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City Wine Shop

#127 of 3,056 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Wine Bar, European, Spanish
As featured in Leonie's Melbourne Guide
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159 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9654 6657
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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286 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After only a short wait inside while enjoying a beautiful Sangiovese, we were shown to a table out on the path looking at the beautiful building across the street. We had the ploughmans to start, and followed by the Tuna Nicoise, the Lamb Cutlets, and the Chicken schnitzel. All dishes were beautifully presented, and well cooked. The take on the... More 

Thank Buckoinchch
Greater Newcastle, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place. Whenever in Melbourne we always come here. Great and interesting wine selection with very knowledgable staff. And the food is fabulous too, from the European next door I think. Wish we had a place like this at home.

Thank Paul T
Bicester, Oxfordshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outdoor lunch dining destination opposite Parliament on a Melbourne winters day, great wine & matching food, what more could you want.......more wine!!! Unplanned lunch stop that didn't disappoint. Wine by the glass with small plates to share, light meals or full mains. We opted for a ploughmans plate & charcuterie plate to share with a glass of wine each. Plenty... More 

Thank gobigsal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff very attentive and knowledgeable on all things wine. Try their mystery wines it's always a good one and value for money while at the same time testing your taste buds. Food - excellent polenta chips, burnt butter sage and kale gnocchi and their famous chicken schnitzel are top shelf standards!!

Thank Brett D
Auckland, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit the wine shop on the recommendation of a local. We sat outside and enjoyed a glass of Shiraz Viognier which was yummy and $13.50 a glass. There's not an awful lot of choice for wines by the glass which was a little disappointing. There's outside seating and heaters and the place has a really nice vibe.... More 

Thank NZart
Launceston Tasmania
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place this could be, but sadly the staff need a reminder that it is the customers who they need to look after. Almost no service and what there was came with attitude. The ' wine library ' was awesome and the menu looked great. Decided to have our wine and leave as we didn't feel the love.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Great Food, Excellent Wines, Amazing Service, Atmosphere is always so inviting and great for either a warm summers night to sit outside or equally cosy inside during the cooler months. A true Melbourne identity!

Thank leanneq23
Launceston, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Sat outside for a lovely evening meal here. Heaters for warmth, nice vibe. Food very well cooked, tasty and reasoavly priced. Service prompt and friendly. Great place for a pre theatre meal.

Thank GingerRose63
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

The perfect and my most favourite place that best describes how cool Melbourne truly is. From the al-fresco dining area to the myriad of wines and the rustic tables and benches inside, it is hard to pick what is so amazing about this place. Food is centred around the wines that they have and is perfect for sharing a bottle... More 

Thank allthingstatiana
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

A really interesting little wine shop that has an extraordinary range of beautifully selected wines from all over. Not cheap but quality, popular thus crowded but comfortable. Great place for a pre-dinner drink or an after-work (cultured) swim-through! The wine rack contains so many different wines that you will need assistance to come to grips with their sense of order!... More 

Thank Bob S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wine Bar, European, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 Spring St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (03) 9654 6657

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.