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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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After having a craving for good yum cha we headed for the Shark Fin Inn and we we not disappointed. Quick service and great food. Thank you

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Timmy W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

After having a craving for good yum cha we headed for the Shark Fin Inn and we we not disappointed. Quick service and great food. Thank you

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Many yum cha restaurants are known cheap eats which naturally comes with tightly packed tables, quick turnovers and waiters in their early stages of learning English who enjoy practicing the fine art of table setting by throwing china plates at the tables. Between the two 'Shark Fin' branded restaurants on Lt Bourke Street, one fits well into the earlier description.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Went here for dinner with friends not long ago. 3 of us ordered the banquet and the other person ordered independent dishes as she doesn't eat seafood. Her entree arrived, quickly followed by her main dish meanwhile non of our food from the banquets had been served yet. I had heard many God reviews of this restaurant however I was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

At no stage did we receive any assistance on food choices or wines. Our table was pre-booked for 10 ladies for a family reunion. Our food was rushed, poorly presented and just overall a poor experience.

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Kingston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I have been going to this restaurant every time I have been in Melbourne for over thirty years. It still offers outstanding value, excellent food and very efficient service. Chicken and beef dishes are less than $20, pork and duck around $23 while the chef's suggested dishes are between $20 and $30. Entrees are also reasonably priced with the highlight... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We dine here on our Anniversary when we stay in this part of the city. We decided to order our own meals rather than have a banquet and we chose the stir fry chicken, scallops stuffed with prawn meat & steak in black bean sauce. Every dish exceeded our expectations, what a delight! The service and wait staff were excellent;... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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