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Tea House at Chinatown

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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11-17 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 2526
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
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Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked online, confirmation by text from them day before. Great food, great service. The perfect eating venue before seeing a show at the theatre next door. They even asked what time we needed to leave for our show. Everything was positive about this Chinese restaurant.

Thank Dasbloke
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I have spent valentines dinner here for the past three years. We always get the banquet which is about 7 courses for a very reasonable approx $65 pp. The food is always delicious. The banquet always has san choy bow and Peking duck with a wide variety of different meals each time we have been. This year... More 

Thank SheddyFluff
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to the Tea House for 15 years and the food is to die for. We have been to all the other top restaurants in Melbourne and this remains a favourite. Over the years we have taken many family and friends and everyone has loved it. The baked crab shell is amazing, so too the eye fillet... More 

Thank Julie R
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of our regular spots for dining whenever we feel like a good Chinese meal and it never disappoints. Food is consistently tasty and service friendly. Went there recently for Chinese New Year and service might have been a bit below usual due to how busy it was but it's great to have a reliable restaurant that we... More 

Thank shoryukan
Canberra, Australia
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149 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The Tea House is actually located next to the Punt Hill little Bourke not the Chifley. This restaurant has delicious food and excellent service. It is more up market than a lot of other Chinese restaurants I have been to. I would recommend the Tea House for a nice family dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. The restaurant is... More 

Thank austrip
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

busy little restaurant in China Town. Unfortunately the dishes are too 'westernised' and therefore not to my liking. I ordered Mapu tofu, which disappointed due to lack of spices . When eating at a Chinese restaurant I like to taste Chinese food. Service was good. Experience was good but the dishes lacked on love at presentation and the much needed... More 

Thank Dirk H
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This was a pre theatre meal and the service was quick, as we'd requested. The food was good, and there was no difficulty accommodating the group vegan. I would go there again.

Thank Elaine S
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

I joined a dozen friends who live in Melbourne, many of whom eat here regularly (the waiter even knew some of their names). After a night enjoying a banquet, some nice red wines, and dishes that seemed to come from the kitchen at exactly the right time I left having had a great night, and understanding why my friends return... More 

Thank BruceFarquhar
Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I have eaten here many times and never been disappointed. A little unusual for a Chinese restaurant in the manner it is decorated - white tablecloth service etc. The food is the equal of a few others around it that command far higher prices. Their duck ( crispy skin) is a highlight, and if you are lucky enough to be... More 

Thank Seamunkee
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor we headed off for dinner for four. The food was really good and it is clear that the place has the same ownership as the Flower Drum. The stuffed garfish is the same and the rest of the food was of the same quality but lower priced. At 7pm there were hardly any other... More 

Thank Julie C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:30
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11-17 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 2526

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
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 up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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