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.
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.View Private Dining Details
Great food, wine and service. Will go back again next year.
One of my favourite places for lunch! Great food, excellent wine and lovely staff.
We had a very enjoyable night , the food was really good and the wine recommended by the waiter was excellent.
The only negative was that we had to wait for our first drinks for about 30 mins and then our food order was taken after about 50 mins which is a little slow, apart from that an excellent night.
Great food, service and ambiance - could not recommend more highly.
Have been going here since my early 20s. A favourite.
Great food as always, service super friendly and attentive.
The European never disappoints and our recent visit with friends just proved once more that it is a fabulous restaurant.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and the service from Alex (the waiter) was very professional and efficient.
I’m already looking forward to going back.....
I had the pork cutlet and it was quite simply the most delicious pork dish that I have ever eaten. The pickled vegetables complemented the rich saltiness of the pork. My friend was visiting The European for the first time and was totally blown away by the crab linguine. The whole meal was divine and the service is amazing. I will return to The European every time I visit Melbourne!
Fantastic food and amazing service. The Wine specialist was brilliant. Most enjoyable meal I’ve had in a long time
The only disappointment was a very intoxicated patron approached my table and had a very inappropriate conversation with my guest and I and the staff didn’t approach to check if we were ok. The intoxicated patron was mostly harmless but her friends had to come to the rescue but then they all stayed and it wasn’t really the sort of thing one would expect at such a venue ...local pub maybe. I’ll come back again!
Always a fantastic meal experience. Food is high quality and cooked perfectly. Wine list is mostly European so tended to nudge up the overall cost. Service is outstanding.
Mean amounts of wine when glasses were filled.
Chateau Briand which we ordered rare was not eye filet and quite tough.
Maître de overbearing.
Toilets ought to be cleaner.
The European does the best eggs Benedict on the planet. I have breakfast here every time I stay in the city. If your going for dinner try the mushroom risotto followed up by an amazing Chauteubriand for two.
Fantastic night, great service, excellent wine selection, couldn’t fault it
We booked a table for 2 for lunch on Saturday 6 April 2019 before going to see a show at the theatre, My mother only wanted something light for lunch so ordered the pancakes and I ordered Eggs Bendedict with smoked salmon. When the meals arrived my mother had 3 tiny pikelet sized pancakes on her plate which were sliding around like biscuits, I flipped one over and it was burnt to a crisp, all three were burnt on the bottom and completely inedible, we told the waitress about this and that we weren't happy she walked off and said that she would advise the cook but that was it, no offer of a refund or replacement, my eggs benedict was edible but lukewarm on arrival, not happy at all and would definitely not recommend this place to anyone.
Wonderful service, great food and wine. Here are extra words.
Love the space, love the diversity of the menu. Food was good. Service great, wine recommendations spot on - will return.
Great food sommelier amazing re enthusiasm for his products and correctly so
Service amazing and food well superb
We will return
Barry and Margaret
Delicious food and attentive waitstaff despite it being a busy night. Will happily return next time we are in Melbourne.
It was great experience to have a meal in a restaurant that wasn't super noisy and wast trying to impress with flavor combinations.
We had an excellent meal that used the best ingredients and the skills of the team in the kitchen.
We will return
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wine was great and food was excellent. Sommelier was friendly and made us feels special.
Have no hesitation in recommending the restaurant and will definitely be going back.
Outstanding and professional service. Food was delicious and seasonal. A little noisy but a fabulous ambiance. Highly recommend.
Delicious food in lovely euro atmosphere, great wine list
The fish is a stand out menu item
As always, impeccable food,wine and service.A great Melbourne experience!
Great food, service and ambiencw
Apart from the background noise, we always enjoy going to the European. The staff are always attentive, food excellent, and love returning there when in Melbourne.
Awesome food, fantastic ambience, attention to detail outstanding and recommendations where perfect....
Service amazing and food unbelievable. Will definitely return
We took interstate friends there for an early dinner between the Harry Potter play parts 1 &2 and we really enjoyed it. Towards the end of our sitting however, a group of very very loud people were near us which caused us to flee. The hard surfaces really don't help with alcohol fueled screeching. It is a good place to eat though.
I have been dining at the European for many years, and I always find that I come back because of the quality of food, presentation and flovour combined with well trained staff who are both professional and courteous. Saturday last, this experience was the same. The reliability of menu, staff and ambience is outstanding.
They catered for our specific dietary and disability needs perfectly. the staff were helpful, knowledgeable and professional but easy going. A little on the expensive side which is easily offset by the quality of the experience.
Noisy as usual for this restaurant, but excellent food and a very well informed Sommelier.
I visited the European when I first came to Melbourne 6 years ago, so on my return visit I had to go back. The service is always top notch, the venue is comforting and lush. All of our meals were amazing bar one (steak tartare had so many capers in it is was just the flavour of them and the saltiness - however we were not charged for this dish in the end) The pasta, pork and steaks were to die for and the wine selection was amazing. I will always go back here everytime I'm in Melbourne. The quality was just as good 6 years on so that speaks volumes. Thank you for a wonderful meal.
As always, fantastic wine, food and service. We keep going back
The service was friendly and delightful. Food is delicious and generous. The restaurant is welcoming and extremely comfortable. Wine list has a wonderful range.
As we arrived my partner and I mused as to whether we'd be rushed along (again, per previous meals here), and, sure enough, barely sixty seconds after placing our order, the entrees arrived. The wine we ordered to accompany the first courses arrived as we finished them, and was way too cold and absurdly overpriced for comfort. We asked the waitress to slow down the mains but we think they had already been cooked or were well on their way to being so, as when the main courses (pork) arrived, they were far too dry for comfort. The somm refilled our glasses so aggressively that not ordering another bottle was both mean and comforting.....
Fantastic place for food and wine. A sure winner. The European has alway been on my go back list. The wait staff knows their wine. Always a fantastic experience at The European.
Terrific food, even better service. The wait staff and the sommelier were courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. The somm nailed a couple of wine choices that really topped it off.
Great wine list and good value. Jay the Somm is awesome 👏👍