Cellar Bar (Al Fresco)

4.4
79 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 79 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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AndrewG
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

For the price, very underwhelming. I don’t doubt the quality of the produce but what came out of the kitchen didn’t do it any justice, and a 150+% mark up on a bottle of wine readily available at many other restaurants around town is disappointing. Service was average, our request to change tables given ours was very wobbly wasn’t met with any kindness. The atmosphere at the outside tables on Bourke St was however great.

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Tyleisha
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful time here, we got seated outside and it was great ambiance with the city lights. Quick service and the food was very quick too! Special highlights were the kingfish and the gnocchi which were both impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was very poor. We ordered drinks that didn’t come until after we had finished eating. Staff were very inattentive but the food was pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was perfect, sitting outside absolutely perfect.
Staff were great!
Drinks perfect
Food was great, however the croquettes were a bit cold in the middle and 2 out of 4 of us chose the ragu fettuccine and It wasn’t great, my husband got the pork it was delicious and our other guests got the pumpkin ravioli, (I think was the ravioli pasta) that looked fabulous.
So all and all was beautiful, I just wouldn’t recommend the ragu fettuccine as It was not as tasty as the other food.
I’ll be back.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food and good service. Seating near the door is a bit chilly with the constant opening and closing to provide service to the outdoor tables

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VictoriaW
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A Melbourne institution, nothing beats people watching at Grossi while enjoying a simple, delicious bowl of pasta here. Will be back soon!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always a treat. Comfortable and convenient. Staff well trained and thoughtful.
The Cellar Bar has been my go to place for a quick reliable lunch with a glass of wine for more than fifty years.
Keep it up.

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Polly
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. The eggplant parmigiana was the best l have ever tasted!

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual fabulous food and service.
Always a great experience! The food is perfect and the service is always friendly and quick. When going to Cafe Grossi it’s like eating in Italy.

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MANDYP
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I haven't been here for years and I so loved coming back. I love the original decor and its Italian feel. The food was great - it was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. Will definitely be going back.

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Leetha
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Good atmosphere. Food was average tasting. Potatoes were great!

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VeronicaS
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Again, delightful.
It’s an ever familiar Melbourne gem.

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ShayeP
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The best place for chilling, catching up with people or just people watching. The outdoor area is beautiful. Services were amazing.

I found antipasto dishes so-so but the pasta and main like ragu or OX cheek Absolutely divined. I cannot wait to return for those dishes. Amazing tiramisu as well and that's from someone who's normally not a fan of it.

Dogs friendly.

Will return!

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VeronicaS
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always delightful! Love that it’s unchanged in terms of ambience, and that you can pop in, book, arrive, and it’s ever familiar and a Melbourne favourite.

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GiovannaI
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carlo & all the staff were delightful & the food was fantastic.
I will definitely be back.

Grazie mille

Giovanna

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful dinner for our first date night out of lockdown!

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ZIta
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The lunch was tasty and the service attentive. We sat inside because the swirling pollen would have triggered an allergic reaction. However, it was such a lovely day that sitting outside looked enjoyable.

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NataliaH
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always loved this place. It is casual yet very European and feels like you are going out. Be it for lunch or dinner or just having a coffee. Will always come back.

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CateB
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First lunch since coming out of lockdown. You can always know that going to Cellar Bar you are going to get the best service and overall experience. It never lets you down!!!

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SarahS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect way to come out of lockdown in Melbourne

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JaneeceR
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect night out for our first night out of lockdown

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I have a broken ankle and was very slow moving.When we arrived we were not made very welcome, then told our table was ‘ down the end’, so we had to make our way to find our own table. Then told there was no heater for our table. Sat at the wrong one. Then told to move to a table adjacent to the footpath. We asked if we could move - told all tables were booked. No offer to change or move - all too hard. We opted to leave.
Such a shame as our last experience at the restaurant was fantastic

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RonB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Disappointed with fettuccine ragu as meat was more plain bologonaisse. More disappointed because last time we were there the food was sensational.

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Sinem
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great ambience! would definitely visit again

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

We’ve been going for years. Delicious food and great value. However, I booked a table to be sure and specifically said inside. When we got there they wanted to seat us outside - they hadn’t read the booking properly so we were seated at the bar to wait, which is fine. However, had to ask to see the wine list and then having waited a while to place a drink order.

We were eventually seated. Food was delicious however they brought our entree and mains at the same time so sent mains back. Then my husband asked for another glass of wine which they topped up and then asked me and I said yes and started to pour - problem was I had a different wine.

All up, food was to the usual standard but service was well below what we are used to. Such a shame but I will return regardless.

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ReneeG
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another lovely evening at the Cellar Bar. The staff were attentive, kind and ensured our daughter had a memorable dinner. Food was amazing- as always!

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Donna3000
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really great casual dining option in the city. Tasty food, good for kids, cosy setting. Good choice of menu for entrees, mains and desserts. Highly recommend.

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BellaR
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!! Thank you so much! Food was awesome, staff was so lovely and attentive and great atmosphere x

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ChristineM
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming here for so many years and we are never disappointed.

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vipDiner
40 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We managed to get a table inside to avoid the cold Melbourne midday and enjoyed the pasta and gnocchi. Wine by carafe was good for lunch.

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TiaM
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Humble Food executed beautifully. We visit Grossi Restaurants every time we're in Melbourne & Cellar Bar menu is a favourite with the family. Yum

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was very tasty and nicely presented. However, the service for our drinks were slow and we asked for a second drink which was never received even with a second request.

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

After a dentist appointment in the city, we needed some lunch and Cellar Bar was the perfect choice! The gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts were feathery pillows of pasta with a super delicious sauce. Cannoli and coffee finished off a memorable lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always

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MandyD
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We are regulars and the food hasn’t been as amazing as it normally would be . Not sure if covid but not as good as it used to be.

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SueN
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
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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Catherine
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on 28 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 21 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 21 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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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 4.4 stars by 79 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.