Embark on a Journey of Gastronomic Excellence at Aster European Dining in Port Melbourne. Our intimate restaurant is more than just a place to dine; it's a manifestation of our lifelong passion for the hospitality industry. With years of experience under our belt, a genuine love for food and wines, and an unwavering commitment to creating memorable experiences, we proudly present Aster European Dining.
Our story began with a dream – a dream to bring people together through the art of fine dining. My partners and I embarked on this culinary adventure fueled by our shared love for serving people and our deep appreciation for the exhilarating pace of the restaurant world. We recognised that this endeavour wasn't just a business opportunity; it was a chance to earn a livelihood while indulging in our true passion.
Nestled in the heart of Port Melbourne, our restaurant is more than just a place to eat; it's a reflection of our values and aspirations. We didn't just open Aster European Dining to add another eatery to the scene. We opened it to provide a local haven where people could gather, connect, and relish delectable dishes in an ambience that exudes warmth and camaraderie.
At Aster, we believe that food is an art form. Each dish is carefully crafted to delight not only the taste buds but also the senses. We are firm believers that a restaurant is a place where people come together to share more than just a meal – they share stories, laughter, and meaningful conversations. Life's most cherished moments often unfold around a table, with good food, fine wines, and the company of those we hold dear.
As the owners of Aster European Dining, we pour our hearts into every aspect of this establishment. From curating the menu to designing the space, every detail is infused with our passion for hospitality. Our goal is to create an experience that lingers in your memory, where exceptional flavours are paired with genuine hospitality.
Join us at Aster European Dining and be part of our journey. Indulge in culinary creations that celebrate the fusion of flavours and cultures. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere where the clinking of glasses and the sound of laughter intertwine harmoniously. Because, in the end, life is best enjoyed when you're surrounded by the ones you love, sharing smiles, stories, and sumptuous meals."
What Clients Say
I had an incredible dining experience at the restaurant! From the moment I walked in, the ambiance was warm and inviting. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable, helping us navigate the menu and suggesting some truly delightful dishes. We had the lobster roll, ocean trout, beetroot ravioli, octopus, pasta and sprouts. The variety of options catered to different tastes, and the presentation of each dish was a work of art. The flavours were thoughtfully balanced, and the ingredients tasted incredibly fresh. Overall, this restaurant offers not just a meal, but a culinary experience that excites the senses. I can't wait to return and explore more of their culinary delights!
"I seldom write reviews but this place was so good it seemed a shame not to share. The food was amazing - four of us had different entrees, mains, and desserts and now feel like we have to go back and try the rest of the menu. The beef carpaccio is a must followed by the salmon special and to finish the coconut panna cotta all washed down with a chilled Bordeaux....and that was just my selection. My friends all loved their meals too. The service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. The decor suits the menu and the wine selection is excellent. All up - we will be back and we suggest you take the time out to visit. Just an FYI - it's not cheap but it is worth every penny."
"We celebrated our first Father's Day here and were not disappointed, the atmosphere and staff were amazing. Our favorite were the beef tartare and the duck breast, the rabbit ravioli is also a must try! Overall very happy with our experience, we will be back soon to try all the other dishes as well! Kid-friendliness: There are high chairs available, we were also able to get in with our big pram without a problem."
"One of the best places that I have been to. The staff are just so attentive, the moment I finish my cup of water, it is immediately refilled. The food is heavenly, gnocchi were the pillowest and fluffiest and softest gnocchi I have ever had. The duck was cooked to perfection. Sauces were amazing, it was so balanced, and never a moment was overpowering. The tiramisu was also amazing."
"Amazing food love the beef tartare, lobster roll, and the famous beetroot ravioli as an entree. The prawn risotto is a winner for us the balance of flavours just perfect for spring. The dessert is very comforting with the homemade baked cheesecake and panna cotta simple but delicious. The wine list has covered everything If you are an adventure person and can try a few things differently. However, on that note also lots of wine by the glass with Coravin pour, i had some wine matches and was flexible and chatted to the owner. The deco is cute and has a feel. The services are top-notch at a reasonable price. All aspects are 5 stars, definitely will be back. Thank you for a great experience."
"We had an absolutely wonderful birthday lunch here over the weekend! Highly recommended to any locals around Port Melbourne - food and service was excellent! Must try!"
"I went for a Friday night dinner with a friend, and the food, service, and atmosphere were impeccable. They were not busy, so the food came out in such a timely manner and was cooked to perfection. The Steaks in particular stood out, but all of our meals were amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
Service was very attentive, professional, and courteous. Each of our enjoyed dinners was well prepared and presented with a clever wine list, including the by-the-glass selection, which added to the friendly European setting and atmosphere with a Port Melbourne window visage. Both options of private booths or open table dining allowed effective conversations. Prices are reasonable. A lovely place to have a get-together or just call by.
"We dined here on Friday night as we do our best to support local as much as possible. I love it when you discover a gem on your doorstep. The dishes were so delicious, Vivian helped us select a fantastic wine to go with our meal. You can totally tell the Chefs have a genuine passion for food as everything was so delicious and beautifully presented. The service was great, we will 100% going back soon. Be sure you try the beetroot ravioli it’s so good! G & T, Port Melbourne locals since 2013."
"Excellent food and wine in a fantastic Port Melbourne location. The menu is well balanced and considered and the wine list is broad and high quality. If you are in the area do yourself a favour and drop in."
"I can not recommend this place enough. If you haven’t been it’s definitely a must-try. The service was absolutely amazing friendly staff always smiling. Such a relaxing feeling the moment I stepped in The flavours of the food just melted in my mouth and an extraordinary selection of wines. Definitely going back to try the rest of the menu."
An elegant but relaxed vibe at this fabulous restaurant. Quality food, quality wines and quality service. How lucky to have such a wonderful local restaurant, prices are fair and I will definitely become a regular visitor.
Open 5 Days