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Flower Drum

17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 3655
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good20%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PMAll hours
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited the Flower Drum to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. This place is nothing short of superb. It's very pricey but worth it for the experience. The final bill was $600 which included a bottle of wine. It's probably what you would pay at...More

Thank jeannieduggan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn’t have been better. Food was excellent. Service tremendous. Setting perfect. This is not a cheap restaurant but everything was so good.

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What impressed me in addition to the food was the fantastic attentive service, the wait staff seemed able to anticipate our needs even before we did! Food was good, refined Cantonese cuisine, not the usual that you would find in a similar restaurant. Felt a...More

Thank Gryphon1403
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Appalling service! This was the worst experience. Just don’t bother, it’s not worth the hype. Happy new year to you Flower Drum!

Thank Mindak1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard a lot about the Flower Drum from friends in Melbourne so it just hard to be on our list. Well yes it's expensive but I don't think you will find better chinese food outside of China, perhaps not even in China. The...More

1  Thank tomsBeds
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been an infrequent visitor to the Flowerdrum since the 1970s and I have never been disappointed. The most recent visit was for a friend's birthday and once again it exceeded our expectations. Everything was superb! We chose the banquet, but did not get...More

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed is not enough to describe my experience. The reputation, the hype, the talk regarding how spectacular Flower Drum is and how expensive it is, only the price part is true. Service is so so, patrons are charged per serve, not per dish. This cleaver...More

Thank Hwa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a Friday late evening birthday dinner here. Service was attentive and impeccable. Our personal waiter, Barry, rather took control of what we should eat, but his advice was spot on in terms of quantity and choice. Plates are not large, but the pacing...More

Thank feverman01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A gentleman at ground level sends you up to the 1st floor restaurant which has been a Melbourne institution since 1975. The excellent service continues throughout your meal by experienced waiters who, in our case, had been at Flower Drum for 35 and eight years!...More

Thank lafamosaItaly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the easiest place to find, BUT well worth the effort. Our waiter, Barry took the time to go through the menu with us and fashioned a 5 course meal that was outstanding. Everything super fresh, really well prepared and lots of great tastes. Barry...More

Thank Arty T
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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Response from MariGT | Reviewed this property |
unsure - I don't think so
Catherine T
16 February 2015|
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Response from dianne c | Reviewed this property |
the flower drum is a wonderful restaurant with fabulous food not a motel or hotel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 3655
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