Bodega Underground

4.2
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205 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 China Town. Find Little Bourke Streets 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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TW
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic food, the corn is literally life, great atmosphere and such friendly staff

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious tacos and low key, intimate vibes.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

It seemed like more of a party atmosphere with a local bar vibe. Food was good but nothing special, you basically had to yell to talk to each other as well. Would be good for large groups but for 4 or less I would give it a miss, and I wouldn’t probably return. In saying this the staff were good in being efficient and helpful

SK
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

If your a family looking for food don't expect to pay your mortgage that month. Designed for hipster and wanna bees I suppose the price is normal, but the portions absolutely tiny and the quality of the food is not awful, but very close to it.

LD
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great place and nice food. Service was friendly. Would go back

A
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

The service was so poor. We were not greeted when arrived. We sat down (3people) and were not served for over 45 minutes (not even drinks or water) when we were the first ones there, and all other tables were served before us. We then wanted to order more drinks and were not served again for 30 minutes. So instead we left with no extra drinks as it was not worth waiting.

NP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great authentic Mexican food. Fresh ingredients & so tasty!!

ES
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After a disappointing experience at a different bottomless venue we were a little hesitant about trying somewhere new. However as soon as we walked in the door we knew that we'd made the right decision about trying Bodega. The staff, food, drinks and the whole vibe of the place was great and just what we were looking/hoping for. We'll definitely be back.

AP
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

It is a very cool spot but the food wasn't good. The service was delayed and it seemed our waiters didn't know answers to a lot of our questions so kept going back and forth to the manager to check about things. The food was too overpriced and definitely not authentic mexican food. At best, it was fast food. I think there is a lot of room for improvement.

LC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

The food was prett good, and the feed me menu is excellent value for money. They could do with a bit more attention to detail and consistency; for example, the pork in the carnitas taco was tough/overcooked but we'll flavoured, whereas the lamb ribs were falling off the bone and perfectly done, but over salted.
Caters very well to dietary restrictions.

K
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience!! Fantastic food, lovely atmosphere, and our server was such a laugh! Best boozy brunch I've ever been to

AO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Food was terrible! Service ok, very very loud. Would not go again.

ME
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Service was swift and our server was lovely - kept ensuring that we were fine for drink top ups etc.
Food was great, however the portions could have been bigger. All in all, I'd say great value for money and I'd definitely return!

W
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was good. The value wasn’t too bad. Bottomless drinks for 90 minutes ain’t too shabby. The ambiance was okay. It was loud, but it wasn’t a bother. Most of the staff was okay. One waiter was a bit rude. They insisted with the booking to not be late, but were late seating us and then rushed us out right away when it was the next booking group. We didn’t get the full 90 minutes. Overall, not too bad for a Saturday brunch and enjoyed the tasty vegan offerings. I will go back.

JP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and Great vibe overall!
Just needs more cocktail varities.

V
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food! Great drinks! Even better prices. Came in for bottomless brunch and was blown away by the quality of the food, and how prompt the staff were. Half our group had vegan and half regular and both options were DELICIOUS!! 10/10 will be back!

S
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bottomless brunch was amazing! Food was yum and the mexi-mimosas were delicious.

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Unauthentic Mexican food, tacos were almost inedible.

NA
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was beyond shocking, we made an early booking and ordered quickly a total of 6 tacos and it took over an hour to come out and drinks were a 30min turn around, when your drink was dropped off you had to order your next because it took so long to even get your drink. The staff were rude and felt like they did not want to be there. Very disappointing overall and will not be going back.

MT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Service was really slow. Long waits between food dishes. Food wasn’t that nice. My wife has been before and she said previously food was amazing. She wasn’t impressed with the food this time. Especially value for money. There are a couple of other Mexican restaurants in town that are now easily on top of the list.

S
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great arvo! Thanks to the amazing staff and we can’t wait to dine here again soon! Such a bargain 🥰

M
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, staff were great. Warm and cozy vibe

G
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

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 on 18 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

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
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was serving was helpful and made the experience really great

YN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

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
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best ambience mexican restaurent. Would definitely visit again.

A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

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
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

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
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

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