The European

4.5
387 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
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 387 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and wine. Food was lovely but mildly overpriced. Atmosphere and staff were fantastic. A great couples dinner.

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CS
7 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday in Melbourne CBD can be challenging in that many restaurants don’t open. The European is a good choice for ANY night. Fantastic wine list!

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WW
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our old favourite. It’s been 10 years and we always visit when we’re in town

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BM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cannot fault any aspect of the European. Food, wine and service was the usual high standard

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T
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Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Food was amazing and staff were friendly and attentive. Would definitely return.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always outstanding. I have not had an 'average' meal here before.
Definitely best seafood pasta in the CBD

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AR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely a lovely night at The European with two of our adult sons. The food was interesting and tasty, the only negative, it was a little too salty for our liking. Wines superb and service excellent.

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WN
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fantastic evening if you have the chance to dine here - the food is consistently excellent, lots of fresh flavours & classic European cuisine - my favourite spot in Melbourne. The only minor issue is SOMETIMES the noise is overwhelming for what is usually an intimate dining experience.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was beautifully cooked and was just the right portions. The European wines were complementary to the meal and we finished with a lovely sherry and coffee, all in all, a great experience.

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DN
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service here is consistently great, but it's an experience that is well over-priced - and, there's not much food. The "large" spaghetti was definitely NOT large. Even the water is ridiculously over-priced (and you'd think they could afford to let that one go a bit). The real stinker was a 15% surcharge for it being a Sunday. Seriously? I mean, it wasn't a public holiday, just a normal Sunday, and the prices are already 'up there' without the extra.

Pity.

I've eaten here many times because of the food, ambiance and extensive wine list, and it's *very* popular, but Melbourne is replete with other options that I shall be giving more attention to henceforth.

If cost is no issue to you (as it obviously isn't to so many who go here) and you like small portions (or can afford many of them), carry on! Personally, I would like the servings to be larger and the bill to be smaller - but then it would be so popular you'd never get in.

Sigh.

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d
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A little disappointed with the marinara. No garlic and little chilli and pasta too tough. Sorry

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e
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

had a wonderful meal as always and the food and service were up to the expected standard - the noise level inside was certainly elevated so if you are after something quiet or easier to talk amongst more than 2 i suggest outside is the go

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JW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The European remains my go-to for business meetings. Food is faultless every time and service charming and efficient, perfect for that one-hour luncheon. Rarely too noisy for good conversation.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is always a lovely experience- fantastic food, wine and service.

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R
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The European never disappoints. The food is fantastic, the wine list is expansive and covers many different varieties at reasonable prices and the staffs knowledge and service is second to none in Melbourne.

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J
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was superb. Sommelier certainly knew his stuff and wait staff excellent in predicting and attending to need. And the food...just sensational.

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R
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a great ambiance - could not ask for more

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S
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The serve we received before heading to the theatre was great. Our waiter new a lot about the wines and was very cheer funk o manner

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NW
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Recommended by a friend we both chose one of the specials "spanner crab risotto". Outstanding and just a hint of al dente with the stock/sauce superb. will be back

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s
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was very good, but the noise level was terrible, the worst I have experienced in a restaurant.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always! High quality food, service and ambiance.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the European for breakfast. The coffee is excellent. The avocado on seeded toast with eggs is delicious.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food and wine. Lovely wait staff and thoroughly ‘European’!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always very good, especially for a work related lunch

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RB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always fabulous and a greta wine list. Open late you can always get a great Italian meal at The European

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MW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect experience in every way with exception of the bathrooms.....they need a serious renovation.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience- cannot wait to go back.

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P
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and wine were superb. A very good service all round, however the experience was somewhat spoiled by an excessively loud background noise. It made it very difficult to chat.

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waite staff are always so well informed when it comes to the menu.

Food and service always spot on and attentive while also managing the fine line of not being intrusive

And coffee is consistently good

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SH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had a Booking after seeing Mama Mia. The night was to celebrate my birthday with my husband and two of my closest friends having eaten here at the European once before and being very happy I thought it was a no-brainer but to my disappointment and we’ll was not the best. My husband and I Shared steak for two and it was full of fat and gristle really disappointing. We Left the fat on the plate so hopefully the Chef could see. For $92 it should have been outstanding like the chateau briand we had on our previous visit.
The duck fat potatoes were nice.

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EL
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Has been consistently excellent for many years

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m
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Given the wrong duck dish.
Food good but very Expensive. Limited menu. Waiter good but a bit too ingratiating....

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AD
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Reliable and good quality food. Wine list is over the top but there are some more reasonable choices. Service OK, but had to try a number of times to attract someone's attention to get the bill. Ambience and location good

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JA
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Melbourne institution that never lets you down. The service is always exceptional, the food is amazing and plentiful and their wine list is perfect. Their lemon tart is the best I have ever tried!

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TA
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience, staff very professional & food innovative

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JS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wait staff and excellent food. Love the Italian ambience. The atmosphere is classy without being pretentious. Will definitely be back.

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GA
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. I would have liked to have the choice to choose a cheaper bottle of wine - we ended up paying $100 for our wine which was very overvalued.

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O
13 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the most lovely duck egg with wild mushrooms and red wine sauce... be sure to ask for bread, because you will want to sop up all the beautiful juices with it! Absolutely delicious. With a perfect Scotch and soda. Thank you for such a great traditional restaurant, food, and service. Heart bigly.

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j
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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AK
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful and genuine European ambience with great food and wine.

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