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Punch Lane

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Chinatown
European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Gluten Free Options
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43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 4944
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15:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 15:00 - 00:00
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Perth
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We celebrated my partners birthday. So so good. I was last at Punch Lane around 2006 and loved it then. It's still as good as I remember and my partner loved it too. The welcome was spot on he paid attention. When our server took over, she picked up where he left off and she knew our story. It's the... More 

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Thank Steve M
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful wrap , I am very proud of the staff at Punch we have a wonderful culture ... see you the next time you are in town , P.S. we are just working on a basement space next door which should be up early next year , it will be called "JULIET"... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Punch Lane seems to be full constantly so when our group size upped to 7, we were thrilled that the reservation was changed without issue. The welcome upon arrival was excellent and our Kiwi waitress, new to the job (unfortunately I cannot recall her name), looked after us extremely well all evening. She was extremely knowledgeable on the menu, able... More 

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Thank James L
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are pleased your enjoyed your time with us , Jess is the name of the person who looked after you and she is an absolute delight . More 

Saint Charles, Illinois
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After a 12 hour flight I checked into the Crossley hotel. Next door I saw a sign for a wine bar so I decided to have a glass of wine before passing out. The place was packed on a Friday night. I noticed the small kitchen sending out some pretty impressive dishes. One of the managers, Jared, struck up a... More 

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Thank 827Markos
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your story , it is a really pleasure to read your thoughts about the team at Punch Lane , there is a fantastic culture both back and front of house and it is a joy to work alongside them all. :) More 

Sunshine Coast, Australia
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had an hour before Kinky Boots started & saw the sign up the road so I popped up for a drink. So glad I did - lovely staff, great wines by the glass &interesting cheeses.

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1 Thank cwalker71
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

I keep on hearing rave reviews about Kinky Boots , so glad you decided to joined us before the show ! More 

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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was already writing this review the moment I walked through the door. What can I say, other than to make sure you book here. We made reservations for an evening meal, as we were staying a few doors away, and I'm really glad we did. The service as you walked through the door was amazing and something I would... More 

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1 Thank Tclarkjnr
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

thank you for your positive affirmation :) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Punch Lane was the perfect venue to take interstate guests. The restaurant was busy, and had a fabulous vibe - a Melbourne vibe. The Grass Fed Beef melted in my mouth, the cheese plater was excellent and of course the staff recommended a fabulous wine which complemented both. I highly recommend going to this atmospheric restaurant.

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Thank DiscoveringMelb
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

thanks for the fabulous review , we are all chuffed :) More 

Singapore, Singapore
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145 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow. This was our favorite place in Melbourne. First enjoy a Pimm's Cup best we have had. The service was outstanding. I am lactose intolerant and they went above and beyond for my meal. I had the beef with beet root puree and it was out of this world. My husband had the Wallaby and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't... More 

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2 Thank sgeddie
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us , it is so pleasing to read the staff made your experience a memorable one ! More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good not daily good. Quail and also the wallaby was delicious. The dessert was named 'spring garden' but was more 'Eden gardens'

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Thank cepartnerconsul
MartinPirc, Manager at Punch Lane, responded to this review

Loved having you join us in "THE GARDEN " More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great dinner here, took the option of the 5 courses selected by the chef, what a great meal, coupled with reasonably priced wine we left very happy.

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1 Thank -Guzzis-are-ace-
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

A happy customer is the best result a restaurant can ask for :) thank you for joining us... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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66 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great wine bar with heavenly food. We had the haloumi, crab, duck pie and ceviche salmon and it was to die for. Service was fast, friendly and fun. Perfect Melbourne experience

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Thank Tistybus
MartinPirc, Owner at Punch Lane, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your Melbourne experience ! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$31
Cuisine
European, Australian, Wine Bar, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Chinatown
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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