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City Wine Shop

#123 of 3,203 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Wine Bar, Australian
As featured in Leonie's Melbourne Guide
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159 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 6657
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri 07:00 - 23:30
Sat 09:00 - 23:30
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Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for a relaxed but very interesting way to while away a few hours this place rocks. My beautiful wife and I headed back for our second visits recently. The staff (in particular Josh) were amazing ...... he is a champers encyclopaedia!!!. We sat at the bar which we find the most fun as u always meet... More 

Thank Damian H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love that you can't book. Love the big communal table. Steak and chips best in Australia. Just works so well with a glass of whatever they serving. Excellent!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
137 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can I say? This place is everything you want a great wine bar to be. Perfect atmosphere with friendly and knowledgeable (yet not pushy) service, superb range of international wines (though still plenty of exciting local options), simple yet absolutely delicious bar food. The outdoor seating area is perfect for a morning coffee or a cheeky glass of champagne,... More 

Thank Rah_Rah_HockeySticks
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bottle shop and deli for the sophisticated and discerning - the range is phenomenal but the experience of staff led me to what I was after quickly but with care to understand my request

Thank manders_steve
Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The fish dish I ordered was tiny and took nearly half an hour to be prepared. Not a place to visit if you are hungry. A good selection of wine by the glass but the prices are on the high side. The staff seemed to know their wines. Unfortunately the place seems to be trying to extract every last cent... More 

Thank fatbear2016
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I had dinner here with a friend who lives in Melbourne and he selected City Wine Shop knowing how I would like it. The menu was great and the food lived up to the anticipation. My friend selected the wine with input from the staff and it was perfect with our food choices. We sat in the back room as... More 

Thank jsp201273
Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Lunch. We had the Risotto and the Waggu Steak (Waggu at this price?). Both perfect. Her Risotto was tasty and refreshing. But my steak was the best medium rare I've had in years. Juicy, tender and what was that sauce. Chips looked soft but no, it was seasoning. a 10. Great service too. Good to get recommendation on the wine... More 

Thank ShoreEngineering
Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Had the opportunity to visit the wine shop in Melbourne. Lovely evening - alfresco overlooking Parliament House. Staff appropriately attentive and sensitive to my being alone on a business trip. Good service and happy to accommodate menu changes. Great wine list too - recommended for a summer evening - especially if you like people watching.

Thank Weary_Traveller6166
Wellington, New Zealand
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331 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Great gnocchi - very light with wonderful vege (got some lemon to cut through the richness). Lemon tart very good too. Great selection of wine, and knowledgeable staff. 15% surchage on a Sunday is a little OTT - so won't be caught with that again, but will return - just not on a Sunday.

Thank amr100
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Spent yesterday outside in the (occasional) sunshine enjoying several bottles of wine with family over several hours. I love the fact that you can choose from wines inside at retail prices then consume them for an additional flat rate of $20.00, it makes the experience very cost efficient and you have a great selection to choose from as well as... More 

Thank Ron W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Wine Bar, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 6657

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
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 up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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