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Seamstress Restaurant


Average price $65

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Chef Brenda O'Riordan & Ashok Ranabhat
  • Average price $65
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Crispy Brussels sprouts, white miso & lemon dressing with togarashi
Asian garden herb salad with nuoc cham dressing
Rocket & broccoli salad with pickled ginger & miso dressing
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Ratings & Reviews


based on 575 reviews
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Quality of food :9.5/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :9.3/10
    • one review

    Food was nice but not exceptional. Couple dishes lacked flavour and some over cooked - overt charred taste to the roti and Brussels sprouts. We’re almost given wrong wine. Bartender’s choice cocktail was lovely.

  2. Wendy K.
    Wendy K.
    • one review

    We had an absolutely delightful night at Seamstress. The food and drinks were divine, the atmosphere was wonderful and the staff were very friendly, kind and attentive. Highly recommend if you are re-emerging from lockdown.

  3. Melissa I.
    Melissa I.
    • one review

    Everything about this place is brilliant. The food is a flavour sensation, the bar is stocked to the ceiling, the old wooden decor and ceiling draped with Chinese silks creates ambiance and cosiness. BUT best of all is the service. Just love a Melbourne restaurant hidden away, with so much to offer.

  4. Chris A.
    Chris A.
    • one review

    Great restaurant amazing food. One of my favourite places to eat in Melbourne

  5. Rob B.
    Rob B.
    • one review

    Great food. Barramundi was perfect. I really enjoyed this meal in a groovy little spot. I recommend this place and am looking forward to returning.

  6. Damien G.
    Damien G.
    • 3 reviews

    Very enjoyable

  7. Catherine M.
    Catherine M.
    • 4 reviews

    Quirky restaurant - great atmosphere. All COVID considerations taken. Service was great. Food excellent and was enough for what was recommended. Will definitely return !

  8. Lachlan O.
    Lachlan O.
    • 10 reviews

    As usual Seamstress puts on great food and wine! Menu compressed due to Covid, but we had a nice Pinot Noir with the Soft shell crab, baramundi and scallop sashimi. Staff was great and their COVID safety made you feel comfortable without being over the top.

  9. Celia H.
    Celia H.
    • one review

    Fabulous share plates great flavours and spices , great atmosphere and timing perfect for theatre start will definitely go again highly recommended

  10. Devaki M.
    Devaki M.
    • one review

    Food fantastic as always. Service was efficient and staff friendly.

  11. Paula S.
    Paula S.
    • one review

    Had heard great things about this restaurant and it did not disappoint! The staff were friendly and knew the menu well, Cocktails were excellent and food was delicious. if I lived in melbourne i would be here weekly!!

  12. Gerard S.
    Gerard S.
    • one review

    Have been to Seamstress a few times recently for a quiet lunch and have not been disappointed. The food is fresh and tasty; good clear menu options and service is well timed. The young lady managing the restaurant is welcoming and friendly, attentive and accommodating. There’s a nice atmosphere and it is, for me, a good choice for a nice lunch with friends or colleagues.

  13. Valerie M.
    Valerie M.
    • one review

    Exquisite food supported by outstanding service. We took the "just feed me" option and were astounded with the quality of the dishes selected waiter selected for us. Perfect! I don't live in Melbourne so when ever l visit l go to Seamstress and I'm never disappointed. Excellent in every respect.

  14. Lynelle J.
    Lynelle J.
    • 3 reviews

    fabulous welcoming service, attentive, fully aware of the contents about the menu. flavors were interesting and delightful with great wine choices. love the atmosphere

  15. AMANDA S.
    • one review

    Food was amazing. Service of food was a little slow, we had a show to go to and we advised of our leaving time. Had to inhale our last course, and run to the theatre.

  16. Suzanne T.
    Suzanne T.
    • 3 reviews

    I haven’t been here for a while & the food is still excellent - with the exception of one dish which, whilst not bad, wasn’t quite up to the high standard I remembered. However when I passed on that feedback to staff, the response was faultless & the cost of the dish was immediately removed from the bill. Excellent customer service. The venue is quite compact & was very busy but despite that it was still quite possible to carry out a conversation! I will definitely be back!!

  17. Hayley W.
    Hayley W.
    • 6 reviews

    Love the food and all the staff are ace!

  18. Rowan C.
    Rowan C.
    • one review

    Great cocktail recommendations, split our order into 3 courses which was a great way to enjoy each dish and the staff were seamless in their efforts. just a wonderful atmosphere

  19. Lynda S.
    Lynda S.
    • one review

    Delicious food in quaint little place with superb friendly service. Cocktail and dessert were to die for! Loved it and will return. Careful on the stairs though!

  20. John S.
    John S.
    • one review

    great restaurant. Delicious food (the soft shell crab was awesome) really good vegetarian selection. helpful staff and a really nice vibe. Would definitely visit again.

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How to get to the restaurant

113 Lonsdale Street, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

About the restaurant

Things aren’t what they seam

The Seamstress Restaurant lives in a house steeped in history. This is one of Chinatown’s hidden gems. At first it kinda feels like you’re climbing up stairs into a forgotten attic but once you’re there the space is a pleasant surprise. You see, Seamstress restaurant lives in a 120-year-old building that was once a textile factory and even an old Buddhist monastery. Now it’s a jazzy restaurant that does modern Cantonese food with panache. It’s a pretty sight to behold, and a break from the red and gold Chinatown standards. With bare bricks and light polished wood, this restaurant has a fresh and contemporary atmosphere. Here you’ll find a lunching business crew and curious customers after an elegant dinner. Based on the dishes of China, the menu also makes some detours into the flavours of Asian, and each item has a small medium and large so you can build your own delicious course or share the goodness with friends. Forget raucous Chinese restaurants and getting nudged by yum cha trolleys! Come to Seamstress and make the most of Chinatown’s best kept secret.

Best dish: 12-hour braised Berkshire pork belly, jicama salad and kohlrabi kimchi


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