Bodega Underground

4.2
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267 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican

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Good Vegetarian Options
A restaurant smuggled from Mexico to Melbourne. Find Little Bourke Street’s late night mezcal bar and taqueria hidden underground in the China Town precinct, 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 $65 Bottomless Brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, with unlimited cocktails and 5 courses of food. We are located on the corner of Little Bourke and Crossley Street, Melbourne, with a moody bar and dining area perfect for both a quiet drink or a larger celebration.

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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.3
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4.1
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LissyJaye
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would absolutely recommend Bodega to anyone and everyone. My boyfriend and I had the best time. Service was impeccable, food and drinks were what dreams are made of. We loved every minute and we'll be back again and again and again.

Lissy J

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Tyron
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic team working there, were very accommodating to all dietary requirements with no judgement felt. Fantastic food and U would 100% recommend trying the Ox Tongue Tacos!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were seated right opposite the toilets and the clearing area! Even when there were plenty of other seats at the bar!
The food was terrible and we were starving after our bottomless brunch! The bar staff were filling coke bottles with their own cheap cola, the head waitress was so rude to us and couldn’t have cared less about our experience. What an absolute rip off bottomless brunch is at $65 a head when we received a small piece of corn, 1!!!! Small taco, cold horrible corn chips, a piece of tasteless chicken and 1!! Churro the width of a pencil! Never been so disappointed in a restaurant!
Then when we were leaving not even a goodbye from staff! I will be telling everyone about my horrible experience

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TimC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All good. We had two people and they managed to satisfy one of us who is a vegan - well done.

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Yuki
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, reasonable prices for cbd. Thr venue is intimate, and it's easy to have a conversation. The staff is frienly and attentive but not intrusive, great time overall.

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RubyL
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday and I had a nice meal with my partner at Bodega. Food was good and friendly service too.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great authentic food, generous servings. Very very noisy! Didn’t like having to share a table with strangers but the food, service and prices made up for it. Overall I would recommend this place.

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AllyG
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I wouldn’t recommend due to the food - have had better elsewhere

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moirar
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food to suit all tastes. Was my second visit in a couple of days & the food & service didn't disappoint on either occasion.

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Hippie382
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely experience with almost perfect food, the customer service was laid back and all the staff came across as super approachable but attentive. The tofu tacos weren't as flavourful as I was hoping but everything else was amazing, the horchada and the charred cauliflower really stood out for me. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance with a very chaotic mish mash of decorations suites to the overall theme in a very "hip" way. I think downstairs seating is the better of the two options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really friendly staff and brilliant margaritas!! Would definitely recommend for date night.

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JulyanC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Cosy underground setting serving an amazing mix of Mexican cuisine. We had the feed me option and it was so much food! For drinks we had a mix of margaritas, mescal and beer server by knowledgeable bar staff. It was a a great experience.

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Tomg
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

pretty good! lil pricey but we all had a good time

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible, enjoyed the atmosphere and would definitely recommend this to other people!

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RebekahP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A little louder then expected but really friendly staff. Food was delicious/fast and drinks are well worth it.

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GeorgiaB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, yummy food, fun ambiance. Slightly sticky table. Go try it for sure xx

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KanaA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Food was ok but service was bad.
The staffs tried to take dishes which was even we were still eating ASAP.
Never back there

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for the bottomless brunch with my friends and we absolutely loved it. The service was amazing and was super friendly. The food was awesome and was definitely worth the money.

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Yoshi
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for a work drinks/birthday celebration, food was great, staff were super helpful, great selection of beers. We brought in some cupcakes and the staff brought them out with candles lit for us which was very much appreciated. Will definitely be going back.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As an American living here, I've found it difficult to find good Mexican food. The food for brunch here was very good and pretty close to authentic. The elote was great (although small), the chliaquiles were very good and they have a black bean soft taco that was delicious. The service was great, although understandably they're a little slower on the drinks (we were there for the timed Sunday all you can drink brunch). One thing to note, if you go for the 11:30 Saturday/Sunday brunch, just know that they don't actually open until 11:30. So if you get there beforehand, you'll have to wait outside. We did really enjoy it and will be back for the brunch. And, we're looking forward to trying out lunch and dinner menu options.

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MellanieM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere and Service was exactly what was anticipated however we felt the food didn't meet the same expectation and slightly underwhelming

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NicoleS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was nice & the servings were big, resulting in us ordering way too much food & wasting it. I wish they told us that when ordering! It was a cool atmos although the music was a tad too loud. The only really bad thing I would say is that since the moment we got there until the moment we left none of the several staff ever asked whether we were ready to order or whether we wanted another drink. We had to chase. We were actually say right at the bar too & there was a bartender\waiter there at all times. It wasn't even a busy night. The result was that we were there for 3.5 hours and only got 1 drink. I then received an email from open table saying we didn't rock up to our booking so their admin isn't too great either I guess.

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elishab
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience1

Amazing food, such good value and great service but no air con and way too hot :((

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TaylaM
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The food was very greasy and didn’t taste very nice. Disappointed as I’ve heard this place had great food.

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jennyp
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I enjoyed the food and the different drinks. The venue was comfortable. The staff were organised and the bottomless brunch went smoothly.

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WittMi
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was delicious, however, it wasn't clear nor well explained the portions were super small, more like tapas but Mexican. I thought the price vs the amount of food was quite high. The staff was friendly, however not clear in their communication and not very attentive to their customer's questions and orders.

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LizH
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe, interesting and tasty food, fantastic maragaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

The vibe is great. However the rule of no skulling for bottomless brunch is a bit odd. Waiting for a waiter to come around and serve you drinks is also a bit annoying, it’s bottomless brunch, we should be able to come up and top up whenever we want...

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LiamW
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Food was not worth the wait or the price, and multiple servers had poor attitudes

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CharlotteE
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, and amazing food!
Thanks for a great night

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NinaT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is outstanding! Very friendly staff and good ambiance.

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LiamD
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious cuisine, catering for vegan. The service was lovely with a great vibe. The subtle music was also soothing an easy place to relax and chat.

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VT452
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Its a really cool bar thats tucked away in the city.
The staff were lovely, food great and the drinks delicious! Another really cool thing that made me want to go to Bodega Underground is the staff are donating their tips and whatever they earn off of one of their drinks towards Redcross with regards to the Bush fires.

Pretty cool place to hang and you can help those horribly impacted by the fires at the same time.

Thanks for a great night guys! :)

KB
KatrinaB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Been previously and the food was much more enjoyable. There was way too much parmesan the first few mouthfuls were just paramsen. We ordered the chicken dish the last time it was like chicken nugget kind of things this time we were given 3 big pieces on each plate (we ordered 2 plates) made it a bit hard to share with 8 of us. The pork dish really stood out but maybe a different chef from last time just wasn't as great. Cocktails took too long as well we were just about finish dinner before we got them

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EbonieA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Feed Me menu is great value and all the wait staff were fantastic in describing the plates as they were brought out.
All the food was amazing, thank you for a wonderful evening!

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KodiHH
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Bodega has an awesome vibe, the decor really sets the tone. Staff are friendly and attentive. Food wasn't as flavoursome as you would expect from Mexican and a couple of the dishes were drowning in parmesan cheese.

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EmmaW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

I was very excited to try Bodega, so made a booking for a catch up with a friend for dinner. We were seated at the bar, on arrival I greeted my friend and sat down, within one minute I was rudely approached by a staff member to push my chair in as i was blocking the walk way, which was a fine request, but the staff member was very rude and spoke in a rude manner.
We then were not approached at all by any staff the entire night to take our order for drink or food. we had to flag down a staff member to take our drink order, 15 minutes later someone took our drink order, we had been there for 45 minutes. Another half an hour went past and we had not been approached for food/ more drinks, we then again had to flag down a member of staff, who then took our order and didn't write it down, when our food arrived it was missing two orders of tacos. We tried to gain the attention of staff to no avail. We were not approached for another drink/ to see how our meals were going, or at all. a total of 2.5 hours sitting at the bar with one drink order and only half of our food arriving and the rudest service and no acknowledgement from staff. I was very dissapointed and will not be coming back to the restaurant again.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Tacos flavour was lacking but the sides had nice flavour, service ok!!

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HannifahAkbari23
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place! The food, drinks and vibe is always amazing.

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Kimberleena
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Mexican food, awesome range of Tequila and yummy cocktails. Must have the Elota when you come - you will not regret it. Great street food vibe, wait staff were attentive and responsive without being pushy and in your face. Can be noisy once busy! Recommend booking ahead, although they have a walk-in option it can be difficult to get a table during peak times. Highly recommended.

FAQs

Bodega Underground offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9650 9979.

Bodega Underground is rated 4.2 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

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