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Punch Lane

₹₹ - ₹₹₹European, ,
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 4944
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork loin” (13 reviews)
“cheese board” (8 reviews)
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European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

Another of our friends recommendations that been a long top restaurant in the heart of the city. The four of us went for an meal as an alternative when our original plans were derailed. We were able to get a 7pm slot even though Australian...More

Thank aholyman
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I discovered this fabulous wine and dine venue 2 months ago whilst visiting Melbourne and just had to return. The whole dining experience appeals to all the senses. The mood lighting, the decor and choice of background music set the scene prior to entering into...More

4  Thank Trish255060
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words and particularity for revisiting us :)

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant. From the front, this restaurant looks unspectacular but inside you are met with an extraordinary nice atmosphere. We went for the tasting menu accompanied with glasses of wine. In total 5 very nice courses. The quality of food with the friendly and focused...More

Thank Carlarsen
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On our many trips to Melbourne over the past few years, we have always loved to go to Punch Lane for dinner.  This year, we were thrilled to find that the owners have a new offering in the form of the very gorgeous Juliet –...More

Thank HeatherHz
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Degustation menu was great and excellent value. Service was friendly and efficient. Superb wine list. Particularly impressed with the barramundi and the 3 desserts. Lovely evening in a great atmosphere. Thanks!

Thank Anne-Lise L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice and cosy restaurant. Had the snapper fish special which was nicely cooked. Good service by a chap called Dutchy and wine recommendation from the "Wine Guy"

Thank thecrazybanana
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The good TA reviews we read prior didn’t live up to expectations. The lighting in here is just too dark! Our table was lit with a tea light and there were just a few inverted desk lamps hanging from the ceiling directed to the walls!...More

Thank jamerstone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hotel is on this street. My daughters were tired and didn't want to walk far and so when we found Punch Lane just a few doors up it was a natural stop and a most enjoyable one. I liked the ambience, subdued and with...More

Thank AJMacD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a reservation for New Years Eve 2017. Our expectations was a bit high, because of all the good recommendations, but unfortunately the expectations were let down. We had ordered a 5 course menu with a matching winemenu. Positives: - Smiling staff - Good...More

Thank Thoffmannmadsen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having read all the positive reviews my wife and I decided that we would give this place a try. The service was excellent, the staff were very welcoming and personable which is everything you want. However, it was extremely unfortunately that the food was a...More

Thank iwong_9
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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Questions & Answers
21 September 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
Yes we do have a la carte menu however kitchen is closed at 10.30 we do have cheese available now :)
Chris K
9 September 2017|
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Response from Kristina E | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I guess you just ring them. If it's anything like our experience it will be very quick because you won't get any food.
29 March 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
smart casual or however you feel comfortable !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 34
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 4944
  • E-mail
A Melbourne institution now in its 22nd year Punch Lane is situated at the Paris end of the CBD near Parliament . We are also in the theatre precinct and perfect for a pre/post show bite to eat . glass of wine or a plate of cheese . Our food style is Modern European with Australian overtones , there is an extensive range of wines by the glass as well as an array of beers and spirits . We are house in one of the original CBD police stations as we where situated in the heart of the red light district of the time . We also boast the original chairs from the Southern Cross Hotel which was the home of the Beatles during their Australian Tour . We look forward to seeing you for a relaxed lunch, a glass of wine or an intimate dinner.
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