Builders Arms Hotel Bistro

4.1
237 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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.

The Bistro is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday and lunch Friday to Sunday.
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Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Australian
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Hours of Operation
Our opening hours are changing as follows for December:
Monday 10th - Thursday 20th (inclusive)
Bistro open for lunch from midday
Bistro open for dinner from 5pm

Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4.00pm

Dinner Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(03) 9417 7700
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Andrew McConnell
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Catering
An a la carte menu is available offering smaller plates alongside large plates which can be enjoyed individually or as a shared experience.

The Public Bar is the casual area of Builders Arms and offers the same menu which you can order over the counter; the perfect accompaniment to the extensive options available from the beer, cocktail and wine list. There’s plenty of room to just drop in and enjoy the pub vibes!
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
On the corner of Gore Street & Gertrude Street
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Parking Details
Street Parking Only
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Public Transit
Tram 86 from Bourke Street (Stop #15)
or
Tram 11 from Collins Street (Stop #13)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Builders Arms Hotel offers flexible dining options that can be tailored to your unique event, regardless of size or celebration.

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What 237 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.7
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

it was monday lunch so not many patrons BUT they placed another couple right next to us with minimal space between tables such that the waiters backside was in our face whenever she was serving them, and there were dozens of empty tables they could have been seated at.!! So being a bit quieter there was no background buzz to mask our separate conversations. Seems the staff on the floor had no discretion in seating us. Very upsetting.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good gastro pub and food is excellent but serves are small and prices are on the high side.
That's why it is so busy on Monday and Tuesday specials nights

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EN
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Confused and understaffed service. Entrees can our 5 minutes apart. First bottle of wine not available (after a 20 minute wait), next bottle of red was fizzing in the glass and the third was corked. By which time we’d finished our meals without a drink and nothing offered in way of apology or compensation.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Insanely loud in the dining room on a Friday night

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MB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Unfortunately we had a negative experience. 2 weeks before Xmas - had to wait 45 minutes for our table - the hotel was completely understaffed, the food was poor, salads forgotten. Drinks were slow with repeated requests t staff for items missing from the table and service. Totally appreciate it was Xmas but our reservation was in the system - which seemed impossible to locate by the several staff who were getting pulled from pillar to post.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter and I were treated royally. The steak we shared was delicious and we were totally spoiled by the desserts. Looking forward to going back.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Too noisy, to make your audible at your table was an effort. Service was prompt, friendly. Food great!, Beer menu great! Single glass red selections great! The smells of the kitchen were very strong from when I arrieved 7:20pm right through to the end 10:45pm and spoilt it for me.

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GP
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had been recommended and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will go to more of this person's recommendations!

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OB
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Space was too noisy to hear conversations. Wait staff changing continually. Waits about 15 mins before getting a drink. Steak was. Dry ordinary art. They didn’t serve our vegetables we ordered. Overall, should have gone somewhere else.

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C
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, great staff, great pub - what more do I need to say!!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Definitely not what it used to be. Service was slow and unhelpful despite it not being busy. My partner and I separately asked 3 staff before we were seated. Food was mediocre (previously it's been of much higher quality) - the sausages were pretty good, although the 'new potatoes' could've just been from a can. Tap selection was poor and we resorted to drinking cans, not great for a pub.

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P
10 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food, drinks and service were all fabulous as you would expect from a McConnell venue. The only improvement I would suggest is the noise level, we could not hear ourselves, despite being seated int he restaurant with carpet. Maybe it was the large groups.

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A
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Without doubt one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in the last 2 years. Clean unsullied flavours, precise cooking and excellent presentation that has not been overworked. Service was both friendly and knowledgeable. An excellent experience that was great value for money.

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Our starters came out after the mains.
We didn't get offered more than 1 drink.
We didn't have any water on our table until after dessert.
Desserts came out without all accompaniments - i.e. no cream for some of us.
It was really busy in the bar, and quiet in the bistro, but we were put literally as close to the bar which was intolerably loud given it was Grand Final Friday. Bit odd.

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D
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food was very good with every one at the table (six of us) happy with their meal. The service was very friendly and the venue had a great vibe. We will return in the future.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Average pub food at premium prices. Not close to the quality it used to offer as Ricky and Pinky or Moon Under Water.

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P
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We dined at in the Bistro the week before and had a better experience than this visit. The bistro setup is fine however there was a problem with the menu. The menu appeared to be if not the same, very similar to the previous week's visit. We attempted to order our first two beers on the menu only to be told there wasn't any in stock - one of these was the Hawker Pale Ale. This was a disappointing start. I ordered the porterhouse and it was cooked (medium rare) to my liking BUT it was tough. Not what I expected. Honestly, I'd think twice about dining in the Bistro again. The prices are not cheap - I'd suggest diners would have higher expectations. In a word - disappointing.

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J
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and really great service. Highly recommend this place.

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P
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good variety of beers (tried the Hawker Pale Ale for the first time), good choices on the menu and appropriate sized servings. Just a 10 walk from the MCG so great for something to eat before night final games.

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J
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Went with my family for fathers day. It was advertised as a special fathers day roast dinner, with a free beer for the dad, however that was never forthcoming. The roast itself was tasty, but ridiculously small portion size. A bit of meat and some steamed carrots does not maketh a roast. If you are going to pay $40 a pop for a roast, you'd expect it to fill you up. Otherwise, the pub itself is beautiful, nice ambience, relatively helpful staff.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, with a relaxed atmosphere on a busy and bustling father's day!

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A
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always and spectacular service. The fish pie never fails to disappoint.

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I wish my chef friend didn't recommend we leave our original venue to come here for dinner. I think it's because they're part of some sort of hospo group with a good name - i wasn't impressed. Poor ambience and unfortunately, the service from one particular male waiter wasn't up to scratch. Didn't seem interested in being at work and it transpired into his lack of enthusiasm. Wish we stayed at the pub up the road where the ambience was chilled and friendly. I won't make this mistake again. Best to save your hard earned dollars for something else!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Great food and service but way to loud very hard to have a conversation

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MM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food, do try the wood fired cauliflower. Probably not the greatest restaurant for a date night as quite noisy. Staff were great and dishes came out steadily.

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J
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great meal,restaurant a bit noisy but food was great and good value,would go again soon.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place , decor is cool staff very friendly and efficient and above all the food was different and very tasty!

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VE
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Love Ricky and pinky but on Friday night we had the cauliflower dish - frankly that should not be served anywhere, terrible dish.

As we are regulars, maybe we should have been asked why we only ate a little and was there a problem?? We only ordered two dishes so it would seem odd that we did not eat it.
We were going to order dinner - but as we were really put off by the cauliflower dish and no one asked us why we did not eat it - we left.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful night, excellent service and delicious food thank you!!

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EG
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food we all really enjoyed our meal. limited menu - and was very noisy

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CM
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Went there with friends on a Saturday night.
The food was good, portion size a bit small but it all tasted great.
The main issue there is the poor acoustics - it was hard to have a conversation without screaming (and we were on one of the smallest round table).
Wouldn’t go back for that reason and because of a price not justified.

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SL
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went there with no preconceived ideas but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food.
It is not typical Chinese but modernised Chinese food with a twist.
Services was very good. Saturday lunch time was not busy.
We had an enjoyable lunch with friends for our 2 hours stay.

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MC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the set menu for a party of 6. Second time we've done that. Last time was about a year ago. Excellent food both times.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fabulous food , wonderful service.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely experience on Sunday celebrating an engagement. George was fantastic. We had yummy wine, and great service. We asked our waiter to pick the food for us, a 'feed me' type set up, and it was fantastic. Every dish was delicious and so much food. Love our fortune cookie at the end too. Would highly recommend it, and will definitely be back. Thanks

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S
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted 6 things off the menu and the wait staff offered to provide half servings so we could try all the things we want and not feel too full. Everything was gorgeous but the lamb bao is mandatory!!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

We expected more from the food, which we found was a bit boring for a McConnell restaurant. We were just disappointed, it was a Sunday afternoon and maybe we ordered badly. The wine was amazing and the staff were very generous and spent lots of time looking after us.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and attentive service but too noisy. Also too many kids off the leash on a Friday night.

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FN
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

service was lacking,kept having to find the waiter to order another wine!!!and it wasnt very busy.

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P
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and staff were very attentive ... quiet night so lacked some ambience

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