Alphington Social

4.4
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98 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
The Alphington social...an eclectic wood fire pizza, cheese and wine bar located in the heart of Alphington. Offering a cosy environment with warm, friendly staff whom put an emphasis on fresh food sourced both locally and internationally, Great Australian wines, tap beer and cocktails, along with a substantial offering of cheese and charcuterie.
What 98 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.5
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4.3
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmyH
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great service and enjoyed all of our meals and drinks very much.

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Wegsy
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well done to the team at Alphington Social. A great night!

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SamM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4Food1Service3Ambience5

Unfortunately the pumpkin tortellini pasta was hard (under cooked).
The prawn pizza was nice/average
My Prosecco didn’t come so I asked the second waitress who was lovely and quick to get me another drink and let us stay later as there was no booking after us.
Saying that the ambience and restaurant was gorgeous
Lovely wine selection

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NicknamePMS
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great evening out. Definitely COVIDSafe. Felt at ease with distance between patrons.
Worth a visit.

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JacS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, great food and perfect ambience

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NatB
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an atmosphere!!! Perfect for a memorable first date. We felt like we had known the waiting staff for years!

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phillipae
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend going, we had a lovey meal and fabulous cocktails

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GeorgeM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my wife’s 30th. Lovely ambience, great food and service. Good adherence to COVID-19 measures.

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Deej
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, service, food, wine, beer and other comestibles!

Pop in for a drink at the bar (when pandemic restrictions allow) or have a full sit down meal (book well in advance due to pandemic).

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SharB
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, drinks and device was amazing ! Catered to our dietary requirements easily and were very attentive staff. Great night and would highly recommend to all my family and friends.

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SietaB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff were delightful, food was delish. The dessert was a bit average but who really cares? We will be back.

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AntheaW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only gripe with our visit to Alphington Social is that we had to eat & drink pretty quickly to make sure we were out in time for the next seating. This is a place that needs to be enjoyed in a leisurely way. Cocktails were good, food was super yummy, staff were fun but professional. Decor & general vibe is spot on. I'll be back for sure, and when it's post COVID that visit will be especially good.

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Elizabeth
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service. Very friendly and attentive

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LouiseO
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect date venue. Relaxed but warm atmosphere with mood lighting. Great beverage list and the food is so fresh and delicious.

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Sommer113
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and really good service you need to ask for a table near the fire place it was a bit cold near the back door in winter. It is hard for everyone with the c19 stuff in place

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LVAR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to be able to be back eating in at Alphington Social. Delicious food and great staff as always and just a few minor tweaks due to COVID.

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RobynD
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved it all BUT the music is so loud and lots of hard surfaces makes conversation uncomfortable.

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EmmaH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Even though I booked, they didn’t really have a table for us. We were given the option of a communal table or outside. As it was a nice night we chose outside. Once out there we discovered that there was no table service. Staff were very apologetic and tried help as much as possible.
Ordered the charcuterie platter which came with no individual plates. Mains took a long time to arrive. Damson plum tart was nice but straight out of the fridge and cannoli didn’t taste of anything. There are so many good Italian restaurants in Fairfield/Ivanhoe, I don’t think I will be back.

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AmyM
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

Sadly no. We have been looking forward to coming for months as live in Fairfield. Service could not be faulted, waitress was a legend. Ended there.
Ordered prawn, scallops, oysters... once ordered told not available as seafood delivery didn’t come. If that happens, update your menu or find an last minute fishmonger.
Ordered ravioli and it was tasteless and rock hard.
Zucchini flowers , no dressing on salad, flowers themselves just full of oil.
Ordered two steaks, medium... was cooked raw all the way through. I could only eat the cooked edges.
Drinks were good.

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JamesJ
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Really disappointed in this place. Being an Alphington local I had hoped for a nice night out, similar to the previous restaurant here but was really let down. After finding our table, it took a long time to finally have our orders taken (30mins), after which we had 3 staff members separately push / rush us, informing us that the table needed to be vacated in 1 hour as they had booked the table for another couple and if we hadn't finished by then would need to move to the bar to finish our meals, all before receiving our drinks.

On receiving the tempranillo I had ordered, it was significantly under-filled, with neighbouring tables having their glasses with more appropriately filled levels.

The food was served in a reasonable amount of time. However, we had to rush our eating to make their deadline of bookings. The food was average quality. The chips are nice, and the olive tempenade was okay (crust was burnt), and the pizza was overcooked with certain parts being burnt in colour and flavour.

Upon leaving, the staff member who had finalised the group aheads bill decided to leave and we were left waiting for the next staff member.

Overall, really poor and disappointing customer service especially with the price of food and drink. We had heard from others that the customer service was poor, but thought we we give it the benefit of doubt. We will not be coming back, and will be sharing our disappointing experience with other local friends and family.

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Suzie
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Yes it was a bit noisy. I would prefer to be able to call & book that would make it more personal as you could discuss where you would like to sit. The oysters were not fresh enough but the rest was very good.

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LauraE
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Lovely place and atmosphere, very disappointed that they ran out of pizza dough at 8.30 on a Friday night...

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went with my mother to celebrate a whole new path I’m taking. The atmosphere was lovely, the decorations were fantastic. The welcome and service were prefect and I cannot say anything else but the food is amazing. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a nice social experience.

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HelenaF
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, food was great and good value for money! Great atmosphere too!

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EnzaT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

This restaurant has such a great vibe And so much potential but unfortunately inexperienced staff, being told because there was only 2 of us the table was only for 1 and a half hours was disappointing.
The pizza we had was great except The flavours amazing but I u fortunately the base of the pizza was so hard and thin you couldn’t cut it .

To say disappointing is an understatement

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TristanC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I think we have found our new local! What a great experience we had. Thoroughly enjoyed the food, wine & service

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DarrenW
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alphington social is an awesome place to dine. The staff are amazingly welcoming. Sensational food from Cicchetti to Dolce. Great drink selection with a couple of great craft beers on tap. The decor rounds off a fantastic place to dine. Highly recommend.

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Ruske
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great local bar/restaurant. Friendly staff/atmosphere. We brought along two friends this time who had not been before and they also enjoyed the afternoon. We will return and so will they.

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joannep
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is a little gem hidden away in a quiet corner of Alphington. The food is first rate, the prices were a nice suprise and I could not fault the staff. We'll be back.

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SusieR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Bustling, great staff/service good atmosphere

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VivianeB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything here is always perfect. We love it.
The food is amazing. The service is always spot on and the ambience is great. It's the perfect local.
It's also the closest thing to a great Italian local ristorante. Makes me nostalgic for our other home.

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CathyM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Staff showed a lack of concern for our requests. Fly discovered walking on one of our knives. Requested a replacement knife which done with a cursory apology.
Food was tasteless and very average.
We had been assured via a phone call before our dinner that our request for a separate table (not communal) would be granted. This didn’t happen. Told by the waitress that the iPad ‘throws around’ the seating so it was impossible to move us from the communal table.
This is a pretentious restaurant that doesn’t respect its diners.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and efficient service, delicious food and drinks (recommend the watermelon cocktail!)
All excellent value for money.

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vipMitchell
Melbourne / VIC
58 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Cool spot in a local neighbourhood. Nice selection of spirits and very nice offering of pizza

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foodie1001
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and cocktails. Feed me menu is a great way to try lots on the menu and was very filling, we could not eat it all.

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MariaE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely first experience and already planning to return.

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HelenB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful dining experience. Just a bit noisy at the beginning of the evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Introduced my parents to the A.S. & they are now big fans also. Keep doing what you are doing & we will be loyal customers for years to come.

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Cancerianbaby
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food, friendly service. Two sittings and being rushed out as a result because we had the early booking, was the only thing that wasn’t great, but I would still go back

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KimM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second visit and the first for our friends. Once again we were really taken with the whole experience, this time for lunch. Our friends were also seriously impressed and and we all had great time. Will be back again soon.

FAQs

Alphington Social offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9499 5671.

Alphington Social is rated 4.4 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.