Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

4.2
55 reviews
$40 and under
Australian
If you’re after a wholesome and relaxed dining experience in the heart of the iconic strip of Flinders Lane restaurants, the public bar is the place for you. On the menu, you will find all your favourite pub classics, including market fish and salad, a house burger and a quality parma as well as a broad selection of moreish snacks and shared items.
What 55 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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clairew
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

This place is good option as in the city and central but food , drinks very average but expensive. Staff also didn’t serve us once had to continually flag someone down to get anything. Bar staff very under numbered to and long wait for drinks

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mariaC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place, great staff and great drinks and food.

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Nath
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Had my work EOY/Christmas function here, It did not disappoint. There is a good selection of drinks and food, vibrant atmosphere, staff always checking in on us. A great experience overall, will definitely visit again.

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Service was slow considering we had a time limit to how long we had to be there. Everything else was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Great for a project team lunch.

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AAsh
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Table service was quite poor. No one came to our table for the first hour of our booking.
We were also over charged for one of the meals.

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FarishaR
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

We were little early and they let us in. The server was always there when ever we needed to order our drinks.

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Mich
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great service and environment, my friend and I had a fantastic time and would recommend it to all.

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JamieR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The front of house man was very unpleasant and ruined the experience for us. We left after one drink.

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Kira
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience1

I love the atmosphere inside the venue. Unfortunately we were seated outside and seemed to be a bit forgotten. We both waited a long time for our drinks. While waiting waiters approached us to give us drinks that were for other tables several times.
Would go back again but would request to be inside on my booking.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always great for beers and friendly staff. Food is very standard and basic menu.

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JaneA
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience1

Our table was outside, no heating..freezing, and the tables were toclose to eachother to be classed as social distancing. We had the parmas which were fantastic ans service super fast. However as soon as we were finished we were given the bill, no offer of desert, We felt rushed out. Also the cars wizzing past on flinders lane was off putting.

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MeganW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The experience during COVID restrictions was 5 stars! I've never been at Garden State when its been so quiet, but we could hear ourselves talk and had a really enjoyable time. Service was great, everyone was adhering to the safety measures, would go back again :)

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MelanieO
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous to be able to have after work drinks again post lock down. Table service was awesome, one of the few bonus’ of Covid!

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Carole
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first work team lunch in a long time and could not have had a better lunch. Food was excellent, service was exemplary and we had a wonderful booth for 10 which made for a fun catch up. Thank you so much for looking after us so well

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ZippiB
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved our margaritas, the booth was awesome for our group and the wait team were lovely and friendly

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Sonia
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent from booking to paying our bill.

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Mellissas
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

We were given an hour and a half with no reasoning and the place was essentially empty, that wasn't a problem as I understand we need to adapt but if they used covid as the excuse 2 waitstaff came to our table with their noses out of their masks so a bit confused if they are following the rules or not. Staff seem a bit inexperienced, I asked for a Chardonnay and the bill showed pinot gris unsure what I actually received. The food was good had to ask for water a few times, ok place if you're in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

felt as if if was a rush service, didn’t like where we were seated. The ambiance was better inside, overall wasn’t too bad the cocktails are always good there

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

5 days in advance, we could only make a booking at 2 pm instead of later.

It took 30 minutes before we could order a beer, then another 10 minutes before the beers came.

There were only a few people in the entire restaurant, so wasn’t sure why it took so long.

We were asked to leave just before 4pm, when the restaurant was entirely empty, and we didn’t have enough time to finish our drinks.

Unsure why we couldn’t book a later time being the restaurant was empty, and asked to leave when there was no one else there?

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MelissaG
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Thanks all!

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Harsh
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one the fav places for us to start the Friday evening

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great location and menu. Pity about the lack of patrons. Food was ok but beer a bit expensive

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CraigL
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and staff. Great ambience. Happy to recommend.

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Bianca
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They looked after us so well within the restrictions. Samson your a star!

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YonjaG
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food!!
Would definitely recommend Garden State Hotel- thank you for a great evening :)

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EnnBee
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The service & atmosphere was great. However the food wasn’t as tasty as I thought it would be!

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Aeri
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the place :) Every staff was really nice and outdoor place is amazing great for some insta photos! (wish there were more meatless options but the pasta was great)

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Giulzy
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did miss the crowd but it was a nice change. Overall, we had a great night.

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DebraH
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a really nice time. I love the light filled courtyard/outdoor space. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and the staff were really friendly

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PatriceM
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and a good vibe without being too noisy

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

The food took 45 mins to arrive. We only ordered simple things. Also, it is too noisy for a business lunch

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Chris
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very very quiet at lunch compared to crazy loud evenings - which was a nice change
Food was cold. Like it had been cooked earlier and reheated. The side salad had absolutely no seasoning or taste whatsoever.

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The garden ambience was good. A nice oasis in the heart of the city, The Salmon nicoise was very good. Staff were friendly and amiable. It was a good place for a quiet lunch and a chance to chat.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I really enjoyed this venue. It's super cool, something for everyone and the staff were so friendly and lovely to deal with. I felt super comfortable and my friends also really enjoyed myself. Thoroughly recommend!

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DannyJ
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Although we made a booking we rolled up early which wasn't a problem, it was our First time at Garden State, we were looking for a beer garden that served food on a Sunday and wasn't disappointed, loved the outside area, food was reasonably priced and beer was cold, spent 3 1/2 hours there on a sunny Sunday and would definitely return.

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vipMitchell
Melbourne / VIC
58 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

A bit disappointed with the service on the day. Seemed light on staff, which made wait times longer than expected. Had the Chicken Parma which was very unsatisfying. Great spot for drinks and catch up though!

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Wintercoat
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

We arrived for a late lunch. Sat down with drinks and entrees - then went to order lunch and were told that the kitchen closed t 3pm.... really ...? With no warning... then when we questioned this since it was not on the menu, we were told we should have checked the website...? Not really valued here as a customer I think.

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SarahB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Good food and a relaxed vibe. No table service in the public bar

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JenF
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

Booked a table outside, for a table inside as private function on. Sat down at reserved table. Half hour later a staff member just slapped down another reserved sign and walked away. No explanation or asked how long we were staying. It was lunch time and at time of booking no mention was made of time restrictions. Bar service was very slow. Only one staff member was nice and friendly. Had to ask staff to wipe seats as they were sticky. She brought a tea towel and I had to wipe seats.

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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 55 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.