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The Press Club

72 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
0396779677
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Ranked #184 of 4,008 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $89
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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 The Press Club Group, 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 90 guests and also offers a large, completely private dining room for up to 30 guests. This space can be split into two smaller rooms for groups of up to 18 and 10 guests. The open kitchen brings an element of drama to the contemporary dining room, and professional service staff, complete the winning combination.
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English first
Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne
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69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
59 helpful votes 59 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
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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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5 restaurant reviews
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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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93 reviews 93 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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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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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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Australia
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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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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Came here for a special occasion dinner and found it to be excellent. The staff were friendly, unpretentious and extremely knowledgable. The 5 course degustation menu had all the elements that it should - great food, interesting flavour combinations AND it was an experience - one of surprise and delight. Attention to detail was fantastic, every element of each dish... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We had the 5 course degustation menu and it was amazing, both in terms of the quality / combination of the food and the mild sense of theatre that accompanies it. They do matching wines, but we selected our own. We adored the palate cleansers and were given an extra helping, but the whole experience memorable.

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