Bodega Underground

4.2
154 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$40 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Mexican
Top tags:
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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 154 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 :(

Report
Helpful
N
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
HL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. Food was delicious and the staff welcoming.

Report
Helpful
TK
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Authentic Mexican tacos in a cosy setting. The music wasn't to my taste but the ambience was good. They even had vegan options which was good for my son.

Report
Helpful
MW
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I came here with a friend for a late night dinner. It took quite a long time for someone to come and take our order. We ordered food and drinks together, all of our food arrived before our drinks did. When we got the drinks (2x mezcal coolers) they weren’t very nice, I know lots of people don’t like mezcal, but I drink a bit of it and usually like it. The food was ok, but the portions are pretty small for the price in my opinion. Overall it was a pretty average.

Report
Helpful
E
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Very disappointed with the food. We tried 4 different meals and did not enjoy any of them. After reading several reviews before booking I had high expectations but unfortunately the food did not live up to any of them. It was very heavy with sauces and overall quite lacking in flavour. I wish I could be more positive but I really was quite surprised with the standard of food on the night. The place itself was ok and the service was good but food wise it was less than impressive.

Report
Helpful
RN
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Fantastic food, really enjoyed it. Catered well for the vegan in our group. Venue was a little too noisy, hard to chat to anyone

Report
Helpful
MN
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! food was great too! a bit small for really big groups but great feels. Price is average. Food presentation was nice! Cocktail mix pretty much tequilla based.

Report
Helpful
P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Seated at the bar even though we had booked a table.
Noisy, no explanation of menu, ordering.
Great vegan options, but would not go back.

Report
Helpful
SE
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, good value and great service. Would definite go back.

Report
Helpful
SM
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Just needed more variety for Taco's. It needs to include a Chicken Dish!!

Report
Helpful
M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We got the feed me menu, which was excellent. Really great value at $48pp - we were stuffed by the end, barley made it through dessert (really good for vegans etc too, great veggie options). Drinks were also very good, the bar staff were top notch. Make sure you book, as it gets busy early and I didn't see anyone able to snag a walk in on the Friday night we were there. I read in reviews that service was 'slow' or inattentive, but we didn't experience that at all. Staff asked us if we were ready for mains and if we wanted a break before the sweets etc, so we enjoyed the service - they gave you time to enjoy your meal. Highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
s
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bottomless brunch is amazing value for money. Such an amazing energy and vibe within Bodega. Amazing food, amazing drinks and wonderful service (especially from Jack) would come back here everyday if I could

Report
Helpful
JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great little place! Downsides are limited cocktail menu (u like tequila?!) and desserts are very average. Everything else great, very friendly service.

Report
Helpful
AE
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I always liked the look of this place but was disappointed tbh. The food was pretty average, it was difficult to get the anyone's attentions for more drink orders and overall it was a pretty forgettable meal. Probably wouldn't go back...

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Staff were really great and the kitchen was fantastic with accommodating dietary requirements

Report
Helpful
BM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
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

Report
Helpful
D
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
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!

Report
Helpful
CJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
T
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
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.

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

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

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!!!!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
4