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Tea House at Chinatown

#227 of 3,331 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Chifley Hotel 11-17 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9639 2526
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Melbourne Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Management is rude & arrogant. Over priced food & non-existent service. Simply deplorable. This is the worst restaurant I have ever been to in Melbourne.

Thank austravel84
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209 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gilbert Lau is responsible for creating the magical Flower Drum and is now behind the good Law's Family Kitchen. His greatness very much affected the group behind Tea House. Not at the extreme level of Flower Drum, but more accessible priceless this is an upmarket gem that deserves more attention. Exceptional service and good food. My favourite pinot had all... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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153 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017

Easy to find and appeared to have plenty of seating availability. Staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. The food was ok without being exceptional. Dare I say it, a bit bland. We had a variety of shared dishes including mains, entree's and desserts. Prices were quite high and given the availability of many similar choices within Chinatown... More 

Thank Barry T
Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

Back after several years we were again delighted by this fine restaurant. The dignified, knowledgeable staff recommended the signature lobster omelet and a tasty seafood parcel as starters. We followed with the Cantonese roast duck with special sauce, the tofu with mushrooms and Chinese greens and washed it all down with Leeuwin Estate riesling and fragrant chrysanthemum tea. We concur... More 

Thank BongGio
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169 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

Great find Tucked away off little Bourke street opposite china town museum . A good choice of traditional Cantonese dishes . Fresh seafood.Peking duck delicious. Excellent service. Reasonable prices . Definitely worth a visit .

Thank Agmsoton
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 24, 2017

Well hidden Chinese restaurant in Cohen Place, which I probably would never have come across, had it not been for good reviews on TripAdvisor. Bought takeaway. I recommend the spicy salt & pepper king prawns - 8 delicious large prawns with lots of flavour. The vegetarian fried rice was a let down though, with only a few peas and bits... More 

Thank avart
Melbourne, Australia
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192 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2017

A group of 6 of us went to the Tea House for dinner and we were very impressed, firstly by the friendly staff who were very helpful in suggesting certain dishes and secondly the quality of the food, delicious. One of our group was vegan so does have trouble ordering, not a problem at the Tea House, the head waiter... More 

Thank BrettAllan40
Kew, Australia
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111 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2017

Excellent food caters for gluten free where most of China town does not the scallops are some of the best i have ever enjoyed eating and the service exemplary a hidden gem ambiance superb love this establishment

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4 reviews
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Booked online, confirmation by text from them day before. Great food, great service. The perfect eating venue before seeing a show at the theatre next door. They even asked what time we needed to leave for our show. Everything was positive about this Chinese restaurant.

Thank Dasbloke
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have spent valentines dinner here for the past three years. We always get the banquet which is about 7 courses for a very reasonable approx $65 pp. The food is always delicious. The banquet always has san choy bow and Peking duck with a wide variety of different meals each time we have been. This year... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chifley Hotel 11-17 Cohen Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9639 2526

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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.
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