The European

4.6
471 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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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TL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, wine and service. Will go back again next year.

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SA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite places for lunch! Great food, excellent wine and lovely staff.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, service and ambiance - could not recommend more highly.

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FB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have been going here since my early 20s. A favourite.

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V
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always, service super friendly and attentive.

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EL
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.....

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LR
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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!

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

Fantastic food and amazing service. The Wine specialist was brilliant. Most enjoyable meal I’ve had in a long time

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D
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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RB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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SS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic night, great service, excellent wine selection, couldn’t fault it

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KS
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always perfect

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TM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service, great food and wine. Here are extra words.

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GN
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love the space, love the diversity of the menu. Food was good. Service great, wine recommendations spot on - will return.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food sommelier amazing re enthusiasm for his products and correctly so
Service amazing and food well superb
We will return
Barry and Margaret

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EP
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food and attentive waitstaff despite it being a busy night. Will happily return next time we are in Melbourne.

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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PF
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding and professional service. Food was delicious and seasonal. A little noisy but a fabulous ambiance. Highly recommend.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food in lovely euro atmosphere, great wine list
The fish is a stand out menu item

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KT
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, impeccable food,wine and service.A great Melbourne experience!

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GW
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiencw

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B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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JS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, fantastic ambience, attention to detail outstanding and recommendations where perfect....

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RK
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service amazing and food unbelievable. Will definitely return

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RM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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CV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Noisy as usual for this restaurant, but excellent food and a very well informed Sommelier.

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T
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, fantastic wine, food and service. We keep going back

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LC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was friendly and delightful. Food is delicious and generous. The restaurant is welcoming and extremely comfortable. Wine list has a wonderful range.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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.....

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M
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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NL
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great wine list and good value. Jay the Somm is awesome 👏👍

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