Cellar Bar (Al Fresco)

4.2
42 reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
The Cellar bar is a typical Italian bar where anything goes. Pasta is our staple. Hand rolled and shaped from local, nutrient rich, biodynamic flour. Following regional recipes that descend from our Italian territory. Enjoy coffee and a pastry, antipasti, a classic Italian dish or glass of wine at any time of day
What 42 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.0
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SueN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Realised after the table next to us was advised of the daily specials.
The woman who came in after me was given a glass of water immediately where as I had to ask for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Grossi Florentino for fine dining or quick pre show pasta.

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous Italian food and coffee, excellent service and reasonable value for money. Love eating here!

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MattT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful, busy place. Wonderful, authentic food. Got a table inside after our outdoor setting, and wonky table was a little too detached from the main group and vibe. Go back in a flash, great staff, service, and considering some Covid restrictions still in place, I suspect the next time we go twill be even cozier.

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RebeccaF
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Service was really poor, they just seemed like they couldn’t keep up with the number of people. Missed basic things - like organised payment for someone, we were next and line and then they just walked off. Was really disappointed that the carbonara was taken off the menu, the whole reason we came. Cannoli was soft.

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ReneeC
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal ens experience. Thank you

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gerardr
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Underwhelming experience for a restaurant with a good reputation.

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JoannaK
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The service upon arrival was very strange. We were walked past several times as we waited to be seated. Then one waiter acknowledged us , we told him that we had a reservation and then he kept walking. We were not sure if we should follow him outside. When he returned he was guiding us to sit outside. We didn’t want to do that - it was cold and we had my grandmother with us. What’s the point of having a reservation if you’re then told there’s no room inside? There was a simple solution but it took a bit of back and forth to make that happen. After that service was efficient but not friendly. Food was excellent. Biscuits were a bit dry though.

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FionaC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cellar Bar on Bourke St has been my go to restaurant for years - consistently excellent food, wine and service translates into a fantastic dining experience 100% of the time. Staff go out of their way to accommodate, recommend and make comfortable. I hope this magnificent establishment is well supported as we move into COVID normal, it’s one of my very favourite restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An iconic Melb venue! Amazing food and awesome service!

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EricM
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A perfect place on a sunny afternoon to catch up with an old friend. We only had one dish each and a glass of wine but no one hurried us on and there was no pressure to eat more. Excellent service therefore!

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Veranika
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, would definitely recommend the tortellini

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JaneC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic as usual - this is a great place to dine. The food is always excellent with delicious flavours and textures, uncomplicated and the wine list is great too - not exhaustive. Pricing is spot on and the service is always excellent - a true Melbourne dining experience at a Melbourne institution such as Cellar Bar.

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LaraH
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely meal and enjoyed sitting outside. The only negative thingI have is that my husband ordered a second glass of wine which never came.

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MarinaP
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

It was fine due to Covid we were outside and the passerby’s were smoking which was not nice for non-smokers.
The waitress kept forgetting about us and waited a long time for wine although very apologetic for a top end restaurant they needed more staff outside. Also difficult to get their attention had to put hand up to get attention as a glance with a quite hi was not enough.
She knew the service was not great As she apologised multiple times.
Food was very quick and delicious

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JanetH
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fabulous attention to detail and a wonderful environment.

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ZandiM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were fabulous, the food delicious & the atmosphere perfect. We highly recommend Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) for a great night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

A special birthday.
We were eating outside when at 8.30 gas works commenced on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition streets. The noise and the diesel fumes from the compressor of the jackhammer became unbearable. It was a beautiful mild night that was ruined as we were forced to go beside. We were told the works didn’t usually commence until midnight. We are all being encouraged to go back into the cbd and book into restaurants. We did that only to be greeted by the works. Extremely disappointed.

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DonaldC
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

One of our favourites and we are never disappointed with the quality of the food!

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Joss
Melbourne
11 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had not dines at Cellar Bar for a number of years.
Very pleasantly surprised at the food quality...served very cheerfully and professionally.

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MarijkeP
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very Melbourne and very Italian - Food is predictably good and the service attentive and helpful. The Cellar Bar is an institution for many people and some where you want to go back to even if you have been away for a while -

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AntonyA
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

This is an icon of Melbourne dining. The prices are on the high side and service was teetering on this Tuesday lunchtime. The stand out dish was the pici and wild boar - a good rendition.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They let us made a reservation but the restaurant was closed.

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BrianV
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Too slow. Only ordered a main dish each and it took an hour to arrive.

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RebecaL
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Defínetely will be back soon

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MaxG
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The music was a bit loud for my mature ears. Otherwise excellent as always.

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Aidan
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Food great, wine great and atmosphere great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, beautiful food , lovely weather for outside dining and live music from Vika and Linda!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, good service and love the gnocchi!

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this place for amazing Italian food and people watching

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HelenO
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty and varied menu of Italian dishes. All freshly prepared. Accompanied by a good wine list and a selection of cocktails

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johnjohn
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

food kinda sucked for an expensive place. especially the pasta

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Jacqueline
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner, the alfresco setup is lovely and the service was excellent. We enjoyed delicious food and the Cellar Bar was as good as we remembered. Perfect way to spend a special occasion.

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Rebecca
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

With a 2hr booking our entrees didn’t come out for about an hour as they were pretty busy. So by the time we got our mains we didn’t have much time, however there was no one after our booking so from 7pm we stayed there til close! So it was good experience overall

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PaulE
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and happy service with really beautiful food.

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TrishF
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A lovely experience was had enjoying coffee, ice cream and biscotti on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, while I was being interviewed for a prospective job role.

They loved the venue so let's hope I get the job!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant.

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AdrianM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding, good to be going back to restaurants .

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laAbeja
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is great. Service is wonderful. Love the outdoor dining area. But the wine is twice the price of other restaurants, making the experience far more expensive than it ought to be. Yes, I could have had less to drink but it is a wine bar, after all. Paid almost exactly the same for two people (two courses each, plus olives to share, sparkling water & six glasses of wine total) as I paid the next day for three people at a fancy-pants winery - (two courses each, plus chips to share, sparkling water and five glasses of wine total). I've loved Florentino's Cellar Bar for years. I won't stop going but I think next time it will be dinner & one drink for me. Well over 200 bucks for a casual dinner for 2 is just way too much.

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Nish
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Had dinner with a friend at Cellar Bar Al Fresco on Friday night. We ordered a glass of wine which took nearly 20 mins to arrive. Bread and olive oil were provided but for 2 people, we were served 1.5 slices of bread. We looked around and noticed other 2-seater tables were being offered a more generous amount. Appetiser arrived at a reasonable time (before the wine!) Then mains took 50 minutes (no exaggeration). There were several waiters who looked at our empty table, made eye contact with us, then walked away to have a chat with other staff (probably about where our food is) but noone told us or even apologised about our food delay. It was only when we alerted them we had 10 mins to go with our booking (90mins max booking) that they said the food is on its way. The waiter we had wasn’t very pleasant and it was difficult to get any waiters’ attention as they seemed to be moving all over the place quickly. Food itself was extremely disappointing and overpriced for what they were. We had the seafood spaghetti and pumpkin tortellini. Both were very bland. The tortellini was so thick and there wasn’t enough pumpkin filling to go with the pasta. Appetiser was enjoyable- crochette di baccala but that and the ambience are about the only good things I have to say about this place. Will not be returning and will never recommend.

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You can order delivery directly from Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) using the Order Online button. Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9662 1811.

Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) is rated 4.2 stars by 42 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.