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Punch Lane

) #13 of 3,429 Restaurants in Melbourne $$ - $$$ 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” (12 reviews)
“cheese board” (9 reviews)
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European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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1 - 10 of 489 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Dined here last night before seeing a show at Comedy Theatre. We enjoyed the braised beef croquettes to start, (delicious), hubby had scallops for entrée and said they were delicious, I had the pork loin for main and hubby had the wallaby – we both...More

Thank Shweta L
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Reviewed 10 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

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MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

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

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After a day trip to the Yarra valley wine tasting, we were hanging out for a cheese platter to balance our day. Somehow I stumbled across a review for Punch lane with a fantastic picture of a cheese board. We were pleased to find it...More

Thank juliethatcher
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Adam and I had the most amazing experience tonight - incredible tasting menu with exquisite wines to match. Quentin the sommelier was sensational. We'll be back every time we visit Melbourne.

Thank ClairePelser
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Punch Lane for dinner pre-theatre. Greeted warmly and seated without fuss. Table & waiter service was terrific throughout the evening. Flavours in the entree, mains & sides were simply divine. The coffee that came with the affogato lacked creme. 2* entree, main, dessert, 1...More

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

Thank you for your feedback it sounds like you enjoyed the night :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner and wine for two, mid-week, early sitting, without a booking. One terrific steak (Rare). One very nice light-&-fluffy cheese soufflé. (Small portion size - not suited to the very hungry). Three glasses of wine and a large bottle of sparkling water. A dish of...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review :)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Heading out for a good place for dinner in Melbourne is always hard because there are so many great choices. I am pleased to conclude that Punch Lane contributes to that difficulty. We ordered the tasting menu with wine-pairing. Take note that the tasting menu...More

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MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for complimenting the staff , it is crucial part of the Punch Lane experience. Sounds like to had a wonderful night with us we appreciate you sharing :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chose the degustation menu with matching wines. The food was very good and the wine selection terrific. My one complaint is that we advised our waiter that one of our party has a shellfish allergy (quite severe) and yet one of the dishes was...More

Thank beachski1007
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great to read you enjoyed the wine match , I pleased to read your friends food was addresses and apologies that you had to work harder than would be expected especially when we are well versed in this area .

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I will say it is weird in favor. The place is cool but the food is bad. I think you better take it as a place for drink only.

MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Fair enough to say you don't like the flavors... To say the food is bad, well ,that's a big call. On a positive note, great to read you enjoyed the ambiance and feel as well as the drinks .

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's noisy, can be crowded, not huge (so book ahead) but what an experience. It has something old fashioned about it with people sitting at the bar, all the bottles surrounding you and that hum a cosy little Melbourne institution has. The whole night was...More

Thank ddiston
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your warm words we are all thrilled with your review . Next time you are in town you will have to pop into our new venue in the Basement next door call "Juliet Melbourne " it is open Thursday , Friday and...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
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Questions & Answers
29 March 2017|
Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
smart casual or however you feel comfortable !
Mirza B
14 February 2017|
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Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
we do not have specific halal dishes however vegetarian option yes :)
7 February 2017|
Response from MartinPirc | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your email , we have a vegetarian entree and main option . If you would like to join us put a note on your booking of any like or dislikes so we can oblige :) Martin
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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15:00 - 00:00
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
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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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