Garden State Hotel - Garden Grill

4.3
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53 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
The first of our Flinders Lane restaurants is the Garden Grill, offering a casual dining experience featuring a menu designed by our Head Chef that highlights produce from Australia’s best local suppliers. Get ready to dig into delicious dishes that tantalise your taste buds – Victoria on a plate has never looked so good. The Garden Grill is open for dinner on Wednesdays, and lunch & dinner Thursdays through Saturday.

Special Offers

Hightini - high tea bottomless brunch - $65pp

Hightini is a deliciously decadent hybrid between high tea and bottomless brunch. Enjoy two hours of drinks and high tea treats for $65pp.

Terms and Conditions: Whole table must participate. RSA applies.

Valid For: 2 - 12 people

Starts: 31 August 2019

Ends: 8 April 2020

Availability: Sat 11:30-12:15 14:00-14:30

$70 Share With Me menu

The $70 per person Share With Me menu includes bread and olives to begin, 3 entrees, 2 proteins with 2 sides for mains and desserts for those sweet toothed guests all served to share. Our Chef designs these menus daily depending on which fresh produce is delivered.

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 2 - 12 people

Starts: 10 May 2019

Ends: 7 April 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:15 18:00-20:45

$55 Share With Me menu

The $55 per person reduced Share With Me menu includes bread and olives to begin, 3 entrees, a protein and 2 sides for mains all served to share.
Our Chef designs these menus daily depending on which fresh produce is delivered.

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 2 - 12 people

Starts: 10 May 2019

Ends: 8 April 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:15 18:00-20:45

a la carte dining (available for parties up to 7)

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Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 1 - 7 people

Starts: 10 May 2019

Ends: 8 April 2020

Availability: Daily 18:00-23:00

What 53 People Are Saying
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KI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We had a great girls afternoon.
We had the Hightini, the cocktails were fantastic.

MT
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

The food was awful! The worst chicken Parma I’ve ever eaten in my life. Plus my wallet got stolen from the venue.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a genuinely lovely evening at the Garden State Hotel. The service at the bar and at the table were excellent, the food was delicious. We followed the suggestion of our waiter and ordered the Chef‘s Selection, which was beautifully arranged and full of flavors.
The only thing I didn‘t realize when we booking the table was that the restaurant shared a bathroom with the adjacent Garden Beer, so after a certain hour it would get quite crowded and noisy (it was a Saturday, after all), so it may not be the best option if you are looking for a quiet dinner on the weekend.
Other than that: remarkable service and delicious food.

DH
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service even though the Caufield Cup brought many more people through the doors.

CM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

For such a busy venue, I was amazed and very happy that they had reserved a quiet table for our book club. Service was very attentive and excellent, food exceeded expectations. Will be back!

JL
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We had a great lunch. Only negative is even in the Garden Grill, the acoustics make it hard to hear the people at your own table

LR
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very impressed as we didn't know much about the place and thought it might just be a gastro version of a pub's steak and chips based menu. Food was great and service lots of fun. We were in semi-private section as table of 10 - bit squeezy for room but at least away from the noise levels. All up - top place!

SF
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad we came...bar staff were relaxed, friendly and professional. Waiters catered to all our needs, were great at scanning if we needed a wine refill, they communicated with each other very well and recommended drinks and food to suit. Atmosphere was laid back, warm atmosphere and relaxed. Food was great.

LS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

So happy we chose Hightini, the table service was quick. We were never without drinks. Properly made cocktails, not pre-mixed like other places do. The food was lovely, would have been nice to have more savory than sweet items. The mini donuts were not baked all the way through but aside from that, everything tasted amazing. Will definitely be back!!

CG
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great venue, cocktails and service. Overall a very enjoyable visit.

O
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Venue and food with a great atmosphere and would cerainly recommed to Friends and returning back in the naar distant future

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

We were a bit disappointed in the waitress, no smiles, we had the distinct feeling our patronage was a nuisance. Also the reservations said we had the space for 2 hours and we were literally asked to leave the dining space despite no further bookings that evening. The food was very good

ZO
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food isn't as high end or delicious as it used to be. There was a mouse inside & a pipe was leaking onto my friends head. I was a little disappointed given past times eating at this venue has been divine & worth the money.

YG
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Had a great day with the girls. Drinks were delicious and constantly flowing. Only thing we suggested was a little more savoury to be offered otherwise it was a really enjoyable day. Service was amazing!

AV
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We asked for dessert menu and the waitress asked what we would like so she took our order. She came back and said kitchen was closed which we thought was strange. We were thinking of going elsewhere but I said let's double check as we were peeved off as to why we weren't told to order dessert sooner if kitchen was closing.
Upon double checking we were told kitchen is open and they didn't know why we were told kitchen is closed.
Entrees were delicious. Mains were OK.
Very Very noisy.. But we were lucky to get booth area.

VF
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Been here several times for lunch with female friends and it’s always fabulous. Great setting & ambience at front bars but we go to quiet restaurant section at back where we can talk in peace and enjoy great food and drinks brought by attentive waiters. Highly recommended for those tired of noisy overcrowded places with uncomfortable seating and high prices for very standard food. Our only problem is that our lunches here tend to be longer than we planned because everything is so good. Thank you Garden State.

RV
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Great assortment of food but Not enough, considering this is bottomless brunch brunch.. drinks was good.

TT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Noisy, overcrowded, over-priced. Impossible to carry on a conversation.

KA
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely pre-concert share meal in one of the booths. The waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable of the offerings. We opted for the 3 course share meal and every course was delicious, and we did not leave there hungry at all. The wine/beer list was substantial. If I had to be nit picky the only thing was it was a little bit hard to read the menu with lighting set to low. Once we moved past that though the ambience was nice. Will definitely be putting this venue on our rotation when dining in the city.

B
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We joined the Hightini Brunch - brilliant value for money with bottomless cocktails (choice of 7) and a decent sweet and savoury platters for $60/person over 2 hours. Fantastic service and great ambiance. Great ladies out or watching the footy with mates

S
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed the food and the booth I had booked. Both my partner and I liked the drinks and food. He had the beef and I had the burger. The ambience of the Garden Grill was very good. The menu appealed because it did not look like a complicated, deconstructed Masterchef entry as so many restaurants in the city try to aim for.

As it was Friday night, it was clearly busy and thankfully I booked ahead. I get overwhelmed by loud noise so the stressy, loud, people-crushing front bar section was a bit off-putting. I was immediately confused as to where to go as I couldn’t see signs or a clear “Go here for Garden Grill section”. Perhaps an attendant at the door plus a clear path would be helpful so we can be guided to our table and then, after our meal, leave the premises without the hassle of squeezing past masses of people.

Other than that, splendid spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, and the amosphere was relaxing...

KF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for the hightini. Food was delicious. Cocktails were nice. Really enjoyed it. Would go again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue, atmosphere and food

DH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service, especially from Sam! One of my favourite restaurants in all of Melbourne!

AH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been a few times to this venue for food and drinks and it has never let us down, highly recommended

JT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to dine before the footy, good food and great service. Will be back when next in Melbourne

JF
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a good time for mum’s birthday. dinner was excellent. While service was mostly good, the noise level can be a little too much for older people. Fun enough for younger ones. Great cocktails!

PR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

was way too noisy - food not that good and expensive for what it was - drinks also expensive and the tide was low in them

DA
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and really solid wine list. It wasn't very busy so was expecting slightly more attentive service as we had to wait 10 mins for second bottle of wine. Disappointing also that no Low Carb beers offered such as Pure Blonde as I live by a low carb diet, but do enjoy a few cold beers, particularly at lunchtime. This alone may well stop me returning, however love the vibe and food so will recommend to anyone.

CS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great quality of food and service. Had the 55dls menu option and was sufficient food. Only thing was that it was a bit too noisy to talk.

PF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The Garden Grill gives you the opportunity to get away from the noise and have have a good conversation over a great lunch. The menu, slightly extended over the bar area also provides a bit of extra variety & diet options. Food was great but a bit slow to arrive given low numbers. Will definitely go again before the footy at the G.

F
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, and very accommodating to different dietary requirements. Lovely not to be in a packed hectic restaurant for mother’s day and the two male servers we had were so kind and accommodating. Have allready highly recommend to others!!

J
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Burger was really good. As was the steak on our table. It was really hot in the room ( we were in the booths at the back) but service was great and ambiance was nice.

AA
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

The portion of the food for the price tag and service they're providing was so small. The quality of it is comparable to standard pub food but so much more expensive.

DT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place to catch up with friends, we went prior to the Anzac day football at the MCG. Will be back!

LS
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Unfortunately not the best visit I’ve had here, steak was over cooked and Luke warm when it came out and the side came out after I’d finished my steak.
Put it down to it being a busy night but a little disappointed.

K
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Set menu for larger groups - superb. Tasty pumpkin, potatoes and steak were incredible. Great ambiance and atmosphere and well priced. Service really let the experience down unfortunately-was the only thing to not make it 10/10. Pushed through to take plates, asked to be passed majority, couldn’t get anyone’s attention when required and had to ask for the bill 4 times and just not really that happy to be there. Will go back for food but won’t expcet much on service.

AC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very confusing when you walk in, no idea how to locate The Grill and our booking. Is there supposed to be staff at the front of the venue?
Service was great until our waiter left and then there was no service at all. Had to chase up bills ext seemed like he finished his shift mid way through our meal and then nobody took over.

PM
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly, helpful staff. Food was tasty but a limited (quite standard) a la carte menu. Noisy but friendly atmosphere.