The European

4.5
348 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
Open 7 days a week from morning until late, the European offers classic bistro fare with substance and character to compliment it's extensive collection of Champagne and other European wines. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food , from breakfast, lunch & dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu.
Whether perfectly cooked eggs, a tin of caviar or a late night supper, pre-theatre pasta or a 3 course celebration, the European offers a bustling ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Contemporary European, Breakfast
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Sunday & Saturday: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:45am

Lunch: Sunday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:45pm

Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(03) 9654 0811
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Ian Curley
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Cross Street
Bourke Street
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Parking Details
Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
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Public Transit
35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Station
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Special Events & Promotions
Please enquire about our private rooms and personalised menus available for groups larger than 12.
Additional
Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 348 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

An excellent meal! Beautiful steak and horseradish. Lovely wines and friendly service.

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Fantastic food and loved the service - friendly but not obtrusive. Good recommendations for food and wine. It can't have been too noisy as I didn't notice - but it wasn't quiet either - just a nice gentle hum of happy people talking.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Outstanding service, with an extensive wine list and exceptional traditional Italian cuisine. Be sure to book in advance and be mindful large groups over nine will require a set menu

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3.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Great food, slow disinterested service and extremely noisy

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3.0Dined on 2 August 2018

I was seated to a table that was too low in lighting that was difficult for me to read the menu.

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4.0Dined on 1 August 2018

Enjoyed a delicious brunch here with a friend and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Good food, great atmosphere and service. Would definitely go back and try other meals.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

We loved the food we had , the ambience and attentive service. A great vibe. The recommended wine was excellent too. My husband found it difficult to hear as it is noisy and tales are close together. Also we were unaware we had to leave at 8.30 for the next sitting. I may have overlooked this when I booked. Otherwise we would definitely recommend it for an occasion, more so than casual dining as the bill was higher than we would pay for a meal out normally.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Great atmosphere, fantastic wine selection and exceptional service.

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3.0Dined on 23 July 2018

I requested table near the back but we were seated near front door. Staff would not move us. Very noisy so difficult to hear my friends. One guest found her dish was very salty. She informed staff who said to request less salt next time. We found that unusual.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Fantastic value for money if you are looking for top end melbourne dinning experience

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We hadn’t been to the European before so it was not only a generous gift voucher but a lovely experience in both exceptional food and great service.

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Divine food and generous portion, lovely wine and ambiance. But a couple of negatives - the table was set for 3 but I'd booked for 4. Service was a bit offhand. I thought $11 per bottle of sparkling water that covered 4 small glasses was a bit steep.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The European is simply one of Melbourne's top five or my top five at least. That space, the mood, the food and wine list topped by the most intuitive, delightful staff in the biz. Please stay away I like to be able to get a table. Lawrence Mooney.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The Europen was excellent, as usual. I have been an occasional sdiner there for many years, and this meal was as good as ever. Staff were fabulous - attentive but not cloying. I will continue to go to the European.

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Always reliable, the European is the perfect place to have a business lunch or breakfast.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

We always enjoy dining at The European; I am yet to be disappointed. For this visit I had already been out to lunch so it was just an exquisite pasta of the day accompanied by several glasses of wine. We dined early but the restaurant was full by the time we departed.

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4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Just a great day...evry part was special...had just been in Europe for 4 weeks...this lunch came in a lot better than 90 % of the meals we had whilst away...
Cheers mm

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Food ok. French fries were re-fried and didn’t look or taste fresh. The dining room smelled of fish which was off putting when trying to eat dessert.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

I have been meaning to dine here for a long time. I went to the ballet and finally got to dine here. The service was fantastic, food delicious and atmosphere cosy. I had the special pasta with aged mince bolognese. The flavour in the sauce was the best I've ever had (I'm Italian and I have tasted great sauce!!). Thanks to the team. I will be back.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

The European has never disappointed. The service is excellent, just the right combination of efficient but not intrusive. Food is also excellent.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

European is oldie but goodie! I've been coming here for close to 15 years (13 of which i lived in Sydney), so it must be good. A pre/post theater must!

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2.0Dined on 23 June 2018

For a belated 30th birthday lunch at a venue I have frequented often in the past, I would have expected considerably better service from almost all staff at The European this weekend, especially considering I dropped almost 1K..
Rude staff.. my guests arrived slightly early (which is just good manners) asked about my booking to only be told to turn around and come back at 1pm, with a healthy dose of attitude. "Yes...and it will be ready at 1pm." No suggestion to take a seat outside and grab a drink, nothing. And then you were late anyway...

It took 45 minutes before we got bread, 30 minutes before we had water, constantly being snapped at by the staff in trying to get their attention.
I appreciate it was a busy day, but you had significant warning to prepare for the booking, and if you can't hire staff to run in a high-pressured environment with some grace and respect then I guess I can't help you. Honestly - you tried your very best all day to ruin a perfectly good lunch - well done...

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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Great food options, specials menu worth a try, wonerdful service

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

The food was amazing. Great menu choices and fantastic wine. Everyone really enjoyed the lunch.

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Always reliable and delicious. Excellent service.The pasta is superb and the herb salad a must order.

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4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Great atmosphere staff and food. High quality produce - simple but delicious.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

wonderful feel-charming staff-prompt service-good food-as always

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Staff were wonderful. Great environment. Melbourne favourite.

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Love a place that always delivers what you want.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Had a great 60th birthday lunch here on a sunny Melbourne Saturday. Great service and ambience. We had the fish of the day from the special’s board and couldn’t fault it. Would go back here again. Highly recommended!

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3.0Dined on 30 May 2018

I was shocked when arrived at the European and being told no booking. After showing my confirmed booking email. Then I was told their computer showed it was cancelled. I wasn't impressed.

Anyhow it was a quite night and we were offered a table. Despite this drama, the food n service are great.

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

My family and I love The European. We live on the Mornington Peninsula but make the effort to go into town to the European for special dinners - birthdays etc. it’s alwsys well worth the effort.

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a quiet meal in this cosy restaurant. I had a very enjoyable roast duck for main the sauce was a cracker. My wife opted for a steak which was perfectly cooked to her request for medium. We shared an apple pie for dessert very homely.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Simply divine food, excellent wine selection. Do not hesitate.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Risotto with crab, peas and chilli was simple and elegant. Light and perfectly balanced

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Consistently attentive & professional service, amazing wine list and comfortingly high quality dishes.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Every dish we ordered was delicious. Especially the Salad and fries. Waiting staff are also wonderful.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Mother's Day - was perfect! The food was great and it was very cosy and warm on that freezing cold day.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Had a great night will be back again 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Nothing not to like, celebrated my 50th birthday with friends - food was fantastic, service excellent, not over bearing just friendly and attentive. Will definitely return.

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