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Tales of Puglia, Tastes of home - Bar Rosella, Fitzroy, AU-VIC

Bar Rosella

4.4
4.4
57 Reviews
$101 and over
Italian
An Italian restaurant and wine bar with a Puglian accent.
Located in the heart of Fitzroy, in one of the most beautiful streets in the world: Gertrude Street.
Serving Food, Wine and Stories
𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘶𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘢, 𝘛𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦..

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9419 2493
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Fitzroy
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Copy of Feed Me $69.00

    $69.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    - WAGYU BRESAOLA, CHIODINI MUSHROOMS, PARMIGIANO - WILD KING FISH CRUDO, CAPERS, ORANGE - FAVE E CICORIA - RIGATONI ALLA VODKA - SPAGHETTI ALL'ASSASSINA - BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINA - CALAMARI FRITTI, SQUID INK AIOLI, LEMON - ROASTED POTATOES - TIRAMISU'
  • Feed Me $69.00

    $69.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    - FOCACCIA ALLA BARESE - FAVE E ECICORIA - CALAMARI FRITTI - SPAGHETTI ALL'ASSASSINA - BOMBETTE PUGLIESI

Offers

  • BYO Wine Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    On Tuesdays, feel free to bring your own wines. $25 per bottle corkage.

    BYO Wine Tuesdays photo

What 57 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Inner City North

    Good for business meals

  • Inner City North

    Good for business meals

  • Inner City North

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Inner City North

    Italian

57 Reviews
  1. PM53

    WA

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have dined a few times and enjoyed the food and service. Last night we felt uncomfortably pressed at times in making our choices and were disappointed that we weren’t offered the special dishes that we saw displayed only as we left - especially as we would have had one at least. We have had more positive service experiences in the past.

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  2. Kspaar

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a fantastic meal. The waiter gave some good recommendations - and we all had a different meal and absolutely loved. Thoroughly recommend..

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  3. georgiei

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really lovely lunch with friends. Food was absolutely delicious and the service was great.

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  4. HelenT

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food but very small serving of risotto as a main course and considering the price! The service was very slow it took half an hour to take an order and then the wrong wine was delivered. At $99.00 this was not good value at all and we will be off to Mario’s next time for great food excellent service and value for money!

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  5. Elisa

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot but unfortunately food was average and serving size tiny for the money. I would not recommend.

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  6. AlexP

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a booking at 6:30pm one of first few tables in there. We ordered 3 small sharing dishes and they came out steadily. But then we waiting over an hour for our pasta and risotto mains. The waiters kept avoided us until I finally caught someone’s attention and them magically our food came out. We watched tables come after us and eat everything and leave before we got our mains. They totally messed up or lost our order. They gave a dish of cold carrots, with a cold puree and grilled cheese that was stone cold as an apology. It was not great. $170 for 2 is a rip off and terrible service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with appealing menu and extensive wine selection. Lovely staff, great decor and ambience.

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  8. JonoK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    9 of us enjoyed a great Saturday evening at Bar Rosella. The menu variety including the wine list made for a great birthday celebration.

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  9. PM53

    WA

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good range of menu choices and different from our previous visit few weeks earlier. Fresh ingredients prepared simply

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  10. HungryK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved their service and pasta! A perfect for a date night. We would come back again.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice food, great ambience, friendly service. Glass of wine @$22 a glass (compared to cocktails and beer at sensible prices) a tad expensive but otherwise highly recommend. Will go back to try other dishes. Incredible how effective the small kitchen is.

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  12. JakeT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was phenomenal. We ordered a selection of starters and they were all amazing. I can highly recommend the beetroot risotto for the main. Unfortunately the experience was let down by the service. We waited around 30 minutes to receive a bottle of wine we ordered after being seated and a waiter seemed slightly annoyed when we asked after the drinks. We had 3 meals for other tables brought over to us incorrectly, and 3 out of 4 us were served mains together and the 4th person had to wait approximately 10 minutes. The food was great but not sure I'd rush back.

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  13. EmmaE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waitress, was unattentive and had limited knowledge of her product. On a number of occassions we needed to get her, (or anyone's) attention to order, refill our glasses from our bottle, provide us with salt and pepper (which was empty). At one point I had to approach the counter to find a grinder that had pepper in it. I received no assistance. The menu is not up to date on the website, so we were unable to order what we were planning. The kingfish came with uncooked potato salad. The sardines were oily and cold. When we were leaving it appeared the sardines were sitting out on the counter for the entire service. The pasta special was Amatriciana, and was incredibly oily. The cos salad was browning on the edges. All in all, a very dissapointing and over priced experience.

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  14. RyanM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice Melbourne authentic Italian style restaurant. I went here for a first date and it was a nice cozy vibe. The drinks were presently nice and tasted the same. I had the perfect Aperol Spritz! The service was lovely where there was constant check in with the patrons. The only downside was that the food did take a very long time to come out, although this was very helpful on a first date. If you’re planning to have a long conversation and catch up with your company I certainly recommend. If you’re in a rush to get food and not wanting to wait perhaps not the place for you. Will definitely return! Thank you!

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  15. hmay

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food yet service was lacking After many times trying to get waiters attention to order drinks and being IGNORED, we finally received our first drinks after an hour and half sitting at the table! We had already eaten our entrees by this time... For a 12 person booking would have expected better service.

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  16. HeidiP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely, innovative Italian food menu. Not just the standard fare. The waiting staff are excellent and anticipate the patron's every need - even when they're run off their feet. Well worth a few visits.

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  17. AshleyH

    Tasmania

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service is always exceptional at Bar Rosella and dinner last night was no exception. The Panzerotto, cured pork and kingfish antipastos were sublime. Only downside was noisy adjoining table. Bar Rosella is a must if you like Italian food.

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  18. ColinL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic Italian food, a bit quiet at lunch but I've been for dinner when it's very busy. Good wine selection to match the food with knowledgable staff.

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  19. DebShazam

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Clearly understaffed, which is forgivable due to current labour market. But 50mins from being seated until we even got a drink is kind of excessive. Worse though, was the energy of the owner. He was rushing around so much it made for an uncomfortable environment - he literally banged down our cutlery (4 of us), 3 of us said thank you and he didn't even look at any of us, smile or acknowledge us. We felt like we were an imposition when we had to ask a question. It doesn't take any longer to smile or acknowledge your patrons while you work, even when busy. Once our bottle of wine was finished no-one came to ask us if we wanted more drinks - and we actually did - so a missed opportunity for them, but also disappointing for us. Overall, food was good. The entrees were all excellent. We had asked about the rigatoni and how spicy it was - he said they could make it as mild/spicy as we liked. Two of us requested mild, but it came out pretty spicy - to the point that I really didn't enjoy mine at all. Dessert selection was small, but the two ordered were both lovely. With a bill of just under $400 ($100 per head) - which would have been more if they actually asked us re more drinks - this experience didn't quite cut it. I imagine it could be much better if staffing levels were right and the owner was a bit more pleasant (he wasn't rude, just rushed and brusque); but given the plethora of good restaurants in Melbourne, we probably wouldn't go back.

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  20. FlickM

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so delicious, didn’t take long for our food to arrive. Staff were very friendly and obliging, very patient with us when we decided to sit inside.

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  21. KT22

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous good, warm and generous service and beautiful ambience

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd time at Rosella and love coming back. Sitting outside tonight was just perfect. Food is fabulous and the staff make you feel like you’re in their home.

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  23. HelenT

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service mains very good entree of cured king fish needed more fish less potatoes

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A stunning restaurant, tucked away from the hustle and bustle. The waiter was very attentive and went through the menu in great depth. Would say the tomato pasta had a big kick - wouldn’t recommend if you don’t like chilli. But good for us as we do (maybe a few chilli symbols on the menu wouldn’t have gone a miss). Would have given 5 stars apart from the zucchini salad didn’t arrive and portions could have been slightly bigger.

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  25. StevenB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rosella has a simple small menu that does each dish really well,had the sardines,the signature spaghetti which was really amazing and the staff took the time to plate the spaghetti into two dishes so we could share the dish. Also had the Blue eye cod. Would also recommend the fave E ciccoria. Feels like authentic Italian dishes. Highly recommend Rosella.

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  26. AndrewV

    Melbourne

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service. Better than the more fancier, higher touted places in the neighbouehood.

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  27. PhilR

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An authentic Italian menu in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, with quality wines and unusual offerings, either separately or as shared plates ( recommended). Desserts / dolci are a must!

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  28. EdgardP

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always - well done to all. We will be back

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  29. angelaT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was absolutely impressed with the standard of food, service and ambience at this restaurant. The menu is clever and delivers to a high standard. The drinks menu is very impressive and it clearly shows a good palate behind this selection. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to large groups or small. The waiting staff are very skilled and efficient without being invasive. Thank you for a great lunch yesterday I will be back.

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  30. Brig

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a beautiful dinner at Bar Rosella, the staff were lovely and very knowledgeable of the menu. Accommodating to dietary requirements. The courtyard is a lovely spot to sit on a warm night. We will definitely be back!

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  31. CaseyB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious but the service was impeccable. The female waitress who served our table of 8 was wonderful and made our dining experience really enjoyable. 10/10 to her!

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  32. ginag

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wine list is quite pricey and not much to choose from for one glass options which is not a good choice option

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  33. Mica

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great wine, great food, great energy, great staff

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  34. VikramB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been to Rosella earlier on two occasions. My experience was excellent. however, this time it was really disappointing. I had a colleague visiting from overseas. I think the restaurant was short staffed and it took 25 minutes to get the wine!! Then the special order had run out. We had to wait so long. The food when arrived was good though. Please get your service in order!! Thanks

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  35. 90210

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and incredible service. Such a lovely team who care about what they do. 10/10

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  36. BradS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Genuine Italian dining experience in a cozy authentic space in one of the best streets in Melbourne. Food was delicious and serving sizes were generous - none of our party left hungry. Service again was genuine, and staff were friendly and more than willing to help us with the menu and wine list. We'll be back soon.

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  37. Tessa

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food - wonderful atmosphere and great service. Highly recommend!

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  38. ChrisC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent place for an intimate dinner, but also for a small group. The food is tasty, and generous. Wine list is plentiful and varies in price

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  39. Gobie

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was average. Starters was good. The mains were not seasoned well.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place, however Wine very expensive. Food nice however serves small.

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Bar Rosella is rated 4.4 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bar Rosella

229 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, AU-VIC 3065

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Fitzroy
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine
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