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The European

€€ - €€€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
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161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the first time we went there for meals and we loved it! It was introduced by our Melbourne friend who often go there. Food was really yummy and service was attentive. We went there for breakfast and we will definitely go there again...More

Thank MarkWong007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was already bustling on arrival at 1830. The Head Sommelier recommendations to match our Paella was spot on; all floor staff were impeccable. Everything about European was perfect, thank you. 🙏🏼👌 😊

Thank PetaAndy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The European never fails to impress, the food and wine is amazing and the service is second to none! Thank you once again to everyone at The European.

Thank Justine210
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The European is a favourite of ours and certainly did not disappoint on this visit. Great to see changes on the menu as well! I had the duck and it was so delicious and well presented. My husband enjoyed the chicken which had a beautifully...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to choose from at The European. I visited this establishment after dinner for a nightcap and enjoyed the rooftop bar immensely. Later in the week I visited the restaurant downstairs for a delicious spaghetti marina which I have to say was one of the...More

Thank janeclough1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently had the delight of visiting this small little rest restaurant in the Melbourne CBD. After being recommended to us all I can say is faultless. Great service from the moment we walked in the door. Certain meals were recommended and they were all cooked...More

Thank stevefx
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the second year in a row, we scored outside seats at The European with no bookings soon after the AFL Grand Final. There were gas heaters to ward off the chill and sitting on the street to soak up Melbourne's finals fever is always...More

Thank Jenny G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place; great service, good food, great cellar wine and sommelier's that know how to provide a reasonable price wine with a good meal. Roland is fantastic, just tell him what you want to spend on a wine with your meal and he picks...More

Thank wsyme
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We had a friend down from Brisbane and met up here for a delightful meal in a very chic and European setting. A great menu to ponder over and then make your selection and then be tempted by a daily special, all good and enjoyable....More

1  Thank GLW1941
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We dropped into The European opposite the Parliament for a late lunch after a very long sightseeing walk. What a gem. In a very European way - I could have been in a Paris brassiere. I had a small raw fish starter which was perfect...More

Thank Terry F
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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9 October 2017|
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Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
Not really a beer place. They have some bottled beer.
5 August 2017|
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Response from Shelly J | Reviewed this property |
You will need to email or call The European direct to get this answer.
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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