Seamstress Restaurant

Average price $65
500 reviews

Free serviceImmediate booking

Restaurant menu

Chef’s recommendations Brenda O'Riordan & Ashok Ranabhat

Average price $65 Special request

Scores & Reviews

based on 500 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.8/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Nikki J.
    • one review

    Absolutely fabulous! Delicious food and very friendly, helpful staff. Would go back/recommend in a heart beat ????

  2. Nicole J.
    • one review

    First time to this restaurant and won’t be our last. Service, food, ambiance, couldn’t fault it. Acknowledged our anniversary with free drinks which was a pleasant surprise.

  3. Tess R.
    • one review

    I’ve been here a few times and they never disappoint. The food was interesting and delicious. Only thing that was a little annoying was the S, M & L options. You never know what the waiters are going to give you. Just confuses things unnecessarily.

  4. Emma G.
    • 3 reviews

    I absolutely love the food here, but had never been for dinner. The venue was a little 'bright' for a dinner setting, so lost a bit of the ambiance. Unfortunately, we had to wait half an hour after our booking time before our table was free, and when we asked for additional dishes during the evening they came out much later (once everything had been finished), and one plate was forgotten! The food is absolutely delicious, though - get the Brussel sprouts! Would come back again for lunch.

  5. Merran C.
    • one review

    I had heard fabulous comments about Seamstress and it lived up to all of them bar one. The roti bread which was to accompany the fabulous Mapo Tofu was very doughy and tasted burnt. It was the only item out of 8 shared plates that we didn’t finish.

  6. Rumi D.
    • 2 reviews

    The upstairs bar was excellent! Friendly staff, great atmosphere and great music. In the dining hall the service was very poor, the server wasn’t Knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. There was also mould in the sheets hanging above the dining room from possible water leaks!

  7. Kim C.
    • 3 reviews

    The meal is always of a good, tasty & steady quality. Unfortunately we were asked if we were seeing a show, form the time we said no we had a wait on our hands!! 30min after ordering we asked where our food was? We were told there was a problem with the printer for our order! We had to ask again after another 15min!! Again we were told it was coming immediately! We were given a complimentary bowl of Brussel sprouts. Really?

  8. Scott S.
    • one review

    Surprised it wasn't more popular. Especially the awesome bar. Service was attentive without being over bearing. Great wide menu and awesome cocktail list. I will be back

  9. Russell W.
    • 4 reviews

    Always a treat to eat here whenever we get the opportunity. But why do I have to give a review of "at least 120 characters" that is rubbish. And I need to add more characters just so I can get out of here

  10. Richard V.
    • one review

    Great meal and service

  11. A A.
    • 243 reviews

    Service was good

  12. Graham S.
    • one review

    3rd visit over several years and it is enjoyed by all. Consistently good

  13. Cathie B.
    • 2 reviews

    Lovely food. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere.

  14. A A.
    • 280 reviews

    Food and service are fantastic

  15. A A.
    • 282 reviews

    A gorgeous quirky restaurant. A special cocktail in the bar before dinner was a great start of a fabulous night. We will definitely be back with friends to gloat about “our find”!

  16. Ken S.
    • one review

    Absolutely the best service. It was a real find. We will definitely be back

  17. A A.
    • 286 reviews

    Thank you to the friendly and amazing staff for taking such good care of us. As always the food was fantastic one of my favourite places in Melbourne.

  18. Aruna R.
    • 11 reviews

    Service was excellent and food was tasty but may not go back.

  19. A A.
    • 269 reviews

    Great restaurant with friendly staff , food is excellent.

  20. Renee C.
    • 9 reviews

    Cocktail list is amazing, food was delicious, great atmosphere, very cool decor and additional two bars to chill out and have a few more drinks at after dinner, a must visit !

More information

How to get to the restaurant

113 Lonsdale Street, 3000, Melbourne, 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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