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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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  • 52
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    Very good
  • 38
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  • 15
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  • 12
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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
Most recent review
It was okay

Our flight was delayed and we were looking for a meal without a booking. On this point they were very accommodating. However, the food was just okay and a bit on the expensive side for what was on offer.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Our flight was delayed and we were looking for a meal without a booking. On this point they were very accommodating. However, the food was just okay and a bit on the expensive side for what was on offer.

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Hamilton
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A group of 4 of us went to Shark Fin for a meal. The staff were really good at accommodating our requests for slight alterations to the set menus that we ordered (in particular the inclusion of the duck which was delicious). My only gripe - and it left me with a poor impression, really - was on settling our... More 

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Melbourne
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88 reviews 88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We lived in Hong Kong in the late 80's and early 90's and Shark Fin Inn is straight out of that era and location. The decor reminds me of a Jackie Chan movie and don't expect any nouvelle cuisine here. What you get is honest Cantonese food. Honest in quality and honest in price. Service is faster than a speeding... More 

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Baldivis, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We enjoyed our first meal here so much we returned 2 days later. The spring rolls were crispy and full of flavour. Chicken with ginger and spring onion hot pot was a favourite of ours, the Fried rice was full of ingredients and all of the food was delicious. The service was excellent from the very friendly staff

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Chinese New Year in Melbourne so understandably Busy. Small Table on 3rd Floor. Though we were patient staff were inattentive & ignorant. Ordered Roast Duck, Fried Rice, Boiled Rice, Char Siu, Greens. - nothing arrived together - had to remind staff of our order. Food OK but not the Best - not cheap. No Dim Sum because evening. The moment... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We arrived for dim sum expecting gluten free availability since they advertise the restaurant is gluten free friendly - but apparently only the main menu - not dim sum. Main menu food was good.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It was a good restaurant and very busy. Had to wait for 30mins but that wasn't a problem. Food was also good but the staff was not that efficient as they had forgotten some of the dishes we ordered, which clearly indicated that they failed to note our order clearly. Over all the food was delicious.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were in a party of 20 people, 10 per table. Not once during the night did any staff approach our tables other than to quickly bring food to our table. Eye contact was avoided so no one could ask for drinks and we all opened our own bottles which were left warm on the tables. At one one point... More 

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Hong Kong
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123 reviews 123 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is a good restaurant at China Town of Melbourne. Good plate size. Good taste of food and good service. No nonsense decoration. Reasonable prize. Authentic Chinese cuisine with fresh seafood. Must try!

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We were there on 10th of January 2015 for Farewell and New Year dinner with Chinese friends. They are going to Hong Kong for a year. We had Chinese ala carte. Its very good since, our Chinese friends know what to order. They selected and ordered the foods. Also the service was the greatest since our friends know the manager.... More 

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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
  • Phone Number: (03) 9662 2681

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 28
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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