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Ant's Bistro

#397 of 3,173 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Chinatown
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7 Corrs Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9639 2908
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Today
17:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sun 17:30 - 22:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Interesting little restaurant we all had a banquet...not your usual banquet but because my wife is gluten intolerant...we'll be back to see if it picks up

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Thank Jeff W
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been dining here for about 3 years. Spring onion cake and dumplings are delicious. Maria and Stephen could not be more helpful with our selection of dishes as one of our party has food allergies. Now each time we arrive we just let them decide which dishes he can eat and we all share. Very well priced and friendly... More 

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Thank Satisfied1702
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service, wide and varied menu, great value, easy to find, good parking near restaurant, the menu which specialises in Cantonese Cuisine, has a fine range of seafood, meat dishes, vegetarian, great range of rice and noodle dishes, is BYO and fully licensed, the service is first rate, and would highly recommend this fine dining establishment.

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Thank Anne W
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to come here once a month. Ant is fantastic, and the service was always quick. Then the last couple of times we had an average experience where although they weren't substantially busy, the lady put us upstairs and basically forgot about us. I used to enjoy going there for the service but have been disappointed lately, so probably... More 

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Thank whatsabdid
Berkeley Vale, Australia
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Australia Day evening- the most popular restaurant next door was closed, (which normally has a queue 20 metres long and the food was so fresh and delicious), but unfortunately this place did not compare. Food was average, sauces were stodgy and the noodles were nothing to write home about. Over priced. Service was average. First and last visit. Sorry. Needs... More 

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Thank TdeF2014
Accrington, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Had early evening meal here whilst visiting Melbourne and have to say thoroughly enjoyed. Small quaint restaurant off the main Chinese strip food was device, service great and extremely good value for money. Would have gone back if had more time e and if go back to Melbourne will be on my hit list.

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Thank MMcA36
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

It's a great place. Very tasty Chinese food. Tastier than usual if you're happy with a bit of spice. I really like this place. Couldn't fault one dish. Today was a work lunch and it couldn't have gone better. I'm reminded that I need to come here more often.

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Thank TwoSheds57
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We are a group of three male car enthusiasts and regularly head to Ants Bistro for a lunch and chat about various aspects of cars, not to mention movies and TV shows. We return because the food is simply delicious, and represents great value. We take turns to take our own wine and also discuss various wines, e.g., Carmenere from... More 

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Thank Stewart A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Delicious Chinese food right in the heart of China Town Melbourne. Family restaurant where Maria & Steven are fantastic hosts. Extensive menu with my favourite being the Mandarin Beef & great Special Fried Rice!

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Thank KatrinaW22
Keilor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Those of you who's idea of a good Chinese meal extends as far as the local Chinese takeaway and includes such staples as lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork and beef with blackbean are wasting an opportunity if that is what you are expecting in this place. You don't venture into Ants Bistro unless you are willing to open your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Corrs Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 2908

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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
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 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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