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City BBQ Restaurant

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178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 2311
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my partner today we thoroughly enjoyed our meals dumplings were delicious and the pork was simply divine would definitely revisit and recommend to people

Thank Anthony H
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

City BBQ in Chinatown offers fresh, authentic, delicious Chinese, with generous serves & cups of refreshing tea. The service is exceptionally quick & friendly. The restaurant is no frills, fast in & out service, perfect for a quick bite before hitting the city.

Thank Ky Y
Fort Benning, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here with some friends. Pretty much was shown to a table and then no waitress service. We had to get the attention of the waitress for ordering and later on for drinks (as we had not been asked). Food was ok, I was disappointed with my San Chou Bau as the lettuce leaf was yellow not green! Fried... More 

Thank Camj_13
Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

My wife and I both ordered satay prawns and special fried rice, The 10 very large prawns in each dish were fantastic and the rice was high quality too. The byo licence via a nearby bottle shop meant that the meal was wonderful value for money. Highly recommended.

Thank Trevor D
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Had been going here for years and it was great but this time, the prices had skyrocketed and the food was bland. REALLY over priced and not great- give it a miss...

Thank Craig Y
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Don't let the POOR street appeal prevent you from eating here. It looked like the locals knew where the good food at reasonable prices could be found. The service was even more impressive. 5 people Ordered, feed & paid for in 40 minutes. Decor has not change from the 3 star, yet the Duck Pancakes in my opinion are still... More 

Thank ceowarren
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

First time in Melbourne did not realise most restaurants close at 3pm and was Super hungry. Saw this and went in. Overall Food was not bad, ordered a noodle and soup, both were quite tasty. Order a 3 roast but came 3 roast rice. Duck was good but char Siew and roast pork is average. The place is good for... More 

Thank Seah J
Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Ordered Roast Duck noodle: 6/10 Duck very oil. Overpriced. Ordered Minced meat, scrambled egg. 2/10 Look like some vomit mixed with rice, tasteless and not edible! We eat one mouth, also wanted to vomit. When ask them what tim SUM they have, their reply: Normal TIM SUM They don't even understand what is tim sum... Got shock for a chinese... More 

Thank Belle1812
Uga, Spain
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Just average Chinese bbq food here, you pay for their location in China town, but the most memorable part was the disgusting condition the rest room was in. Urine all over the floors (toilet & uranil ), taps left running, sink filthy, paper on floor, horrible smell, two containers of salts sitting on floor to mask the smell. Kitchen hands... More 

Thank whitepointer
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

There are plenty of places in the area. We wandered in here. Doubtful we will again. Service is polite and quick, prices are reasonable BUT the food was bland and the wine was supposed to be Sav Blanc but wasn't. Disappointing.

Thank rama1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 2311

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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

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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