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.
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.View Private Dining Details
The Premium Oysters were excellent fresh meaty could not fault. My guest and I shared the House Cut Beef which that night was a Porterhouse Steak on the bone. The meat was flavorsome but, it was a little tough hard to cut and to chew. In all honesty I left about half my steak. it was ordered medium rare, and it was served as ordered. The Bearnaise sauce was quite good it was served with a tomato salad and roasted potatoes on duck fat. Overall, the main was disappointing.
Overall service was very efficient, for a busy Friday night. Would I go back yes for the Oysters but, probably would not order a steak again. Wine list is very good and, well priced in particular wine by the glass.
We had a lovely time celebrating our friends 40th birthday! The food was simply divine and the service was amazing. Our waiter was attentive and very helpful.
Great bustling restaurant with excellent food and wine.
Great atmosphere. Superb steak. Excellent wine recommendation. Next door to a wonderful rooftop bar. I just love this place. Never disappoints.
Excellent European / French food, one of the best. Amazing service
It can be very noisy and service is ‘European’ - waiters act like they are doing you a favour!
Great food, but very slow inattentive service not up to usual European standards.
Top class service from friendly staff and great food.
We were passing through Melbourne as tourists. Restaurant had been recommended by a friend who is originally from the city. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and appreciated the wine recommendation.
I love the European. It's my favourite place in Melbourne. Wonderful staff, excellent food, wine and coffee. I go alone or in a group. It makes no difference. Beautiful location. Outside tables are lovely in fine weather. Inside space is elegant and sophisticated - like the music they play. Jazz classics like John Coltrane set the mood in winter. If i could only ever go to one restaurant in Melbourne it would be The European.
I have been to the European many times without disappointment, always great food and know it will be expensive... But a $20 Sunday surcharge was a shock. Wish I had noticed that before I left a tip.
The European is always great, the only downside is the 15% surcharge for Sunday dining,which when you add a tip, puts pricing at the top end.
Quite possibly the best duck dish I've ever had. Excellent food and ambience - transported me back to Europe.
Wonderful authentic European cuisine. A must visit in Melbourne, and revisit!
A small group of girl friends and I meet at the European for breakfast once a month or so. The staff are all very friendly and efficient. Unsurprisingly, the menu reflects the European name, a mixture of modern French and Italian offerings including some extravagant options such as caviar and blini.
The coffee is some of the best in the area.
Be sure to book however, the first time we visited and attempted a walk-in we were given a deadline to finish.
Haven't been for three years and the food was amazing and the service was excellent.
Awesome appetisers - the whipped cod roe was outstanding! Mains were well done but ok in comparison. And the delice for dessert was a great finisher to the meal :)
Superb meal and evening at the European. The sommelier was awesome, immediately knew what our groups wants/needs as far as wine went. The food was delicious and they were great in catering to our gluten free diner in our group. The prawn cocktail was out of this world and the risotto was delicious! Thanks for a lovely evening
Love The European - in Melbourne for the Tennis & a family Birthday . We always try to visit when over from New Zealand .consistently good ! Highlights food wise were the oysters - tomato tart & gnocchi . Aperol Spritzs went down well on a v warm night .
Again good and innovative food, good range of choices
After having enjoyed The European on many occasions, I can heartily recommend it for its excellent, consistent cuisine and service. The wine list is varied and rich, and the service puts Vue De Monde to shame. The European is definitely a favourite.
Had a lovely dinner prior to going to the threatre. Good service, very friendly, great good and excellent wines. Would go back again.
Very satisfied - it was a good night. We sat outside as the noise level inside was uncomfortably high.
Really enjoyed the food, staff very friendly and helpful, would defiantly recommend .
I come here every time I am in Melbourne. The food, service and general comfort of being here is great. It is also a good spot for quiet business meetings. Recommend and will continue coming back.
Food is always great but wine list is a total rip off. European brands marked up to a greedy margin because they think no one knows them
Amazing food. Amazing service and the restaurant was chic and stylish. Felt like I was in Europe! Beautifully cooked meals with the best ingredients. Adored the stuffed zucchini flowers with crab; gnocchi glorious with interesting flavours with greens, nuts and butter; authentic radicchio salad. Can't wait to go again each time I visit Melbourne. Thank you.
I hadn't been to the European for years and always found it such a great place . I got some friends together to celebrate my birthday and was very disappointed.... some of the staff were good but one in particular had a real attitude problem as though it was beneath her to serve us let alone smile!!! I am in a service industry and this sort of haughty behaviour from waiters or anyone for that matter is in fact archaic.... food was good but overpriced . The Bellinis were expensive for half a small glass served. The European has had a really good reputation for years but needs to upgrade itself . We all felt the same way about our experience
We have always had a fabulous experience when dining at The European, whether it be for brunch or dinner. The service is fantastic, the food is AMAZING and it is always the place we choose for a special night out. Older crowd but still a lot of ambience and a great atmosphere.
Had a quick pre-theatre dinner. Efficient service, good wine list and the mushroom risotto we ordered was very tasty.
A delicious meal served with a great wine. The staff were attentive and the atmosphere was intimated even though the restaurant was packed. Notably loud but that didn't dampen a wonderful experience.
Noisy with badly created fishes that presented poorly and were over salted! A bad experience!!!
Just excellent! Food was amazing. The service... impeccable, slick, just stunning. Thank you!
Lovely, easy to return to restaurant. Great food, and good wine. Staff are also good fun.
Got a great table. Space challenged.
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.
Great somellier , great atmosphere, delicious food
$42 for a duck main, which was very chewy. Vegetables extra. Wine very pricey.
Consistently excellent over multiple visits. I’ll be back (repeatedly)!
I love this restaurant so much. Service was great, food beautiful. It’s always a reliable winner.