Cellar Bar (Al Fresco)
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
Disappointed with fettuccine ragu as meat was more plain bologonaisse. More disappointed because last time we were there the food was sensational.
Great food, great ambience! would definitely visit again
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.
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!
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.
YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!! Thank you so much! Food was awesome, staff was so lovely and attentive and great atmosphere x
We have been coming here for so many years and we are never disappointed.
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.
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
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.
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.
Great as always
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.
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.
Love Grossi Florentino for fine dining or quick pre show pasta.
Fabulous Italian food and coffee, excellent service and reasonable value for money. Love eating here!
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.
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.
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal ens experience. Thank you
Underwhelming experience for a restaurant with a good reputation.
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.
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.
An iconic Melb venue! Amazing food and awesome service!
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!
Amazing food, would definitely recommend the tortellini
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.
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.
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
Excellent food and service. Fabulous attention to detail and a wonderful environment.
The staff were fabulous, the food delicious & the atmosphere perfect. We highly recommend Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) for a great night out.
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.
One of our favourites and we are never disappointed with the quality of the food!
We had not dines at Cellar Bar for a number of years.
Very pleasantly surprised at the food quality...served very cheerfully and professionally.
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 -
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.
They let us made a reservation but the restaurant was closed.
Too slow. Only ordered a main dish each and it took an hour to arrive.
Delicious food. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Defínetely will be back soon
The music was a bit loud for my mature ears. Otherwise excellent as always.
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Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) is rated 4.2 stars by 58 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.