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Punch Lane

$$ - $$$European, ,
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 4944
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork loin” (13 reviews)
“cheese board” (8 reviews)
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European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
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 547 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

We have visited this restaurant on three occasions on previous visits to Melbourne. It has one of the most extensive wine list I have ever seen. The food was excellent. Service was very good. The lighting is very subdued so those of us with sight...More

Thank Neville B
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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

7 of us had dinner at Punch Lane last night. All of we are very happy with the wine, food, and staff. This is a place people should try in Melbourne.

Thank James C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first visited this small restaurant three years ago. We enjoyed our visit visit very much. The ambience, food and wine were first class. We recently revisited for âpre-theatre dinner. We arrived five minutes before our scheduled time of booking, only to be told that...More

Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in for a few drinks before dinner in Chinatown. The bar wasn’t that busy so we expected to get served reasonably quickly as we sat at the bar. Staff showed little interest as we weren’t staying for dinner. Can’t comment on the food, but...More

Thank mark d
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is so good. We had an early dinner pre show. This was explained and very easily accommodated. The vegetarian risotto was excellent. Full of surprise flavor bursts and textures - delicious. The spinach salad so fresh and again lots of textures and...More

Thank 1Joybelle
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Great food, great service, central location and cosy intimate atmosphere. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here tonight. The sommelier helped us choose a fabulous bottle of Shiraz, based on our interests. We split the cuttlefish as an appetizer and had the lamb and duck for main courses. Everything was incredibly tasty - fabulous for the taste buds!...More

Thank 3knght
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Food and service not bad, but maybe this is place for spend time with friends, and food are at second place

Thank Saulius K
Reviewed 2 April 2018

They had a delicious drink selection. Atmosphere was great - very cozy. Have been back since my first visit.

Thank Babs899
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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Questions & Answers
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 :)
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.
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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