Red Emperor Southgate

3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
$$$ Chinese

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006
  • Cuisine: Asian | Chinese | Mongolian |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner | Late |
  • Parking: Car Park | Underground Garage |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | JCB | Cash | Apple Pay | Google Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (03) 9699 4170
  • Features: Full Bar, Late Dining, Private Room, Lounge / Bar, River View,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Date Night,

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Events & Special Hours

Mother's Day Lunch
May 12, 2024 Lunch 10:30 - 15:30

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 18:00 - 22:00
Friday
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 17:45 - 22:00
Sunday
Lunch 11:00 - 15:30
Dinner 18:00 - 22:00
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.64 out of 5 stars based on 521 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 09, 2024
Raphael D.
My wife and I always go to the Red Emperor when we go to Hamer Hall or the State Theatre. It is undoubtably one of the best Chinese restaurants in Victoria if not Australia

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 04, 2024
Susan D.
Great place with great food- Staff very helpful and attentive- Their Yum Cha is delicious

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 04, 2024
Robert W.
Fantastic restaurant

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 26, 2024
Diane B.
Our experience at Red Emperor was definitely a 10 out of 10. The staff were extremely attentive and helpful, and carried out their duties without interruptions. The food was well cooked and delicious. The venue was very clean and pleasing to the eye and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Mar 17, 2024
Alicia C.
We enjoyed our dinner very much. We ordered the banquet for a group of 6 and the food was plentiful! The service was fantastic also!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 16, 2024
Henk v.
The food and service was great. However, they did not have our booking.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 16, 2024
John G.
The Red Emperor Southgate continues to be the best Chinese restaurant in Melbourne

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 10, 2024
Raymond L.
Excellent service. Best value for money Chinese (Cantonese) restaurant in town.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 10, 2024
Anna T.
My extended family have been dining at the Red Emperor for over 25 years. Our favorite restaurant in Melbourne. We always have a memorable experience with delicious dishes and attentive staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 03, 2024
Marcus M.
Forced to have more food than the we wanted

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 29, 2024
Brad N.
The food and service is excellent. Nothing is problem and the waiting staff are there to serve you right throughout your experience. The food is outstanding and always hot and very well prepared.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 28, 2024
Diane E.
Delicious food. Attentive staff

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 22, 2024
Karren O.
Absolutely loved it I am gluten intolerant and I had the best tasting meal I will definitely be back the staff so friendly and welcoming

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 10, 2024
Penny M.
Absolutely brilliant location for Coeliacs / gluten free requirements. Staff are well informed of gluten free needs and communicate cart options clearly. Felt very safe to eat there with this in mind, and can’t wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 06, 2024
Margaret M.
My friend and I who live on opposite sides of the world meet at least once a year at the Red Emperor Southgate for lunch- we had another great experience. A perfect table on the terrace, great food and good service. The Peking duck was as delicious as always and the banana fritters topped it off- washed down with a very excellent Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 03, 2024
Connie M.
Excellent service and food

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 02, 2024
Andy P.
Good food, friendly staff, and nice view of the river

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 02, 2024
Susan C.
Everything was lovely apart from us being given our bill and not asked if we wanted dessert, which we did. Delicious food and excellent service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 22, 2023
Eileen M.
Great service from all the staff, who were most helpful at all times and very friendly. The food was excellent and the restaurant is classy.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 03, 2023
Beverley P.
Superb in every way.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 3/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 3/10
Nov 14, 2023
Milly C.
You have out priced yourselves- We atten yum cha regularly and this was by far the most expensive lunch we have ever had there - not planning to come back sadly as we have always thought it was good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 02, 2023
Joanne W.
Food was delicious but the main meals were a little small for the price.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 30, 2023
Marie Chantal W.
The waiters were very attentive and the experience was memorable

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 30, 2023
Michelle W.
We love dining here, the service is top notch and the food is scrumptious. Boys love seeing the red emperor team

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 12, 2023
Henk v.
Have lifted their game. Great food. Great service.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 12, 2023
June M.
Our visit to Red emperor was excellent. Our table was as reserved. Service levels were excellent and very friendly.Food was great - we had all you can eat Yum cha and the dishes did not disappoint. Those dishes ordered off the menu were provided very promptly. We had absolutely no complaints - it was top notch.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2023
Raymond L.
Good view, good food accompanied with excellent service. Thank you, Derek.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 22, 2023
Larysa H.
Excellent service, fabulous setting and great food at a reasonable cost One of my favourite restaurants

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 19, 2023
Kim B.
Excellent good and service

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2023
King L.
Very friendly and attentive staff, good environment with good view of Yarra river

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 01, 2023
Mark S.
Always the best experience and food. Love it

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 19, 2023
Patsy C.
Fantastic Service and excellent food! Highly recommended, will definitely be back soon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 01, 2023
Marilyn P.
All good. Food was a little bit expensive

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 24, 2023
Bob C.
All was great

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 19, 2023
Stephanie B.
Really good food, attentive service, very good with gluten free dishes for me and my family

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 13, 2023
Kim M.
Great food and service (Marshall). We have been coming for many years and will continue to come back

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Mar 31, 2024
Kim L.
Delicious food with fantastic service

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Mar 01, 2024
Lauren S.
Great for pre-theatre dining

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 24, 2024
David S.
Food excellent, service excellent, only problem was pushed us to balcony table in the heat when we booked inside.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jan 23, 2024
Lorraine C.
Great birthday celebration. Staff were very helpful and patient serving our table of 11 in ages ranging from 14 to 87.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 04, 2024
Rene F.
Delices...

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 28, 2023
Maree K.
The Red Emperor is one of those places you go back to time and again, because the food is consistently good and the service excellent. It never disappoints.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Dec 06, 2023
Carole B.
We were a party of 6 adults 2 older children and 3 young children. The banquet was for 8 the younger children had their own entre but shared main courses. Main course plates not enough food to share amongst 11also 3 young children were not offered desert, a bowl of ice cream would have been nice. Food was excellent.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 22, 2023
Ross G.
My guests from UK really enjoyed the venue and excellent food.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 27, 2023
Mark H.
Exceptional service from Kevin

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 14, 2023
Tim B.
Excellent food but could be considered expensive for what you get

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Feb 17, 2024
Daniel L.
Good took long to be served!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Jan 05, 2024
Chris L.
Excellent food & attentive service. Service rating would be better if staff "ëngaged" with clients. Outstanding views from the balcony over the yarra river to the city.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 14, 2023
Dianne C.
Always good. Great for gluten free

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Nov 12, 2023
Suling F.
The standout of the experience was the staff’s professionalism and conscientiousness towards special dietary requirements - table service was amazing, loved that they catered gluten free dishes to our coeliac family member, and general demeanor of being warm and friendly. The prices were a little on the higher side but happy to pay for this if it means our family member can have a safe eating experience.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 03, 2023
Allan M.
The food was excellent and the service very good

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 02, 2023
Aaron H.
Food was great but limited and restricted offering

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 4/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Jul 09, 2023
Peter B.
Poor table service by inexperienced waiters.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Jul 01, 2023
Carol G.
Food came too quickly

Overall: 8/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 27, 2023
Pipina K.
Have been a few times to Red Emperor ... first time though , that we slightly disappointment on one of the dishes that were brought to our table. The food looked cooked on the outside, but was raw on the inside. I called the waiter, who took the meal away immediately and replaced. it

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 13, 2024
Jennifer S.
A great evening. The staff were under pressure due to Chinese New Year and full restaurant. The late arrival of two courses on the set menu was disappointing as it meant one of our party finished his meal and two of us were waiting on next dishes. This did not deter a super night. staff were apologetic. Loved loved loved the dragon dance. The Red Emperor went all out to ensure guests had a fantastic experience.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 3/10
Feb 03, 2024
Jane G.
Portion sizes are way too small and prices are extremely inflated. Although the food looked and tasted good, we all went away still feeling hungry.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Jan 10, 2024
Peter C.
The restaurant has a lovely aspect overlooking the the river at Southgate. Service and ambience were good, and they cater exceptionally well for coeliacs. Food was expensive and good, but servings were small for the price. $52 for 9 crystal prawns (about $5.70 per prawn) and small servings for other dishes.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Dec 26, 2023
jack s.
Food and service was above average Although not a lot choice in the yum Cha dishes offered

Overall: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 06, 2023
Goldie Z.
some of the food was not hot when served ie veg dumplings, one of the main courses was not well flavoured. Staff were attentive and helpful.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 24, 2023
Lee H.
As an older person I eat smaller meals these days. I found the food excellent but too much. We had a two person banquet. I would have preferred to have a half serve of each course rather than waste the food. I would not mind paying full price for a half serve. The option would have made the experience much better.