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J A M E S

4.7
4.7
52 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian

James is where you eat and drink...................

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2 people

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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Wine Bar, Creative Japanese

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9690 9285

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Need to feed a crowd? Check out our grazing options at wynyardandjames.com

  • Area

    South Melbourne

  • Parking Details

    Try the carpark off James Lane.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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Menu

Main

  • Toasted Sourdough$7.00

    cultured butter

    • Croissant$8.50

      fig jam

      • Poached Egg$2.50

        • Feta Chilli Folded Egg$13.00

          12hr tomato / basil

          • Miso Scrambled$8.00

            chive

            • Avocado$6.00

              furikake / lime

              • Potato Cake$7.00

                swiss cheese / black garlic / vinegar salt

                • Ricotta$11.00

                  smoked tomato / dried black olive

                  • Saganaki$13.00

                    fig jam / pistachio / lemon

                    • Butternut Squash$10.00

                      pumpkin seed cream / buckwheat / pickled shallot

                      • Greens$15.00

                        radicchio / quinoa / wild rice / avocado / cashew cream

                        • Mushroom$13.00

                          cannellini / edamame / baby kale / mint / parsley oil

                          • English Muffin$14.00

                            bacon / egg / green sriracha / gruyere

                            • Pork Doughnut$13.00

                              black apple jam / fried egg

                              • Pork Belly$12.00

                                fermented chilli jam

                                • Applewood Salmon Smoked$17.00

                                  buttermilk & horseradish

                                  • Pork Chop$25.00

                                    caper / maple butter

                                    • Dashi Broth$19.00

                                      soba / tofu / shiitake / yuzu tomato / kale

                                      • Miso Custard$15.00

                                        granola / orange / raspberry / yoghurt ice cream

                                        Last updated: 16 March 2021

                                        What 52 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.7
                                        4.7 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.7Food
                                        • 4.7Service
                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                        • 4.4Value

                                        NoiseModerate

                                        Loved For

                                        • Melbourne

                                          Neighbourhood Gem

                                        • Melbourne

                                          Modern Australian

                                        • Inner City South

                                          Neighbourhood Gem

                                        • Inner City South

                                          Romance

                                        • Inner City South

                                          Special Occasions

                                        • Inner City South

                                          Good Vegetarian Options

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                                        1. MG

                                          MissGibby13

                                          Melbourne

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 30 September 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Stunning celebratory meal at home! Every part of the whole experience was a delight from my initial communications, the menu, the video of plating up, the delivery, the simple and easy instructions then the food… delicious, surprising, exciting - we were blown away. We are so lucky to have restaurants of this caliber here in Melbourne

                                        2. P

                                          Priscilla

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 31 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          10/10 would recommend going!!!! Visited for the first time with a group of friends and we had the best night ever, seriously my favourite wine bar in South Melbourne now. This place is seriously amazing and the wine selection is so good. Staff is very friendly, service is on point. Didn’t try the food but will do next time, definitely going back!!!!!

                                        3. AG

                                          AliceG

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 30 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We really enjoyed our night here - the food was fabulous. The staff were attentive, without being overbearing or pushy. We stayed for ages and felt comfortable ordering slowly. Every dish we had was fabulous! The pippis and potato stood out. Highly recommend and plenty of different vegan/veg options. Highly recommend.

                                        4. JC

                                          JessicaC

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 14 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          THE place to share with friends who love good food and a chilled ambience. Attentive service, amazingly good food, great alcohol list… always am happy to share my local with friends near and wide.

                                        5. A

                                          Anton

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 10 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          One of the best meals I've ever had in a city I've spent 30 years in! The interior design & styling, relaxing atmosphere, personable service, and attention to detail set the mood for share plates that are impeccably balanced. From punchy bursts of flavour to subtle underlying tones that linger on the palate, EVERY SINGLE DISH was a privilege from start to finish and I found myself quietly happy-dancing on more occasions than I care to admit. For me, this is the new era of Modern Australian cuisine where the meat can take a backseat to the highlighted forgotten flavour of vegetables. Dining here was an absolute pleasure and I can't wait to return to sample their ever-changing seasonal dishes.

                                        6. M

                                          Mary

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 10 July 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          probably the best chips I've ever eaten! Piping Hot!

                                        7. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 10 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was so amazing! Cant believe we’ve waited so long to go back. Truffle on ice cream is a revelation! The wines by the glass also really good and plenty of options.

                                        8. GS

                                          GailS

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 9 July 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Great place for a drink and yummy food . The chips in truffle oil were a big hit!

                                        9. JO

                                          JOJO

                                          Melbourne

                                          19 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          19 reviews

                                          Dined on 7 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fantastic wine and tapas. Soooooooo yummy . Omg so yummy

                                        10. B

                                          Bern

                                          New York Area

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 3 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Delicious food and great wine

                                        11. RC

                                          ReyC

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 July 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Great Place We had a party of 9. All attendees stated how they liked it and will return with friends

                                        12. LT

                                          LTShoes

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 1 July 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          We had group 6 people and chose the set menu. The food was great and the decor and atmosphere made for a wonderful evening.

                                        13. JB

                                          JellyBean

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 26 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The staff and service were great, the food was amazing. The pace of when the food came out was perfect and loved the atmosphere. I would definitely go back!

                                        14. TK

                                          TessaK

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 23 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fantastic food, great service, excellent wine, pork chop is to die for - next time hopefully I won't have to share it!

                                        15. AM

                                          AnnaM

                                          Melbourne

                                          7 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on 23 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food was amazing. Great flavours. The service was friendly and efficient.

                                        16. JD

                                          JennyD

                                          Melbourne

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on 23 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          Had heard about this place from a friend so decided to try it for lunch. Food was simply amazing. Every dish we ordered was outstanding. Not too busy and staff very friendly and helpful. Would recommend James to anyone.

                                        17. V

                                          Vera

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 20 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          It was breakfast with a twist. Our verdict on Cafe James it gets a mighty 8/10 thoughtful service, very good coffee and chai with and intriguing twist on breakfast!

                                        18. B

                                          Brit

                                          Melbourne

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 19 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          JAMES restaurant was a massively pleasant suprise! Booking was made, as we came across JAMES on Open Table and thought we would try after looking at the very delicious sounding menu. We were not disappointed at all. Recommend ordering double serve of the potato bread, as it was to delicious to have just one. Other dishes were so very tasty. Have been recommending to all!

                                        19. EB

                                          EmBreview

                                          Melbourne

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 19 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food was absolutely incredible, all like little pieces of art! Thank you for a great experience.

                                        20. MM

                                          MelanieM

                                          New York Area

                                          7 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on 12 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          A hidden gem - if only we’d ventured to James sooner! Delightful and inventive menu, well constructed to work your way through with great elements in every dish. We loved the Pork Donuts, the humble broccolini and the artichoke cheesecake. We will be back for sure.

                                        21. JS

                                          JurgenS

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 11 June 2021

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          I'm surprised this place isn't more well-known. The food is excellent, inventive and delicious.

                                        22. TG

                                          TajG

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 14 May 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing experience. The flavours and techniques used are excellent and the seasonal menu is always inspiring. Can’t wait to be back!

                                        23. JH

                                          JulieH

                                          Melbourne

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 1 May 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We love JAMES, one of our local wine bars. The ambiance is great and the food is to die for! They have a great wine list and always professional and friendly service. Highly recommended!

                                        24. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 30 April 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything was perfect Recommended!!!!

                                        25. s

                                          sarahb

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 28 April 2021

                                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                                          We found the menu confusing and for the size of serves, a little over priced.

                                        26. t

                                          travellingdiner

                                          London

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 26 March 2021

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Great ambience and very friendly. Interesting food - nic eto have something a bit different to what everywhere else is offering

                                        27. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 21 January 2021

                                          overall1food2service1ambience4

                                          The food was horrible

                                        28. C

                                          Chrissy

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 16 January 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Stunning food and excellent service, this has become one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne

                                        29. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Melbourne

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 8 January 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had a lovely lunch, the food was absolutely delicious and the staff were very attentive. We look forward to bringing more friends back

                                        30. B

                                          Baligirl

                                          Melbourne

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 18 December 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We were impressed with the range of offerings and the efficiency of the service. We had a booking for lunch inside and were offered a choice of two tables. Checking in via the QR code was simple and after that we could relax and enjoy. The chicken Katsura bao and the basque cheesecake were standouts.

                                        31. D

                                          Degustine

                                          London

                                          11 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on 20 November 2020

                                          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.

                                        32. LB

                                          LoretteB

                                          Melbourne

                                          7 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on 14 November 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        33. CH

                                          CarolineH

                                          Vancouver

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 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.

                                        34. BM

                                          BethM

                                          Melbourne

                                          7 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          7 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!

                                        35. J

                                          Jess

                                          Melbourne

                                          2 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 6 November 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing food and service, would definitely return.

                                        36. KV

                                          KyleVee

                                          Melbourne

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          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.

                                        37. AM

                                          AmberM

                                          Melbourne

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 13 March 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        38. DA

                                          DebbieA

                                          Melbourne

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 5 March 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        39. JK

                                          JudeK

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          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.

                                        40. j

                                          joloop

                                          Brisbane

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          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!!

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                                        J A M E S is rated 4.7 stars by 52 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 bookings at the moment.

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                                        Booked 2 times today
                                        Google Map for J A M E S

                                        323 Clarendon Street South Melbourne, AU-VIC 3205

                                        • Area

                                          South Melbourne

                                        • Hours of Operation

                                          Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Modern Australian, Wine Bar, Creative Japanese

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress Code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • Parking Details

                                          Try the carpark off James Lane.

                                        • Payment Options

                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Additional

                                          Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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