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Shark Fin Inn

$$ - $$$
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Chinatown
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50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 2681
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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would give this place a solid 3.5 rating. We stayed across the street so we ate here twice. Both times we were seated immediately. We walked by a few times during peak hours and there was a line out the door. We only eat seafood and vegetables so that limited our choices. We had a few dim sum items,... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Large restaurant space, crowded, staff on the run and food churned out. The evening meal at this restaurant was not a good experience. Initially we felt grateful that staff fitted us in at short notice, until we sat down and then felt part of a huge treadmill. The food was very disappointing, including the worst Peking Duck I have ever... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Last minute decision for a Sunday lunch before the theatre. Very busy but staff were very accommodating and friendly. Lots of choice and we were able to select from both the yum cha menu and the main menu which suited everybody. The chicken stir fry with cashews and vegetables was great as was the beef and black bean. The yum... More 

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Grovedale
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the food here, really enjoy the banquet options and you never wait too long which is always handy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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193 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great place with friendly staff. excellent range of food on menu very good tasting many different dishes. meals always taste good. always busy get in early.

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Thank glenn h
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely delicious food with great service. We took the time to find out the names of the people serving us and it made all the difference to our service. The food is an absolute stand out. Great Yum Cha!!!!!!

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Thank Sunny S
Warrnambool, Australia
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy restaurant. Ordered a banquet. Meals came out a bit fast. We couldn't eat last course. Meals were lovely. Waiters could be a bit more friendly but very busy. Would go back.

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Thank Juliek101045
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A busy restaurant at 7pm. Black bean chicken had no discerning flavour of black bean and was gooey with cornflour to thicken. Surprised that the Seasonal Vegetables dish would consist of canned small corn, canned bamboo shoots, canned water chestnuts with token broccoli and rounds of carrot. All in all, a disappointing meal for a rare outing in the city.... More 

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Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a sad experience today - honestly don't go there . We were waiting for more yum Cha dishes to arrive - then the staff cleared the table !!! Very limited choices and not good quality.

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Bendigo, Australia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Again a great meal. Had several serves, staff great, table was upstairs which we prefer, downstairs feels more cramped. Yes would go back overall cost was $72 for heaps of food, tea and a soft drink. We also knocked back a lot as we were full to the top. Walk ins occurred but I would book to ensure you get... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$28
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 2681

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

Staying in Chinatown

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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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