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Best Chinese Restaurants in Chinatown Melbourne

Chinatown Melbourne’s Best Chinese Restaurants

Australians tend to oversimplify Chinese food, which is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse cuisines in the world. Cantonese and Sichuan food may be the most popular in Melbourne, but “the eight great cuisines” of China include more than just those. Lucky for you, Melbourne’s Chinatown has a wide offering of Chinese food from different regions for you to try! Walking through the winding streets of Chinatown may be a bit daunting because of the lack of English signage but let me tell you, it’s worth your time and effort! Let us be your guide to Melbourne’s best Chinatown Chinses restaurants! 

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China Red

China Red - Best of Melbourne

Standing out among the Chinatown dining scene, experience a fusion of fun and mouth-watering flavours at China Red. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or dinner of dumplings, noodles and traditional Chinese fare, China Red delivers next-level service with an efficient, touch-screen ordering technology that sends your order from your fingertips straight to the kitchen – ensuring you will have a warm, house-made dumpling in your hand before you know it! Recently voted as one of Melbourne’s best dumpling houses by Broadsheet, you will certainly find your ‘double happiness’ at China Red.

Address: 206 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9662 3688

Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 1130am-230pm, 530pm- 930pm


Bamboo House

Bamboo House is synonymous with northern Chinese cuisine in Australia, being the first to launch a comprehensive menu of northern regional dishes in 1984. As a fine-dining Cantonese restaurant conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne, we offer an opportunity to sample the finest northern delicacies in luxurious surroundings. Discover mouth-watering gourmet treats, including the best Peking duck in Melbourne.

Address: 47 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9662 1565

Opening Hours: Wed,Sun, Tues, 530pm-11pm, Thurs-Fri 12nn-3pm, 530pm-11pm, Sat, Tues 530pm-11pm


China Chilli Melbourne Chinatown

If you are craving Schezuan cuisine, you have come to the right place! China Chilli is known for its carefully curated menu that proudly showcases authentic Szechuan flavours, palate-tickling Szechuan dishes and traditional style Szechuan Hot Pot that you, your friends, and family can enjoy! 

Address: 206 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: 0488 855 543

Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 1130am-230pm, 5pm-9pm 


The Crane Restaurant

Located on the iconic Little Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD, The Crane Restaurant is one of those places that everyone knows, loves and has visited too many times to count. Serving up honest and no-frills Chinese fare, The Crane Restaurant boasts a menu packed with dishes including scallops baked in a butter and black pepper sauce; spicy Szechuan noodles served with minced pork and duck cooked with chilli in a clay pot. This extensive menu alongside some of the friendliest service in town makes this one of Melbourne’s most relaxed and casual dining spots, so book yourself in for a meal to remember – you won’t be disappointed.

Address: 212 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9663 1851

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun 11am-330pm, 430pm-10pm, Fri 11am-1am


Shanghai Street

Shanghai Street - Best of Melbourne

Shanghai Street started in 2010, one of the first Melbourne Chinese food restaurants in Chinatown. We bring Shanghai cuisine and Shanghai xiaolongbao and juicy dumplings to Melbourne from the very beginning through Shanghai Street. For 10 years, we have brought Xiaolongbao as a must-have for Melbourne visitors and residents.

Address: 342 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9078 8068

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 1145am-245pm, 445pm-815pm


Red Emperor

Red Emperor Chinese Restaurant has been a popular Southgate establishment in Melbourne for more than 23 years. Now located on Level 2, previously on Level 3, the restaurant offers al fresco dining on the terrace, which overlooks the Yarra River. Panoramic views of Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne skyline add to the nostalgia of outdoor dining. Our menu contains authentic and tested dishes, the hallmark of the Red Emperor. Our highly experienced chefs have prepared these with loving hearts and great attention to detail. We do not use MSG and pride ourselves on catering to requests and many dietary requirements, such as gluten-free. Please either trust our knowledgeable staff to tailor-make your meal according to your requirements or choose from our many banquets and a la carte menu. Our corporate all-inclusive Food and Beverage packages are also highly suitable for larger family dinners besides corporate functions.

Address: 131 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9021 1099

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12nn-3pm, 530pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 1130am-3pm, 530pm-1030pm,


Secret Kitchen

Secret Kitchen - Best of Melbourne

Our Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef and Dim Sim Executive Chef have enjoyed extensive hospitality careers spanning between 20-35 years. They have both created many innovative dishes that won multiple nationally recognized awards in China. Working closely with their culinary team, Our chefs infuse the principles of fine Chinese cuisine, aroma, flavour and presentation in every dish.

Address: 222 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9988 7778

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 530pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 1030am-1150am, 12nn-120pm, 145pm-3pm, 530pm-1030pm,


Dahu Peking Duck

Welcome to Dahu Peking Duck Restaurant! As our name suggests, we specialise in authentic Chinese cuisine and are inspired explicitly by northern Chinese, Sichuan and Shanghainese cuisines, with our signature dish being the iconic Peking duck. We’re tucked away in the
bustling and lively Little Bourke Street in the heart of the Melbourne CBD and are passionate about serving wholesome, flavoursome and innovative dishes to our loved guests. We offer an extensive array of dishes and cater to meat lovers, seafood fans, and vegetarian diners.
As long as you love delicious Chinese food, we think you’ll love dining with us. So come and pay us a visit; we can’t wait to have you in! Please book ahead so we can prepare your table in advance.

Address: Little Bourke St &, 171 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9663 3868

Opening Hours: Tues- Sun 1130am-3pm, 515pm-945pm


Shark Fin Inn

Shark Fin Group - Best of Melbourne

Since its establishment in 1980, Shark Fin Group’s chain of Chinese Restaurants has earned a reputation for excellence for authentic Chinese food dishes in Melbourne’s Historic China Town due to its cuisine quality, delicious food, reasonable prices and friendly atmosphere. Currently, there are three branches, and each of the branches provides its unique ambience, the perfect place for corporate or private functions as well as birthdays and social events. The Shark Fin Group of restaurants can offer its patrons a wide range of catering options. In addition, you can design a banquet menu to suit your requirements and budgeting needs. With a team of dedicated and innovative F&B professionals, our group of restaurants strives to serve quality food at reasonable prices in a friendly environment to be the ideal places to enjoy a meal with your friends or family.

Address: 50 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9662 2681

Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 1130am-3pm, 530pm-10pm


Crystal Jade Restaurant

Fresh, innovative, delicious Chinese dishes are created for the best dining experience here at the Crystal Jade Melbourne.  Our Chefs are dedicated to delicacy with meticulous taste and creative craft. To satisfy the discerning diners and to challenge themselves in the food, the quality of the ingredients is what the Chef values. You can enjoy the traditional Hong Kong-style morning tea, where you can taste a wide variety of dim sum while you sip your warm tea! 

Address: 154 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: (03) 9639 2633

Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 1115am-3pm, 530pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 530pm-10pm


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