The European

4.6
449 reviews
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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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JT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiencw

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B
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
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
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
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
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
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
3 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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L
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love coming to this institution of Melbourne

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

A great business breakfast. Food, coffee and service all terrific.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had the zucchini flower and Spanish sausage to start. Was really good. For mains we had the porterhouse and porkchops. The porterhouse was ok. Nothing special, a little bland, same with the pork chop. The pork belly was very good. The mash and pear salad were also very good.

Service exceptional.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the European!
The atmosphere reminds me of Europe, the food is always delicious and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable.
Whenever we are in Melbourne, we try to go there.

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

Super enjoyable evening. Superb food and fun staff. Nice environment. Bathrooms need updating and room itself but dated but food and service top class.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was fast and friendly. I would definitely go back again. It was great all round.

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AH
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

All good. Only downside, we were in the corridor and it was very close to the table opposite. Lots of traffic (guests and staff) next to us

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l
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Thought our waitress could have been more attentive however the food was amazing

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

One of the best places in Melbourne if you are after a late night place to relax and eat. Staff are incredible.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We keep coming back to the European. Excellent food and service is the standard.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always good food and service. Great menu and wine list.

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

Very tasty European cuisine with s great wi e selection. Easy to imagine that you're sitting in a restaurant in Spain or Italy.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently our favourite restaurant for a special dinner. Sensational service, food and wine. We love the european decor and atmosphere. Have not experienced this level of service anywhere else.

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GH
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Good reliable atmosphere, food and service in a convenient location

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PW
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Good food and service but the resturant is long and a lot of tables are in the service corridor son lot of passing activity.
The staff were excellent and the food outstanding

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MD
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Nice but very noisy restaurant. Good food and charming waitress.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently outstanding, and a Melbourne icon. Service made us feel like family, food made us wish we were. Good wine list. This was dinner, but they are amazing for breakfast as well.

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AS
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This the third time I’ve been to the European and for the first time I can say I was disappointed.

After having a waiter spill some type of drink over me, the staff were apologetic (accidents happen) but the response was to give me a card and offer to pay for dry cleaning. This was a ‘moment of truth’ and an opportunity to excel in adversity, but sadly they failed to excel. I think a free main meal or dessert on the house would have been a more tangible and immediate response. We then had to ask for drinking water, noting our local cafe has drinking water on our table no more than a few moments after we sit down, without us having to ask.

I order the steak to be shared by two and found it had a fair amount of gristle and hard to chew. At $92 it wasn’t good value for money.

The wine list was extensive but expensive. At just over $100 I ordered one one of the least expensive bottles on the wine list. It was a nice wine but not worth $100. A wine list offering some options at lower prices would be welcome.

Nevertheless our waitress was friendly and unobtrusive and I’m not blaming her for the inadequate compensation for the spilt drink. She was very kind in calling me after we left to alert me to having left a bag behind.

I’ll return to the European again as I believe this was an exception, as our previous visits have been first class. And I thank the waiting staff for their good service, however management needs to ensure the food quality matches the price and ensure they seize on a ‘moment of truth’ opportunity.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Great restaurant first time terrible service for this restaurant little disappointed!!!

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

Excellent food. Pricey though.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best steak tartare ever! Terrific service. Outstanding someliar. Love ability to dine up till 12 at night.
Great value, classy relaxed dining with good food choices and excellent wine list

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