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Shark Fin Inn

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50 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9662 2681
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Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 68
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  • 50
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  • 20
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Recommended by my Hotel....

At the recommendation of the hotel I was staying in, I decided to grab some takeout from the Shark Fin Inn. As such, I cannot really rate the service or the atmosphere. The food was ok. I had the special fried rice and the Szechuan beef. The rice was fairly plain and the beef was not spicy at... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bytor56
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No to be confused with Shark Fin House (also on Lt Bourke), Shark Fin Inn is reliable every time. Shark Fin Inn flies in the face of the stereotypical curt Yum Cha service staff with smiles, patience and flexibility to provide a dish whether it's on the 'trolley' or not! Best dumplings: Prawn & Chive, Crab & Corn, Ginger Prawn.... More 

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Thank AByrt
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At the recommendation of the hotel I was staying in, I decided to grab some takeout from the Shark Fin Inn. As such, I cannot really rate the service or the atmosphere. The food was ok. I had the special fried rice and the Szechuan beef. The rice was fairly plain and the beef was not spicy at all. The... More 

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Thank Bytor56
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well, had heard a lot abt yum cha but had never been here, now first things first, they have huge variety, service is decent and fast, now If anyone is a vegetarian or not a seafood fan, kindly skip this place. Very few veg dishes. The hygiene is an issue there was a hair in plate, which we got replaced,... More 

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Thank shveta b
Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here after walking past and needing a quick bite to keep our day moving. Yum Cha was serving and my wife and I got involved. Good was tasty, decent variety, speedy service, and busy little spot. We were impressed with everything couldn't really complain! Left with full bellies and cost us $40aud!

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Thank Clusterpfaft
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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88 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we found this place confusing..the food was brought around on trolleys, and often it was not apparent what it was, dim sum was a bit of pot luck... the wantons were delicious the chicken wraps tasteless there was a minimal 15 AU$ charge

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Thank iainadamson
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a friend for dinner tonight. An earwig trotted across the table then up the wall. After squishing it on the wall with my table napkin the waiter told me that it would be ok he would get me another napkin. Within a minute another earwig crawled across the table. I squashed it with my napkin and the waiter chuckled... More 

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Thank Louise P
Hobart, Australia
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78 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for yum cha at lunch time and was impressed. The service was fast and the range of dishes was very good. The prices were reasonable and I would go back again to try the other dishs

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Thank Stuart R
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

great traditional chinese food, visit with western friends, all loves it. the funny thing is that they give different menus to western people and chinese. My friends have been here before, but never see the dishes i ordered for them!

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Thank sam c
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We had a very nice meal with excellent service. The staff were very attentive to my daughter's peanut allergy. They went out of their way to make sure she was well catered for. The manager also came round several times to make sure we had everything we needed and to communicate with us even though it was a very busy... More 

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Thank Cktrippin
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Im not chinese and dont eat it much because im not a fan and find most places dirty. But not here the guy running this place keeps this place very organized. T he food came out quickly but still taste fresh even though we ate on boxing day and extremely busy. Well worth a try

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (03) 9662 2681

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood 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.