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Empress of China

120-122 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 7723
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  • Excellent19%
  • Very good33%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible23%
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11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
120-122 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were in Melbourne, going to the theatre, we were early (like 5pm) so we took a pick of the many restaurants in China town knowing whatever we pick was either a hit or miss (can't judge when nobody eats dinner at that time) The...More

Thank Emily D
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I feel like eating dumplings I go to Empress of China. Fried or steamed they are delicious. The restaurant is always busy because the food is good and reasonably priced. The staff is very friendly.

Thank donna200910
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner the restaurant was busy and very noisy the service and food was average there are better Chinese restaurants around

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly the worst meal we had in Melbourne because we didnt look at tripadvisor and were in a rush. Suspect meat, tasteless prawns. Best part of the meal was the fried rice, prawn chips and leaving having hardly touched the meal. Quick service was the...More

Thank stevehe159
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are after quick and cheap eats Empress of China is a great option for families. Plenty of choices with a wide range of dumplings fried or steamed. It is cheap and cheerful - but it is quick friendly service and good tasting food....More

Thank Penny R
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The menus are misleading as to what the food will be like. Even the pictures are misleading. I really didn't like anything I order, and it was basic chinese dishes that I have tried and liked many times in other places. They just have their...More

Thank Alice E
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Four of our family went to the Empress of China to eat after a show at the Comedy Festival. The score of one was for the size of the portion. Everything else was lamentable. Service was too bad to describe. The waiter did not want...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Meals were quick, drinks were quicker maybe 15seconds :0 new record Tasty & hot food Service a bit unusual not a lot of smiling or chitchat but friendly

Thank Tim S
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Walked in to busy restaurant (no Asians eating here). We should have left when they gave us the dirtiest and disintegrating menu I have ever seen, but we were in a hurry. The service was OK but could only speak a little English. The starters...More

Thank CoyHeckman
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Short wait at lunch time for this popular restaurant. Food came out very staggered but didn’t worry us as it was freshly prepared. Generous portions, highly recommend the tempura eggplant. Even if you don’t normally like eggplant this dish is delicious. Used the bathroom upstairs...More

Thank scr8484
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120-122 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 7723
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