161 Spring Street, Melbourne. t: +61 3 9654 0811. (Website

Consistently rated among Melbourne’s best restaurants, the group’s flagship venue has become a true Melbourne classic.

Located at the leafy and genteel top end of town, this charming icon is unmistakeably reminiscent of old-world Europe yet to many, it’s considered about as ‘Melbourne’ as you’ll get.


With its chequerboard flooring, bentwood chairs and dark wood panelling, The European’s handsome interior oozes effortless Continental style, while warm service and a remarkable, all-European wine list add to the charm.

“It’s a Melbourne classic now, supported by a kitchen that works from a French base but also straddles Italian and English cooking, plus excursions to Greece and Spain, with finesse and apparent ease”. Gourmet Traveller 2015 Australian Restaurant Guide

Open from breakfast until late, seven days, The European manages to fit any mood: be it a relaxed weekday breakfast, pre- and post-theatre drinks or a romantic, late-night supper.

Offering timeless classics like chateaubriand, beef Wellington and pot au feu alongside local seafood and beautiful imported cheeses and small goods, Ian’s seasonal pan-European menu combines some of Europe’s finest delicacies with the best of Australian produce.

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