We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Punch Lane

₹₹ - ₹₹₹European, ,
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 4944
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pork loin” (15 reviews)
“cheese board” (8 reviews)
Closed Now
European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
All Details
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (585)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 563 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do yourself a favour and have the 5 course dinner with selected wines. Our waiter explained the connection between wine and food beautifully, and simply, it’s a great place to have a night out with someone special.

Thank M8458QSdavidb
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining and thank you for your words us ,much appreciated :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a lovely child free anniversary dinner. Everything from the food, wine and service were spot on. We will definitely be back.

Thank Kimberley C
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Look forward to seeing you next time around :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family dinner at this restaurant on Saturday. It was excellent. The wine bar bistro atmosphere was great and staff attentive and welcoming. We had some wonderful wine; a Coonawarra Cabernet & local Riesling. Starters were shared and we had great small plates....More

Thank billwB3488ZB
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us and the thumbs up :)

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We had the 5 course tasting menu at 84pp, it was the most regrettable decision of the evening. Definitely did not start with a bang, the entree of roasted heirloom carrot and chickpeas was acceptable but nothing to be excited about- 6 mini carrots served...More

Thank Touriz
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Casual business lunch and it was amazing. Beautiful food - we had gnocchi as well as a couple of salads. Just divine - flavours were excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. The service was friendly and efficient. I haven't been here for years as don't...More

Thank FINDER22
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Had a relaxed business dinner here and it was spot on. Smallish menu but it’s a wine bar restaurant so check it out first but the food was exceptional. Service was great, good recommendations and attentive throughout. Cheese is a must (as is the sherry)....More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

My girlfriends and I soaked up the South American tunes delivered by a woman with incredible vocals. The family next to us danced in joy, as we ate tapas & sipped our cocktails. Wonderful evening!

Thank KT M
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

thank you :)

Reviewed 24 August 2018

The whole night was great. The food was absolutely amazing, from the flavours, texture and presentation. Portions are good. The wait staff were friendly. The menu is diverse and the wine list simply amazing. A great Melbourne experience.

Thank alicegrey2018
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Loved the intimate atmosphere, food, wine and our waiter Derek. Be aware the mains menu choice is small, so perhaps check it out online first. Recommended.

Thank DONHEL39
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thank you for the positive feedback and for your recommendation :)

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

I have enjoyed many meals at Punch Lane over many years but this time the male waiting staff were so pretentious I was embarrassed at the appalling service. We went to Punch Lane on my recommendation and for that I am sorry. From the moment...More

Thank Birt1964
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

We are all sincerely sorry and there is no excuse for being left to feel like you have explained. We very much appreciated your patronage over many years and are terribly disappointed that we will not be seeing you in the future. The staff at...More

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
Nearby HotelsSee all 163 hotels in Melbourne
The Crossley Hotel
2,134 reviews
.02 km away
Ovolo Laneways
1,251 reviews
.05 km away
City Limits Serviced Apartments
362 reviews
.05 km away
Rydges Melbourne
2,616 reviews
.07 km away
Nearby Restaurants
1,037 reviews
.00 km away
Ruyi Modern Chinese
306 reviews
.06 km away
Bamboo House Chinese Restaurant
323 reviews
.03 km away
Nearby Attractions
Her Majesty's Theatre
447 reviews
.12 km away
Princess Theatre
447 reviews
.12 km away
Salvation Army Heritage Centre
14 reviews
.14 km away
Tianjin Gardens
5 reviews
.15 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
21 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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.
Misty W
29 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
smart casual or however you feel comfortable !
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 30
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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
3:00 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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing