Dear diners, please note that groups of 6 or more guests on Saturday evenings must choose the banquet dinner. Thank you.
With a name that means ’visit us’ in Arabic, Zurouna sure lives up to its reputation as a welcoming Middle Eastern restaurant in Melbourne’s inner suburb of South Yarra. Stop by its comfortable and inviting space on busy Toorak Road, where owner Dahouk presents you with authentic Lebanese cuisine made only with the freshest and highest quality produce and ingredients, such as the ones you’ll find in its wide variety of traditional yet refined mezze dishes. All food served at Zurouna is halal, and the staff are happy to cater to other dietary requirements as well. Simply book ahead to reserve the best seats.
Established in 2013, Zurouna is the brainchild of passionate food lover, Dahouk who brings decades of experience working in the food industry to this establishment on South Yarra’s Toorak Road. Located just down the street from South Yarra station, Zurouna finds itself well-connected with the rest of Melbourne, making it a convenient stop for some of the city’s finest Middle Eastern eats.
Traditional and authentic Lebanese cuisine is what Zurouna is best known for, especially its wide assortment of elegant and refined mezze dishes. Start off with flatbread dipped in labneh or hummus, before moving onto the restaurant’s popular specialities such as the shish tawouk (marinated grilled chicken breast with garlic, lemon and za’atar) or samke harra (fresh wild barramundi fillet topped with tahini sauce, chopped coriander and walnuts). The warm hospitality at Zurouna means you’re likely to linger for desserts, so don’t hesitate to reach for a sharing plate of baklava and Turkish delight for that sweet ending to your meal. Not only are all dishes at Zurouna halal, the restaurant also caters to those with other specific dietary requirements in the form of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. A favourite among Melbourne locals, Zurouna tends to get busy so you’ll want to reserve a table in advance.
We had a great time at this busy little venue! The Food is very Authentic and Amazing (can never have too much Bread and Dips)! The staff were lovely and very attentive to all our requests! Great spot to take the family!
Both food and service was exceptional. Couldn’t fault a thing. Pure Lebanese and the best in Melbourne. A little over priced however I accepted that due to the food being so good.
Amazing food, very friendly staff and great atmosphere, was very impressed and will definitely be back for more! The chicken skewers were next level and I also really loved the calamari :)
Delicious food served by a most helpful waiter. We had a lunch of several small shared plates. A must for lovers of Middle Eastern food.
I have really enjoyed my experiences at Zurouna! I ate at Zurouna for the first time about 3 weeks ago with some girlfriends without reading any reviews and had a wonderful experience. So 3 weeks down the track, I suggested it for dinner with another friend because I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! The service has always been exceptionally polite and helpful, the food has been absolutely delicious and moreish! I love that you can choose to have a tapas style meal or a main meal! The Fattoush is a must-have, the Baba Ghanoush is the perfect way to start and the Samke Harra is devine! Oh and the Grilled Calamari - Brilliant! I will definitely be back for more!
We had the Banquet and all the food was just amazing! So fresh, amazing produce and beautiful combination of flavours. The coffee we had at the end with dessert was a highlight! The wine list was really good and reasonably priced, as was the food. The service was brilliant, our waiter was really attentive and our food came out quickly and was explained to us by our waiter - which was nice. Having never eaten at a middle-eastern restaurant before we were just so impressed and satisfied that we will definitely be going back again - it was not just great food and service but a really lovely experience of another cultures food. Extremely happy with Zurouna!!
My girlfriend and I got the non 4-person-minimum banquet (I believe it's called the Zurouna Banquet). Stunning. Food tastes great, the meat was tender, and the banquet is reasonably priced. Location is excellent, being near enough to Chapel St, but not quite in the busy part of South Yarra. The Turkish/ Middle Eastern coffee tastes excellent, very smoothe. I would've left a tip but I only had my card on me. Would definitely come back again. The service was also excellent- the timing of when the food was brought out was awesome, in terms of it being placed well. The staff were lovely. All of the above contributed to a 5 star rating from me.
Went on a recommendation and loved everything from the service to the atmosphere. The food was like we were in Lebanon and staying with a locals. It was so authentic and fresh and tasty. I booked online from adelaide and went with a group of six including two Melbourne locals who absolutely loved it too. everything on the menu sounded so good in the end I took charge and we ordered different meals and each one was better than the next. Highly recommend this to all. Heaps Vegetarian options too! Great salads Favourite was the eggplant salad starter and lamb filo cigars.
The restaurant space is nicely fitted out and has a nice feel. We found on Saturday night the service was totally amiss. We had to ask for a glass of water...we had to ask for menus. We had to grab a waiter to take our order. Service was friendly if you could get someone's attention. We decided to start with ordering a range of entrees and then decide if we needed to order larger plates. We expected that they would bring them all at once but instead they brought it very sporadically. It was odd. The food was tasty and we enjoyed all that was ordered. We decided to order two serves of shashlik and an eggplant salad. They brought the salad and then it was another 15min before one serve of shashliks arrived and then another 15 min for the other meat shashliks to be brought out. So the meal was very disjointed. We asked for the menu again to check for dessert. We weren't impressed with service at all and didn't stay for dessert or coffee. We won't be rushing back
Excellent food and service. Our group of 20 chose the banquet course and every dish was fresh and delicious! I would highly recommend Zurouna to anyone who is booking for a large group, everyone will be sent home full and happy.