what a Martini is... well I could overlook it, but making fun out of my request to close the restaurants door because my mother in law was feeling cold. That's definitely a no go. The European is, for an European I actually am, not european friendly enough. Sorry mate.

HM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food is always enjoyable but quite pricey, however reliable for a special occasion, the service is always excellent and the restaurant has a great atmosphere, I always enjoy my experience there and wish to thank the staff

f
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Even though the food was delicious, the 30% surcharge for a Sunday night meal was not impressive as we ended up paying $60 just for the privilege of it being a Sunday night! Kind of put a dampener on our night.

MP
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual brilliant food and service. I had the Paella with seafood and chorizo. Great dish lots of fresh seafood The rice was cooked perfectly just enough sticking to the pan and the chorizo was authentic and spicy.
Topped off with a great bottle of Chianti Classico what else could you want. Oh and the service spot on.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was impeccable!

D
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food was very good, the wines by the glass very enjoyable and the service efficient. Only problem is the noise level which is typical of most restaurants today but makes it very difficult to have a conversation even with the person sitting next to you.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our evening was superb. The food, the wine, the wait staff, the ambience. We are repeat guests and would go again in a heartbeat!

E
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic food. However I was disappointed we were unable to exchange the mashed potatoes that accompany the chateaubriand for another vegetable. We were offered pomme frittes .... which of course is fried potato chips - not quite the substitution we were after. In the end we were given more salad. Would have preferred any other vegetable. I don’t think “low carb” is an unusual dietary request and perhaps one which is usually easily catered for. First time I have not left a tip.

JD
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very disappointing night out. The noise level was too high, the food was average, they forgot our entrees. Wont be back.

DD
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and amazing food! The meat portions however were a little too much so could not finish meal

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very enjoyable all round. Food good. Service very friendly and attentive.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Apart from being a bit noisy, everything else about the occasion was excellent. The service was attentive, the food divine, the wine well matched and the ambience cozy.

KP
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was excellent as was the service. Wait staff are very efficient and knowledgable. The wine list was on the expensive side. A good bottle of wine does not have to be so expensive. A few more options under $100 would be pleasing to see.

JO
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great location, terrific service. Food for breakfast good.