The European

4.6
514 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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What 514 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

ZU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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!

PB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I shared lunch with a colleague at The European recently.Vibrant atmosphere,good service and good food.
We found the price of wine by the glass very expensive relative to similar restaurants around town.As usual the restaurant was packed during lunchtime even though we started lunch at 1.30pm.Not recommended for people looking for a "quiet"venue.

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service

SS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place for celebrating our anniversary – romantic, tasteful, intimate and delicious.

JC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was simple with fantastic flavours and great portion size

A
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I understand this is a Melbourne institution but we felt this was a bit lacking as an experience. The menu was quite limited even though we went for Saturday lunch. There were mainly breakfast and brunch options. All the meals were delicious and what you would expect to pay for that level of quality. Food came out promptly. The wine list was fantastic. We found the service a bit slow, often having to request our drinks be refilled from the bottle of wine we had. We also ran out of water twice and had to request refills. The restaurant itself was also quite dark and seemed a bit grotty in parts.

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

Great customer service....ideal for pre theatre dinner.

JS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at The European between plays at the Princess Theatre. The service was excellent; our waiter knew so much about the menu and wine. We were served promptly and the food was fabulous. My crab linguine was the best I've ever had. Our water glasses were kept full and we were in a quiet corner so could talk and relax. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

DT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the food, the ambience and the service at the European. All are consistently great and that is what keeps me coming back every time I visit Melbourne.

LS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I keep coming back time after time and always finding this place to offer great food, ambience and outstanding service.
Simply classy place to come and enjoy a meal.
Highly recommend this restaurant that to me represents high point in Melbourne dining.

AL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The European is always perfect. Excellent food, wonderful service.

JE
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was brilliant the food always a delight.

JL
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Not very many places in Melbourne like the European, a favourite.

NE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely phenomenal fine dining. The Wine....divine!

AS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place especially for a winter’s evening meal

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, good food.

T
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great for pre theatre dining. Fantastic ambience. Food was fresh and well prepared.

ZG
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite old school fine dining restaurant in Melbourne. The staff are incredible and there year after year delivering exceptional service. We love that they always have a sommelier on staff to help us with our wine choice! The food is some of the best French cooking I’ve ever had.

LG
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, warm inviting environment, delicious food and a comprehensive wine list. A great time was had by all!

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