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5.2 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews

Ants Bistro

Melbourne CBD Chinese $$$$$ +100
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About Ants Bistro

Serving authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated environment, Ants Bistro invites you stop by for dim sum, seafood, stir-fried delights or whatever it is you’ve got a hankering for. Found on Corrs Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, Ants Bistro is conveniently located just moments from Melbourne Central station, numerous tram stations and the State Library of Victoria. This Chinatown restaurant features exotic dishes ranging from jellyfish to panfried pork dumplings and salty egg prawns. The vegetarian dishes are fantastic at Ants Bistro – try the fisherman eggplant, the creamy chinese cabbage, the abalone mushroom and veggies or the Shanghai spinach and young bamboo. For dessert, go for the apple spring roll, the pumpkin pastries or the delicious banana fritters. Reserve ahead to secure a table!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:30
Ants Bistro, Corrs Lane 7, 3000 Melbourne

Further Information

The culture of Melbourne’s gastronomy scene is up there with the best in the world, and there’s a very good reason why this eclectic city is the food and culture capital of Australia. Within the iconic Melbourne CBD are a plethora of exciting and vibrant laneways complete with secret bars and hidden eateries that only locals in the know are even aware of. One such eatery, Ants Bistro serves up mouthwatering Chinese cuisine, and is tucked away in one the best laneways in the city, Corrs Lane. You’ll find all your favourite classics, like honey chicken and crispy fried egg noodles, and it’s the ideal spot for popping in for dim sums and beers with friends before a night on the town.

Ants Bistro is brimming with authentic Chinese dishes ranging from salt and pepper barramundi, black bean chilli beef, coriander shredded pork and truly delicious sweet vinegar spare ribs, that will truly leave your tastebuds floating. But Ants Bistro in Melbourne’s CBD doesn’t just cater to the carnivorously inclined, and their vegetarian dishes are also fantastic – try the fisherman eggplant, the creamy chinese cabbage, the abalone mushroom and veggies or the Shanghai spinach and young bamboo. For dessert, go for the apple spring roll, the pumpkin pastries or the delicious banana fritters. You’ll find Ants Bistro in the heart of Melbourne, so book ahead and reserve a table!


42 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
03.09.2017 20:46

The food was delicious and it was beautifuly presented. The service was great too. Would recommend it to everyone. It was also great value for money.

2 reviews so far 6
11.07.2017 23:56

We've been coming to Ants in the past 10 years. Food is great, very delicious and service is very friendly. Do try the salted egg yolk prawn and the scrambled egg white dish. They are beautiful

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 12:27

Food is delicious and serving is big .restaurant is cozy. Will recommend the calamari , minister chicken more heavy in taste . Sze Chuan soup is good

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 11:29

Ants Bistro is always good - casual, great food and staff are always attentive and friendly - plus we can enjoy our own fabulous wine.

1 review so far 5
04.09.2017 11:41

The food at Ants Bistro was very good. We had the Roast Duck,BBQ Pork,Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce, and Special Fried Rice. The only thing we found was the rice and BBQ Pork came out barely warm. The skin on the duck was so crispy and the meat very tender. It was delicious with the Hoi Sin sauce. The service from the staff was excellent. We were there for Fathers Day lunch and were the first people in,so it was nice and quiet. The décor is nothing special and is looking tired. New tables and chairs wouldn't go astray. Overall,we thought it was very good and we would go back again.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 12:28

I live in Spring St, and often go with friends to Ants. This is the first time I made the booking via Quandoo, as my friends usually do the booking. I am always amazed at the wide range of food available, at very reasonable prices. As it is ByO it enables us to spend more on food! And of course the service and friendliness of the staff is better than any other restaurant in China Town. And that includes the high price ones we sometimes visit. Rest assured that we will be back! Peter

1 review so far 6
10.05.2016 09:12

Great restaurant they were very patient as one of our guests was caught in footy traffic so was an hour late. The food comes really quickly and I cannot speak highly enough of the Minister Chicken and the salt and pepper tofu easily my fave dishes. Easily the best restaurant in China Town and very reasonably priced. The only downside is the toilets but they are clean and functional but do need bit of an upgrade....

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 08:50

Ants always delivers. The food is exceptional and the service is fantastic. We have tried many other Asian restaurants and we always compare it back to Ants and they just don't stack up. We are now regulars at Ants and recommend it to anyone. Minister chicken is unbelievable! Spicy, sweet, sour, fiery, it so unique that I have not been able to find anything similar anywhere! It keeps us coming back for more!

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 08:08

This is a lovely, cheerful restaurant with delicious food. Recommended for a night with good friends. We went on a Saturday night and it was buzzing. Nice, helpful staff. They could have probably used an extra waiter that night, but they still did an amazing job.

4 reviews so far 6
09.07.2016 11:39

Great Chinese restaurant in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown. It offers a delicious selection of reasonably priced food & it's BYOW! Must try the dumplings & the Kung Po chicken; for those who like it spicy the Pungent Beef is a must. Highly recommended!

4 reviews so far 6
02.09.2016 17:55

Ants has been a terrific find; excellent selection of tasty Chinese food & it's BYO wine! Good service & reasonably priced. Do try the dumplings & if you like spicy food you can't go past the Kong Poo Chicken. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
31.07.2016 10:10

We were late for our booking and that was fine! A busy, bustling restaurant pumping out fresh, fast and yummy food. If you are looking for an easy byo option in China Town, this is a great spot.

1 review so far 5
18.10.2016 08:43

The food is always awesome when we go here. The service was extremely poor though. Maybe the waitress was under a lot of pressure! I'd definitely go back hoping it was a one off bad night for her.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 18:16

There was 10 of us and we all thought the food was very tasty and fresh. Great value for quality and quantity. It's been great service every time I've gone there.

1 review so far 2
28.03.2016 12:24

Despite being almost empty the service was incredibly slow - not only to make the order but then to bring the food. We ended up spending $140 for 3 people for a pretty mediocre meal - so not as 'cheap and cheerful' as I thought it would be. I told that waitress that we needed to be out by 7.50 but we only received our food at 7.30pm and had been in the restaurant since 6.30. Pretty disappointing really. Luckily the Comedy Festival show afterwards cheered us up!! Will not be returning.

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 19:51

Best Chinese restaurant. Food is delicious, service is impeccable, and reasonable price. We love the Salted egg yolk prawn, fish scallop and egg white and the imperial chicken

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 19:49

Super yummy and very affordable little place. Fast service and so busy. Food came out very fast and nothing was too much trouble. Great drink prices too!

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 12:20

We were impressed by the freshness and quality of the food. The service was efficient and having been to many Chinese restaurants in the area Ants is one of the better ones.

1 review so far 6
11.05.2016 23:25

Excellent service and beautiful meal. Very attentive and the wine was lovely as well. Ate before the theatre and everything was perfect!! Love the honey beef!

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 17:08

Every dish was excellent, great flavours and service. Surprised how quiet it was considering how good it was. Will definitely be back again to try more.