J A M E S

4.7
51 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 51 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Priscilla
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!!!!!

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AliceG
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.

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JessicaC
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.

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Anton
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.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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GailS
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!

JM
vipJohannaM
18 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic wine and tapas. Soooooooo yummy . Omg so yummy

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vipBern
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and great wine

RC
ReyC
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

LT
LTShoes
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.

JB
JellyBean
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!

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TessaK
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!

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vipAnnaM
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JD
JennyD
9 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.

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Vera
London
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!

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vipBrit
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!

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vipEmBreview
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.

MM
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.

JS
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.

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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.

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LoretteB
7 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
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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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!

FAQs

J A M E S is rated 4.7 stars by 51 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.