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Embla - Wine bar in Melbourne, Australia


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Address

122 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Website

http://embla.com.au

Rating on Google Maps

4.60 (614 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Tuesday: 3PM to 12AM
  • Wednesday: 3PM to 12AM
  • Thursday: 12PM to 12AM
  • Friday: 12PM to 12AM
  • Saturday: 12PM to 12AM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 3PM to 12AM

Reviews

  • 5S C. 1 year ago
    Probably my favourite wine bar in the city. They don’t take reservations, so the trick is to try and come before the rush. I arrived before 6pm and got a table for my date. Excellent food, my top pick was the steak. Great selection of wines on offer. Great place for a date, maybe a little loud but definitely bookmarking this place.

  • 5Andrew R. 1 year ago
    My partner took me here for 'Something different' on a trip to Melbourne and we entered to a very busy restaurant. The server was a cheerful man who allowed us to choose our seating out of what was available (in front of the bar or in front of the kitchen) and my partner chose the kitchen. Now, I thought that a chefs job is hard enough without people watching, and because I'm a social antichrist, I kept inadvertently locking eyes with the chefs at random intervals (sorry guys) Contrary to how I manage being observed while working (hint. Not well) the chefs were so engaging and happy to provide advice on the menu whilst still pouring out plate after plate to the full room. One particular chef recommended the trout (which we didnt get as my partner doesn't eat fish, and believe me sitting in front of her after choosing differently from her clearly professional recommendation will haunt me to the end of my days) and even provided details about the dish she had just plated up for us in between her next orders, which was the Chicken rillettes. Another of the chefs brought the burratta entree and listed each item with a smile before seamlessly returning to the fast-paced kitchen. Both entrees were incredible, and seemed to have more flavour than the plate should allow. For the main, we had the pork jowel, which was also hand delivered by a chef and clearly outlined each item making up the dish. My god, this thing fell apart in your mouth, and was coupled with a side of heirloom tomatoes with horseradish (a recommendation from the waiter, I believe his name was Lorenzo, who could have sold me a pint of bees at this point, his recommendations are Oprah level) The meal portions were perfectly sized to taste and share and still sufficient enough to make me question my decision to wear skinny jeans. The atmosphere was great, our waiter was very attentive and the food was incredible, it's obvious these people care about what they do. Thanks for having us.

  • 5Sharon N. 1 year ago
    Thanks for a great night!

  • 5Chris P. 2 years ago
    Have to say I was very impressed the minute I walked in here. The vibe of the place really suits the setting and it's décor. The food itself although we could have ordered more was simply amazing in my opinion. We had the fish chicken and chickpea pancake. Although all of the dishes were amazing in their own way I couldn't go past the chickpea pancake as being my favourite. Great drinks menu and with a huge wine selection. Well worth the visit should you be in the city.

  • 5C. 1 year ago
    Didn’t eat much here, but what we had (vegetarian dishes) and the wine were really good

  • 5Kath F. 1 year ago
    Lovely atmosphere, great staff and fab wine selection@

  • 5Ian D. 1 year ago
    Nice, small wine bar. Decent food section and wine list.

  • 5Brandon M. 1 year ago
    Wow. Let me just begin by saying, fantastic service, great knowledge of the wines (which meant I didn’t need to think, just drink). First time here and will definitely come back.

  • 5Clau M. 1 year ago
    Nice!

  • 5Ian M. 1 year ago
    The food in Embla was stunning, a lovely laid back atmosphere with incredible food and lovely wines.

  • 5Kristina W. 1 year ago
    Visiting Melbourne means dining well. Though not strictly speaking a restaurant - its a wine bar - the food is restaurant standard. As with a number of establishments, bookings aren't possible at night so its pot luck. Fortunately we didn't have to wait long. The ambience is fabulous, the service was excellent. The food was always a surprise - do not miss the chickpea pancake. We also had pork jowl which was marvellous. The drink list is very eclectic. A great buzzy place - do go!

  • 5Thomas N. 1 year ago
    Love this place. Absolutely no complaints. Always busy. Good atmosphere, even better food

  • 5Angélie D. 1 year ago
    My partner and I went there for dinner. This place is small, busy and loud but super cosy, with good vibes. There is an open kitchen which is great if you want to know how the plates are made and served. The wine list has a lot of options and good references, for everyone’s taste. The food is also really nice and fresh but careful the portions are not that big for some of the plates. 2 starters and 2 mains to share are perfect for two people. Thank you for this lovely moment we will be back !?

  • 5Georgia W. 1 year ago
    Great vibes, great wine and good food. Although we only had wine by the glass the wine list is very impressive. Food is really good, we had: soured cucumber (excellent), goats curd (excellent), chickpea pancake (the parsley was a bit overbearing and the pancake was a bit burned, but still a good dish) and finally the clams (great but be ready for a “heavy” dish). Service is good if at times a bit slow but we were there during Friday lunch so understandable.

  • 5Jasmine H. 1 year ago
    We were stranded in Melb due to a flight cancellation, so we were so glad that Embla is open on the usual Mon night restaurant graveyard. We were going to have a drink and snack and move on, but it was as nice as previously, so we settled in for the night. Great food, wine and service. Only slight drawback was the lighting was very low that night, making it hard to read menus and best appreciate the food. Had fun trying new wines.is realy fun and enjoy with embla bar.

  • 5Aditya J. 1 year ago
    A value for money food experience. Bavette Steak Recommended, and the Lamb. Good ambience, simple food. Must try.

  • 5Chady K. 1 year ago
    Great food and even better service.

  • 5Jerrem D. 1 year ago
    Great food, amazing wine and awesome service! Thank you!

  • 5Paul H. 1 year ago
    Great food. Great atmosphere. Even better service!

  • 5Peter B S. 2 years ago
    Great to visit a place that celebrate the natural produce ... simple, well prepared, enjoyable ... and cost effective

  • 5Joanna P. 2 years ago
    Really enjoyed this spot. The cucumbers, as simple as they sound, were my favorite item on the menu! Chickpea pancake was also quite tasty. Husband loved the tartar as well. Excellent service particularly the hostess

  • 5Oliver M. 10 months ago
    Popped in at 3pm on a Sunday for a wonderful mid afternoon meal and bottle of delicious wine from Jura. Wonderful place

  • 5Emma D. 1 year ago
    Superb wine list and simple elegant and seasonal dining menu.

  • 5darnell m. 1 year ago
    Visiting Melbourne means dining well. Though not strictly speaking a restaurant - its a wine bar - the food is restaurant standard. As with a number of establishments, bookings aren't possible at night so its pot luck. Fortunately we didn't have to wait long. The ambience is fabulous, the service was excellent. The food was always a surprise - do not miss the chickpea pancake. We also had pork jowl which was marvellous. The drink list is very eclectic. A great buzzy place - do go!

  • 5Michael W. 10 months ago
    Amazing staff. Amazing food. Super attentive and friendly staff who made it an experience to remember. Fully catered for my weird dietary needs to ensure that I had no impacts at all. Great banter and I couldn’t recommend this place more. The owners should feel real proud to have the front and back of house staff the do. Thanks to all that helped????

  • 5Josh C. 10 months ago
    Amazing food and brilliant service including new wines from Tenerife, Spain ??

  • 5danilo a. 10 months ago
    Excellent food, wine and music... Thanks to all the helpful staff...this place has it all to have the best night out!! Thank you guys!

  • 5Deswaqr K. 8 months ago
    Visiting Melbourne means dining well. Though not strictly speaking a restaurant - its a wine bar - the food is restaurant standard. As with a number of establishments, bookings aren't possible at night so its pot luck. Fortunately we didn't have to wait long. The ambience is fabulous.

  • 5Catherine C. 1 year ago
    I had a truly wonderful evening. The bartender chose beautiful and unique wines for me that matched my tastes perfectly. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thank you!

  • 5Scott B. 10 months ago
    Gorgeous ambiance, knowlageable staff and a great wine list and by the glass selection.

  • 5lance s. 1 year ago
    Was looking for the right spot to have some good wine and chat. Walked into the perfect place.

  • 5Houman A. 10 months ago
    Fish was exceptional, excellent bar, wide range of wine and great service.

  • 5Timothy T. 1 year ago
    Embla never fails to deliver beautiful and high quality produce. The goats curd is delicious and so is the sourdough ? I highly recommend the trout! The ideal spot for a weeknight date or a cosy meal and wine with mates. See you again soon...

  • 4Otto J. 1 year ago
    Great vibes, great wine and good food. Although we only had wine by the glass the wine list is very impressive. Food is really good, we had: soured cucumber (excellent), goats curd (excellent), chickpea pancake (the parsley was a bit overbearing and the pancake was a bit burned, but still a good dish) and finally the clams (great but be ready for a “heavy” dish). Service is good if at times a bit slow but we were there during Friday lunch so understandable.

  • 4Joe L. 1 year ago
    Wonderful service and great food!

  • 4Bill T. 1 year ago
    A great spot for dinner or to have a few drinks and an appetizer. Fast and friendly service .

  • 4Craig L. 2 years ago
    Great little wine bar / restaurant for the dedicated. Bookings recommended. Decided to smash through the wine list in an afternoon - bad idea.

  • 3Don B. 1 year ago
    Wasn't overly impressed with the staff (male, Asian background) that did not come across as being helpful on what brands of gin were available. Perhaps better educated staff needed before I return.

  • 3Ian K. 1 year ago
    Interesting ambience - a wine bar with alternative rock music. List is good, but glass list not so much

  • 2Michael M. 1 year ago
    Just left Embla. Rarely moved to write a review but...so excited to eat there after numerous personal recommendations from tastemakers in Melbourne. I only had a two nights here so I focused on this restaurant. I started with the soured cucumbers which were salty, as to be expected. Then had the bavette steak and mushrooms. The salt level was off the charts. The steak was cooked to the right temperature but way too salty. The mushrooms...just salt, an acidic assault on the palate. I was by myself at the bar - and they did the right thing by comping my 1/3 eaten dish - but no sense that the kitchen got the message. Offered another option - but after the salt assault - no trust. Melbourne is a great food city - be careful about eating here. For the restaurant, if you care, my invoice was #161304. Two stars because the staff did try and were good with wine - but frankly McDonald's is better at seasoning than what I just had.

  • 1Steve G. 1 year ago
    Very disappointed in the seafood Sunday lunch. I guess we would have been to this restaurant at least half a dozen times in the last two years. We also visited its sister restaurant "Town Mouse" in Carlton several times. So we knew what they are capable of. Usually the service us warm, effusive and their knowledge of their food and wines were on the mark. This set menu today was chared spinach, kifler potatoes and John Dory fish. Spinach had a really off kerosine like taste. Clearly the chef hadn't tasted their food before it went out. We sent it back. Potatoes were cold. Fish was JUST cooked. The dessert was an unsophisticated presentation of strawberrys with cherries plus some meringue. Ordinary effort which would take seconds to prepare . The service was cool, snooty and aloof. Agree with previous reviewer re the unhelpful Asian waiter. Sadly we'll not return. They've had their time in the sun. There must be better service and food elsewhere.

  • 1Robbie K. 1 year ago
    Dreadful. Rip-off. If you're looking for value, this is not for you. Vibe is decent, full of people, under-eating! Meals are massively overpriced for the portion size, and the wine is average. First 'bad' foody experience In Melbourne. Had to share... Tough times!

  • 1harshini w. 1 year ago
    Has anyone else noticed that the standards of service at Embla have REALLY dropped? What is going on? We've been there before and loved it. Walked in last evening at about 5pm and were rather frostily greeted by the snootiest front of house staff member I have ever come across. After he had quite rudely shovelled us into seats, he proceeded to literally dump water into our glasses, mumbled at us and sauntered off. We hesitated for a moment and then decided to leave because we felt neither welcomed nor relaxed . As we left he sarcastically chimed that he'd hoped we had a good time. I am still trying to comprehend what happened - with the waiter - and to the standards of service at Embla in general.

  • 1Daniel O. 1 year ago
    Thursday 20th Feb, staff were rude, not accommodating, chose to leave before ordering a drink. Party of 5, missed revenue for an unworthy establishment.

  • 1Kara W. 1 year ago
    Server at Embla (same man referenced in several of these posts) was the probably the rudest waiter I've ever had. Every drink was slammed on the table as he walked by, he was condescending and sarcastic. I asked him a question and he said he wasn’t "in the mood for this". Every other aspect of this restaurant was great but I will never go back because of him. Typically, I'd chalk it up to him having a bad night but his numerous bad reviews say otherwise.



Last updated: 2020-08-25