Bodega Underground

4.2
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200 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 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 $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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

ES
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

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

ME
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

V
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Unauthentic Mexican food, tacos were almost inedible.

NA
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

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
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

G
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

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
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was serving was helpful and made the experience really great

YN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

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
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best ambience mexican restaurent. Would definitely visit again.

A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

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
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

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

VL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most delicious Mexican food ever! The cocktails and tequila are to die for.

L
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

I had high hopes going to Bodega Underground from all the reviews I read plus I love mexican food. Our group went for the sunday bottomless brunch. Service was pretty good and all the staff were friendly. However, Food was very average with a calamity of flavours going in each dish. Drinks did not taste great either.

C
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The staff were nice but we kept ordering drinks and they wouldn’t come, we were there for 90 minutes and got 3 cocktails because our orders kept not coming

A
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Will definitely be back next time we’re in Melbourne!

P
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. Go for the happy hour margaritas!
Average service and the venue is quite loud but if you’re prepared for that it shouldn’t be an issue. Good sharing plates and fresh ingredients.

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