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Shark Fin Inn

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50 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9662 2681
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Geelong, Australia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Jenny K
Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great choice of food, quick service and great for a meal for two or a group of people enjoying a fabulous lunch, dinner or take away. 💕

Thank sallyh0lland
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189 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very handy to the Ovolo Hotel where we stayed. Daughter and I had a late night banquet here after the Military Tattoo performance and it was delicious. Great food and good service and good value too.

Thank VickiKatherine
Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best Chinese Restaurant's in Our the Lucky Country, One that prides themselves on great service and great taste - they win by plenty - I live in Brisbane and there are 2 Restaurant's that have tried and rated in Melbourne over the last few visits. Can I start with the best host I have had the pleasure... More 

Thank Kenneth T
Melton, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the Shark Fin Inn numerous times for Yum Cha. This time was for a dinner with friends. Food was good...we had a banquet which provided plenty to eat. Good variety of dishes too. Service is good, although drink waiters could be a little more responsive. All in all, a great meal and a good night.

Thank Mark H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever we visit Melbourne we always seem to find ourselves eating at the Shark Fin Inn, (not be confused with it's more expensive big brother, Shark Fin House, also in Little Bourke Street). Lunch, or dinner. Every time we go, we think "I guess we should go somewhere else for a change", but we usually end up back at the... More 

Thank Joanne T
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice range of food. We had the $38.50 banquet each, which was served quickly and well. Comfortable surroundings on 2 levels. Live fish and shellfish in tank downstairs which is interesting. If you are looking for cheap Chinese, don't go here. Lots of Chinese patrons so must be good!

Thank OzDi
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't book but only waited a couple of minutes then seated. Unfortunately it was too close to the door and it was a very chilly night. Every dish was tasty and plenty to share. Great service.

Thank Jennifer C
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I must go to Shark Fin Inn every time I am going to Melbourne... Returned to Shark Fin Inn in May for dinner, as usual, the food and service was superb, we just ordered some very simple dishes, ie sweet and sour pork and Tofu pot, the taste was actually better than the restaurant in Hong Kong. The desert, deep... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Returned to Shark Fin Inn with a group of five at the beginning of June for yum cha and not disappointed. Fresh dumplings, scorchingly hot custard tarts once cooled were silky smooth and crispy! All in all, very pleased with our re-visit. Also, very efficient and courteous service, thank you Shark Fin floor staff

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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, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Little Bourke Street, 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.