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5.2 /6 Excellent 46 Reviews


South Yarra Mediterranean $$$ +100
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About Zurouna

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 owners Dahouk and Cef Adam present 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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:30
Zurouna, Toorak Rd 304 , 3141 Melbourne

Further Information

Established in 2013, Zurouna is the brainchild of two passionate food lovers, Dahouk and Cef Adam, who bring decades of experience working in the food industry to their 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.


46 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 46 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
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2 reviews so far 6
02.08.2017 23:48

Great venue, authentic Middle Eastern food. Wait staff were very attentive and we were looked after really well. The barramundi with tahini was a highlight as was the lamb kofta with eggplant. Super tasty!

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 12:28

Excellent food and excellent service, definitely recommend this place for a special occasion or even a chilled night out. The banquet fused traditional Lebanese cuisine with modern flavours...loved it!

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 13:05

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!!

1 review so far 6
02.06.2017 11:15

The food was fantastic and the service was great! We will be back there for sure and I recommend this restaurant to everyone! Thanks a lot

1 review so far 3
15.01.2017 09:28

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

1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 09:03

We love Zurouna, the food is delicious, the service is very fast, and they are accommodating for dietary requirements with my wife being gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, and grain free.

1 review so far 4
29.08.2016 14:49

Food is pretty good - lots of delicious dishes, authentic-enough flavours. However, Zurouna is let down by its service and staff. At times felt we were being circled by vultures of waiters just waiting to grab an empty dish from our table, even though we hadn't quite finished.

1 review so far 5
10.04.2017 08:08

We go regularly. Probably the best Lebanese food in Melbourne. Done with care and style; you won't find this cuisine done as well anywhere else. I can't think of one weak dish on the menu and the potatoes are a standout. A little pricier than most and the service could sometimes do with a rev up but they are always welcoming. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 4
09.10.2016 19:38

Had been meaning to try this place for ages. food was generally good and portion sizes generous.Only disappointment were the lamb cutlets which were tough and quite fatter. We did find the restaurant very noisey even though it wasnt packed - the outside seats would have been a better option (and they were under cover with heaters). Our waiter was super helpful and nothing too much trouble. Will visit again.

2 reviews so far 6
19.12.2016 07:31

One of our very favourite places to eat, this visit didn't disappoint. Excellent service and amazing food, well crafted and beautifully presented, made this pre-Christmas lunch a special one. In particular, the Barramundi fillet topped with tahini sauce with crispy skin was mouth wateringly delicious.

2 reviews so far 4
24.10.2016 09:01

Good but expensive. Food is nice and of good quality, but having to pay extra for vegetables in order to make an adequate plate makes this restaurant super expensive. Works out at about $40 a plate for a main course. Too expensive compared to other restaurants. Would return but not often.

2 reviews so far 6
01.09.2016 10:06

Great selection of dishes food delicious and generous efficient and friendly service We had a very enjoyable evening, great location atmosphere . Nothing was too much trouble Coffee and dessert is a must

1 review so far 6
10.09.2016 11:16

The staff were wonderful as we had to change our booking numbers and the food was amazing. I can't wait to go back. Not expensive and they have a good choice of wine.

1 review so far 5
06.06.2016 14:40

Very good meal with friendly service. Had to remind them about drinks ordered on a couple of occasions but they were busy so totally understood. Wines are reasonably priced. Good to have this as a local.

1 review so far 5
17.04.2017 09:53

Food was quick to come out and definitely high quality. Really impressed with the flavours and freshness, will be back again. Only recommendation is getting a dairy free milk to go with their delicious coffee

3 reviews so far 5
01.05.2016 10:20

Always consistent.....great fresh food, warm and friendly staff and at reasonable prices. Umpteenth time I have been there and never had a bad meal. Everyone I have introduced to this restaurant always goes back.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2016 10:16

Good service. We had the $55.00 banquet and the food was fresh and delicious. The best Lebanese We've had for sometime . I will definitely eat there again.

1 review so far 6
09.09.2016 08:43

Exceptional food. Fabulous flavors. Perfect wait staff and stylish interior decor. Chicken with garlic sauce was our favorite. Loved the fattouch salad. We will tell all our friends.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:39

Service and food were both fantastic. We ordered a mixture of dishes to share and all were very high quality. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

1 review so far 6
13.04.2017 08:33

This restaurant has beautiful middle eastern food, friendly atmosphere and lovely service. As soon as you walk in you feel warm and welcomed. Definitely will come back.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 18:19

Fantastic, fresh, interesting food, great wine list and brilliant service - even on a very busy Saturday night, the staff were attentive and caring. Would highly recommend.

4 reviews so far 6
26.05.2016 07:21

Excellently prepared and presented food and really great service. We enjoyed a very long and very relaxed lunch in the most pleasant of surroundings. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
02.11.2016 15:45

Love it! Reminds me of my grandmothers cooking in Lebanon, beautiful food and friendly staff. The dips and the salads are the best in Melbourne !

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 18:13

friendly staff, food tasted excellent, great place, desserts were to die for and mint tea with cinnamon stick was nice to have after a great dinner.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2016 23:45

Excellent food and great atmosphere, very friendly staff, loved the set menu and variety of choices, surcharging the mazas (entrée), highly recommended for families and friends

1 review so far 5
13.08.2017 09:49

The restaurant has a nice lively atmosphere & most staff were very friendly. The food was good size to share with friends and we particularly loved the barramundi dishes. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 11:15

Excellent quality food and generous portions. Authentic Lebanese cuisine with a variety of delicious options for vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Lovely restaurant ambience and pleasant service.

2 reviews so far 6
25.02.2017 08:38

Fabulous! The food was absolutely delicious, generous servings. The wait staff were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back soon!

2 reviews so far 6
29.12.2016 07:11

Excellent restaurant. Food choices, even for vegetarians, is extensive Outstanding service. High quality vine leaves and desserts. Good alcohol selection. Easy commute from Melbourne cbd.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 08:37

First timer. The service was great and the food delicious. All reasonably priced as well and a nice vibe. We'll definitely be back. Nice work

3 reviews so far 5
15.10.2016 12:26

Always consistent both in food and service. One of the better Middle Eastern eateries in our town. Strongly recommend to those who have never been. Try one of the banquets.

1 review so far 5
11.07.2017 21:23

great food, great company, great atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed, and will definitely go back there in the not too distant future. It's also great as it's opposite the Como

2 reviews so far 5
13.03.2017 07:08

great food and service. Sharing dishes is the best approach. We had the barramundi which was amazing. Only negative is the very dry and definately not homemade bread.

1 review so far 5
24.04.2016 10:16

Great dinner out, the food was of exceptional quality and the staff were also friendly and attentive. Nothing was a problem and we will definitely go back!

2 reviews so far 5
24.04.2017 10:43

The food was delicious and its very nicely decorated. However, we ordered the banquet and staff kept clearing our plates as if it was finished .

1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 23:36

Good food, nice vibe, friendly staff. Very busy on a Saturday so night service was a bit hit and miss. All in all a good experience.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2017 09:07

Beautiful food and lovely friendly service. We would definitely return time and time again. Thank you for a great night and making our event special.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2017 11:50

The foods are totally good and the atmosphere here are fancy.The stuff are friendly and really helpful. We will probably come back this restaurant again.

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 10:09

Really enjoyed the food. Fresh, flavoursome and super tasty. Great service. Reasonably priced. I would definitely go again to try other things on the menu.

3 reviews so far 5
13.07.2016 08:42

Always consistent. Ate with vegetarian friends and there was enough variety of dishes to not order meat or fish. Staff are always welcoming and friendly.

1 review so far 5
01.07.2017 12:07

Good food and good value. Staff were extremely friendly and the service was great. My overseas guests were impressed as well. Definitely will go back.

1 review so far 4
15.10.2016 12:23

Asked to order a slightly smaller banquet than what was offered and were refused. Went with the banquet and it was way too much food

2 reviews so far 4
04.09.2016 14:16

Very nice & pleasant atmosphere , nice staff , smiling & helpful , I really like the place , will definitely go back :) :)

1 review so far 2
25.10.2015 07:53

The food is delicious but the service is not the good as I expected to be. They serve the food late and it took a while stand front of the restaurant to make you a seat.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 00:00

Fantastic service and food! Would recommend to come and dine here