Bodega Underground

4.2
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183 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
A restaurant smuggled from Mexico to China Town. Find Little Bourke Street's late night mezcal bar and taqueria hidden underground, and open 7 days a week until 3am, including lunch Wednesday - Sunday. Try a Tequila or Mezcal cocktail, or speak to our team about sipping some exciting Agave spirits instead. The $50 Feed Me banquet offers great value and a huge mix of traditional Mexican street food, plus some dishes with a twist. We also offer a $59 Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, with unlimited cocktails and 5 courses of food. We are located on the corner of Little Bourke and Crossly Street, Melbourne, with a moody bar and dining area perfect for both a quiet drink or a larger celebration.
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G
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great restaurant but its a bit small. Bar seating isn’t comfortable if you are planning to stay for dinner.

CM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I'm not sure I would recommend Bodega. We booked well in advance for 3 people, but when we arrived, were given a table that would be small even for two. We complained, and were allocated another table, but only after being told that they could not allocate us another table. On ordering, the waitress said she thought we had not ordered enough food, and encouraged us to order more - so we did. She made an error on the order, so we received two of a dish that we had ordered one of. About 1/3 of the food came out very quickly, but then there was a big delay. When we asked about it, it became evident that the rest of the order had not been communicated to the kitchen. We were told "3 minutes" which was OK as we had 20 minutes until we needed to be at the theatre. We paid in advance so we could make a quick getaway, but the food only appeared as we had to leave - and even then there was one dish missing. If they had fulfilled our original order without the extras we were encouraged to buy and without the extra mistaken order, there would have been plenty of food for us all. As it was, we all left hungry, almost missed the start of the show, and paid for 2 dishes we didn't get. Not a great experience.

AB
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our evening at Bodega, the service was fab, the food was yummy and quick to come out, drinks were a great price and our seating area was perfect for a table of 8. Will def come back again. Thanks Bodega!

KC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Killer food, really friendly service, a fantastic drinks menu and great value. The Feed Me option was amazing and catered to a plant based diet. The vibe was super fun and chill.

DD
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was serving was helpful and made the experience really great

YN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Service very rude, claimed vegan and diary free on a dish with cheese (!), overcharged us, AND forgot two dishes! Would not recommend.

SM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food portions could have been a bit bigger. Service good but 2 glasses of wine poured when we said we had enough, paid for them as well. Overall a fun experience.

SK
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Bodega Underground is a fabulous place hidden below the street on Little Bourke st. The atmosphere is relaxed yet vibrant with friendly and attentive staff. We went for the bottomless brunch and were not disappointed with the food at all. The 5 courses are delicious and light. The drinks menu is a little different and fun with a mexi take on the usual mimosa and their policy on no double parking or sculling is understandable yet the drink service is a little on the slow side which when faced with a 90 minute window leaves you feeling a little miffed.
Overall a fantastic experience and will definitely be back

G
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great service, an overall winner. Highly recommend giving this bottomless breaky a go

DW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It's a great place to eat. This is the second time that I have been. The food is great but this time we were served the 3 courses in quick succession and it went cold before we could eat it all which was a little disappointing but I will still go back. The express lunch is great value.

SN
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best ambience mexican restaurent. Would definitely visit again.

A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Rude waiter, fish tacos too oily. Corn had too much sauce on.. in general we didn’t enjoy the place. Very unfriendly waiter

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was amazing however our table wasn't ready at our booked time and we were told to go somewhere else for 15 mins whilst it was a busy rainy evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was amazing! Added bonus that it’s all gluten free so my celiac friend was very happy! Staff were super friendly and the place has such a cool vibe.

C
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Eating by myself gave me a pretty good chance to really have a look around the restaurant, and pretty disappointed after having it pumped up to me. After being shoved at the end of the bar near the kitchen door, I found wait staff pretty unfriendly and disinterested, and the food a little overpriced. For me, it was a Mexican attempt at all the cool little tapas bars around now, but failed to hit the mark.

R
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Would be a good experience for a group not great for two people. Food was ordinary fish tacos were ok but wouldn’t re-order. Service was overly casual and inflexible. No substitutions allowed in the cocktail menu even when we were happy to pay the difference...

BL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I will be back. The staff were very attentive. Our bottomless lunch was fabulous . The food was brought out in a timely manner and our drinks were never empty! got to love that!

DM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Unbelievably noisy - can barely hear the person next to you talk. Staff disinterested, slow service. Plenty of better options in Melbourne.

VL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most delicious Mexican food ever! The cocktails and tequila are to die for.

L
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

I had high hopes going to Bodega Underground from all the reviews I read plus I love mexican food. Our group went for the sunday bottomless brunch. Service was pretty good and all the staff were friendly. However, Food was very average with a calamity of flavours going in each dish. Drinks did not taste great either.

C
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The staff were nice but we kept ordering drinks and they wouldn’t come, we were there for 90 minutes and got 3 cocktails because our orders kept not coming

A
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Will definitely be back next time we’re in Melbourne!

P
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. Go for the happy hour margaritas!
Average service and the venue is quite loud but if you’re prepared for that it shouldn’t be an issue. Good sharing plates and fresh ingredients.

TS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a great time at bottomless brunch & the food, service & drinks were amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Bodega a few times and the quality of food and the vibe of the place has always been better than the last. The $48 feed me option is such good value for money - if you leave not feeling satisfied, there’s something wrong with you and not Bodega.

m
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We did the bottomless brunch. Overall I'm glad we went, but I won't be going back. The food and drinks were super hit or miss. While some plates and drinks were delicious other plates and drinks were so bland and off-putting that we could only take one bite. The staff were awesome though!

RJ
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was very good but small menu. The service was slow but it was a busy night and little staff working. Overall a good meal but the service was disappointing

c
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good, nice, friendly, knowledgable and attentive staff, all of them, love the furnishings and the food was super as well

LS
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

love this restaurant, the food is always delish and the cocktails were perfect! we had a table right at the back be hind the pass so it was a little difficult to get service at times but had we not been in a rush we wouldn't have minded :)

L
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Lamb ribs were tough and inedible which was disappointing since it was the main dish. Dessert rice pudding was underwhelming, overall not worth it :(

N
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Booked in advance and was still seated at the bar. The bartender was constant banging cocktail shakers on the bench which made it very awkward to eat. It was also surprisingly hard to get the staffs attention even though we were sitting at the bar. Food was okay but nothing special.

HL
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

awesome food, great service and very quirky...loved it!

HB
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delish food! Got the feed me option and it was all soo tastyyy. Wear stretchy pants!

S
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great vibe in the restaurant! I would have liked to be seated at a table rather than the bar though. I highly recommend if you are looking for more authentic Mexican dining.

E
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was brought out sparatically, even if we weren't finished the course before. Cocktails were nice but very weak, for the amount consumed during bottomless brunch we should not have walked out feeling sober. The food was very tasty just very small portions. Cool venue though and the staff were very friendly. A slight misunderstanding with the bill required us to all show proof we paid via our banking apps though which was a bit odd.

AJ
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibes, heaps of good food - menu isn’t huge which helps you make decisions. Drinks are yum, bartenders are really friendly and love a chat. Good place for a chilled out drinks date

H
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Overall good vibes. A little understaffed and overpriced for what it is. Was yum though!

CG
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Unfortunately not as good as last time.
Very noisy
food was pre-cooked, watery

sad as took newbies who are real foodies

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is outstanding! Best mexican I have ever had and the margaritas are even better. Highly recommended

AZ
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were lovely, delicious food and fairly cheap! Great for sharing and groups plus a great vibe.

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