Builders Arms Hotel Bistro

4.3
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305 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
We are now taking bookings for June 1 onwards.

Builders Arms Hotel is temporarily closed from Monday 23rd March 2020.
However, we are currently offering takeaway pick up from the pub, and delivery via Door Dash.

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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 open 7 days a week
Mon - Thurs | 5pm - 11
What 305 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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.

LH
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
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

VC
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.

HW
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.

OT
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.

GD
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

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

Great place for a mates lunch and we enjoyed the experience

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

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

EB
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.

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dinnernorth
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

The food was fine, service was great but it was so noisy it was impossible for us to talk - there is zero ambiance

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic vibe and beautiful food!!

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GeorgeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Yes it is an excellent place - food and service is exemplary with good acoustics in the bistro.

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Butts
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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vipRoysmaui
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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

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BradS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1

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.

GD
GitiD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

GW
GillW
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have had two great meals here in late 2019 and both have been fantastic. Fresh, delicious flavours and great service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The food was definitely delicious. But the pace of food being served was a bit slow, the service was friendly but could definitely be improved.

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RichardT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and the service was impeccable.
Highly recommend the pan fried trout.

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Marie
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and good value. Chicken Parma delicious.

TM
TrishenM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, staff was knowledgable and attentive. Food all on point, came in perfect timing. Winning all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great steak night

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leonab25
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Having visited the BAHB from Sydney over many years we have always enjoyed dining in the Bistro. This time we were disappointed at the very noisy environment and less than exciting menu and food. Whilst the service was excellent and attentive the food was underwhelming. The duck was not up to expectations and the fish pie had more sauce than fish. The wine list was excellent however and the bar menu looked great. The waiters were well informed and welcoming and we will certainly return. Hopefully the Builders Arms will be more like it was a few years ago. Fingers crossed.

LA
LouiseA
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I very much enjoyed my lunch at the Bistro. The atmosphere was relaxed and I really appreciated the low noise level. It was refreshing to have a meal and be able to chat with friends easily. The service was friendly and prompt and the food was great.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have eaten at the Builders Arms bistro a few times. The food and service is always excellent. The chocolate mousse and the jam rolly polly were both delicious desserts to share, comfort and make you smile. 😊

KG
KristyG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a group of 13 and everyone provided fabulous feedback. From the phone booking and follow up conversations prior to our lunch the sergvice was exremely accomodating and friendly. The service on the day and ambience was fantastic, however the food was the highlight - amazing!
Thanks again for a great day.

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Koobie
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

An amazing local. Food is superb. Staff are attentive and you don't feel at all rushed, even though it's busy. The specials are worth considering - beef pie was awesome. The menu has something for everyone.

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GraziaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing and it’s been an ongoing faithful place all these years, it’s never let me down for a place to pick for a get together with friends. Food was on point last Thursday night.

JM
JohnM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our second visit within 6 weeks took friends they enjoyed it very much . They would come back

MM
MysteryMouse
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The Builders Arms is definitely worth a visit, unfortunately we went on a busy night. Service was attentive, food was lovely, but regrettably not one person had hot food - merely warm and the price too high for what was received.

GM
GinaM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

Fabulous food, especially the vegetable-based entrees and sides. But the noise level was pretty unbearable. We were only two and I moved to sit beside my companion when we were between courses to give us a rest from shouting.

AM
AnnetteM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and the staff were faultless. Great night

DO
DougO
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a treat to revisit the Builders Arms bistro on Sat night.
Great food combined with top service is always a winner!

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Covey
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great night out in great surroundings . Service and food first cladd

JK
JohnK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

The staff that worked in the bistro on the day need training
The young man that serviced us was all over the shop and hard to get a drink
The young lady working WOW how rude,3 time I tried to make contact with her to say
"ha could you please ask your friend about our drinks"
with only 6-8 people there she was so put out the poor girl, and her body language to the guy service us was disgusting.
Food Great thanks ....Service Crap

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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 305 OpenTable diners.

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