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beetroot risotto, goat cheese, rocket pesto - Bio by DOC, Carlton, AU-VIC

Bio by DOC

4.5
4.5
117 Reviews
$41 to $100
Vegetarian / Vegan

A neighbourhood restaurant in Melbourne just North of the city, dedicated to Italian cuisine, focused on a plant-based and gluten free menu'.
We offer traditional Italian food thanks to our experienced head chef, Tommaso Bartoli, born out of Florence, Italy.

Everyday we source our fresh produce from the finest local organic farmers to ensure the highest quality is being delivered to our guests. Our wine list is entirely composed of biodynamic and organic wines, always looking at a story behind the Lebel.

We also host an open cocktail bar which allows guests to have a drink here before their dinner or just enjoy a casual drink and bite.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9349 1386

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Tommaso Bartoli

  • Catering

    Private function room available for large group (12 +).<br />Booking has to be made by calling us 4 days in advance.<br />All large group bookings will incur a 7% gratuity featured on their bill; this goes directly to the talented staff who look after you on the day.

  • Private party facilities

    for 8 people or more we require a "chef selection" set menu on offer. Contact us to discuss about it,
    each set menu has been designed for any allergies or dietary requirement, however, the format will remain the same.

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 117 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. J

    Jacqueline

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious cocktails and food. Great for Coeliacs and vegans!

  2. DB

    DianaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    If you're looking for a plant-based Italian restaurant with exceptional food this is the place. Huge bonus is that Bio by Doc is also completely gluten free, not that you'd know it from the flavoursome dishes. My pick of the night was the Fettucine with somked eggplant, asparagus and cherry tomatoes, fresh chilli & olive oil - sensational! This one had the coeliac in the group mopping up the juices with her bread. The drinks menu is also well considered and interesting. A little bill shock should not put you ood. This is worth it.

  3. C

    Cori

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Delicious food. Recommend the place. Only negatives were that the table was too small for our party of 3.

  4. MS

    MadelineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the decor and vibe Delicious vegetarian food - as a vego it was great to choose from an entire menu

  5. H

    Hanak

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, incredibly delicious! Service was impeccable!

  6. A

    Annys

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    love how it offers italiam cuisine with dietary requirements, that is also done well. Bright and lovely atmosphere. Almost cafe-like interior except with a nice fancy bar. Staff were lovely, and did not pressure us or accuse us even when we were 20mins late. We ordered the chefs best selection menu at $69 per head. Food was very quick! Left very full. Even though food had many replacement ingredients to cater for dietary requirements, we couldn't really tell! Favourite were the croquets for entree, black ink pasta. Food was overall on salty side but not overly done so we didn't mind. Tiramisu dessert was yum though a little heavy (perhaps due to almond flour). Its coffee flavour was mild. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the night!

  7. BA

    BronteA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Loved the cocktails and deserts the best. Great to have a new vegan option.

  8. C

    Coburglocal

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Friendly staff, interesting great food. Would go again

  9. C

    Corey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing friendly service, knowledgeable staff and beautiful food in a modern, minimal setting. Perfect for Coeliacs!! Definitely coming back!

  10. DL

    DomenicL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fabulous food and service, catered beautifully to our gluten intolerant guests, everybody sharing the same food was nice for a change.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great service!

  12. DK

    DineshK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Nice vegetarian place. Good wine. Nice entres. Good staff. Not all main meals were for my taste.

  13. e

    emmal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience with delicious food and great service.

  14. KR

    KarlaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic service - Were very understanding when we arrived late due to parking and provided spectacular service and food. Made my boyfriend’s birthday very special. Could not recommend more!

  15. FR

    FRANK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    good restaurant unfortunately there was a covid case there that night nov 30th and all patrons had to get tested after being notified 4 days later. That put a tampner on the night

  16. KB

    KerriB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall2food4service4ambience1

    Everything was great except for the music which was so bad I couldn't wait to get out of there.

  17. AD

    AlexD

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, staff were very accomodating and attentive . The fettucine and especially the carrot cake were standouts - will be back soon!

  18. PS

    PaulineS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    I was so excited to find a restaurant serving vegan and vegetarian dishes. I was so pleased that you are not trying to imitate meat dishes with vegetables. We had an enjoyable experience, although the time limit on how long we could be there was a pity. Sign of the times. Reading your menu, the taste buds got very interested in what we would be eating. However, the taste of my dishes didn't quite match the descriptions on your menu. I ordered the pumpkin and cauliflower dishes. Both looked beautiful in their presentation but both were too bland for me. Not enough flavour. Overall, I left feeling not well nourished enough. Service was exceptional. Thank you very much.

  19. HH

    HollyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is Always so delicious and so beautiful..

  20. AT

    AmyT

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bio never disappoints. The food is absolutely incredible, the staff are so friendly and awesome and the vibe in general is cool as :)

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really tasty food. Interesting dishes you wouldn’t expect from vegetarian/vegan. The staff were lovely and engaged with us, they suggested some great cocktails. Would definitely come back.

  22. M

    Maddie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    I had high expectations but sadly, there were not met. 1. Seating and social distancing. We were sharing a big table with 2 other parties, and there was no social distancing between us. It felt uncomfortable. 2. Food. As many reviews have said, the food was very bland in flavour and small in portions for the price. I've been vegetarian for 20 years so I'm used to eating vege/vegan. The flavours just weren't there and the portions could certainly be more generous. 3. Service. While our server was lovely and trying her best, having to run up and down stairs in and out of small rooms connected by hallways is hard for anyone. Our second order of wine was forgotten and we had an extra plate of something brought out that we didn't order. Just seemed a bit chaotic.

  23. BJ

    BenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved it. Will definitely return with family and friends

  24. K

    Katie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely experience. Delicious, complex and balanced food. Casual, friendly service. Outside undercover was perfect on a warm night. Looking forward to returning.

  25. M

    Marmo

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most delicious Italian food!! Good wine, lovely service, and nice cosy setting (we were sitting in the courtyard). I keep recommending it to everyone I know!

  26. M

    Madalaine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From start to finish, the whole experience was amazing. The most outstanding service and hospitality, the food was delicious and the drinks were tasty. Thank you for an exceptional dining experience. The bartender with the tattoo sleeves (apologies I have forgotten his name) was such a standout for my partner and I. We will be back!

  27. VL

    VickiL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food - my coeliac daughter was so happy to eat here knowing the whole restaurant is gluten free. Fabulous service and gorgeous space. We'll be back!!

  28. K

    Karl

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The service was great and the food was delicious, I just would have liked more of it!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend checking out Bio by DOC, they've created a really well thought out menu that has some flair, the service was immaculate and the overall experience was wonderful.

  30. ZH

    ZacHermans

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The lovely staff at Bio by Doc have looked after us every time we’ve been there :) amazing food recommendations and wine pairing, and always smiling - so good to be back!

  31. r

    rw0110

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Atmosphere was lovely and service was excellent. Unfortunately, the food was very bland, servings ridiculously small and meals extremely overpriced.

  32. C

    Christina

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tasty food, served by knowledgeable staff. A bit price.

  33. MD

    MarleneD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice gluten freee food the service was amazing

  34. G

    Georgia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience2

    The service was very lovely and I loved the selection that was on the menu but most of the dishes we received tasted bland. The gnocchi dish in particular literally had no taste. Spent $200 for 2 people and we were very underwhelmed with the food.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great first dining experience out of lockdown!! The staff were great. Very friendly and attentive. Extensive vegan options which was great!

  36. ST

    SharlienT

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, and mostly vegan too! Have been dying to try this place since I heard about it and was not disappointed, very friendly staff as well, highly recommend!

  37. A

    Anonymous

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent range of vegetarian options, and exceptional customer service

  38. T

    Tallu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing! So good and the drinks were phenomenal. The service was also brilliant, the staff were so on top of everything it was crazy. Never an empty water bottle on our table and always offering to help or anything else. Whole place looked great, I had an amazing time.

  39. S

    Srim

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious and innovative! Will definitely be back

  40. N

    Naomi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Lovely place for dinner but would staff were a little too present. Super lovely but needed breathing room.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Bio by DOC is rated 4.5 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Area

    Carlton

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Tommaso Bartoli

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9349 1386

  • Catering

    Private function room available for large group (12 +).<br />Booking has to be made by calling us 4 days in advance.<br />All large group bookings will incur a 7% gratuity featured on their bill; this goes directly to the talented staff who look after you on the day.

  • Private party facilities

    for 8 people or more we require a "chef selection" set menu on offer. Contact us to discuss about it,
    each set menu has been designed for any allergies or dietary requirement, however, the format will remain the same.

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