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Shark Fin House

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131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Warragul, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a delight to visit this incredibly busy but informal restaurant. You'll need to book a table for the popular Sunday Yum Cha and even then you'll have to wait and maybe even get a table upstairs (take the lift) where you'll eat very close to the other Mandarin speaking diners all enjoying the excellent food. Normal Yum Cha routine,... More 

Thank Evo58
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this place often during my school years in Melbourne 26yrs ago. It is nestled within Chinatown with 2 restaurants. One in the upper street & another on the lower end. Made a visit with my family for afternoon dim sum & the food never ever let me down. The seafood dumpling soup is one of the best I had... More 

Thank Yap W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Shark Fin House in August with family & friends (6 adults & 2 children) for dinner. We ordered a variety of dishes to share. They were all outstanding and the suckling pig dish was a particular highlight! The service was friendly & efficient which was particularly appreciated given how busy it was. We would have given Shark Fin... More 

Thank Kiwiskye
Brisbane, Australia
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy restaurant three levels absolutely full. I enjoyed the honey glazed eye fillet and onion on a sizzling plate and seafood skewer for entree absolutely delicious. What a restaurant is full of Chinese people you know that it is good thank you

Thank MarkFlintoff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were seated straight away which being such a busy place we were very happy with as we had heard great things about this restaurant. We were greeted at our table with Sherman and he suggested the steamed boat and some king scallops. The steamed boat was some abalone and thinly sliced wagu beef. It is served with two steaming... More 

Thank kerrie g
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hit the yum cha after a big night on the town and was rewarded by great seafood yum Cha - the tofu and scallops was great as was the gyoza and prawn wonton. Green tea washed it all down well. My second time here and I'll be back.

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

No complaints. Had a good experience and enjoyed the food. Service was good even during what seemed to be a busy period. Was also able to order from menu.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Shark Fin House yum Cha has one of the best variety- need to order from the kitchen if you want something they don't have on their trolleys and the chef will make from scratch so you know the food is fresh! Actually quite reasonably priced compared with other restaurants in city. Service has always been excellent and waitresses try to... More 

Thank mysteeque3
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Well, we love yum Cha, and this Restraurant has successfully ruined it for us, more specifically, one waiter(or maitre'd) did. He's 30ish with glasses. PEOPLE, AVOID HIM. They honestly have good food, one of the best yum Cha places we've been to. And we've been to a lot. And the most of their staffs are not as bossy and rude... More 

Thank Evian L
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We were looking for a place in Chinatown to have a yum cha brunch and walked the whole strip before we went back to this place as it appeared to be only one of a few to be open. We got a table straight away, ate until we popped (and we were hungry) and it only cost us $46.00 including... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 03-96631555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • 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.