The European

4.5
338 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions

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.

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Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Contemporary European, Breakfast
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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
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Phone number
(03) 9654 0811
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Ian Curley
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Bourke Street
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Parking Details
Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
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Public Transit
35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Station
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Special Events & Promotions
Please enquire about our private rooms and personalised menus available for groups larger than 12.
Additional
Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 338 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JH
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

We hadn’t been to the European before so it was not only a generous gift voucher but a lovely experience in both exceptional food and great service.

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LM
4.0
Dined on 9 July 2018

Divine food and generous portion, lovely wine and ambiance. But a couple of negatives - the table was set for 3 but I'd booked for 4. Service was a bit offhand. I thought $11 per bottle of sparkling water that covered 4 small glasses was a bit steep.

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LM
5.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

The European is simply one of Melbourne's top five or my top five at least. That space, the mood, the food and wine list topped by the most intuitive, delightful staff in the biz. Please stay away I like to be able to get a table. Lawrence Mooney.

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MC
5.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

The Europen was excellent, as usual. I have been an occasional sdiner there for many years, and this meal was as good as ever. Staff were fabulous - attentive but not cloying. I will continue to go to the European.

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KM
4.0
Dined on 4 July 2018

Always reliable, the European is the perfect place to have a business lunch or breakfast.

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HL
5.0
Dined on 1 July 2018

We always enjoy dining at The European; I am yet to be disappointed. For this visit I had already been out to lunch so it was just an exquisite pasta of the day accompanied by several glasses of wine. We dined early but the restaurant was full by the time we departed.

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MM
4.0
Dined on 1 July 2018

Just a great day...evry part was special...had just been in Europe for 4 weeks...this lunch came in a lot better than 90 % of the meals we had whilst away...
Cheers mm

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J
4.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

Food ok. French fries were re-fried and didn’t look or taste fresh. The dining room smelled of fish which was off putting when trying to eat dessert.

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M
5.0
Dined on 28 June 2018

I have been meaning to dine here for a long time. I went to the ballet and finally got to dine here. The service was fantastic, food delicious and atmosphere cosy. I had the special pasta with aged mince bolognese. The flavour in the sauce was the best I've ever had (I'm Italian and I have tasted great sauce!!). Thanks to the team. I will be back.

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DR
4.0
Dined on 24 June 2018

The European has never disappointed. The service is excellent, just the right combination of efficient but not intrusive. Food is also excellent.

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S
5.0
Dined on 24 June 2018

European is oldie but goodie! I've been coming here for close to 15 years (13 of which i lived in Sydney), so it must be good. A pre/post theater must!

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A
2.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

For a belated 30th birthday lunch at a venue I have frequented often in the past, I would have expected considerably better service from almost all staff at The European this weekend, especially considering I dropped almost 1K..
Rude staff.. my guests arrived slightly early (which is just good manners) asked about my booking to only be told to turn around and come back at 1pm, with a healthy dose of attitude. "Yes...and it will be ready at 1pm." No suggestion to take a seat outside and grab a drink, nothing. And then you were late anyway...

It took 45 minutes before we got bread, 30 minutes before we had water, constantly being snapped at by the staff in trying to get their attention.
I appreciate it was a busy day, but you had significant warning to prepare for the booking, and if you can't hire staff to run in a high-pressured environment with some grace and respect then I guess I can't help you. Honestly - you tried your very best all day to ruin a perfectly good lunch - well done...

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PB
4.0
Dined on 22 June 2018

Great food options, specials menu worth a try, wonerdful service

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MW
5.0
Dined on 21 June 2018

The food was amazing. Great menu choices and fantastic wine. Everyone really enjoyed the lunch.

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K
5.0
Dined on 13 June 2018

Always reliable and delicious. Excellent service.The pasta is superb and the herb salad a must order.

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RE
4.0
Dined on 13 June 2018

Great atmosphere staff and food. High quality produce - simple but delicious.

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RB
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

wonderful feel-charming staff-prompt service-good food-as always

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KH
5.0
Dined on 6 June 2018

Staff were wonderful. Great environment. Melbourne favourite.

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D
5.0
Dined on 5 June 2018

Love a place that always delivers what you want.

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s
5.0
Dined on 2 June 2018

Had a great 60th birthday lunch here on a sunny Melbourne Saturday. Great service and ambience. We had the fish of the day from the special’s board and couldn’t fault it. Would go back here again. Highly recommended!

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PT
3.0
Dined on 30 May 2018

I was shocked when arrived at the European and being told no booking. After showing my confirmed booking email. Then I was told their computer showed it was cancelled. I wasn't impressed.

Anyhow it was a quite night and we were offered a table. Despite this drama, the food n service are great.

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PJ
4.0
Dined on 29 May 2018

My family and I love The European. We live on the Mornington Peninsula but make the effort to go into town to the European for special dinners - birthdays etc. it’s alwsys well worth the effort.

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GB
5.0
Dined on 22 May 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a quiet meal in this cosy restaurant. I had a very enjoyable roast duck for main the sauce was a cracker. My wife opted for a steak which was perfectly cooked to her request for medium. We shared an apple pie for dessert very homely.

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GM
5.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

Simply divine food, excellent wine selection. Do not hesitate.

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MF
4.0
Dined on 18 May 2018

Risotto with crab, peas and chilli was simple and elegant. Light and perfectly balanced

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OT
5.0
Dined on 16 May 2018

Consistently attentive & professional service, amazing wine list and comfortingly high quality dishes.

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MP
5.0
Dined on 14 May 2018

Every dish we ordered was delicious. Especially the Salad and fries. Waiting staff are also wonderful.

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SD
5.0
Dined on 13 May 2018

Mother's Day - was perfect! The food was great and it was very cosy and warm on that freezing cold day.

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GT
5.0
Dined on 12 May 2018

Had a great night will be back again 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃

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B
5.0
Dined on 11 May 2018

Nothing not to like, celebrated my 50th birthday with friends - food was fantastic, service excellent, not over bearing just friendly and attentive. Will definitely return.

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RB
5.0
Dined on 5 May 2018

I always love this place. Great food. Never a let down

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OT
4.0
Dined on 4 May 2018

Service excellent as usual, including support for wine selections. This time the meat used for the signature beef dish was a bit tough. Everything else was very good.

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JA
5.0
Dined on 3 May 2018

The European has always been a favorite before a show. Pasta dishes are delicious. Although Tiramisu isn’t on the menu they always are able to produce some. Probably one of the best I’ve had. The wine per glass is a little expensive though...

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SW
5.0
Dined on 28 April 2018

Perfect meal for a group of 8 before going to the Regent Theatre. Food and wine all delicious. I have the Spaghetti Marinara - the best I have ever had.

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LD
5.0
Dined on 25 April 2018

Wonderful choices of breakfast. I always have the sides. Wonderful Black Pudding with apple & wonderful smoked Salmon with cottage cheese.

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HW
5.0
Dined on 22 April 2018

Been dining here for years. Hats off to Roland and Andrea, as always, for the excellent service. My Dad had a very good lunch.

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LK
3.0
Dined on 21 April 2018

Overall, our experience was not that wonderful! Saying that is a little unfair as my spaghetti marinara was absolutely delicious and enhanced by extra chilli in oil....fabulous! However, some of our group shared the seafood paella for $61, but it was barely enough for one let alone share it. How you could they charge so much for so little? The Paella dish was the size of a small pizza!
The restaurant was very busy and very noisy! Our waiter was very good as attentive. Sadly, a birthday celebration that was not as we hoped.

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SB
5.0
Dined on 20 April 2018

I've dined here several times over the last 8 years and it consistently delivers warm and engaging service and fantastic wine and food. Our party left saying it was the best dining experience they'd had in years. The sommelier and staff exude and effortless charm and were attentive and accommodating. The Chateaubriand is a winner every time.

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JP
4.0
Dined on 13 April 2018

Cosy restaurant. Friendly and attentive staff. Excellent wine knowledge and recommendations. Delicious food, good quality and good selection on menu - "no fuss" dishes. Main meals were delicious.

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SS
5.0
Dined on 12 April 2018

We had a great meal at The European. We started off with an entree size mushroom risotto which we split. For our main we had the chateaubriand medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The wait staff were fantastic

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