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Yugen Tea Bar, South Yarra, AU-VIC

Yugen Tea Bar

4.7
4.7
105 Reviews
$101 and over
Asian
Yugen Tea Bar is a contemporary tea venue sharing the beauty and wisdom of tea, pastry and tea-inspired cocktails. Located in Capitol Grand on one of the most iconic corners in Melbourne, at the cross of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra.

Yugen Tea Bar offers loose-leaf teas and Afternoon Tea each selected by of tea experts. Sample exquisite infusions brewed using ceramic and glass teaware, sourced through collaborations with local and international makers. Pair that with a selection of pastries, bonbons, and biscuits, created by our world-class pastry team.

Tea Inspired cocktails, fine sakes, savory bites and elegantly plated desserts, all in a relaxed yet exciting setting. Enjoy an experience where tea mixology, sake and patisserie are brought together in an interplay of flavour, texture and exploration.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 8080 8080
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Stephen Nairn
  • Area
    South Yarra
  • Cross Street
    Chapel Street and Toorak Road
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Nidaime Omakase

    $175.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Immerse yourself in the enigmatic world of Nidaime Omakase. Our talented Chefs and Sommeliers have curated a refined multi-course menu, that goes beyond the ordinary. Hosted at Yūgen Tea Bar, this intimate 8 seater Chef-to-Guest experience serves as an incubator for experimental ideas, shining a light on the best seasonal produce to captivate your senses in a laid-back and entertaining space. Our ever-evolving beverage menus will include small release, rare & one-off pairings of high-quality Sake, Tea & Whisky’s to complement the food on offer.
    Nidaime Omakase photo
  • Yugen Tea Bar Afternoon Tea - Journey

    $119.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Yugen Tea Bar’s afternoon tea is inspired by the classic English Afternoon Tea, with some bold twists and turns. Let our tea sommeliers and pastry artists craft a Yugen moment for you to remember. We have a variety of options at different price points to assist you in planning the perfect experience. All afternoon tea experiences are a 90-minute sitting. Yugen Tea Bar Afternoon Tea - Journey Your afternoon tea experience will include a variety of sweet treats and savoury bites, one glass of your choice of champagne and a serving of the tea of your choice or one that is selected for you by our sommelier.
    Yugen Tea Bar Afternoon Tea - Journey photo
  • Yugen Tea Bar Afternoon Tea - Senses

    $105.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Yugen Tea Bar’s afternoon tea is inspired by the classic English Afternoon Tea, with some bold twists and turns. Let our tea sommeliers and pastry artists craft a Yugen moment for you to remember. We have a variety of options at different price points to assist you in planning the perfect experience. All afternoon tea experiences are a 90-minute sitting. Yugen Tea Bar Afternoon Tea - Senses Your afternoon tea experience will include a variety of sweet treats and savoury bites, one glass of your choice of sparkling wine and a serving of the tea of your choice or one that is selected for you by our sommelier.
    Yugen Tea Bar Afternoon Tea - Senses photo

What 105 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Best Overall

  • Melbourne

    Best Food

  • Melbourne

    Best Service

  • Melbourne

    Innovative

  • Melbourne

    Good for special occasions

  • Melbourne

    Asian

  • Inner City South

    Best Overall

  • Inner City South

    Best Food

  • Inner City South

    Best Service

  • Inner City South

    Best Value

  • Inner City South

    Innovative

  • Inner City South

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Good for special occasions

105 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely girls high tea. Beautifully presented afternoon tea.

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  2. StevenS

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our anniversary dinner with the Nidaime Omakase option. Small intimate set up with lovely host / chef. Definitely not your usual Omakase and those who wants something different will definitely appreciate the adventurous twist. Will come back to try other options.

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  3. Kath

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience! Food is favourful and different from traditional omakase. Drink pairing was really beautifully matched. Highly recommend!!

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  4. Victor

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and intimate experience with the chef, he really explained everything in detail and had some wonderful new dishes. My only gripe is that there was a $55 extra charge for the mere fact it was a Sunday?

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  5. Trevor

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner menu. I would highly recommend this spot

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  6. LachlanO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience, perfect night for mums birthday.

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  7. RogerL

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Orita prepared some exceptional food and took good care of us on the night. Will return for sure

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  8. JulieH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Sake knowledge and excellent pairings. Food was delicate and well portioned for multiple courses.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing unique experience with phenomenal food and wine/sake tastings with excellent service

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  10. HengT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Top mark for the Omakase: Yu Orita-san prepared mostly creative dishes with elements of surprise reminiscent of high-end sushi bars in Tokyo. The different varieties of fish/seafood served tasted fresh and of high quality. The disappointment was at the end with the ‘Celebration Cake’ - ordered to celebrate a friend's birthday. It was a chocolate coated over sweetened semifreddo mousse. It tasted 'average' and could have come from a supermarket frozen section. I would give it 5/10 and would not recommend it! The service from the sommelier and the chef was exemplary - as good as one would get in Japan. The ambience failed to impress; it lacked warmth. The interior decor is obviously designed to be noticed and it succeeded in a negative sense. The dominant black all around suggests inspiration from European Fascist Era architecture of the 1930s. The bar seats could be more comfortable with soft cushioning considering one had to sit for two hours. A design defect or is it purposeful? And, unlike sushi bars in Japan, diners could not watch the chef in action as he prepared the dishes. Instead, the sommelier preparing the tea and drinks are closely visible to the diners. Overall, I would return for the Omakase as the dishes are good enough such that I could imagine being in Tokyo.

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  11. VictoriaD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food & drinks offerings are always a good standard. It always feels luxurious & the staff make you feel pampered.

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  12. KhanhZ

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an experience! Completely different understanding of Japanese food. Not everything drowned in mayonnaise. Not cheap but worth every cent.

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  13. AlessandraK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quite possibly the best food experience I have ever had. We arrived a little early for our seating so they made space for us to have a drink downstairs beforehand - all the staff were so friendly and accommodating. Each space was beautifully curated - the drinks area for Yugen dining managed to be at once grand and intimate and the tea bar space really set the stage for the culinary journey we were about to embark on. We had a wonderful time chatting to Chef Orita as he prepared each bite. The omakase was a spectacular and sometimes surprising combination of flavours - showcasing a mixture of Australian and international produce in fun and unexpected ways, whilst somehow maintaining a Japanese spirit through each dish. His passion for the food was palpable in every bite and it was a true joy to feel part of that creative journey throughout the meal. Our sommelier Calvin was likewise vibrantly passionate about all things beverage and took us on a delightful whistle-stop tour of the world of sake innovation. We were truly physically and intellectually satiated by the experience - highly HIGHLY recommend.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience, With knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming staff from the host to the sommelier and chef looking after us, The food was exceptional with a modern twist, wine, and sake pairing option but also tea pairing Will be back

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  15. SteveW

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Experience overall was pretty average. For starters, we felt as if the drinks were being pushed hard on us, both by the waiter and by the chef himself. We understand thats where the margins are however, we just wanted to experience the food as is with just water as drinks. Food was interesting - we had experienced a modern new twist to the traditional omakase which was quite intruiging. Personal favourite was the smoked tea rice & dessert. Atmosphere was pin drop quiet and ambience was quite romantic. Plus points for Yugen Tea bar at night. However, the overall exeperience was dulled by the pushing of drinks at the very start. And honestly, for a little bit more, you would be comparing it to a place like Minamishima which has the better overall food and experience.

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  16. MiaHo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing from chef to customer service. Must try!

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  17. JasH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were fantastic and the service was great. The food and tea was really lovely but we got hit with a $66b Sunday surcharge.

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  18. Aleshaa

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything thing was amazing, especially the food and service, it was one of the best dining experiences, and I highly recommend it!

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  19. MartinaS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great desserts and tea selection! Loved the environment, but my friend and I were rushed to leave. The bill was presented to us without asking if we wanted to order anything else or if we wanted to get the bill. The place was not full and no one was waiting for our table.

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  20. LucyC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for a ladies’ afternoon out; the decor is beautiful, team was attentive and delightful and the tea selection / high tea was phenomenal. Up there with the hotels that are renowned for their High Teas. Ps the restaurant is phenomenal, too!

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  21. OpenTable

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overpriced for its value. Nothing special compared to other high tea places.

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  22. MollieC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tea is for sure amazing 🤩 but the pastries are off the chain fantastic!

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  23. Jeff

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Didn't expect raw food intermixed in the high tea. Not a fan of a fusion style of high tea though a great opportunity to try it out for the experience. Intermediate table was way too close to each other which didn't afford any little bit of privacy to make personal conversation with my guest without being heard by the table of guests on my left and right. Scones were really nice as well as the different tea offered.

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  24. Jody

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the tea was incredible. Will definitely be back and would highly recommend.

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  25. Sanchez

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service made me feel as I was the only costumer in the world that mattered.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the afternoon tea set & it’s outstanding quality for both food, drinks & service. I love that they did so well with both sweet & savoury. The tea bar is very well decorated & not crowded, I really enjoy the afternoon I spend in Yugen tea bar.

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  27. VipAust

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Love the tea. Very friendly service. I think they serve the best rea in town.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience, from the beginning to the end. Knowledgeable and welcoming staff, fresh and high quality product used to make an incredible afternoon tea and tart, Highly recommend to try the fig tart such a délice, nicely pair with a white tea suggested by the tea sommelier, Thank you so much Yugen team

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    All food was frozen and premade. Taste was below average. Not worth the price.

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  30. JosephG

    Adelaide

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    TOO PRECIOUS TO WORK. I was looking forward to afternoon tea with my wife here. I made a booking online for 2.15pm ( usual tea time) for A La Carte rather than the set tea because I wanted to try it all!! To my astonishment when we arrived after waiting to be seated for some minutes we were advised that as we had not booked the set afternoon tea the establishment had SOLD OUT of all the savoury items on the menu but they could offer us a couple of sweet items. We were welcome however to stay for tea and try the few sweet items available. I suggested that, as we had made a booking,made two weeks ago, that was astonishing. Rather than be apologetic, the manager referred us to the website and the drop-down menu, which she said would have told us that we had to book the afternoon tea to be assured of a full selection. I said that there was no such information on the website and particularly nothing on the website to say that if one booked the set menu, then one accepted the risk of the establishment running out of food by the time we were served at 2:15 pm ( albeit a reasonable time to expect food for an afternoon tea)! The website for the Dining Room says that it is good that we have mobile phone cameras because the food looks too good to eat. It certainly is because there is never any food available so one may as well take a photograph of what is in the window as that is as close as you will get to eating at this tea room. EVEN IF YOU MAKE A BOOKING TWO WEEKS BEFORE!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So lovely, a very special experience

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  32. CPmelbourne

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Such a pity that the lack of a warm welcome and rude service ruined the experience. The food itself was very impressive but having to wait an hour for it to be presented to us was definitely not worth it! We were told to also vacate our table in 15 mins even though the food arrived an hour late… not sure why we needed to rush when they forgot to accommodate us properly in the first place. There was no knowledge of the staff when bringing out the tea or the high tea selection and the lack of attendance by the staff made this experience even more frustrating. I’m deeply disappointed, Yugen! I actually don’t know how this place opened when the basics aren’t even up to scratch!

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  33. Dazy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicous food and impeccable service. Really appreciated the staff who catered all we needed, in terms of dietary restrictions.

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  34. Victoria

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful decoration, lovely tea, and delicious sweets. Will be recommending to friends and visiting again! Overall spectacular experience. The waitress was also super patient and helpful with the menu.

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  35. TommyH

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    salmon roe tart taste abit salty the rest is good

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  36. Dani

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue with attentive staff and AMAZING high tea experience. Highly recommend!!

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  37. JessA

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our experience didn't get off to a great start. A not so warm welcome, made to feel more like a burden that we had a double pram and waitress was quite salty. No explanation of the menu or tea for what was our first experience at Yugen. Tea was tasty, but was fully decanted from the tea pot into a glass beacon which made the tea go cold very quickly. Saving grace was the food. Easily the best afternoon tea/high tea in Melbourne. Could not fault anything food wise. Sensational! The labour and effort going into each element is unrivalled, therefore price point is justified.

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  38. Qian

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A place that can satisfy your five senses. Wonderful.

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  39. TyranP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the ultimate treat - Thibault and his team spoiled us and the food was remarkable - thank you! Loved it!

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  40. Mavis

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The tea flight experience was awesome. I learned a lot about the past of British tea spy and got to taste different tea.

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Yugen Tea Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yugen Tea Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Yugen Tea Bar

605 Chapel St, South Yarra, AU-VIC 3141

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Chapel Street and Toorak Road
  • Area
    South Yarra
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Stephen Nairn
  • Additional
    Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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