Bodega Underground

4.1
582 reviews
$40 and under
Mexican
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

  • $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. Book between 5 - 5:30pm and out by 6:45pm
  • Bottomless Mexi-Brunch

    A$69.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Every Fri, Sat, and Sun we host Bottomless Mexi-Brunch sittings inside at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, and outside in the laneway at 11.15am, 1.15pm & 3.15pm which consist of 5 dishes & 90mins of bottomless cocktails, beer & wine. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. Outside bookings may be cancelled in extreme weather, however umbrellas and heaters are in use. Inside tables of 2 may be sat at the bar. PLEASE REMIND YOUR GUESTS: 1) Arrive on time to avoid a shorter seating 2) To dress warm if booked outside. 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 at 1pm & 3pm 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. PLEASE REMIND YOUR GUESTS: 1) Arrive on time to avoid a shorter seating. 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.
  • $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 or 3pm, or alfresco at 1.15pm or 3.15pm 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.
  • $55 pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Friday & Saturday evening between 5pm and 9pm, guests must dine on our Feed Me Set Menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.
  • $55 pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    8 guests or more between 5pm and 9pm, must dine on our Feed Me set menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.
  • $55pp Feed Me set menu - Special Occasion

    Multiple dates available

    Due to the special occasion, all bookings between 5pm and 9:30pm must dine on our Feed Me Set Menu. The Feed Me includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.

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 582 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and plentiful. We had the set menu and every time we thought we'd got the last round, another lot came out. The cocktails were yummy and the staff were great. Would highly recommend for a fun night out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

The table service was shockingly bad, had to ask 3 times for a napkin and they didn’t know what or how much we ordered, and I believe they over charged us for our food. Will not be returning.
The food was good but not worth the terrible service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They clearly over booked themselves, we booked for the feed me and we didn’t even get to eat our main before we were told to leave because they needed the table. Then they wanted us to pay for the whole bill! I never leave a bad review but this had to be said.
I have been here before and it was good. But my last experience ruined that. I feel sorry for the staff because they all seemed so stressed, very poorly planned. Also gave my number to be contacted regarding our experience and have not heard from them.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Divine!! As a celiac knowing that I can eat everything without stressing was such a joy. The food is flavourful, drinks pack a punch and so affordable for bottomless brunch. I’ll be a regular from now on!!

LM
LauraM
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Music epic, service outstanding, food was good but was not a fan of the chicken nachos with the egg.

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Annn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Offers a lot of vegan options! Staff are attentive and friendly although food takes a while to come out - understandable as we've just gotten out of lockdown.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great margs!

MT
MariaT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my friends had a lovely time at Bodega. We went for the feed me option which we thought was great value for all the food we got. Can also recommend to pair with Negra Modelo or a Peachy Paloma. Service was lovely and music really helped to set the mood.

AJ
AJPJ
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grab some friends and grab the feed me, really great night out. Great staff, great food, great drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Underwhelmed with the Bottomless Brunch experience. My previous experience as great, however this time I found the cocktails to be overly sweet (so much guava in the mimosa) and the food was average considering the $69 pp price tag. My food was at times cold and tasted a bit cheap.

SR
SofiaR
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for yummy food and drinks and amazing service to match. Highly recommend

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My boyfriend and I had such a lovely time last night at Bodega! The food was a.ma.z.i.n.g and I haven’t had a michelada in forever! Ambience was good, music ramped up as the evening progressed. Thank you for having us!

CN
CarlaN
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and even better food! Will definitely be back.

EL
EmilyL
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience3

The food was pretty average nothing that was really “ wow I would come back for”. Service was good though and cocktail list was great.

NP
NatalieP
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing! The vibe was so cool it was noisy but wasn’t uncomfortable I think it made the vibe even better! Good was amazing! Such good value for money. Staff were so welcoming and attentive and really seemed as if they loved their job and I think that’s so important! Well done guys I’ll be back soon!

DW
DW08
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Brilliant food and friendly, helpful wait staff but very loud and a little cold on a winter's night.

JK
JoelK
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great find! Delicious, gluten free Mexican in a funky underground bar setting. Good service!

MP
MelP
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Stunning food, margaritas to die for, absolutely loved it

RM
RuthM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Really enjoyed it.

JY
JenY
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I had high expectations after a friend said that Bodega Underground was the best Mexican she'd had. I was sadly underwhelmed.

* The corn chips were a bit stale and there was definitely not enough guacamole and salsa on top of them
* Tacos and churros were delicious
* Very disappointing that the empanadas were sold out (it was only 7pm!)

I would recommend Bodega Underground to a friend as some of what we had was great, but on the whole it promised so much but didn't deliver.

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Emilia
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The beef birria DIY tacos were extremely salty and quite bland, there was nothing exciting about it. The tacos de batata was really yum! However the cauliflower al pastor was boring and paying $17 for half a cauliflower with some seasoning is a bit ridiculous.
Service was really great and the staff were super friendly!

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Nakita
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have to use stairs to be seated, not wheelchair friendly.
Funky vibe, food came out fast and hot. Staff were friendly and on top of everything. We had the pre show meal for $45. Wouldn’t recommend the guava mimosa, wasn’t very good. The food was amazing. Would go back.

MP
MoniqueP
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Fun and efficient, food was average and cocktails were average

KM
KirrilyM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to have a feed and some drinks! It’s moody and a perfect place to go with friends. A table near us was a bit noisy but you can get that anywhere.

HL
HanyL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

You can not miss the entrance. Bright red neon lights to welcome you in. The immediate underground escort to your table is done by the worlds most friendly and cheerful staff. The environment is warm & super lively. I ordered the feed me $55pp menu with my partner. We eat a lot but this course was beyond filling. There is so much food! Will be back for another great night! NOTE: must book prior

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The vibes were amazing and the waiters were full of energy. Drinks were slightly overpriced though. Great place for a date night!

HR
HelenR
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and staff. Beautiful food and so quick. Highly recommend!

RP
RechelleP
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Thankyou so much for a wonderful experience. The elote's were our absolute favourite and the drinks were too good!

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Alyce
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was amazing. All the staff were really lovely and the food and drinks were great! The sitting felt really short but maybe only because we were enjoying ourselves and wanted it to last a bit longer.

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GraceC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Cannot fault the good one bit! Delicious, filling Mexican food and the whole menu being GF is incredible. They were also very accommodating with the vegetarian and vegan options we needed for some of our party. They do pour their drinks at 1/3 strength, and they took an order from our table for a round and it was forgotten, while all the other tables around us got theirs, but they check in for a last round, and the food comes out consistently and barring the forgotten round, the drinks were prompt. The place was packed (which is unsurprising for Melbourne on a weekend) but the lack of soft furnishings meant that the venue is extremely noisy, to the point of not being able to hear other members of the party across the table. This does lessen as people begin to eat and drink. I would absolutely go back for the food alone, and the staff were all very helpful and friendly, though hard to catch sometimes.

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BronL
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I always love coming here! The food is excellent, the staff are excellent, and the margaritas are 🤌

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Kelly
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, several vegan options and the cocktails are delish! Will definitely be back :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyable experience! Food was good, small portions but quite filling.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super friendly service with amazing quality food, and overall fantastic atmosphere/ambience.

Coming back for the bottomless brunch!

MC
MiaC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such lovely staff and the food was so good. Really good quality and a great atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Feed Me menu was delicious, perfect portion sizes and great flavours that left you feeling super satisfied – and all for a great price. Couldn’t recommend to anyone more 😁

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Cosmeeno
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Group of 10 crammed on a table, poor quality of food on the mandatory $55 feed me menu with a time limit to complete eating.
Won't go back

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Meegan
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

We felt our table was rushed through and though we knew there was a time limit we didn’t get great service for the short amount of time we did have! The corn was delicious and cocktails great but I wouldn’t recommend the food!

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KaanO
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ITS AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE GUYS WOW COUDLN'T STOP GOING FOR 2 DAYS IN A ROW FOR THAT MF BRUNCH

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Only good thing about the visit was the company - service was shocking, food was very average & regarding the drinks, it felt like we were at a daycare - not worth paying for the boozy brunch at all.

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 4.1 stars by 582 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.