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The European

) #38 of 3,366 Restaurants in Melbourne $$ - $$$ European, , Vegetarian Friendly
161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 0811
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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1 - 10 of 710 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Went there for lunch. I arrived at 11am and was told lunch will not be served until noon. Left and went to the treasury building for an hour and come back. I have the foie gras and moreton bay bug salad. Foie Gras is great....More

Thank Owen L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit this wonderful restaurant every time we go to Melbourne. The food, atmosphere, wines, service -- everything -- is always superb! For dessert on this last visit we had the Bombe Alaske for two. Wonderful!

1  Thank Wurlitzerman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Consistently a great spot for breakfast. Excellent service and great coffee. I always have breakfast here when in Melbourne. Their daily specials are good too.

Thank Becksta23
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great spot for a pre theatre lunch. Short and simple menu and French style food. Simple but delicious. The steak frites was perfect. Great wine options. Good service. Lovely and elaborate desserts. Fabulous.

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was fortunate enough to go to The European for both dinner and breakfast on a recent trip to Melbourne. The European is an old fashioned style restaurant with a modern gourmet menu which has something for everyone whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner. For...More

1  Thank Alice C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely breakfast. There was plenty of variety and the service was top notch. Seemed very popular with lots of regulars popping in.

Thank Leesa F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have the pleasure of stopping by for breakfast every year, and I'm always impressed. This year u had there smoked salmon, and it was beautiful. Perfectly smoked tender salmon that was absolutely delightful with potato Bellinis. Highly recommend to anyone who visits or lives in...More

Thank gourmet_traveller99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magnificent food on a slightly limited menu and an unlimited wine list. The service is particularly special. My oysters, duck ravioli, salad, mushroom risotto and classic chanti were all faultless. I envied the river of dishes that floated past on waiters arms. Not cheap but...More

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we have always had good meals at the european and not having been there for a number of years, we dropped in for a very late dinner. luckily, we managed to put our order in before the kitchen closed. we had blue eye cod, scallops,...More

Thank 1mightymouse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is one of those early morning breakfasts where you can eat on the street when the sun is out or head inside if its too cold. My wife and I like to go hear early Saturday mornings and watch the city come to life...More

Thank Euan M
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place
to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place
simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude
a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration
over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on
Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes
such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your
money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving
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Nearby Attractions
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We're travelling with a 7 month old and a 1 year old.. would this restaurant have high chairs and be able to accomodate strollers?
10 February 2015|
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Response from Kerrie K | Reviewed this property |
Definitey not the right restaurant for you. There are many others far more suited to children
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:30 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 0811
  • E-mail
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