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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried several chinese restaurants in Little Burke Street, this rates one of the best for excellent food and value. Black Bean is to die for and the stuffed crab claw the best I've ever had.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought the Peking Duck dish was teenie bit sweet (due to possibly the sweet pickles and sauce), but otherwise, it was our sweet reunion with Chinese good, after not having it for a few days before. The clay pot eggplant went really well with the steamed rice, so was the fried sliced beef and pork ribs. The service was... More 

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ballarat vic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked in looking for fast service as we had to go to a show and left our dinner choice a bit late, we were seated and had our meals within 15 minutes, deluxe birds nest and the pork belly with fried rice, beautiful meals and flavour, reasonably priced, would definitely go here again

1 Thank karsBallaratVic
Shepparton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Strolled down China Town and selected this restaurant. Service was very friendly and efficient without being over bearing. The food was delicious, I particularly loved the combination seafood lettuce wrap entrée. Satay chicken and the combination fried rice were also good choices. Would definitely recommend for couples or groups.

Thank Thelma B
Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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

Thank Chinny223
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 

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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, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.