Lucy Liu Restaurant

4.6
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1376 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
Distinguished by its kaleidoscope of cultures and flavours and its iconic red light beaming brightly onto one of Melbourne’s backstreet laneways, Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar is an essential ingredient that has helped to fashion Melbourne’s coveted food identity since 2014.

Blurring the lines between diverse cuisines, the menu serves up both street and refined, modern Asian food that breaks with tradition and has flavour at its core. Executive Chef and co-owner, Zac Cribbes, advocates both Thai and Chinese flavours, both playing a huge role in the bold and enticing menu.

The Lucy Liu experience was created to be fun, exciting and accessible for all. From office workers enjoying a lunch-time get-together, a special occasion celebrated in the private dining room, an intimate dinner-for-two, or a group of friends sharing a table amongst the buzzing crowd, every experience is honed to meet the occasion.
What 1376 People Are Saying
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TaylaR
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and environment. Much better going during the week!

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DanielleK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want to be knocked over by wonderful flavours and fresh produce Lucy Liu is the place for you.

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Woodsie
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it … absolutely amazing food with awesome service :)

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JoshD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing swift service, top quality food, fantastic restaurant.
will be back !

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MickeyP76
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried different dishes this time and can’t believe how well presented and the supurb tastes. I will be back next Melbourne trip.

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was recommended this Restaurant by friends, wow, looks can be deceiving as outside did not look much but once inside, we were blown away. If you want a quiet romantic dinner, possibly not but the food was simply outstanding, the tumeric cauliflower and Pork Hock(for two) were next level. The service for such a packed restaurant was similarly the best. Warning though you will need to book

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AngelaL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service! Would definitely come back to try more of the menu.

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MitchY
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lucy Liu is perfect for a fun night out with good food, friendly waiters and an energetic vibe. The soft crab entree was a highlight 👌🏼

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Kolourful
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg that salad is to die for. Particularly impressed with the win e sommelier who identified my palate and suggested alternative grape variety to what I had specified. A bold move and a winning Move.. we will be back !

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PamG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an enjoyable meal, picking a few dishes we haven’t tried before, delicious. We tried a couple of glasses of a very decent Chardonnay, service was good as usual. We will be back.

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Came back after a sensational meal a month ago. Not as good this time around and the service was not as attentive. Some of the smaller dishese were a bit pricey, but overall pretty good - just not blown away like we were last time.

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Tarlie
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow...loved it! From funky entrance, ambient lighting, friendly staff and food that tasted so fresh and delicious. The flavours...worth coming from South Australia!

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DarrenM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In a word "Brilliant" you can't beat respected fresh ingredients utilised to tantalise your taste buds.

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vipMinnie
Melbourne / VIC
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband & I dined here on Sat night. Great food & service. Nice fusion dishes with Japanese, Korean & Thai flavours. Tables are very close to each other in a small space so felt a bit squashed in! Pricey which is the case for most good city restaurants.

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vincec
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food excellent,only slight complaint is seating. Very CLOSE to next door diners. Staff well trained which lets a lot of restaurants down.

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LeeP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After visiting Lucy Liu on a separate occasion I was in Melbourne as my brother who works overseas was in Australia on a work flight and we decided to go out as a family (also my parents wedding anniversary) and I was confident that they would all enjoy the restaurant, I was not mistaken.

My only thing is that I collect gin so hopefully one day I can buy a bottle of the special Heathcote Lucy Liu gin onsite as I had a G&T and was very much a fan...

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Laras
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's our second visit as we live in WA.
Love the flavor, freshness, friendly service and atmosphere.
Will be back when in Melbourne next!
Thank you team x

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bridgitd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great menu, service and wine list. what more could you want?

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Fries
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must eat here. Amazing food and the service is fantastic. Order the banquet and don't look back.

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HannahC
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small group catching. Great accommodation from the staff for one of our party allergic to MSG. Delicious as always. Good wine selection.

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ChantelleP
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We asked for our order to come out in order of our entre and main, but came out in the order that it was cooked which annoyed us. The good news is that when we complained to the waitress, she took the two meals that we incorrectly served off the bill which was appreciated....good recovery and won me back!

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Love the express menu.

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EllenM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

VERY loud base beat background (music?) service very rushed . Service sloppy (spilled beer on us twice when rushing to deliver beer to the couple next to us). Everyone over 40 looked displeased with the environment. But.....the food was good.
Hotel concierges need to know about this prior to recommending.

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vipLala25
New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great central venue in Melbourne for delicious Asian food.

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Christine
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was very salty even we have already reminded the service staff to reduce salt. We had 7-plater Let Lucy Choose Menu and it’s not worth for $68pp. We won’t be back.

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MayaC
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, fab location & a great ambience. This place is definitely in my top 3 restaurants in the cbd!

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FelicityN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it, food was gorgeous. Only concern we had was that it was cold inside- went outside to warm up.

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Daisy
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and food. Not enough vegan options. There was a vegan diner in our group.

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LanaS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Lucy Liu before, but not in a little while and I'm happy to say that it did not disappoint. The service was excellent from the moment we were greeted by the Maitre D' at the door. The food was full of flavour and absolutely delicious. It's a little pricey but well worth it!

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ElaineL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food service and atmosphere

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SusanG
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food delicious, service excellent... music was a little bit loud.

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FrancineG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great vibe! Will definitely be coming back!

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StefanN
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with good music and awesome food, highly recommended

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AnnaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine recommendation with superb food. Everything was fab.

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MadisonE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Slightly rushed with the service. Cocktails were amazing. Staff were lovely

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SeanP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food was great but we felt a bit rushed through the meal

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MariaW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great value for money. Staff are attentive and efficient and really friendly. The food is delicious beautiful presentation. Friendly lively inviting ambience. Music was great just a touch too loud. Will definitely go again and recommend to friends.

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DaveH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and the bets dumplings I have ever had
Let Lucy choose is a good option

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JonoF
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really tasty food and great vegan options. Attentive and friendly staff, very helpful with food ordering.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, the smoked trout salad and pancakes were out of this world! Perfect fancy night out.