Builders Arms Hotel Bistro
The Bistro is our welcoming dining room offering generous table service and a menu focused on classic, seasonal dishes with our wood-fired rotisserie informing much of what we cook. Expect pub classics, seasonal specials, dishes to share, oysters, charcuterie, and everything that relaxed dining and drinking calls for.
We are also currently offering takeaway pick up from the pub.
We are open 7 days a week
Mon - Thu | 3pm - 11
Fri - Sun | 12pm - 11
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Can’t wait to go back! I’m British and was desperate for a good British pub meal, this was next level
Builders is back, and it was a joy to be back eating delicious food, great wine & cocktails and enjoying the ambience. While less diners is undoubtedly disappointing for their bottom line, it does have the unexpected benefit of quiet.
Great place to watch the footy, staff and chill and the vegan burger was on point! Just what I needed on a Friday night :)
Well organised and good attentive service. V good COVID19 compliance.
I love builders arms and in the past only had amazing experiences there but our steak on Monday Night was terrible! It was flavoursome but SO chewy we struggled just to cut it, the fries were undercooked and the salad was one bit of lettuce. Not sure if it was because it was a monday steak night deal and staff did not ask how everything was so there was no time to give any feedback.
For a time where Restaurants and Pubs are crying out for Covid restrictions to be eased and to receive such bad service to the point where I called and spoke to a manager afterwards, this is just not acceptable and won’t be back as I never heard back from the manager after I made the time to call and explain my experience and was told that he would look into it.
Care factor at The Builders Arms in Fitzroy is “0”
Wonderful food and service - no complaints! Would definitely dine here again.
We had a lovely team lunch that consisted of mushrooms on toast, mussels, the cheeseburger and porterhouse steak. All meals were well presented and tasty. The fish pie looked amazing which many around us ordered. Ran out of English breakfast tea which was disappointing. A lovely afternoon had by all.
A lovely lunch, great service, excellent menu. The only down side was that our baby gem iceberg lettuce salad hadn't been washed properly, so was a bit gritty and we didn't eat it as a result :(
Apart from that, it was fantastic!
Food was as fabulous as we are accustomed to from Andrew McConnell. Cod roe dip, stracciatella, fish pie, burgers, all legendary. Very disappointed in the service, hopefully a covid blip and they will improve. Very polite and lovely but struggled to get timely service, constantly flagging them down and they were so slow they then kicked us out without an opportunity for dessert, need a gun floor manager and then will be flawless, exceptional.
Great cheeseburger! Thanks for the great meal
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Fabulous food and lovely service. A classic pub done very, very well.
The service was really great everyone we spoke to was very friendly and helpful. The only downside was the food was a little be so so. But apart from that it was a great day
Great food but bad service. Had a booking at 7.45 so assumed we had table for rest of night given that booking did not say otherwise. We were quite happy to settle in and have more drinks and dessert but, immediately after we finished mains our bill was dropped on the table despite us not asking for it. When we finally managed to get someone’s attention and asked for the dessert menu, we were told we couldn’t have it because the table was booked again after us. It was 9.45pm at this point!
My partner and I went to have dinner there. I would normally struggle to find something to eat but the menu has had a few tweaks and was amazing. I have two entree sized meals. The gnocchi and the cauliflower salad. Both were beautiful and very generous in portion size. My partner had the special which was lamb and his meal was so tender and well flavoured. Staff were attentive but it did take 3 waiters to eventually get me a wine but I wasn’t too fussed. Top marks.
Was a great night out. First dinner after COVID lockdown and just what we needed.
Good food and good service as usual. I will recommend 100%.
The Fish pie is to die for. Staff were really friendly and efficient.
Great food and exceptional service.
If our reserved table had been in a bit better location I would have given this a five star rating but for some reason we were seated in a spot with no view and near the kitchen even though the bistro wasn't that busy. But otherwise we were very happy with the choice and would recommend.
Service was informative with specials and friendly. Atmosphere was conducive for diners to have a fun night.
Nice atmosphere-the bistro room is buzzy and has a nice vibe. Unfortunately it also loud especially if seated next to a large noisy table. Food was good and well priced although I was a bit annoyed to see that the steak I ordered for $38 was on the monday specials on the back of the toilet door for $18!!
Unfortunately way too much noise from male groups who must think the whole place is just for them. We had to move to get away from them which was much better -however, then on the side for self-service - although we didn't need to for most of our food as we had pre-ordered on the >80dB side (above recommended industry standard). A pity though, as the food is great especially the carrot side dish - buttery to perfection.
Fabulous bistro tucked away in a public bar. Very stylish dining room with such a comfortable and relaxed feel but still an elevated eating experience. I enjoyed the menu which had a range of smaller to larger meal options and whilst I personally did not pick the right dish for my palette, everyone else I dined with was very impressed. Our experience was made even nicer by a lovely young woman named Diana who served us so beautifully. Only one small problem was that there wasn’t enough light in the dining room so as the sun went down we were struggling to see the menu somewhat.
No table service offered, not sure if this is just during lunch hrs weekdays - but all orders had to be placed at the bar, not ideal for business lunch.
Fantastic food and service. Best Sunday roast! Reminds me of our years in London.
Good food, but expectations were high and overall it didn't live up to its name.
Great service though
Great place for a mates lunch and we enjoyed the experience
Always great ! Good food , drinks and service. Nice atmosphere
Food was underwhelming given price point, and not much variety. Service was good at start until it got busy. Got very noisy and could not hear table conversation without yelling. Probably will not return.
Stopped by for a family birthday meal. Bistro was 80% full but service was a bit haphazard. Had to ask twice for empty wine glasses to be refilled and by the time we got the bill they had to bring the bottle over and leave it on the table with the remainder of the wine. Which we had to guzzle as the non-drinkers were ready to leave. Food was fine, but not much choice for the vegetarian amongst us (one fairly unexciting pasta main), and everything else was upscale pub food (burgers, steak and fish). $55 for an okay steak (bit overcooked) is the sort of price you might pay for a high end dining occasion. The $28 chicken parma was, well, a nice piece of crumbed chicken. None of the desserts jumped out at anyone notwithstanding it was a birthday occasion so we skipped and had some chocolate at home. In the end it was around $90-$100 per head for some shared nibbles and a main course (2 drinkers and 2 non-drinkers). I think for that money and a bit of an occasion next time we would go up the road to Cutler & Co, or for a more casual meal we would go to one of the many options nearby in Smith and Gertrude St. This seems a bit caught in between the two ends of the spectrum and therefore isn't quite offering a special occasion experience or a casual restaurant experience. Not a bad experience by any stretch, but not standout. Not sure in what circumstances I would go back.
The food was fine, service was great but it was so noisy it was impossible for us to talk - there is zero ambiance
Fantastic vibe and beautiful food!!
Yes it is an excellent place - food and service is exemplary with good acoustics in the bistro.
My wife and I enjoyed our meals very much noise level was not to bad
the menu was good with a good variety. Wine list extensive with some wines
overpriced wines by the glass were good.
Good food and wine selection. It would have been nice to get complimentary bread for a dinner reservation. The fish pie is a highlight . Overall worth a return visit
This booking at Builders Arms Bistro was to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
It was a Friday evening and the Bistro was very noisy. Could not easily converse over a table for two.
I ordered the Rotisserie of the day which was Wagyu Beef. My mistake. The beef was so rare that I could not
tackle it. My partner ordered the vegetarian pasta dish which was reasonable but unexceptional.
Came here for NYE with three friends. We had a wonderful night! Three of us had dietary requirements and they were so accommodating and knowledgeable. The food and wine were fantastic. Highly recommend it!
I have had two great meals here in late 2019 and both have been fantastic. Fresh, delicious flavours and great service.
Builders Arms Hotel Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9417 7700.
Builders Arms Hotel Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 323 OpenTable diners.
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