The European

4.5
427 reviews
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  • Notable Wine List

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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MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
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Dined 6 days ago
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
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Dined 7 days ago
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
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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
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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
1 review
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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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the European. An institution in Melbourne. The service is outstanding and we love the wine list. Jay especially is a fantastic Som! We love it and will always be back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was an absolute delight.
Can't wait for a return visit.

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

Love this restaurant and waiters were great (wine recommendation was excellent), great food and service.. lovely evening.

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

Really nice, honest food. The pasta was top notch, with good rustic flavours. Really refreshing to have food that's not over the top and just done well.

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IH
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

We love the European, but tonight it let us down.
The entree of anchovy on mojama toast was ok, but the anchovy was too dry. Not like the excellent white anchovy I’ve had at City Wine Shop next door.
The saganaki was good, but could do with a sweet syrup (fig for example) to enhance the salty cheese.
We ordered a total of 4 glasses of wine over the night, and two of the pours were below the standard line. My first drink was whisked away with a small mouthful left in the glass.
The main courses were, frankly, and for the price, terrible.
The duck gnocchi was over salted, to the point of being inedible after a few mouthfuls. We’ve had similar experiences elsewhere, with the meal getting saltier with each taste.
The presentation of the duck breast was awful. A nicely cooked piece, sliced through, then topped with a brown, wilted and sad piece of radicchio. It was not at all appetising.
The service was great otherwise, although the staff did not suggest a side dish for the duck breast, which would have minimised the impact of how sad the meal looked.
I’m sorry to say, but the European needs to do better, and return to the form we have grown to love.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Geat ambience, excellent food, extensive wine list and deserts to die for

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E
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, great ambiance. Fish is always fresh, Pasta first grade and great wine list

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FL
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The European always delights - great ambience, sensational food, lovely staff.

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WD
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Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely enjoyed The European for food, service, ambience. Service was also very well paced which must be a challenge at times. Food was gorgeous. A bit pricey but for an occasion, well worth it.

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HP
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant, any time of day. Food is lovely, service is great love the ambiance.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Iconic place to meet with friends ~ at times noise level too high for good conversation

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KL
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the European, seating out front is great, very energetic atmosphere and the staff are really friendly - Adriana is the best! Great coffee, tasty food and lots of different options - a classic fave

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SV
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had breakfast here and the food was fantastic, thank you chefs.

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GH
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Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were friendly, approachable and knowledgeable on both the food and drinks menus. The meals were beautifully presented with exceptional flavours. Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Prompt and friendly service- appreciated due to an appointment afterwards. The European is one of the few places that knows how to make and serve tea properly.

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PN
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the European, been coming for date nights and special occasions for 25 years. The wait staff were lovely, attentive and knowledgable, which makes a huge difference for the ding experience. All the food delicious. Save room for the Bomb Alaska if you can, it's to die for.

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JF
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yet again The European delivers excellent food with great service in a cosy atmosphere.

Can't go past it at the top of town

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TD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always on my previous visits, excellent food - my Risotto Primavera was outstanding - very interesting and good value wine list, including by the glass. Topped off by an always lively vibe and a real Melbourne feel.

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JC
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Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really does feel like you could be in France. Waiting staff always friendly and knowledgeable. Great wine list (Pity I don’t drink) and they make a great Virgin Mary. Sunday night surcharge, but it is quieter on the plus side.

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A
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the restaurant as a reunion of friends. The food was good. The wine expensive but an extensive list. The service was very attentive.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am a long term fan of the European. Previous visits were in groups of four or more, this time there were just two of us. The seating for couples was near the door and physically uncomfortable. However once we were eating I no longer noticed.
The food was once again of a high standard. Only two disappointed. The sweet toast served with the pate' had a strong flavour that while good on its own clashed with the delicacy of the pate'. This was offset by the brioche which was excellent.
The second disappointment was the porterhouse. Ordering this went against my rule to never order something I could cook at home. We ordered medium rare and the steak arrived medium well done. I expect this cut to have a strong flavour but as served it was pretty bland.
The desserts we selected were sublime, so we left on a high.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The European lives up to its namesake, and in doing so get several things 'right' in a balanced way. Deverves its reputation among those who know it.

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