Builders Arms Hotel Bistro

4.4
332 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
The Builders Arms Hotel is a historic pub on Gertrude Street Fitzroy, where the public bar has been whetting the whistle of locals since 1853. Housing a Public Bar, Bistro, private dining spaces and a courtyard, the Builders Arms Hotel is a regular meeting place for drinks and meals to be shared.

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 - Sun | 12pm - 11
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What 332 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaneR
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The standard at this venue has never changed- excellent every time

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Maddie
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

$19 steak Monday’s are unreal! Service was friendly, and the restaurant has a gorgeous ambiance

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Olivia
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, great ambiance. Steak night is amazing and great value for money

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Fergal
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from Hina.
Quality wines and excellent food. All members of the party I was with thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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GeoffP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place for a Sunday lunch. Their signature dish, the Fish Pie was as good as ever!

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Thomas
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was really well spaced out, and all the staff were super nice. Food was amazing, from the fresh whipped cod roe to the pork belly salad. Glad we went out, they clearly put a lot of thought into the updated distanced experience & ambience, it was great.

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WendyT63
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice vibe, good food and just nice to be able to go out to a restaurant again.

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MontyB
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I just always find the food overpriced but it’s a convenient venue

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AllisonL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t wait to go back! I’m British and was desperate for a good British pub meal, this was next level

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WillR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to watch the footy, staff and chill and the vegan burger was on point! Just what I needed on a Friday night :)

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GlennF
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well organised and good attentive service. V good COVID19 compliance.

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nomayo
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

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.

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AdamS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

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”

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vipcicci123
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service - no complaints! Would definitely dine here again.

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PJCR
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never been disappointed with any dish we've ever had from Builders Arms, whether eating in or delivered. Can't wait to get back and dine there again but delivery will be more than fine for now. Still best delivered meal I've ever had. Dishes are simple with great ingredients and wonderful execution. Menu isn't huge either which is always a great sign. Love this place!

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SueF
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

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.

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SunnyB
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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!

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maryP
Melbourne / VIC
15 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

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.

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AnnabelleP
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great cheeseburger! Thanks for the great meal

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WOOOO BAH BAH BAH <3 <3 <3 <3 YUM FOOD YUM SERVICE GIVE IT UP BABEEEE!

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AnnaA
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and lovely service. A classic pub done very, very well.

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FraserS
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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MiaC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

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!

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LekkyPav
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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AaronB
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Was a great night out. First dinner after COVID lockdown and just what we needed.

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Laurette
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and good service as usual. I will recommend 100%.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Fish pie is to die for. Staff were really friendly and efficient.

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ThereseL
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and exceptional service.

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LarryH
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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Carolyn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was informative with specials and friendly. Atmosphere was conducive for diners to have a fun night.

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vipVictoriaC
Melbourne / VIC
24 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

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!!

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Carolinski4
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

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.

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HayleyW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

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DNER
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Best Sunday roast! Reminds me of our years in London.

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GusD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Good food, but expectations were high and overall it didn't live up to its name.
Great service though

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DavidB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place for a mates lunch and we enjoyed the experience

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Jane
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great ! Good food , drinks and service. Nice atmosphere

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EBAr
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

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.

FAQs

Builders Arms Hotel Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9417 7700.

Builders Arms Hotel Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 332 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.