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Seamstress Restaurant


Average price $65

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Chef Brenda O'Riordan & Ashok Ranabhat
  • Average price $65 Special request
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 559 reviews
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Quality of food :9.2/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Devaki M.
    Devaki M.
    • one review

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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. Hayley W.
    Hayley W.
    • 6 reviews

    Love the food and all the staff are ace!

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. Alison S.
    Alison S.
    • 7 reviews

    Had a lovely meal here with my daughters and grandchildren. We had the $65.00 banquet. The flavours were delicious and we had more than enough to eat. My granddaughter is gluten free and they catered well for her.

  15. John C.
    John C.
    • one review

    Very Charming atmosphere, certainly not what you expect when you arrive at the door. Professional service and fine food, worth the walk up the stairs for a pre-dinner drink in the cosy cocktail bar

  16. Kathryn F.
    Kathryn F.
    • 2 reviews

    Our meal was delicious especially the porterhouse steak and the soft shell crab! The portion sizes were particularly small and we had to eat more when we got home! Staff were excellent and enjoyed the atmosphere! I would eat here again for a special occasion as it’s expensive for what you get!

  17. Mikey G.
    Mikey G.
    • 8 reviews

    We only had pre-drinks at Seamstress. The service was friendly and helpful, the drinks were of a premium nature.

  18. Jennifer C.
    Jennifer C.
    • 4 reviews

    Yet another memorable meal at this excellent establishment. Food was impeccable as always and fellow first time diners were impressed enough to claim that this should be our go to place always. Service was perfect as well, attentive and unobtrusive.

  19. Michele f.
    Michele f.
    • one review

    Had been to this restaurant a year ago and was delighted with the food and service. Current experience the food was disappointing, lacking flavour and portions very small. However setting and service was excellent

  20. Nikki J.
    Nikki J.
    • one review

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

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How to get to the restaurant

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

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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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