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5.3 /6 Excellent 36 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!

CHEF'S CHOICE

36 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 36 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: average
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
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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 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.

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!

5 reviews so far 6
28.09.2016 08:57

I book this restaurant for our colleague's farewell party. We enjoyed yummy foods and BYO wine. Good value and attentive staff. One of our favourite restaurant.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2016 09:31

Great food and atmosphere. It was terrific. Food came quickly and everyone loved there meals. We went there for a 50th birthday. Would recommend this place!

2 reviews so far 5
19.09.2016 06:25

I am a return customer. We always have great, fresh, yummy food. I highly recommend this venue. There is always a full house, so pre-booking a table is also recommended.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 09:12

Loved the great food and good service. The meal was very good value. We loved it! Will definitely come back another time. Highly recommended. A+

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 09:09

It's worth the effort to find this place in one of the lanes in Chinatown. Great food and great service. This is the real deal!

2 reviews so far 5
02.11.2016 07:10

Returning customer. Always fantastic service and food. Steve and Maria are great hosts. Thoroughly enjoyed all food - fresh and yummy (as expected). Highly recommended. Never had a bad experience.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 12:21

Excellent food and good service considering we were a big group and the restaurant was almost full at the time. Definitely one of the best Chinese food in Melbourne

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 18:32

Lovely food great service really enjoyed it. Was a little noisy but just shows how popular it is . We had the banquet and every dish was enjoyable.

1 review so far 5
08.04.2017 11:20

Always love this restaurant. A great meal of curry lamb spring rolls, san choi bow followed by 5 spice lamb, fillet steak and fishermans chicken. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 13:32

Service was very good, food was brought out on time, all dishes were served hot, regular water was served to table, and quality of food very good.

1 review so far 5
24.07.2016 14:21

Deep fried barramundi and Peking duck both excellent. Ants Roast Duck nice and meaty with much less fat under the skin than many alternatives. Thanks Maria.

1 review so far 5
03.04.2017 13:57

Great experience just that half of the teams members that were there finished eating before food for the other half was served. Everyone enjoyed the food.

1 review so far 5
17.06.2016 14:47

My second time at Ants and the food was just as good this time. Loved the prawn dumplings, lemon chicken and the ants on a tree.

1 review so far 5
16.04.2017 09:06

We were a group of 8 and had a tight schedule and they got us out in time without compromising the beautiful meals they served.

1 review so far 5
14.07.2016 09:53

Authentically Chinese, fun atmosphere. Bit chilly in the restaurant because it was a cold night, everyone kept telling people coming in to shut the door.

1 review so far 5
10.09.2016 14:01

Nice food, large range of dishes, with very reasonable prices made for a very pleasant lunch. Will happily come back again for a relaxed lunch.

1 review so far 4
04.06.2017 08:56

Nice food, large variety of dishes basic decor, slow with water Not too expensive Very convenient for the theatres and entertainment precinct Would go again

1 review so far 3
14.07.2016 09:38

The restaurant was lacking of staff and thus forgot my last ordered dish. Ended up bring out the wrong one. They do have free tea for compensation, but still it's all about experience.