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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.
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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
$41 to $100
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
(03) 9654 0811
Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Station
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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