Wynyard + JAMES

4.7
22 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Wynyard, you go. James, you stay.
breakfast. brunch. work lunch. late lunch. afternoon smalls & spritzing. early dinner. dine & date. one more bottle. one more negroni...

It's a local staple - a character filled community space.
Before noon James is single o brew, baked goods, eggs, bacon and pimp your grapefruit juice with Campari - because it'll loosen you up for your 11 o'clock meeting or cure your hangover from last night's dinner at James.
Wynyard is takeaway cold brew, deli-style sandwiches, toasties and BAPs. Come to go or pull up a crate and balance it on your lap.
Noon - late James is a relaxed eatery for smalls, local wines [or swanky tipples] to sip [or guzzle] and delicious folk-favourites: in-house pickled octopus. scallop bao. katsu. truffle fries, cheese?
all you need to soak up the spritz[s].
Dinner gets a bit fancy; Wednesday - Saturday book the 6pm or 8:15pm sitting for a set menu situation.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured special offers

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vege option

Dine in

A$65.00 per order

Starting Nov 16, 2020·Wed-Sat 17:00-22:00

Think dashi broth, tempura eggplant with miso custard, pumpkin bao with pickled vege... Produce is local + fresh - so a dish may change here and there. But fear not hunger - we will feed you til you’re full.

meat option

Dine in

A$65.00 per order

Starting Nov 16, 2020·Wed-Sat 17:00-22:00

Think dashi broth, tempura eggplant with miso custard, teriyaki beef rib bao… Produce is local + fresh - so a dish may change here and there. But fear not hunger - we will feed you til you’re full.

What 22 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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vipDegustine
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Absolutely delicious. And charming service. But left hungry, going home to cook a full meal after their set menu. Have never done that before at any restaurant.

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LoretteB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and we will come back when your menu is changed
Thank you....

CH
CarolineH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely restaurant - really nice food and a great space. e will definitely be back. The set menu was perfect.

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BethM
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were delighted with the set menu, wine and cocktails. We were concerned that they wouldn't be able to accommodate gluten free with the set menu, but they nailed it...even making delicious gluten free bao! We were so excited to dine at James and will definitely be back!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service, would definitely return.

KV
KyleVee
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great date spot. Wine-bar vibe with great service and interesting, Japanese inspired food. Set menu for dinner came at a relaxed pace and was perfect amount. Will definitely make our way back.

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AmberM
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff. Incredible food - the Chicken Bao is a must have.

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DebbieA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best place in South Melbourne by a long way. They nail it every time!

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JudeK
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love everything about James and still like that it is a local for locals and a hidden secret.

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joloop
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yes, definitely! I went in January and enjoyed it so much I took a group of friends a few weeks later!!

MD
MaggieD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food / share plates especially the beef tin and tempura eggplant . Waitresses were fun and funky. Only improvements - was a bit cold sitting directly in line with air con and it wld be great to have carafe of water on table rather than just a glass each . Otherwise this wld be full 10 score!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall a nice place to hang out and have a few wines and food. The baos are good but was disappointed with some other dishes such as the beef rib which was very “gamey” flavour.

HW
HelenW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great ambience, great food and wine list. Highly recommend

JJ
JoJo
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff are great, Maddie just divine. Food is always of a high standard

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LAURAH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food. Great atmosphere and service. I've been 4 times in the last month!

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Minnie1966
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is second to none! Always made to feel welcome and treated with the utmost respect.

The food is superb and the choice of wine and spirits is brilliant!

Highly recommend

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Timk
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant! Food was amazing and they have an interesting wine list where we found a delicious Rosso at a reasonable price. Staff were informative and helpful. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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CarolynC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time. The staff were fabulous in letting us try wines as we were drinking wine by the glass all night. Food was great and wine was really interesting and enjoyable.

JH
vipJackieH
Indonesia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this place!
Food is wonderful and service is very friendly

JL
JaxL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been there a few times, love how friendly the staff are. Also has great ambience and vibes. Food was beautiful.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service - as always - and great value for money. The space is super cozy and the staff are always there to recommend best food choices and wine pairings depending on the company of friends. A++!

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CarlyH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, love the staff and love the vibe. I have been twice in two weeks and will be back very soon.

FAQs

Wynyard + JAMES is rated 4.7 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.