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Sahara Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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L 1 301 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 8477
16:00 - 23:45
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Mon - Wed 16:00 - 23:00
Thu 16:00 - 23:45
Fri 12:00 - 23:45
Sat 16:00 - 23:45
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of 16 of us attended a dinner. We started on the rooftop which was fine but we had to squeeze around the table it would have been uncomfortable to eat. We moved down to level 1 and could sit around the table with comfort. Took awhile to take our meal orders. When the meals came only 13 people... More 

Thank Kerry H
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

On a busy street, in the heart of the city, lost in a sea of street signs, you could easily miss the long flight of stairs leading up to Sahara - this would be a great shame. The street becomes an afterthought as you make your way up to the restaurant on the first level, or the rooftop bar further... More 

1 Thank Julien d
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

We had a great meal in a friendly atmosphere, would highly recommend the chicken kebab and the veggie tagine, both were full of flavour and came out quickly. It's a small entrance, up a set of stairs between two shops, but worth the effort to find. The bar on the roof has an incredible view as well. A perfect last... More 

Thank beccau682
Melbourne, Australia
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1,062 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Basically a middle eastern restaurant with a rooftop bar. Very limited selection of beers, and didn't really warm to the atmosphere. The decor is nice, but not really a place I'd visit too often. Can also rent shishka pipes.

Thank MrDavetheSarks
Cairns, Australia
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We enjoyed a lovely meal at Sahara. Highly recommend the dips for entree and the lamb tagine with cous cous. The meat was cooked beautifully and the whole meal was amazing. Great service with very helpful and bubbly staff. Highly recommended for a great meal out.

Thank mikaelabull
Sale, Australia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

At the top of a narrow stairway lies a fabulous little restaurant with a great atmosphere, attentive staff and some awesome food. Went for dinner and had a shared banquet. It was amazing. This is the second time I have been to Sahara, once with my brother and it was great, and then to impress a business associate. It worked... More 

Thank Olcheez
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Dinner for 5 on a Friday night. Nice ambiance and styling. Food was mostly great. All of it was delicious. For the 5 of us we ordered the Sahara mixed grill, calamari, lamb tagine and Sahara salad with prawns. Food arrived in a timely manner and was all tasty. The only letdown was the Sahara salad. We asked for it... More 

Thank TARY19
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

After change of management due to lack of foot traffic, attempt has been to get as much out of the customers as possible. Food is still pretty good but some of the items mentioned on the menu were not available. We were there on a Friday for lunch. At the time there were another four customers in the restaurant. It... More 

Thank DivakarP17
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

You will take off your jacket after you have climbed the steep narrow steps to the rooftop. Ordered at the bar - goat curry... sorry, finished. Jerk chicken... sorry, all gone. Asked for recommendation. Tagines are all good. Three of us ordered two lamb and one chicken tagine. My lamb tagine was amazing. Huge serves. Layers of fragrance, pomegranate and... More 

Thank glasshopper
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Absolutely terrible service! My friends and I came about 10pm there, and unfortunately it was full. When we asked manager about table, he just run away. Well, he could be busy. While we asked him 2nd time, he told us to move somewhere else, because it was full and we blocked his way. Waiters and him are probably from different... More 

Thank Roman R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Moroccan, Mediterranean, African, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:45
12:00 - 23:45
16:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: L 1 301 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 8477

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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