Bodega Underground

4.3
94 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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  • 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: 13 April 2019

Ends: 18 September 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:15 13:45-14:00 15:30-15:45
Sat 12:00-12:15 13:45-14:00 15:30-15:45

Bottomless Mexi-Brunch - $55pp

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 October 2018

Ends: 12 April 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:15 13:45-14:00 15:30-15:45
Sat 12:00-12:15 13:45-14:00 15:30-15:45

What 94 People Are Saying
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HG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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C
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We booked here because the food sounded good, and the atmosphere looked cool. We were disappointed that the food really lacked flavour but more than that the staff were not very welcoming. They did seat us earlier than our booking, which is good, but the water we were giving had dirt in the bottom of the bottle (how!?) and we encountered three waitpeople - one seemed like she was rushed off her feet, or maybe she was just rude. Either way she seemed like she didn’t have time for us. The food was not made with love - each item was missing anything that made it special, so we said “meh” after each dish. It’s mexican, so it’s not hard to make it tasty. Anyway, this place just strikes me as “too cool for school” - go to Ginger Boy next door where they cost more but the food and service is good.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was amazing!! Very nice
The pricing was good too and the food was super tasty. However the only let down would be the service as we waited a while after being seated before being brought water or our order taken and it wasn’t even too busy. Otherwise would definitely come back for more and would recommend.

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NO
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Bodega for the bottomless brunch on Saturday. The food and drinks were exceptional value & our group of 15 left very happy.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Too loud to have a conversation. Too loud to think. Food was pricey for the portions.

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L
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to take a date or a group of friends. Tasty affordable mexican share food in a typically cool melbourne underground looking space with dim lighting. Great that you can book tables, but also be aware it can get busy (it was packed on a wednesday night) and book ahead otherwise you only get late times and have to drink at a bar before for a bit (not necessarily a bad thing) and get really hungry because you chose the nearby storyville bar that doesnt serve snacks.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

3rd time being here and so far never been disappointed

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

Great service & great food!
Little noisy but if you are in a big group that doesn't matter. Well worth the $ and alot of fun.

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KO
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Cocktails great. However vegetarian and vegan options a bit light on.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Cute restaurant but average food and average service. Was seated at the bar even though there were plenty of tables available, my friend was running late and I was not even offered a drink while I waited. I sat right at the bar and the Barman wasn’t busy and didn’t even bother to make conversation with me.. the food was not great at all. Won’t recommend

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We did the bottomless brunch as a group of 10. There appeared to be only one person serving food and drinks for the whole place. This meant that it wasn’t exactly a bottomless brunch. You are given a 90 minute seating time. The waiter decided when the entire table was ready for the next round of drinks. We have 4 rounds in total. It’s a set menu with 5 courses so you don’t get to choose what you want more/less of. The staff were friendly and the food was tasty. Drinks were slightly watered down.

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NT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the service was amazing, Dawson (aka tequila nerd) was incredible and explained the alcohol to us - quite the education! The food was delicious. Highly recommend!

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JK
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The location and decor of the restaurant was very nice but sadly the food was bland and not very tasty.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Unfortunately despite good reviews online, we had a very disappointing experience. The food was cold and looked unappetising. The waitress did not listen to our requests and despite asking for no coriander, it still came out with coriander. Also they tried to charge us double for the ribs despite us ordering 1 portion. They did however agree to remove this from the bill, albeit grudgingly after speaking with the manager. Very disappointed with the food when the price was also the same as a superb Tapas just around the corner. The price does not match the quality of the food, so for this and the reasons above, would not recommend Bodega.

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CM
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place - lots of vegan options and totally gluten free, but seriously tasty. Casual and friendly atmosphere, good service.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had an excellent experience at bottomless brunch, the five courses were a good mix of interesting options, the portion sizes were good, and the food came out at well-managed intervals.

The restaurant was fully booked and pretty noisy, so sometimes it was difficult getting the staff's attention to order another drink.

On the whole we really enjoyed the experience and would definitely go again.

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A
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Can get a little loud but the food is delicious and well priced

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MP
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We got the feed me option... it could have fed another 10 of us! So much food, it was all delicious! We were upset we couldn’t eat it all and felt terrible about barely touching one of the dishes!

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SS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Very bland food, no flavour. Very good service and atmosphere.

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TL
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was at home and hungry, nothing was open but we found this place and man was it AMAZING!! Awesome food and incredible drinks 10/10.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food was fantastic. Two main issues with the service however; firstly, the music was ridiculously loud for a restaurant. Restaurants generally tend to have a lot of background noise due hustle and bustle and people talking. Therefore loud background music is really intrusive and my friend and I found ourselves shouting at each other to be heard. No music at all would be far better.

Secondly, when it came time to pay, the waitress simply handed us the card reader and walked off, leaving us to work out the rest. Strange service to say the least.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

The "table service" was non-existant. And when we would go to the bar to see how the drinks we ordered 20 minutes ago were going they would tell us it's table service and to go away. Then we wouldn't be served or looked to for another 20 minutes. The food was alright but a bit bland and not much to choose from. A little dry as well plus when we ordered the prawn cocktails we were told they were marinating and won't be ready for a couple of hours even though it was 7pm already and prawns shouldn't really take that long. All and all a very average and under whelming experience.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brilliant Saturday Brunch! The food was delicious, there was more than enough (struggled to finish) and drinks were great and were served quickly.
The only small issue was the noise level. We went to the 1.45 sitting and it was full of hen's parties who seemed to be shouting/shrieking at each other the entire time (there wasn't a guy in the place - haha), apparently the sitting at 12 and 3.30 (?) isn't as crazy. I would definitely book the earlier or later session next time.

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TP
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cannot recommend Bodega any higher !!
Went for the bottomless brunch! Great value, lovely staff and a seriously great atmosphere! I’ll be coming back!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place, going back in a few weeks
The fish tacos were by face my favourite out of the 3 choices we had. The espresso martini was excellent too

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AB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is awesome. Food is top notch, service great, atmosphere great and good value. Brilliant Mexican

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Z
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Bodega Underground is absolutely wonderful! Food is superb and best of all, gluten-free! The staff were amazing and super nice. We had their feed me menu which was both delicious and extremely value for money! All big eaters should have a try of it- you will NOT be disappointed!

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MK
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Waitress/Manager was brilliant! Food was fantastic and it was a great venue for easy fun celebrations.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very happy with our New Years here! Food was amazing. Ended up going out to watch the fireworks at midnight. Great atmosphere.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday on NYE and it was amazing! The ambience was really cool, food was amazing and service was great!!!! We were very happy with everything and will definitely come back :) thanks guys!

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RT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The nachos were very bland, badly needed salsa and cheese which weren’t on offer, only Dish we enjoyed was the prawn taco. Very limited menu, less than half of what you get at most Mexican Restaurants , but it was busy so not everyone shares my view.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, best margarita I’ve ever had, casual but fun service, amazing GF and vego selection. Will be back!

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L
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We found this by accident and so glad we did. We ordered the feast for 2 and they gave me a Vegan option and my friend the meat option. there was so much food and all delicious. we had a great time. Thank you!

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HP
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Unfortunately compared to many other Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, I found the food to be bland. The guacamole wasn’t fresh and the tacos where bland. The venue is great so such a shame the food was a let down

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TT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely will be back loved the bottomless brunch

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MR
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great little find. Lovely food good service and ambiance. The Feed Me menu option is easy and fun. Just let the food come. Great margaritas as well, but they are pricey.

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