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About The European

Open 7 days a week from morning until late, the European offers classic bistro fare with substance and character to compliment it's extensive collection of Champagne and other European wines. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food , from breakfast, lunch & dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu.
Whether perfectly cooked eggs, a tin of caviar or a late night supper, pre-theatre pasta or a 3 course celebration, the European offers a bustling ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.

161 Spring St
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European, Contemporary European, Breakfast

Hours of operation:
Breakfast: Sunday & Saturday: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:45am

Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:45pm

Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross street:
Bourke Street

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9654 0811

Website:
http://www.theeuropean.com.au/

Parking Details:
Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street

Public Transport:
35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Station

Executive Chef:
Ian Curley

Additional:
Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please enquire about our private rooms and personalised menus available for groups larger than 12.

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.

The European Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

Noise

Energetic

93% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (88)
Fit for Foodies (82)
Special Occasions (69)
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Pre/post Theatre (58)
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Authentic (35)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
Late-night Find (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Business Meals (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Neighbourhood Gem (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Outdoor Eating (16)
Brunch (15)
Casual (14)
Group Bookings (14)
Fun (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
People Watching (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Hot Spot (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Disabled Access (2)
High Tea (1)
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Just excellent! Food was amazing. The service... impeccable, slick, just stunning. Thank you!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 7 December 2017

Lovely, easy to return to restaurant. Great food, and good wine. Staff are also good fun.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food4
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Service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 2 December 2017

Got a great table. Space challenged.

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Food3
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·Dined on 1 December 2017

Whilst I enjoyed the evening and the entree’s I was very let down with the quality of the wagu sirloin that we ordered. Considering it cost nearly three hundred dollars for two serves, I felt this let you down. For that price my expectations were not met .it was chewy and hard to eat definetly not the melt in your mouth the waiter lead us to believe. I was going to call to let you know as I believe unless you get feedback you will never know.

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Food4
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Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 1 December 2017

Great somellier , great atmosphere, delicious food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy
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Food2
Ambience3
Service4
Value1

 
 (New England)·Dined on 29 November 2017

$42 for a duck main, which was very chewy. Vegetables extra. Wine very pricey.

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Food5
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Service5
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·Dined on 28 November 2017

I love this restaurant so much. Service was great, food beautiful. It’s always a reliable winner.

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Food5
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·Dined on 28 November 2017

Consistently excellent over multiple visits. I’ll be back (repeatedly)!

Tags: Romantic
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Food4
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 24 November 2017

We were sat at the very last table in the back, past the kitchen. The space was obviously way too small for a table and unsuitable to say the least. People were constantly passing us using the bathrooms. Considering the catergory and price of dining here. This is unacceptable. The service was great and attentive, the food was good, but the ambience just pretty much ruined what should have been a nice dinner. I should add that we had a reservation.

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Food3
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Service1
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·Dined on 23 November 2017

Almost too authentically European. The staff were cold, unfriendly and unhelpful. Service was slow and the staff didn’t seem to care we were there. They were not willing to alter the menu in any way and didn’t want answer any questions. The food was okay, but nothing special. Strange menu to choose from. Cool decor and ambience, but that’s where it ends. Would never go back and would definitely not recommend.

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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 22 November 2017

AS always, excellent food and service, the wine list is astoun ding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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·Dined on 16 November 2017

We were dining at The European for an important business meeting. Both the food and wine waiters were so knowledgeable helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and the ambience was wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 12 November 2017

My French guests were very impressed, saying it reminded them of Lyons. But perhaps perversely, they were slightly disappointed that the (otherwise excellent) wine list had no Australian options for them to try.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

From the charming small restaurant ambience to the comprehensive wine list to the exquisite food to the friendly, knowledgeable, ultra-professional service, our experience at the European was a pure delight. In a city that spoils its population with outstanding food, the European is on a par with the very best Melbourne has to offer. I look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

I believe we were served the wrong sherry. Having ordered Lustau Amontillado for a particular reason, we received Navazos Manzanilla. Didn't realise until we had tasted it. Otherwise, another perfect experience at one of my all-time favourite restaurants.

Tags: Fun
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Food5
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·Dined on 2 November 2017

We have enjoyed this fabulous restaurant on many visits to Melbourne from Sydney. The food is fantastic, the ambience and service excellent. Thank you European for another wonderful meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 2 November 2017

This was our first time going to the European. Our waiter was fantastic, the food was great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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Food5
Ambience5
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Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 1 November 2017

Great for Breakfast, lots of choices. Sides are delicious too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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Food5
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

The European never fails to impress with great food and friendly service. It adds greatly to the cultural make-up that makes Melbourne so special.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 28 October 2017

Wow, besides the warm & knowledgeable staff, the knock out charm of the decor,.... the Chef & kitchen staff put together a food treat.
All four dishes were delectable.
Thank you, thank you, thank

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy
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Food2
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 28 October 2017

Over priced, average food and service. Pepper steak was chewy and came with - nothing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 25 October 2017

Beautiful fish as always. Thank you. Memories of Europe.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 24 October 2017

Fantastic for dining close to The Princess Theatre
Great service Great food

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 20 October 2017

Never fails to impress and always lives up to expectations. The food is unpretentious, yet divine.

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Food4
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Service5
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·Dined on 20 October 2017

The European has a cosy relaxed feel with a delicious menu with something for everyone. Great comfort food with a touch of sophistication. The service is friendly and efficient. We loved it and will keep coming back!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 20 October 2017

Staff were very friendly and attentive (we were seated at the end of the bar). Good food. Wine list limited to European wines (hence the name I guess!) which is a shame because those on offer by the glass weren't as good as Australian wines (at least what we tried at $17 glass). So, a pleasant dining experience but a bit pricey.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food3
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·Dined on 15 October 2017

Service was acceptable, but there was a significant failure of the waiting staff to accurately deal with a simple, and nowadays pretty common, request for gluten free options. The ordered duck arrived with a grain that was eventually identified as barley,which contains gluten, and then when a swap as arranged with another of our party, and the wait staff assured us that the paella was gluten free, the prawn was dusted with breadcrumbs, which we felt sure were not gluten free ones. The extensive wine list yielded a lovely reasonably-priced Sicilian red, the Donnafugato Nero D'Avola if I recall correctly.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Our annual post-marathon treat. Fantastic ambience and level of service in a beautiful, small restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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Food5
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·Dined on 15 October 2017

My colleague and I recently enjoyed a very relaxing and enjoyable Sunday lunch at the European with excellent service and fine cuisine. I have dined here before on a number of occasions - sometimes with several colleagues - and I have never been disappointed by the experience. I can certainly recommend it to others.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy
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Food3
Ambience1
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 14 October 2017

To dark. Couldn't read the menu.
To noisy.
Food was ok.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Excellent food plated beautifully. The menu was current and interesting with daily specials. The wine list was extensive although on the pricey side. Service was good, however you had the feeling all the staff were very rushed so it was a little manic. It was extremely busy the night we were there, which I imagine is the norm as it is next to the Princess Theatre. We had booked weeks in advance but our table was in the very busy passage way which took away from the relaxed dinner feel. All in all we really enjoyed the food but the ambience was a little crazy and manic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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Food4
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Service4
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·Dined on 13 October 2017

Interesting menu, well executed, with friendly top-notch service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 12 October 2017

The food was excellent, and I can see why I was told to book. A very popular place.
I was in for breakfast however, after seeing the wine menu I'm going to have to head back for another meal later in the day.

Tags: Cozy
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 12 October 2017

Wonderful meal pre-theatre and very attentive staff- excellent service!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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Food5
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·Dined on 9 October 2017

This is always a delight. It's reliable, the food is always good. The service is excellent and the wine list is very engaging.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 8 October 2017

Food, staff, location to theatre and opening times made this a pleasurable dinning experience.

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·Dined on 5 October 2017

The food at The European never disappoints - always a cut above the rest. The staff are very professional and helpful and the place runs like clockwork considering how busy it is. The duck ravioli on pumpkin puree I had was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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·Dined on 5 October 2017

Lovely service especially since we didn't know European wines very well so our waitress helped us choose some beautiful ones that went with the food we ordered perfectly. Wonderful food although duck was a wee bit over cooked... And there wasn't quite enough! Great experience overall.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 4 October 2017

We have lots of international guests and love taking them to The European. Fantastic as always, food, service, ambiance - never disappoints.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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·Dined on 3 October 2017

We dined at the European after a visit to the Christian Dior exhibition. Food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful, as usual! Thanks so much everyone that night. 😊

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, People Watching, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food
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