Serving gourmet food for several years now, Melbourne’s Carlisle Wine Bar isn’t your typical restaurant. This fine-dining establishment is passionate about the food that they offer, searching far and wide for the best ingredients, the most superlative wines and the freshest seasonal produce. And it’s not just great food and drink you’ll get at Carlisle Wine Bar – this upscale wine bar and restaurant on Balaclava’s Carlisle Street is also known for their attentive yet unobtrusive service, making it an all-around ideal location for your next sophisticated evening out.
Visited with a voucher and were pleasantly surprised. The food is sublime, with exceptional attention paid to presentation and flavour. The kingfish tataki and pork jowl were particular standouts. Extensive winelist and knowledgable, friendly staff complete the package. The only negative was a slight lack of attention to empty water and wine glasses, requiring us to seek out waitstaff for refills. We'll be back, though!
Great local gem with lovely tapas style dishes, and nice wine list. Service was friendly and efficient. Only thing that was a tad off putting was the red naked mannequin.
With head chef Tom Hope leading the way in the kitchen at Melbourne’s Carlisle Wine Bar, you know you’re in for an exciting meal. His ability to morph simple ingredients into complex flavours is incredible, offering diners an otherworldly tasting experience. Just as important as the food, the wine selection at Carlisle Wine Bar is one of the best in the city, featuring hand-selected varietals chosen by experienced sommeliers. With its location right in the heart of Balaclava on Carlisle Street, it’s the obvious choice for locals of nearby St Kilda, Windsor and Elwood.
Wining and dining simply doesn’t get much better than at Carlisle Wine Bar, a restaurant and bar that caters to local gourmands and their refined tastes as well as to visiting food-lovers aiming to enjoy the finer things in life while in Melbourne. There’s a reason why diners travel from around Melbourne to dine at this Balaclava hotspot – it’s the inimitable wine selection, the gourmet small plates, the decadent desserts, and of course, the timeless atmosphere. If you’re craving something casual, go for the crab & herb slider, and for bigger appetites, we recommend the Slow n Low Beef with whiskey carrots, artichoke and mash, the autumnal mushrooms or the smoked aubergine served with coconut, chickpeas, curry leaf and herb yoghurt. At a bar and restaurant of this calibre, you can expect it to stay busy – book ahead of time and secure a table.