Carlton Wine Room
Carlton Wine Room occupies a treasured corner in old Carlton. The striking 19th-century corner building is divided into five distinct dining spaces over five levels, yet the restaurant links them all through one common offering: Italian hospitality.
Our design of Carlton Wine Room was inspired by this ethos of honest, generous Italian dishes – made for sharing among family.
The venue looks compact but is in fact deceptively large. There are five levels. The ground floor bar area is relaxed and casual with high bar seating, a communal table and small intimate tables for two dotted by the windows. Upstairs there’s a spacious second dining room with curved booths for supreme comfort.
The marble back bar on the ground floor is laden with rows of backlit glassware, instead of the usual spirits, and an oval communal table rests in the middle of the high-ceilinged space.
Two private event spaces, occupy the higher levels. One has a deliberately regal feeling and the other has a vinyl collection and record player for guests to set their own mood.
As part of our refurbishment, a bluestone cellar was also converted into an intimate private dining den for 20.
Our deliberately humble approach to the interiors gives guests a warm and familiar feeling, as if dining in someone’s home, and that’s how the team makes you feel: warm and welcome. Our intent was for the food and wine to be the heroes, while our timeless, sleek interiors sit quietly as the backdrop.