We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Flower Drum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9662 3655
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

977 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 959: English reviews
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I know this place is apparently a Melbourne icon but Probably the most expensive Chinese meal I have ever had, $200 a head and the cheapest bottle of wine was $80 (most over $100). But the food, although not spectacular or special, was quite delicious. The service was nothing short of amazing! So many places to eat in Melbourne, I... More 

Thank kazm0
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was indeed a big surprise to find such a good Chinese Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Food is of high quality and presentation creative and contemporary. The ambience is comfortable and service is superb!

Thank Agnes L
Woking, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend if in Melbourne. Absolutely amazing food and fabulous service. We went for Valentines and had to go back again this week. We experience excellent restaurants around the world and this is one of our favourites. A must!! Thank you Jason, Fong, Tommy and all the superb staff.

Thank Jan B
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
174 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't know what to expect but we were not disappointed! Food was exquisite - we ordered 5 different items. Each item was delicately prepared, the combination of flavours were well matched. The good food was complemented by the great service - there were ample wait staff but the guy who looked after us during our visit was very attentive without... More 

Thank Sassychix
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
115 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole experience at Flower Drum is amazingly good. The level of service and attention to detail is the best I have seen in Australia. We selected from the a la carte menu and each dish was a revelation. The truffle omelette, 'typhoon' lamb chops and the barramundi noodles (where the noodles are made out of the fish!) were the... More 

Thank Michael P
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
4,822 reviews
2,715 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,783 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No concession to trends and fashions, it does what it has been doing for years - some of the best Cantonese food with old fashioned service - good news is that you have choices, you can spend a lot of money and get a wonderful tasting menu or have a value lunch , a summer special lunch of 2 courses... More 

Thank RonWamberal
Townsville, Australia
Level Contributor
126 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here on a number of occasions over at least a decade. While the service is similar we felt on this occasion the food was not quite as good as some previous visits. Being from another state we had downloaded the menu and made our selections before arriving. It was disappointing to find that one item was not... More 

Thank John O
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always try to have dinner at The Flower Drum when in Melbourne as it is a firm favorite. I love just choosing dishes in concert with the waiters, never disappoints

Thank Douglass56
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
72 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the flower Drum, it's a place I love going to for special occasions.. the food and service is exceptional ... highly recommend!!! You must try the scallops ❤😀

Thank sallyh0lland
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Used to be one of the best but drop a little bit lately. Been here twice last month with business partners. Love their foods.

Thank JasonKeith

Travelers who viewed Flower Drum also viewed


Been to Flower Drum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Market Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9662 3655

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Flower Drum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Flower Drum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • 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.
Explore this neighborhood