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JAMES, South Melbourne, AU-VIC

JAMES

4.8
4.8
338 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
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

7:00 pm


Booked 1 time 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

  • Chefs Tasting Menu

    Multiple dates available
    SPRING | SUMMER SET MENU $165pp SELECTION of Colds, Hots and desserts Please Note: 20% service charge is applied on Public Holidays.
    Chefs Tasting Menu photo
  • Chefs Tasting 8+

    $165.00 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 338 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 Ambience

  • 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

    Best Value

  • Inner City South

    Innovative

  • Inner City South

    Good for special occasions

338 Reviews
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. LeanneH

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Owner and host, Kirbie, warmly greeted us, she was very generous with her time, despite a very busy restaurant! One word to describe the food is STUNNING, everything Kirbie suggested was prepared with quality ingredients, creatively presented, and was full of incredible flavors, it is a dining experience at JAMES, one I would highly recommend!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, fantastic service - friendly, personable, yet professional. Looking forward to trying the tasting menu next time

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  8. MarieT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to James for an intimate birthday dinner and everything was amazing. The food was delicious and the service was good as well. Will most definitely be returning

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Amazing food. Will definitely be back

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was spot on and the food is phenomenal! We chose the A la carte menu and honestly hard to choose a favourite as everything was delicious. Highlights were the prawn cracker, the charred cucumber and the carrot gnocchi.

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  11. Jessie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good but a bit pricey for a set menu. Service were great. We loved it. Probably will be back again.

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  12. YifanL

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant experience. Both are happy made the choice, will try other dishes next time!

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  13. katheeg

    Sunshine Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning, creative and perfectly presented food. Stylish restaurant without a whiff of pretension. Add fantastic service and you have one of Melbourne's best. I just wish I could keep it a secret.

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  14. Awesome

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant, inspired food that is not only gorgeous to look at and unexpected but also delicious. Lovely staff and atmosphere. A delight. I love it and will return again.

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  15. Luiii

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional fine dining experience—culinary perfection, impeccable service, and an elegant ambiance. A testament to exquisite taste and refined hospitality.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food , amazing service and an amazing experience 10/10

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food, vibes - everything was perfect! My partner and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner and will definitely be back 😊 Special thanks to Nick! She was amazing & super friendly. Made the experience even better.

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  18. CathyG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great flavour combinations: some challenging, some sublime, all interesting! Particularly loved the flathead dish & the mushroom one. Served at good intervals: not rushed. The only dish that didn’t work as well was the lamb, with the meat a little lacking in flavour & not integrating well with the sour cherries & eggplant sauce.

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  19. DanielY

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was wonderful, a little too noisy to clearly hear the descriptions. Place was a little too tight. All in all I would come here again.

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  20. LauraS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hospitable, welcoming restaurant with an elegant inviting space, fantastic delicious fine dining food and drinks list but within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and expert professional service. A local gem.

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  21. Smokey

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit. The food was amazing. Every course was totally delicious. The wines weee also very nice. The potato bread course was historic!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! Massive fan - food is outstanding, matched perfectly with amazing staff, wine and ambience.

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  23. DongniL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best modern Australian food I ever had so far, would recommend to all my friends and family. Definitely will come again.

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  24. Joyce

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really had a good date with my mother here. We thoroughly enjoyed dining here, the food served all looked so good and different elements on the plate came together surprising us in delight. Memorable evening spent at James!

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  25. MannyN

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. The food is definitely different from what we thought of as fusion, in a good way.

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  26. ellenc

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 times visited James! The food just so amazing!!

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  27. Amir

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Without doubt one of the best restuarants in Melbourne!

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  28. LizC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our end of year with a dinner at James & thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was delicious and every dish was unique and beautifully presented. Dietary changes were offered without hesitation and substitutions were excellent . Ambient and upbeat music and atmosphere . We will recommend highly . thank you

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  29. GregL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the degustation menu and loved every dish! A clearly hidden gem in Melbourne

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic dinner out - amazing food and drinks and very friendly and knowledgeable staff

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  31. SimonB

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic ten course set menu, all with subtle and exquisite flavors. Too difficult to pick which was best course, but the Jade Tiger Abalone with sticky rice served in mother of pearl shells would take a lot of beating.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding tasting menu experience with our Scottish friends who have eaten in many Michelin Starred restaurants and loved it. Really amazing fusion flavours with exquisite plating. However the potato bread roll with Martin butter was the best ever! We will be back! Yum yum.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very friendly service food was delicious- loved the potato bread

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and great food although, as a regular, the food was slightly off compared to last time. Still great though.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pimping food, with so much thought, care and attention to detail! @keemkim one of the most exciting young chefs out there! Modern Australian cuisine without the arrogance and ridiculous price tag. To Kirbie and the crew, congrats on creating such a relaxed, caring space…one hat so well deserved🙌

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You have to experience this culinary divinity for yourself! We love how casual it feels without the service missing a beat. We highly recommend the chef's tasting menu, great fusion of Korean and Australian. We are repeat customers and they have never let us down.

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  37. SharonH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good value for 10 course tasting menu. 9/10 dishes were so incredible and I enjoyed it so much. I highly recommend JAMES.

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  38. ChristopheJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food , very friendly and quick service..what else ??? I recommend it !!!

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  39. CookieandTed

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    James is always a stunning dining experience. Perfected flavour and texture combinations of beautiful ingredients…delicate, delicious and memorable.

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  40. VIvienN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a gem, the food was really well thought out, refined and (most importantly) tasty! I can’t decided between the two - the potato bread with marron butter and abalone and sticky rice stole the show for me. The rest of the dishes on the tasting plate were amazing but these two stood out for me. For my hubby it was the pea tart and the abalone. I’d def be back for next season’s menu.

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FAQs

JAMES is rated 4.8 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 1 time 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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