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Shark Fin Inn

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50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9662 2681
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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

excellent service Edward our waiter was fantastic, we had the $38 banquet, plenty of food, could not fault this place, great service, great food and great funny staff

Thank snake43
Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family has been coming to this restaurant for about 40 years now and it is like visiting family - thank goodness it's a family that can cook! The atmosphere is big Chinese restaurant vibe, and the food is anything but ordinary - always excellent! Yum Cha is a particular favorite here and the selections are fresh and varied. Service... More 

Thank Edi987
Melbourne, Australia
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

large and busy Chinese restaurant. Very good food and reasonable wine list. Busy, noisy but it works

Thank Chinny223
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took my mum to China Town for the very first time and chose this restaurant as it looked amazing. The food was beyond amazing. We chose a banquet so we could enjoy a taste of lots of dishes. The staff were extremely busy all of the time with some actually running at times to keep up. If you are... More 

Thank Rach B
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Business dinner for 5 so we booked a table. i suspect they gave our table to someone else as we ended up on a table that would have accommodated 10. I ordered for the table. Lettuce cups, peking duck pancakes followed by sweet and sour prawns, beef with oyster sauce and stir fried chicken with vegetable. The chicken dish was... More 

Thank Smith-Rashleigh
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an early dinner before attending the Princess Theatre, which was a very short walk away. Food and atmosphere was very good, as was attention from the staff. Not all that inexpensive, but we knew we were getting good food. Worst decision was taking a taxi from Hilton South Wharf to Bourke St in peak hour - could have... More 

Thank Les H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very good choice for a simple dinner. Stayed clear from the Shark Fins as has taken this off my menu item. Signature dish of duck salad. Taste, very well balance. A very good cold starter. The tofu with salted fish is also recommended. The steam barramundi was done perfect to Hong Kong standard. The green vegie was ok but... More 

Thank ChangBoris
Scottsdale, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely food the service was really good. They even had mud crab which was cooked brilliantly. Will go again

Thank sandywils63
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here as a group of friends for lunch, it was very busy, so it was hard to get the food we wanted, we seemed to order from a few different staff and nothing came, in the end we found a manager in a suit and we ordered from him. He got us everything we wanted The food was... More 

Thank feefeelasvegas
Geelong, Australia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

My second visit to this great restaurant in China town for yum cha and was not disappointed! Service was fantastic, staff very attentive and the food was delightful. Dumplings were to die for and we selected a variety from the trolley, pork buns, spring rolls ....it was all great and at $20 per head what more could you ask for!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Chinese, Asian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (03) 9662 2681

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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.