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Abacus Bar & Kitchen, South Yarra, AU-VIC

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

4.4
4.4
13 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
  • Good for groups
  • Great for brunch
  • Great for creative cocktails
"Abacus bar & kitchen is a cafe concept that could and should be replicated and enjoyed all around the world.

It has embraced the 'all day dining' model with a breakfast menu that transforms into snacks and evening dining making it an option for any mood or customer. It also has a fully licensed drinks list and al fresco seating to suit the late afternoon spritz while people watching as one of Melbourne's busiest strips passes you by.

All of this inside one of Melbourne's best interior spaces, Abacus provides a casual dining experience to remember.

The food is good and honest, it has broken out of the traditional mould for opening hours, the customer service is elevated, sustainability is deeply rooted in their ethos and it's a design-driven space that you want to be in. These business characteristics harmoniously work together and the success of them shows in the lines of people waiting for tables to enjoy a meal here."

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Café
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–4:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9824 1026
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Thomas O'Sullivan
  • Catering
    We have a full catering offering that can bring Abacus directly to you anywhere in the city. <br /><br />Please email us at: catering@abacusbar.com.au for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    With room for 150 guests, Abacus is the perfect venue to host your private event - sit down dinners, cocktail parties, product launches, bar mitzvahs or more. Please email events@abacusbar.com.au for further information.
  • Area
    South Yarra
  • Cross Street
    Near the corner of Chapel St &amp; Commercial Road.
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available as well as a public parking complex behind the building next to the Prahran Market.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Steak Night

    $25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at Abacus for our special Steak Night! For just $25, indulge in a delicious dry-aged steak, perfectly cooked to your liking and served with a side of crispy chips and a fresh salad. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a high-quality meal without breaking the bank. Come savour the flavours every Thursday night—your taste buds will thank you!
    Steak Night photo
  • Bottomless Pasta Night

    $28.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Friday night for our amazing Bottomless Pasta — yes, you heard that right, unlimited bowls of pasta for just $28 per person! Indulge in endless bowls of our house-made pasta and savour every bite without breaking the bank.

Offers

  • Bottomless Boozy Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm,Mon - Fri - 7:30 am - 3:00 pm,Sat - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Elevate your brunch experience at Abacus with our 90-minute Bottomless Booze Brunch add-on! For an additional charge of $45pp, enjoy unlimited pours of your favourite brunch beverages when you purchase any main meal. From Mimosas to Bloody Marys, we’ve got your weekend fun covered. Gather your friends and come sip away the day in style!

    Bottomless Boozy Brunch photo

What 13 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Great for brunch

  • Inner City South

    Good for business meals

  • Inner City South

    Good for business meals

  • Inner City South

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Hot spot

  • Inner City South

    Romantic

  • Inner City South

    Lively

  • Inner City South

    Most Booked

13 Reviews
  1. Francesca

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    although it is a loud environment the acoustics are excellent and you can hear your fellow companions without having to shout. the food is fabulous and the staff are great.

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  2. Grammichelegirl

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Original and beautifully prepared dishes. Top marks. The doors open straight onto the street and are slow to close so there is a cold blast everytime the doors are activated. Time for an enclosed entrance space to keep diners cosy. Otherwise. brilliant!

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  3. KenL

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friday bottomless pasta night is a great date night idea. Not much more to say. would do it again in future

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and great value for money, we really enjoyed the bottomless pasta and the oysters were very tasty. The staff were also very good, they were attentive and friendly which made for great ambience. Thank you.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourite spots on chapel street, but unfortunately wasn’t the best service. But overall great visit as always.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great!!! Affordable and would come back again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak is incredible with the price of 25$, but it’s a little bit too salty for me. The last one mocktails (I didn’t remember the name), is lychee or something, it’s so good, sour and it’s a great combination with steak. The cheesecake cocktails is so good as well. Just under 90$ for 2 people, 2 portion of steak and 2 drinks. All the staff are so friendly. Love it!

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  8. RoyT

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The portion size and flavor were perfect, but I found the steak to be very chewy and tough. We ordered medium rare on the steak. Vibe was good, ambient was amazing will definitely go back again to give the steak night another go. Might just be wrong just a bad night.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We went on a Saturday morning (brunch). It was clear that the venue was over staffed. I work in hospitality too, I get it, it happens (especially on Sundays). Having said that, I was there to catch up with a friends after a long time and within 10 minutes of being there we got approached by at LEAST 4 staff members. There needs to be a plan of action for when you are over staffed - polish cutlery/glasses, take a break, or go home. Walking around the venue and approaching tables are assigned to you is unprofessional and annoying. On the other hand, my corn cakes seemed raw but got told by staff that that’s how it is. Can’t say much after that. Also, my chai latte was just warm. Overall a meh experience, and I was really looking forward.

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  10. BrianO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    abacus is a real disappointment. I wish I could be kinder as I wanted to enjoy it with friends before a show. The main problem was the staff did not listen to us - it was freezing and we asked three times to close the doors on a cool Melbourne night. Only one set was closed. We added our layers. Meals were ok but not tasty. Service was sporadic and uneven. We asked twice for cutlery to eat our meals. We will not be returning and I hope the “manager” reads this so they pull up their team. It’s a sad indictment on their lack of leadership that better team was more interested in catching up behind the bar providing service.

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FAQs

Abacus Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 13 OpenTable diners.

Abacus Bar & Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Abacus Bar & Kitchen

383 Chapel St, South Yarra, AU-VIC 3141

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Near the corner of Chapel St &amp; Commercial Road.
  • Area
    South Yarra
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–4:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Café
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available as well as a public parking complex behind the building next to the Prahran Market.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Thomas O'Sullivan
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9824 1026
  • Catering
    We have a full catering offering that can bring Abacus directly to you anywhere in the city. <br /><br />Please email us at: catering@abacusbar.com.au for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    With room for 150 guests, Abacus is the perfect venue to host your private event - sit down dinners, cocktail parties, product launches, bar mitzvahs or more. Please email events@abacusbar.com.au for further information.
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