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Crispy soft shell crab, wasabi mayo, nam jim, red cabbage and papaya slaw.

About Seamstress Restaurant & Bar

Climb the rickety stairs and escape the bustle of Melbourne’s city streets at Seamstress Restaurant & Bar on Lonsdale Street. Housed in a 120-year-old former textile factory, warehouse and one-time Buddhist monastery, this multi-purpose hot spot boasts a sleek cocktail bar inspired by clubs of yesteryear with a soundtrack of jazz and blues, while the dining room rocks a rustic vibe of exposed brick, natural light and polished wood floors. With a signature dry Martini in hand, peruse a share plate menu offering tempters such as duck betel leaves, with roasted peanuts, Balinese sambal, coconut cream and dried shallots; or roasted pork belly, cos lettuce and ssamjang pineapple salsa. For a divine sweet treat, opt for peanut and mango chocolate brownie, white chocolate mousse and orange sauce.

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A few words from Seamstress Restaurant & Bar

It's not till you visit Seamstress do you realise the power of using Yin & Yang, just look around & notice the effortless combination that works its magic from décor to the well thought out cocktail combinations & more. This four storey venue in Lonsdale Street is a mecca for Cantonese cool. The more you visit gives you an authentic & real taste of South East Asia with weekly changing menus. The menu may have Pan fried green prawn & blavk bean cakes, crispy prawn tail & chilli & mint sauce.

As an award winning contemporary, mid-price Cantonese eatery boasting two premier cocktail bars, Seamstress and SweatShop Bar. The four storey building offers something completely new for Melbourne's thriving restaurant market.
Seamstress provides diners with the ultimate dining experience: patrons can begin their evening with drinks and appetisers in SweatShop bar, then move upstairs for dinner in the restaurant, finishing off with a cocktail overlooking Chinatown.

The Seamstress philosophy is embedded in the timeless principles of Yin and Yang. It permeates through everything we do, the food, the drinks, the decor, and our entire approach. At the heart of Yin and Yang is the balance of colour, and the harmony of texture and flavour.Our philosophy is steeped in Cantonese cuisine, representing the most famous and sought after tastes of China, but our inspiration is modern fusion, the dance of east and west on the palate.

Seamstress' menus bring a contemporary Australasian perspective to traditional Cantonese cuisine, with some innovative South East Asian influences. All dishes are cooked to order and the menu changes weekly to accommodate the best and freshest produce. The menu gives diners the option of either sharing a selection of dishes or choosing their own individual meals. Continuing the emphasis on relaxed and flexible dining, light bar snacks will also be available to patrons in the cocktail and SweatShop bars.

Location & Map

113 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD 3000 VIC - See Map

Features & Facilities

Payments Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Eftpos

Seats: 55   Chef: Brenda O'Roydon


Opening Hours

Mon  7:00:AM - 11:00:PM
Tue  7:00:AM - 11:00:PM
Wed  7:00:AM - 11:00:PM
Thu  7:00:AM - 11:00:PM
Fri  7:00:AM - 1:00:AM
Sat  7:00:AM - 1:00:AM
Sun  Closed

Groups & Functions

If you’re looking for the perfect space to hold your next event then Seamstress has you covered. With three distinctive levels incorporating the Cocktail Bar on Level 2, the Dining Room on Level 1 and our basement bar ‘Sweatshop’. We regularly host a variety of parties, events and functions across all 3 floors of the venue. Our flexible attitude, attention to detail and seamless service will help create the fabulous event that your guests will continue to rave about well into the new year. From cocktail parties, private dinners, client entertaining, and corporate functions. We are here to make the occasion an event to be remembered. For further information, give our events team a call on 03 9663 6363 or email us at

  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Banquets
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (1)


very helpful wait staff. The food combinations were fresh and modern. Good wine selective.