Cellar Bar (Al Fresco)

4.3
62 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 62 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.1
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4.3
Ambience
4.1
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NataliaH
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect way to come out of lockdown in Melbourne

JR
JaneeceR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

RB
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

SM
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.

RG
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.

BR
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
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipGraemeC
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

MD
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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ReneeC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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gerardr
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Underwhelming experience for a restaurant with a good reputation.

JK
JoannaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 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
5 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

JC
JaneC
2 reviews
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
5 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.

MP
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

JH
JanetH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

ZM
ZandiM3009
5 reviews
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.

OT
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.

DC
DonaldC
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
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.

MP
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
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

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 4.3 stars by 62 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.