J A M E S

4.7
34 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
WALK INS always welcome.
Wynyard + JAMES is everything you need, depending on the time of day.
breakfast. brunch. work lunch. late lunch. afternoon smalls & spritzing. early dinner. dine & date. one more bottle. one more negroni...

It's a local staple, character filled community space.
Before noon James is single o brew, pastry, baking, eggs, bacon...
Pimp your juice for your hair of the dog [hungover from last night's dinner at JAMES] or loosen up for your 11 o'clock meeting.
Wynyard is takeaway cold brew, deli-style sandwiches, toasties and BAPs. Come to go or pull up a crate - balance it on your lap.
Noon til 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; WED - SAT book the 6pm or 8:15pm set men

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
What 34 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Energetic
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEmBreview
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipMelanieM
New York Area
6 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.

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JurgenS
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.

TG
TajG
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!

JH
JulieH
3 reviews
Dined on 2 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect
Recommended!!!!

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sarahb
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

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

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travellingdiner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

The food was horrible

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Chrissy
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
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

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Baligirl
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.

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vipDegustine
London
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.

LB
LoretteB
6 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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CarolineH
Vancouver
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.

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BethM
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!

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Jess
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service, would definitely return.

KV
KyleVee
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.

DA
DebbieA
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JK
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
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
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
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
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
5 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
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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Carolyn
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
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
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

J A M E S is rated 4.7 stars by 34 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.