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JAMES, South Melbourne, AU-VIC

JAMES

4.8
4.8
343 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
  • Good for special occasions
  • Innovative
  • Neighbourhood gem
JAMES

Chef, Kim Sangsoo and owner and front of house manager, Kirbie Tate have designed a sharing menu and chefs tasting menu that is a cultural embrace. Taking Kim's South Korean heritage and sourcing Australian native produce - the JAMES menu blends traditional technique, a play with the freedom of contemporary fusion and both their instinctive understanding of balance and restraint.


Sharing menu and Chefs tasting menu available for dinner from 5pm TUES to SATURDAY //
Snacks menu, sharing set lunch and express ramen bowls are on offer between midday _ 3pm WED to SATURDAY //

Hidden in plain sight on Clarendon St - Book in to experience fine dining, casually.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Wine Bar, Contemporary Korean
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9690 9285
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Kim Sangsoo
  • Area
    South Melbourne
  • Parking Details
    Try the carpark off James Lane.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • JAMES SET

    Multiple dates available
    WINTER SET MENU $150PP SELECTION of Colds, Hots and desserts Please Note: 20% service charge is applied on Public Holidays.
    JAMES SET photo
  • Chefs Tasting 8+

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Bookings of 8+ AVAILABLE FOR PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY 10 COURSE seasonal chefs tasting menu SELECTION of Colds, Hots and desserts Please Note: 20% service charge is applied on Public Holidays.

What 343 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Best Overall

  • Melbourne

    Best Food

  • Melbourne

    Best Service

  • Melbourne

    Innovative

  • Melbourne

    Good for special occasions

  • Melbourne

    Modern Australian

  • Inner City South

    Best Overall

  • Inner City South

    Best Food

  • Inner City South

    Best Service

  • Inner City South

    Best Ambience

  • Inner City South

    Innovative

  • Inner City South

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Healthy

  • Inner City South

    Romantic

  • Inner City South

    Good for special occasions

  • Inner City South

    Vegetarian-friendly

343 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, as always. Whenever I'm in Melbourne I always return to the James family for terrific food, wine, ambience and vibes. A must!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That’s a amazing place and the food is sooooo good! We will be come back w friend!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Innovative and delicious food, plated creatively. Service was perfect, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly Looking forward to a return visit

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  4. TonyG

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, innovative food. Everything was enjoyable, with individual dishes, even the bread, being different from usual. There were 6 of us at dinner, and we tried a wide variety of dishes. Judgements ranged from good to outstanding. We are not into cocktails, so can't comment on them, but they seemed to take them very seriously, so maybe we missed out on something exceptional there too. The wine list, on the other hand, was a bit disappointing. The choices seemed to be based on novelty, and the price for a relatively straightforward bottle of Pinot Noir at $125 seemed excessive. The food prices on the other hand were very reasonable. Altogether a very enjoyable evening, and we'd be happy to return.

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  5. MelJ

    Tropical QLD

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wow. What a fantastic feast. We had the degustation menu and everything was delectable. The presentation was second to none and the staff were clearly well trained in both food and wine. We loved it and would highly recommend it to others.

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  6. MelindaR

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful afternoon. Delicious dishes crafted with immense skill, coupled with outstanding service and genuine warmth. Looking forward to dining again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food & ambience, excellent service too!!

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  8. StevenS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu here was amazing and it was clear a lot of thought had gone into each dish. This is a restaurant that has taken zero waste cooking to a whole new level and an example to other restaurants. It was a relaxed atmosphere and the staff were knowledgeable about each dish. One of the best tasting menu’s I have experienced in a while. A go-to if you’re looking for somewhere to try in Melbourne!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated with our anniversary dinner at James and were so pleased that we did. From the moment we arrived everything just flowed with no fuss or hiccups. The Cocktails Mocktails and wines by the glass selected by our waiter were superb. Kirbie assisted with a selection of small courses which were just what we needed, tasty and an amazing choice. No wonder they have a Hat, I am surprised that it is only the one. Definitely will return great service food and at a very affordable price.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and amazing service. They have good variety of food and drinks and all of them are delicious. Lovely service and atmosphere.

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FAQs

JAMES is rated 4.8 stars by 343 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for JAMES

323 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, AU-VIC 3205

Additional information

  • Area
    South Melbourne
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Wine Bar, Contemporary Korean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Try the carpark off James Lane.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Kim Sangsoo
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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