Bodega Underground

4
627 reviews
$40 and under
Mexican

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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 late, including lunch Friday - Sunday. Try a Tequila or Mezcal cocktail, or speak to our team about sipping some exciting Agave spirits instead. The $55 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 $69 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.

Experiences

  • Bottomless Mexi-Brunch

    A$69.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Every Fri, Sat, and Sun we host Bottomless Mexi-Brunch sittings between 11am & 5pm, which consist of 5 dishes & 90mins of bottomless cocktails, beer & wine. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. Inside tables of 2 may be sat at the bar. WARNING: Arriving late will result in a shorter seating time CANCELLATION POLICY: Bottomless Mexi-Brunch is non-refundable, however modifications to your booking may be made up until 48 hours prior to your booking time.
  • Bottomless Brunch - Public Holiday

    A$69.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    On this public holiday we host Bottomless Mexi-Brunch sittings between 11am & 5pm which consist of 5 dishes & 90mins of bottomless cocktails, beer & wine. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. Tables of 2 may be sat at the bar. WARNING: Arriving late will result in a shorter seating. CANCELLATION POLICY: Bottomless Mexi-Brunch is non-refundable, however rescheduling is allowed up until 48 hours prior to your booking time.
  • $55pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Dine with us on our Feed Me set menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. Groups of 8 guests or more must dine on the Feed Me set menu, for groups of 8 or more who want a la carte or drinks only, they can book from 9:15pm or later.
  • Late Night Booking

    Multiple dates available

    Please note, at the moment the kitchen closes at 11pm. 10:30pm bookings can still order food, bookings after 11pm are for drinks only.
  • $45 Pre Theatre Mexi-Mimosa Menu

    Multiple dates available

    6 dishes incl dessert, plus a Guava Mimosa (or beer or wine) on arrival! Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. AVAILABLE FOR 5:15pm SEATING ONLY.
  • $45 Lunch Offer

    Multiple dates available

    6 dishes incl. dessert, plus a Guava Mimosa, beer, wine or agua fresca (soft drink) on arrival! Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. PLEASE NOTE: Bottomless Brunch is available on this day inside at 1pm & 1:15pm or 3pm & 3:15pm
  • $45 Pre Theatre Mexi-Mimosa Menu

    Multiple dates available

    6 dishes incl dessert, plus a Guava Mimosa (or beer or wine) on arrival! Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. AVAILABLE FOR 5:15pm SEATING ONLY
  • $55pp Feed Me Set Menu - (Weekends)

    Multiple dates available

    Friday & Saturday evening between 5pm and 9:30pm, guests must dine on our Feed Me Set Menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. 5:15pm bookings also have the choice of our $45pp pre theatre menu.
  • $55pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Dine with us on our Feed Me set menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. For groups of 8 guests or more who want drinks only can book from 9:15pm or later

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 627 People Are Saying
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4.1
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AaronP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

food was hit and miss. some really great - some not so much

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SarahH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our group got the feed me option and all thoroughly enjoyed it. I have coeliac disease so was thrilled to know everything was gluten free. My favourite was the corn, delicious! Highly recommend

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Justine
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great!!! And the cocktails were great

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ClSI
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

The bottomless brunch was not worth it. The food was oka. Asked for hot sauce, none given. The manager was not accommodating and came across as rude. We understand busy but you just don’t walk away without saying anything when putting food on the table or getting someone’s order. In 1.5 hrs. We only received 3 drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing 😍 Food was absolutely delicious. So fresh and full of flavour. Awesome ambience and the drinks were yum!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am coeliac and this place is a dream!! My friends also have allergies and they were taken care of! We will definitely be back

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Awesome
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having coeliac diseases it is not always easy to find 100% gluten free restaurants where I can feel completely relaxed about eating anything on the menu! My non coeliac son loved the food as much as I did. We will be back!

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CarmenF
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great value with the $55 set menu. A lot of food so make sure you're very hungry. Nice flavours and fun vibe. Noise level high so have to talk loud.

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AngieV
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We ordered the feed me Menu. There was so much food and it was amazing!

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Chendo
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was so disappointing. Fish tacos seemed to just be batter, no fish. A pepper and pumpkin dish came out just as just pumpkin. When we asked about we were told they were out of peppers. Drinks were average.

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BK13
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation because their website says last orders at 1030pm. Arrived at 10 and they told us that we were too late to order food.

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KateM
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

When a chef thinks it's a good idea to top steamed cauliflower with pineapple you know you are in trouble. Most of the feed me menu was inedible

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ReneeN
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The food was outstanding. The pre-theatre package was great value for money however they were a little slow to get the food moving at first which meant we finished later than we meant to for our show.
Also the wait staff weren't knowledgeable in the pre-theatre menu and made us order drinks instead of bringing the included drink up front despite us requesting it. Instead they gave it to us at the end with dessert and most went undrunk in our haste to not be late for the show.

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EliseM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bodega’s bottomless brunch was great! Fantastic food and very attentive service, we definitely felt like we got our money’s worth and would definitely book again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Poor food and service. Very overpriced for what you’re getting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Mediocre food, below average service
Had to wait in line outside so missed first 10 mins of sitting, service was shocking , they were understaffed but also rude , one waiter cleared a plate from my friends while she had food on her fork … he also brought us the wrong wine, he seemed like he was high…
Food was average and very little for the price. Waiters didn’t even know what they were serving us (we’d ordered the set menu so didn’t know what was coming out)
Cool decor but the music was way too loud for a small seated restaurant
Overall a very disappointing experience

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible!! My favourites were the corn and cauliflower! The food came out so quickly and the service was amazing. They were so attentive and so catering. Will come again!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the portions were very generous. The drinks with the bottomless brunch were more than I could drink and had good variety.

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Mistermister
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Overall an average experience. All our food pretty much came out at the same time. So, there was a rush to eat our food before it goes cold. Stand out was the corn. The margarita was a bit watered down for $20. Nice cheap eat place but could be classified as more of a fast food joint to be honest. The place is really loud as well. So, be ready for lots of screaming ladies. We were in and out within 40mins. $110 for 2

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DanielC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

Full menu wasn’t served. Missed the churros and the prawns. Felt rushed throughout. Was only in 1 hour and the bill was thrown to my girlfriend. Waiter took my food when it wasn’t finished and took half of my girlfriends cocktail also without asking was it finished. The food we actually revived was tasty and the venue is very edgy and cool but service was so poor

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

I booked this place specifically because we didn’t have to dine on a set menu (Open Table says you can proceed with standard dining) but when we arrived we were told we had to purchase the set menu for $55 per person. Although there was enough food the quality was so bad, everything tasted like it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while and some of the dishes were soggy and cold. We had to follow up on missed drinks, which we were almost charged for, and we were told to pay the bill and get out before dessert was even served. Such a poor experience and the total bill was expensive for such a crap meal

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AndersonT
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing x

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MikaelaM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I’m sure a usual day at bodega is better but we had only two choices of cocktails as they had run out of stock for the other two and one of them was a tomato beer concoction that was quite niche (none of our table liked it). What was available was barely a cocktail and shouldn’t be advertised as one (tequila and coke). Honestly the food was ok especially given it’s a boozy brunch but seeing as the drinks were subpar at best when I went the whole experience was dampened. They 100% should have offered an alternative drink or told customers beforehand rather than as they are seated and have no option but to make the most of the $70 they won’t get refunded

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PrimB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really good place to catch up with friends! Good vibe and good food!

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Coeliac
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

After walking quite a distance to arrive at the venue, we were seated at an uneven table outside in an alley in the cold, seperate to the main venue. Several menus were placed on our table and the attendant briefly stated that there was only one option as he hastily headed out of site. The menu was a five course set brunch. After 10-15minutes without service, we approached the waiter and explained that we had pre-booked with one of our guests being gluten/fructose intolerant. He answered with sorry all of our food has onion we can’t help you. He was apologetic and somewhat polite but showed little concern for the fact that we had pre-booked with dietary needs added to the booking. None of the five courses could cater for our guest nor were we attended to in a reasonable time frame, which would have lessened the anguish of not being able to eat at the venue. Very poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was amazing, very very tasty and lots of it! Only reason giving 3 stars was that by the time we had our sitting (1pm) they were out of 2 of the cocktail options which was disappointing. Would like to go again when can try all the drink options

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Troy
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Feed me option was huge! Plenty of food.
Some dishes were a hit and miss.

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KRYSTALG
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible and disappointing as I have been here many times

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Food was cold when delivered, very limited drinks menu if you aren’t drinking alcohol.

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Bkkk
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Staff were wearing masks under their chins the entire time, including the managers. Took 20 minutes to be served once seated, our order was messed up and we kept getting food given to us that we didn’t order. When we asked why they weren’t wearing masks or checking our vaccine passports the manager just kept trying to get us to pay so we would leave

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

To say we all left disappointed is an understatement. This was the worst experience I’ve ever had in both customer service and food. Firstly, our vaccination certificates were not checked and none of the staff were wearing masks properly. Secondly, we ordered margaritas which came half empty as they forgot the ice and when we asked for them to be filled more the dimpled straight lime juice into the glasses and it cuddled and was so disgusting it was undrinkable. My friend ordered a double shot vodka lime soda and received 2 gin and tonics. The chips, salsa and quac was clearly straight from a packet and a jar and the chicken wings had hardly any meat. The menu clearly states tacos $14 2 per serve, 3 of us ordered tacos and only received 3. When we asked about the second taco they rudely told us it was actually 3 a serve and we needed to order another round. The staff could clearly see we were disappointed with everything but were too busy talking about us and laughing instead of seeing what they could do. Our bill came and was over $200 for a few nibbles and drinks and we were overcharged for the tacos , an “extra” wing and the 2 vodka lime sodas as well as 2 extra margaritas. The manager was extremely rude and was ready to argue when we tried to stand up for ourselves as clearly it was wrong. When we told him about the tacos serving on the menu he tried to tell us we ordered more than we did. Overall, worst service ever and we left extremely unhappy. Not to mention the atmosphere was awkward and there was no music or any positive vibe at all. The staff seemed clueless and awkward and I would definitely recommend sticking to your local guzman or taco bill.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Im glad the beer was cold

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Nix17
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was an absolute shambles! 12 patrons in the venue, 4 staff and they ran around like headless chickens at the food pass or stood in the middle of the venue in a panic discussing god knows what. Everyone in the restaurant was on a set menu which made it even more baffling.
We were left standing at the front door for ages, took 10 minutes for them to take a drink order and it's only after I had to blatantly wave at them to give us some service.
Food was crap and tasteless - beef taco dish thing was soggy, I make better nachos at home and then the cauliflower... I don;t really know where they were going with it tbh.
To top it all off... we didn't even get any salt around our margaritas we waited 20 minutes for.
I never write bad reviews, but this deserved it!

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Cookie
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing and super filling! And there’s plenty options for drinks. I like the casual vibe and the music is good too.. the service/staff are quick and friendly!

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Hannah
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

Poor and unreasonable cancellation policy.

Drinks did not taste like alcohol.

Bottomless brunch no mimosas , no replacement offered and no money back offered despite a key piece of the menu being missing.

Small portions

Not worth 69

Booked outdoor table- no outdoor tables there so why advertise?

Would not recommend or go again

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Sandyf
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We did the bottomless brunch- Requested outdoor seating- there was no outdoor options on the day. Music in the venue was too loud, could hardly speak to one another on the same table. Food and drink was good, overall average experience. Have dined before and did the set menu which was much better.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Average food. Tequila only options for bottomless brunch. Definitely not my first choice in the future for brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Met at the bar by very friendly host who had us seated promptly even though we arrived slightly early. Great decor and playlist but music slightly too loud to enjoy conversation. Good value for money..generous servings..had two x vegan feed me's and 2 x regular feed me. Flavorful! Roasted cauliflower was delish! Only real issue was lack of sanitizer/paper towels in restroom which I think would be a prerequisite in this current climate. Will def be back though!

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Really poor service. They forgot about our booking. Set up a table away from everyone, near the front door, getting the wind in our face. Wonky table. Dirty cups. Set menu was different to what was written online. They didn’t check if people were checking in (many people weren’t) and didn’t check vaccine passports. Wouldn’t recommend at all.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first meal out after lockdown did not disappoint! The food was delicious and the staff were delightful. Would go back in a heartbeat!

FAQs

Bodega Underground does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Bodega Underground also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9650 9979.

Bodega Underground is rated 4 stars by 627 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.