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Empress of China

120-122 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 7723
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good29%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible22%
Travellers talk about
“beans” (2 reviews)
“dim sum” (2 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 3:00 PMAll hours
Chinese, Asian
120-122 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Without a doubt, the worst restaurant of any sort I have dined in, accentuated by the fact it is located in the heart of Melbourne Chinatown. The clue should have been the absence of Asian diners. What was served was as poor a rendition of...More

1  Thank Torbek
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Dropped by for lunch, lucky there were open as it’s been a bit hit and miss with their times recently. Today the food was even better than usual. Service as always was pretty terrible with staff just standing by watching as we staked the plates...More

Thank Rhys25
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Very cheap and lots to choose from. Very busy, nice to see loads of people enjoying food there. Will come back!

Thank mbetowler
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Great place for a quick and authentic Chinese meal. The beans fried with mince and garlic were superb as was the salt and pepper calamari. Chicken and cashews was just right also. Nice meal all round.

Thank jimmyhendriks
Reviewed 12 October 2017

looking for dim sims with no luck. found pan fried pork dumplings better and cheaper than dim sims. we had take away 3 times from Empress of China , enjoyed everything we tried.

Thank grahamWestAustralia
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Great portions and great value. Pretty busy when we visited so service was a little haphazard, however the food more than makes up for it. Delicious dumplings, and great hoisin duck. Seek this out on Little Bourke and you will get a superb chinese meal.

Thank Toby M
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I stopped by on Sunday afternoon with my daughter hoping for a nice fried rice. Place was busy and we were sat down straight away which was good. Place not fancy, but that didn't bother me. I order the spring rolls and the fried rice...More

2  Thank Helen Z
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We had spent the day at the Melbourne show and then checked into our hotel only a few minutes walk away from the Empress of China. We didn't have a booking but were able to get a table for 4 straight away. We started with...More

Thank Analia_S
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Busy & bustling atmosophere. Food was tasty and prompt. Staff were not great at communicating gluten free options to those that were gluten free but this was eventually resolved. Would go back in a heartbeat for a cheap and easy placr with a group. It...More

Thank Tash R
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Looked a bit dodgy but was packed so thought "why not" Meals took about 5 mins to cook - that worried me 🤔 good portion sizes and looked ok but my mongolian chicken was swimming in oil and was tasteless. My wifes chicken cashew was...More

1  Thank Bill W
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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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 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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