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The European

161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 0811
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (27 reviews)
“chateaubriand” (27 reviews)
“pepper steak” (9 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

As a Sydney-sider I can honestly say that the food capital of Australia is Melbourne. I am sure that there are some poor restaurants in the city but I have yet to find one! The European typifies the standard for Melbourne city restaurants. Consistent, knowledgeable...More

Thank Lawrence Y
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

That is exactly what we were told when we dined there although the menu had many kinds of curries from hot to mild plus lamb, chicken, and so much more we had trouble deciding. My husband was tempted by the chart on the wall listing...More

Thank 2PacaPeople
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at The European prior to going to see "The Book of Mormon". We had not booked, but as it was early (5.15pm) we didn't have a problem. We perused the wine list and surprisingly they didn't have a Moscato or other low alcohol...More

Thank kevdeb5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location opposite Parliament House - we sat outside on a beautiful New Years Eve for a casual lunch. With patrons attending the Theatre next door, trams moving up and down it was a great experience. We shared a few appetisers and of course Aperol...More

Thank hobbsie8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited for breakfast on Boxing Day before going to the Test at the MCG, which is within easy walking distance. This was always our favourite place for breakfast & the menu is still exciting, but the staff have changed & the service isn't as...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located ideally opposite Parliament house, we really liked the choice of food on offer from 3 countries....France, Italy and Spain. Good food with no frills!!! Overall--8/10

Thank arby235
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a walk to a full day at the Motorclassica, its become a tradition to stop at European for breakfast. Had the most intriguing eggs, soft centres with crusty outer. Delicious.

Thank DawnJudge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I do not understand why this restaurant is so overrated. I tried it once for breakfast. First of all the food was really ordinary and there was nothing special about it. Nothing worth mentioning. The waitress with glasses was so rude that I almost jumped...More

Thank Dennis D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here many times but this time we had friends from the UK. When I booked for the 26th of December (dinner) I would have expected to be told they were going to hit us for a big surcharge. Food good, service suffering and...More

Thank lenasemaan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked here for a group of 8 people, in hindsight, this restaurant was a bit too small for a group of this size. However, the staff were very helpful in getting us all seated and served. We were right by the door so this...More

Thank Kate W
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Questions & Answers
9 October 2017|
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Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
Not really a beer place. They have some bottled beer.
5 August 2017|
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Response from Shelly J | Reviewed this property |
You will need to email or call The European direct to get this answer.
10 February 2015|
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Response from Kerrie K | Reviewed this property |
Definitey not the right restaurant for you. There are many others far more suited to children
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 0811
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