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The Press Club

72 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Ranked #172 of 4,025 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $36 - $176
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: George Calombaris' flagship Melbourne restaurant for MAdE Establishment has cemented itself on the global dining scene with its unique Modern Greek cuisine. In October 2006, the four directors joined together to form MAdE Establishment, and opened their first venue, The Press Club Restaurant and Bar. This began a new era for George Calombaris and cemented his place as a culinary star for his Modern Greek Cuisine - never seen before Melbourne; where modern twists to traditional Greek cuisine has put this restaurant on the global map and has diner's wanting more. The Press Club seats 38 guests in individual booths. Next door to The Press Club at 52 Flinders Street, is Press Club - Projects, George Calombaris' creative and development kitchen. This space can be booked privately for up to 8 guests and offers a completely interactive experience as the chefs experiment with new dishes to make the menu in The Press Club.
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English first
Wigan, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I took my partner here for her 50th birthday and wasn't disappointed. We travelled from the uk having watched masterchef Australia and wanted to eat in George's restaraunt. We had the five course degustation menu with paired wines, it was fantastic. They do an eight course menu but personally I think that would have been too much food for us.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is the 2nd time I've been to The Press Club, and the 1st time since its renovation. The decor is very modern, a lot brighter than before. Service was excellent and the waiters were very welcoming. Me and my friend ordered the 2 course lunch. The presentation and taste of the food was just excellent. At the end we... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

George has done it again.. the press club is even better than before.. each dish is a thoughtful consideration of the greek heritage and the relationship of each flavour. with precise and friendly (and expert) service alongside a fantastic wine match.. it was a fantastic experience. will be back!

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the best degustation menus I have sampled in Melbourne. Only degustation, either 5 or 8 course is on offer. We had the 5 course and matched wines and it was magnificent. Food was amazing- great flavours, textures, colour and variety. The matched wines were lovely. The service was excellent. The décor was interesting and it felt like you... More

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Foster, Australia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were a party of 5 celebrating with the bride to be ! First disappointment is that while we knew the restaurant space was small we didn't realise how small - it is like a train carriage with adjoining leather banquettes either side of aisle and appeared just as cramped as the real thing ! Space is certainly at a... More

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Hobart, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We booked a table at the press club to celebrate our daughters 13th birthday (she is a masterchef/George fan). We expected to treat her to a wonderful dining experience (food and service). We were disappointed! The servings were merger and overly clever, so much so that instead of treating her to a fine experience we found ourselves needing to listen... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My best friend loves George, so for a special birthday surprise, I asked the Press Club if he would be willing to make a special dessert and sign a card. They were so accommodating, providing he was available, they agreed without hesitation. We had the 5 course degustation. The waiters giving a very detailed description of each course (as novices... More

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We booked a table here for lunch not long after it re-opened. We were very excited to try fine dining in Aus and this place didn't disappoint. The menu was interesting and inventive, each dish was explained and any questions answered. The food itself was brilliant. My favourite was the strawberry, brioche and marshmallow pudding thing. It was a sensory... More

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Sydney, Australia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I've been to The Press Clubs numerous times over the last 6 years or so and this is the first time I've seen it in its new guise. Exclusive and intimate with very clever design, the space is warm and inviting and sumptuous without being forced. A relaxed vibe and the staff were excellent as well as proud to work... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

3 friends and I visited The Press Club back in January when we were in Melbourne for the Australian Open tennis. We had the 8 course degustation and were really impressed by the food, the presentation and the staff. One of our group celebrated her birthday last week so we decided to try it again. I mentioned this to a... More

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