The European

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  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
  • 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The European is 'our' restaurant, we come here for special occasions and adore the food and ambience over everything. We've tried a lot of restuarants in Melbourne but always gravitate back to this quaint little eatery. Keep doing what you're doing, love it!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While visiting Melbourne to see Come from Away

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and fast, friendly service. Meals a bit pricey but delicious - desserts wow!

CM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the most lovely service - warm, friendly and genuine. Great food and beverage

RC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved the relaxed feel of the place & the staff were fantastic

OT
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Close to the Princess theatre! European charm and excellent service!!

D
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Getting too expensive, surcharge we a bit rich considering I paid $16 for scrambled eggs and $20 for a Bloody Mary. Not great people. No much to catering for vegetarians...

EL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service and food without the pretension of many lesser Melbourne restaurants. Superb wine list

JB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Fabulous staff

C
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We had a marvellous time at the a Europen but we felt like they were rushing us a bit and also there was a stressful mishap with our booking being listed multiple times .
However the staff were lovely and the food was great. It’s a charming restaurant.

D
Melbourne / VIC
18 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great place for a feed with friends. Excellent menu choice to cover most bases

d
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A step back in time from the modern cafes and bistros. Very European to the point of having somewhere to hang your overcoat. We enjoyed the different aspect of it.

MF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have been to The European Restaurant a few times and it never disappoint. Lovely food and very good service

S
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Not inexpensive but good food well presented. Friendly and informative waiters. Handy location.

JS
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love dining with your fabulous team , consistently outstanding yet relaxed service & attitude .

KW
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Service and ambience great. The wine selection is wonderful.

s
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Chose this restaurant for Sunday lunch due to its proximity to both St Patrick's Cathedral and Princess Theater as two of our companions were catching a show. It was perfect for the location, the food, service and overall experience. The boys in our party all loved their steaks. We also enjoyed the potted shrimps which we had for starters. The only thing keeping me from rating it excellent (instead of just very good) is that I ordered a bellini, but what I got just tasted like plain orange juice - seems like they forgot the bubbly!

RC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place never fails to deliver. The crab linguine just continues to be amazing.

SC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved everything about this place. The food was exceptional. The service was outstanding. And the ambience was perfect. We wil be back for sure.

BC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a beautiful meal here as a family of 5 for my daughter's 14th birthday. Food was as always, fabulous. With a good variety to choose from including exciting specials on offer to compliment the regularly changing menu. Service was attentive but not intrusive. As it was a particularly warm night it was nice to find the restaurant warm and inviting. Always a pleasure to dine here.

CR
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great friendly waiter service and knowledge.
Food and wine exceptional.

ZU
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Second time, however I felt that seating opposite the kitchen/waiters station was far too loud and disruptive.

Food was good and service was good

MR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourites, and the perfect place to spend my 30th birthday dinner.
Silver service with flair, a killer wine list and sensational cuisine make this restaurant a shining star in the Melbourne dining scene.
All aspects of the experience are consistent, detail-oriented and personalised. You are guaranteed a delicious and enjoyable meal.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Table service was excellent, good knowledge of menus and very efficient throughout the night!

R
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Love The European. The cheapest trip to a classic European eatery without the gruelling flights!
A must go to restaurant in Melbourne...breakfast, lunch or dinner.

YK
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After trying a few fine dining venues around Melbourne over the last 15 years we came to the conclusion the European is one of the best. Great service without the pretentious and smug found elsewhere, the food is consistently great, ingredients generally are locally sourced, curated by the chef for top quality, a well rounded wine menu, I never felt overwhelmed with options and the ones on offer are all great.

DK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Go to The European, you won't regret it. My wife and myself visited here from Sydney eight years ago and it was memorable - we can still remember exactly what we had that night. Just went back again last weekend and guess what? It was just as good - a Melbourne institution. We loved the sophisticated atmosphere, the knowledgeable staff and the food was just outstanding!! Would thoroughly recommend.

KL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place (the entire group of restaurants I frequent a lot). Meal the other night was so-so. Rare that happens though.

c
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

never change, still the same, always good. What I am saying...very good!CXR

NR
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service, warm atmosphere and food was fantastic . Will definitely be back there again .

C
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service, food and ambiance. First time going to the European in around 9 years and it’s still as good as ever.

DG
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yummy yummy paella and bomb Alaska also delicious. Will be back again

SG
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have been to this restaurant a few times now and am never disappointed. The food delicious and staff friendly will certainly return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was exceptionally delicious! The thought of the steak I had made me very happy!

S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing choice of wines and great personalised service. I dined there for 4 consecutive days as I was in the vicinity and every meal was a wonderful experience

KA
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came back after dining here ten years ago and it’s still fabulous. Wonderful, authentic food, pleasant service and great vibe 👍

KT
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant in all aspects - Great atmophere, food is sensational and wine amazing! The staff are always very knowledgeable and friendly with recommendations.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely lunch, I felt like I was back in Italy!!

PR
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very yummy good service good service good value bla bla

XW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Love the ambience will recommend to anyone!

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