Top 10 Melbourne Date Restaurants | 8: The European

The European


161 Spring Street


Good place to take a date:


How do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine with caviar….never did the song go. But that’s just one of the delectable breakfast dishes available at The European. One of the most popular spots for breakfast in the city, The European makes a good alternative Melbourne date idea. Or even an impressive option for the morning after a successful date. Not that FreeAndSingle readers break the rules… The European is also ideal if you’re looking for a pre-theatre or after-show spot to chow down a few nipples and cocktails, giving it plenty of versatility for any occasion.


Good place to meet for a first date:


Be charmed by the oldy-worldy entrance of dominating wooden doors as you enter this restaurant, and the elegant simplicity of the décor evokes a subtly nostalgic feel of European bistros and cafes blended into one, modern take. On an evening, mood lighting descends an intimate curtain over the restaurant as the kitchen indulges in richer flavours typical of a bistro. Accompanied within the wine it’s quite divine. Meanwhile, outdoor dining on the rooftop makes is a great chance to soak up the positive energy of the sun for a (hopefully) positive Melbourne dating experience. Just make sure you bring your sun cream!


The European Melbourne

The European Melbourne



Average age:

Whilst you’ll inevitably find the odd pretentious European connoisseur here, the overall clientele is remarkably chilled out. Find a healthy mix of couples, groups and families on your visit to European; spaced over three floors the restaurant has plenty of room to breathe for relaxed Melbourne dates where you can hear yourself think. Whether you’re dressing up for the theatre or dragging your sleepy selves out of bed for a hangover brunch, you’ll soon melt into the crowd at The European.


Time of review:

The European is renowned for outstanding service even on the busiest of Friday nights. Whether sipping cocktails on the rooftop bar or tucking into a three course menu indoors, you’ll find attentive staff and a great atmosphere. The staff tends to be very accommodating if you have a surprise up your sleeve that you need a little help with pulling off, but book well ahead for weekends. Check out their events page for a quirky list of occasions including Bastille Day and Degustation evenings that make for a great excuse to organise the next date…


Average cost of a meal and a drink:

The European tows the line skilfully between expensive fine dining and affordable bistro eats. You’ll be so bowled over by the quality food that by the time the bill arrives you’ll wonder how the prices are so reasonable. The wine list pulls up the average with an imported cellar that ranges far and wide, but you can easily keep the price down on your visit to The European.


Type of cuisine:

From Spanish baked eggs for breakfast to creamy pies with crispy crusts, The European’s menu draws inspiration from all over the continent to create an eclectic menu that is sure to satisfy all. Nose to tail eating is a unique addition to the menu, with premium air dried beef bringing something special to all those meat lovers. Meanwhile you’ll find a breath of fresh air in the wine menu, and the chance to sample French, Spanish and Italian wines to accompany your one pot or paella.

Final word:

The European has managed to evoke an essence of the continent that captures the rural loveliness of Italy, the Parisian café couture of France and the casual dining of Spain all in one. Its focus on a diverse menu with simple presentation and décor allows you to create your own memories of Europe through the senses. As a result it’s a firm favourite for Melbourne dates.

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