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Punch Lane

$$ - $$$European, ,
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 4944
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pork loin” (14 reviews)
“cheese board” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Punch Lane
1. A place to celebrate
"would recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion"
Tania T
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2. Cozy place, excellent food!
" Also give the cheese selection a try, you wont be sorry."
Glam B
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3. Hidden Gem
"A hidden gem near Chinatown in Melbourne."
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1 - 10 of 556 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have enjoyed many meals at Punch Lane over many years but this time the male waiting staff were so pretentious I was embarrassed at the appalling service. We went to Punch Lane on my recommendation and for that I am sorry. From the moment...More

Thank Birt1964
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are all sincerely sorry and there is no excuse for being left to feel like you have explained. We very much appreciated your patronage over many years and are terribly disappointed that we will not be seeing you in the future. The staff at...More

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The service (Thanks Laurence) and food were on point. This place is superb! On the east side of Melbourne City, you will find this great number; Punch Lane. I chose this as the client i was taking loved his wine, and it didn't disappoint, not...More

2  Thank OzTravels80
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

We love Lawrence, he is a real gentleman ...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love to travel alone because it gives me a different perspective on the places I visit, and it seems to test the patience of waitstaff. While my welcome at the restaurant was warm and friendly, my server seemed to feel obligatorily nice and efficient....More

Thank MiaBchGal
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us the kitchen was thrilled to read your comments about your food experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Punch lane has quickly become a favourite of ours when we visit Melbourne. From beautifully executed mains to simple but delicious charcuterie boards, the food here is fresh, exciting and there’s always something that takes our fancy!

Thank DomG90
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time and giving us your feedback , we are very happy with the food coming out the Punch kitchen and as you said it is about great product done simply ...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Punch Lane is always good and serves interesting meals. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is calm, quiet and a haven from the hustle and bustle. I had the pork terrine and then an entre as main. The staff are friendly but not intrusive....More

Thank CarolynAnneMac
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your continued support of Punch Lane , if you happen to be in on a Thursday , Friday or Saturday evening please pop in to our new Sister venue next door in the basement ( Juliet Melbourne) and cosy up by the...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

great intimate place for dinner for any special occasion with an awesome choice of wines to go with every course.staff are friendly and knowledgeable. enjoy a great meal. I've been going there for years for my wedding anniversary.

Thank Davidpiaia
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing and letting us know that we are part of your yearly wedding celebration, very special indeed ...

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Looking for a decent wine bar? Try Punch Lane. Good wine selection & great service. Lovely spot with different sized 'rooms' so it didn't feel like a barn. Good music that wasn't too loud either. It's slightly out of the way but well worth the...More

Thank lynn4bes
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for going out of your way to join us and also for the positive vibes and words , hope to see you next time around .

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Punch Lane has been a consistent performer in the Melbourne CBD for ages. Last night was no exception. This cosy club like restraurant has a limited menu due to its wine bar heritage. We started with an Charcuterie plate with a selection on cheeses and...More

Thank ShibaInus
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for recommending us and for the constructive feedback , a topped up glass is of the utmost importance .

Reviewed 1 July 2018

Really enjoyed the decor, the wines were quite nice and the service good. Were we felt a bit let down was the food, but I guess this is a wine bar and not a restaurant. The entrees were super nice but the mains missed the...More

Thank ironian
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Pleased to read we get to see you again for wine and cheese , I'm sorry to read you felt let down with the food and I can assure you there is much effort and love that goes into Luke's food daily so not getting...More

Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Wonderful spot in the heart of Melbourne. Have eaten here a number of times and never been disappointed. Great food, good service and a vibrant atmosphere.

Thank rprowse123
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for joining us yet again and for the continued support :)

Nearby
Chinatown
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
...More
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espaset
22 September 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
Yes we do have a la carte menu however kitchen is closed at 10.30 we do have cheese available now :)
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Chris K
9 September 2017|
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Response from Kristina E | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I guess you just ring them. If it's anything like our experience it will be very quick because you won't get any food.
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avidreaderatl
30 March 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
smart casual or however you feel comfortable !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$31
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 4944
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Description
A Melbourne institution now in its 22nd year Punch Lane is situated at the Paris end of the CBD near Parliament . We are also in the theatre precinct and perfect for a pre/post show bite to eat . glass of wine or a plate of cheese . Our food style is Modern European with Australian overtones , there is an extensive range of wines by the glass as well as an array of beers and spirits . We are house in one of the original CBD police stations as we where situated in the heart of the red light district of the time . We also boast the original chairs from the Southern Cross Hotel which was the home of the Beatles during their Australian Tour . We look forward to seeing you for a relaxed lunch, a glass of wine or an intimate dinner.
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