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The Press Club

#126 of 4,170 Restaurants in Melbourne
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72 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
0396779677
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: George Calombaris' flagship Melbourne restaurant for MAdE Establishment...
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 190
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great atmosphere, great experience!

We tried the five course menu, each course a surprise, apart from the salad, the four courses were amazing, great flavour combinations and great presentation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Nicola V
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Wellington, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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358 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We tried the five course menu, each course a surprise, apart from the salad, the four courses were amazing, great flavour combinations and great presentation.

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Gold Coast
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159 reviews 159 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had lunch at The Press Club on Saturday and our experience was outstanding...unmistakably fine dining, but with a touch of theater. Each course on the menu was described by ingredients only...so we had no idea how the dish was likely to be constructed, which was kind of fun. When each course was delivered to our table... More 

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Merrimac, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

First time at the Press Club and will not be the last. Great food and great service from all the staff. We tried so many different foods and with a recommended wine. Overall a very nice experience

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Went there in December as part of a pre Xmas shopping trip - then went back in January for my birthday. Wow - for both visits. The menu had changed in January but was just as good. Sensational quality food, amazing service from friendly, knowledgable and attentive staff, expertly managed by Valeria. It may be a flight to get there... More 

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Oh boy. We had high expectations but they were surpassed. The food was outstanding, the service superb. We loved the attentive staff who were very knowledgeable, gave great advice but were not intrusive. They were very friendly, not at all snooty. I have a number of serious digestive issues and the staff were considerate, a couple of dishes adapted slightly,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Very tasty! Thoroughly enjoyed dining at Press Club. Especially loved the Hills Hoist. Friendly wait staff. Liked the decor.

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Melbourne
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I took two clients to lunch and wanted to impress them (no pun intended) - it worked. We relied on the advice of the excellent staff (Valeria and a young man) and took a 5 course with wines recommended for each course. There were some excellent choices there, including a lovely dessert wine from Italy. The food presented very well... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is now my second visit to the Press Club. My first visit before the renovations was an enjoyable experience, the food was first class and was let down by the wine matching. The atmosphere in the place was comfortable and intimate. Sadly the place has been renovated and remind me of a 1950's US diner with semi-circular booths. It... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The service was incredible, the food was amazing and just a real experience. We had the 6 course degustation and wine and it was $630 for the three of us - not too bad given the calibre of the experience and food. I would definitely go back for a special occasion, will not disappoint (unless you're weird).

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Like other visitors we came because of George on Masterchef. Although being from England we introduced our Melbourne hosts to the Press Club and it really did not disappoint! We had a late lunch booking which was ideal because the restaurant wasn't too busy and we had superb service from Michael and Andreas. Just be sure when ordering a coffee... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 72 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: 0396779677

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 32 - 154
  • Cuisine: Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?