Garden State Hotel - Garden Grill

4.3
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75 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

A deliciously decadent hybrid between high tea and bottomless brunch. Includes a selection of shared high tea treats and bottomless drinks 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 75 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The service was amazing. My boss has left his glasses and i received a call to let me know that night that we had left it behind! They were so accommodating as well with the dinner options so i would highly recommend both food and services. The ambience also is INCREDIBLE!

LR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great ambience, varied menu, excellent service. Will visit again.

VC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Although the surroundings were good the noise levels for an eatery were far too excessive. Very uncomfortable to have dinner. No conversation can be had as music and acoustics were too loud. Not suitable for dinner I feel.

SM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I hosted a family gathering of 12, for lunch, for an 18th birthday, with guests ages ranging from late teens to early 70's.
We could not be happier with the service from the staff in the Garden Grill, attentive without being pushy, and extremely accommodating, especially assisting with the birthday cake.
The food was excellent, with particular compliment paid to the steaks, and the Pork Scotch Fillet.

The Dining room got pretty busy as the afternoon progressed, but the staff still continued to ensure everyone was looked after.

A number of us are already planning to come back for the Saturday Hightini !

MA
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my Mum , Dad and wife there for dinner before the theatre. Service and food was excellent.

A
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We went for dinner last Thursday night to celebrate a friends' birthday. It was really good :)
The table booked was perfect, with kind of privacy for us (group of 11 people)
The service was excellent, specially Laura, she was really kind and friendly.
I highly recommend this place to all my friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great dinner! Great night!

C
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and service but would be better if big groups could order off the menu.

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hightini was an awesome experience! Great service. Quality food.

LT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Venue and staff absolutely amazing. Cocktails were flowing. And staff were on point. Food was absolutely yummy. Only downfall was that we didn’t have enough Food to eat.
I’ll definitely be back but order more food, as the high tea wasn’t enough.

TO
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Great value also for what we had.

BB
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The booths in the grill are way too dark. Everything else is fantastic all through the venue. It has a very good atmosphere.

PM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Thank you, we had an enjoyable time over lunch and drinks in the garden. It was very cool in the garden despite high temperatures outside, a good spot for summer.

AR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Service was ok, lound outside even though we were inside, food ok but ok for that price meant ordinary value

JC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The service and environment were absolutely lovely and a perfect place for a get together or one on one. Was definitely looked after well and enjoyed every second. Would recommend.

CD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff were very attentive and pleasant, our lady with dietary requirements was well looked after

Establishment was clean

KB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We were celebrating end of school for our children !

PC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic lunch, really enjoyed the food and place was beautiful, Thank you for making great memories

CL
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The Hightini wording was misleading; "Hightini is a deliciously decadent hybrid between high tea and bottomless brunch. Enjoy two hours of drinks and high tea treats"- was read by the table as unlimited food as well. It only applied to drinks.

Otherwise service was amazing, drinks tasty and food incredible.
Thank you

CM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Had dinner on a friday night. Food was good, nothing that great.

J
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was amazing. Great food lovely staff great atmosphere. The only down side was the noise level but it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a great time.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Average food, long wait time - would not recommend

KI
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
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.