Bodega Underground

4.2
129 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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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 $48 Feed Me banquet offers great value and a huge mix of traditional Mexican street food, plus some dishes with a twist. 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.

Special Offers

Bottomless Mexi-Brunch - $59pp

5 Course Mexi-Brunch + 90min Bottomless Cocktails

Terms and Conditions: Dining duration, strictly for 90 minutes. RSA practice will be observed.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 6 April 2019

Ends: 18 September 2019

Availability: Sun 11:30-11:45 13:30-13:45 15:30-15:45
Sat 11:30-11:30 13:30-13:30 15:30-15:30

What 129 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Feed Me option is amazing value. The food was delicious the atmosphere amazing and the staff were awesome x

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D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Greeting was a little frosty as place was busy and table assigned was not where we want to sit, but the food and drinks service and value was great, good ambience, busy loud venue but that’s okay!

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CJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Great food, drinks, & atmosphere, just slow service which meant the express lunch was not express....

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T
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Total disaster. I booked the $50 set menu for 12 of my staff who were in Melb for a conference. Waiter was both rude and incompetent. When they arrived he literally told them that he was having to stay back just to serve them and stupid things like another waiter would come by and say is anyone waiting on anything. Someone would say I'm waiting on a beer so this person would bring one. After that the waiter would bring the beer he was waiting on and then say you're paying for both as you ordered both.

Also, 1 person was a vegetarian so the waiter took it upon himself to serve everyone vegetarian dishes only. Half way through the meal someone asked why he wasn't bringing any meat or seafood dishes so he then added some but most people were pretty full by then. Just totally incompetent.

Anyway, when I arrived the next day I went to the restaurant and spoke to the Manager. She apologized and offered me a bottle of tequila but we spent a lot of money there and a free bottle was never going to fix it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, amazing mezcal and tequila. Good customer service.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great vegetarian options all gluten free. Able to book which isn’t all that common in Melbourne

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, a little pricy and the menu is a little small, but the service was absolutely fantastic

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VO
Puebla
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Feed Me! option is absolutely value for money. Generous, tasty and diverse.

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CJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Staff were friendly but really slow to serve & took ages when we had to pay, not ideal in a tight work day schedule. Otherwise everything was great, love the vegan options!!!!

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PW
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Bodega underground was a great little spot drinks were really good, food was tasty but meh.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were incredible. So accommodating and patient, catering to all our requests and requirements. Food and cocktails were yummy too!

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DP
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Bodega, and I’m not usually a Mexican type. But we where off to the theatre and someone recommended it to us. Our waiter (female) that served us was OUTSTANDING! I never say that, but she made us feel welcome, got our drinks before happy hour and explained to menu down to every detail. We had the feed me menu and OMG! Amazing I couldn’t even finish it! Hats off the the chefs and all the staff!
Already planning another trip there to try and finish that menu!

Thank you. Duncan and gang.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

While the food was good, the staff committed a large order to memory, then got it wrong. Notepads are a simple tool.

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z
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Sadly this place has potential but did not deliver. We were seated very closely next to two very loud customers who thought nothing about how close they were to our table, but yelled and cackled.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food! Nice, quick service allowed us to get to our show in plenty of time.

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FH
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What a pleasant find. We were there for an early dinner and I he service was great. Nice staff. Helpful. Accommodating. Food was really very good We were three meat eaters and one vegetarian and were all completely satisfied with the choice available. Price was very reasonable for a he amount of food.

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BP
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific food & service. A must if visiting Melbourne

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j
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Food is great but service and extreme need to rush guests out leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Been here a dozen times, every experience was the same, thanks for coming....time to vacate even when you’re still spending. Appreciate the need to turn tables but perhaps a longer seating time for large groups might be a bit more appropriate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Very expensive for what we had

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JD
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Food was not great, we had the feed me. There was probably 1 good dish. Very under staffed, poor service

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AV
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great, drinks left a little to be desired. Waaay too much beetroot in the bloody Maria!

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TM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue and would definitely recommend to others

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MB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all had a great night!! Food was super tasty and well presented. Drinks were great. Overall experience was outstanding 😁

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was yum, the staff had vibe and the place felt fun to be in. It's loud music but cool music, perfect for starting a night out

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EA
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Too noisey
‘Shared food’ is not enough for two
Small tables and small areas (waitress knocked glass of wine over my friend and glass nearly smashed)

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RT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Terrible service. Our first drinks took over 30 minutes to come out. Food ended up coming out before drinks.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I was initially very excited to try this place out, however was very disappointed with the overall experience. The food itself was quite enjoyable, though the service I received from one of the waitresses was appalling, I understand that it was busy and she may have been under pressure but she was extremely rude.

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HR
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

Wouldn’t recommend to a friend, unless they wanted to get hammered on the bottomless cocktails. Food was really average. Ambiance was good, music was pumping.

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HD
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was great, she was friendly and always on hand if we needed anything. It was extremely busy but that didn’t affect the good friendly service. It made our dinning experience!

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K
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The food and drinks were delicious.

My problem came when booking the table. I booked through OpenTable for 8, I then called the restaurant and asked if I could up it to 9. They said we could, at a push, fit the ninth person by putting a stool at one end of the table. When I got to the restaurant, not only was it evident that the table was really a table for six and would therefore be a squeeze with eight people, but I was then told that they would not allow us add a stool. So we were really uncomfortable.

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l
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to take a group. Our waiter was happy to recommend vegetarian/vegan options. Tasty food. Good ambiance (it has a relaxed basement vibe). Not too noisy to have a conversation across the table.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The food is tasty but over priced for what you get but the serving sizes are of a larger quantity. I found the tacos to be soggy which suggested they had been prepared and left for a while which was disappointing. It’s a fun atmosphere but excessively loud and the tables are packed in. Despite booking weeks in advance we were still sitting in the main aisle. It wasn’t a bad experience but I would choose to go else where for Mexican.

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DC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Was seated quickly (had a booking) then asked to pack our food up and move tables half way through dinner!!

Half the food was great eg: prawn tostada but half was substandard eg: duck dish.

Atmosphere fun. Suggest go for drink and snack in a bar environment but don’t go if you want quality food or good dinner experience.

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SD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We LOVED Bodega Underground - great service, great food, great drinks, great atmosphere & exceptional value for money - i've been to a few "bottomless drinks" and quite confidently say that Bodega is the best value for money i've experienced. The room was quite warm/stuffy with not much air circulation in such a small space but other then that, we were all really happy with our experience & would definitely recommend Melbournians add this to their bucket list :)

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amaaaaaazing food!
Had a table of 9 for the bottomless brunch, some of whom were late to arrive, but the Bodega team were really accommodating and offered flexibility with the menu options. Considering how busy it was, the staff were attentive, patient with us, friendly and happy to help whenever possible.
Highly recommend... and their cocktails are dangerously good 😉

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HG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, awesome for groups. Yummy food and attentive staff. we did the bottomless brunch - drinks were regularly topped up (cocktails weren't too strong) and were really tasty. Staff were awesome (mentions to the bald British guy with the beard!), and every item could be amended or substituted to suit our tables dietary requirements.

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GP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

So freaking noisy but the food is divine. I think they water down the drinks

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NM
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Food was great, good vibe, good drinks but service was a bit of a let down - unknowledgable and had to wave for service every time. Would still return for food and value!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little hideaway that serves delicious authentic Mexican food. Simple menus but bang on taste! Great friendly service and fantastic atmosphere. Will call in again for sure. Booking was easy too

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ST
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an awesome night here! The food and the service were excellent.

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