Restaurant Reviews

The European

The European
161 Spring St Melbourne, VIC


There are few Melbourne experiences more Melburnian than shouldering through the narrow doors of The European on a cold afternoon. The long, wood-lined “carriage on the Orient Express” feel of the bustling room, stocked with smart staff, a hissing coffee machine and Portuguese tarts on the curved bar has instant appeal. Same goes for the muscular one-page menu of European classics. Accompany something from the impressive Old-World wine list with appetisers of baccalà and fennel arancini or a mousse-like ham-hock terrine layered with parsley. Pan-friend gnocchi arrives with broccolini, broad beans and Photoshop-green herb oil against torn mozzarella. Beef stands out, especially a chateaubriand for two, and a lighter protein in the form of a Catalan fish stew, with sweet leeks, lentils and just the right amount of broth. Coffee lovers should finish with espresso panna cotta trifle, complete with surprise pop rocks.


(03) 9654 0811



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Outdoor dining

  • Private room

  • Breakfast

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Diners Club

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Peter Sheldon & Ian Curley

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★ ★ ★

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The European
161 Spring St Melbourne, VIC
Peter Sheldon & Ian Curley
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-midnight, Sun 7.30am-11pm

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