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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

4.1
4.1
266 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian

The Public Bar and Beer Garden offer a wholesome and relaxed dining experience in the heart of the action. On the menu, you will find all your favourite pub classics, as well as a broad selection of moreish snacks and shared items, ordered straight from the bar.

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Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Gastro Pub, Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 8396 5777

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 266 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. J

    Juan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    I'm really sorry, but my experience did not fulfil my expectation. The food wasn't nice and did not taste good. I hope you can improve the experience. Thanks

  2. RC

    RebekahC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    A great evening venue for a few drinks. As a daytime lunch venue, it completely misses the mark. Booked for a group of 10, nowhere on the online form does it state that one table of 10 can't be accommodated because the tables and chairs are fixed in place, so there's no hope of joining a couple of tables and pulling up a few chairs (and on one of the tables, one of the fixed chairs was missing - just bolts in the ground where it once stood) so we had to sit on two separate tables with distance between them. Also, the food was so-so - no one raved. On the positive side, the food came out relatively quickly and the bar service was good. Overall, I wouldn't go back for lunch, will stick to evening drinks only.

  3. SP

    SydPandfam

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great place to go before a game at the MCG Food and wine good quality, parmy was a little cold considering we were the 2nd order of the day

  4. M

    Mandy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    As we had never been before, we would have appreciated when shown to our table that we were given a menu, also advised to go to bar to order drinks and food and that kitchen was to closing at a certain time! Therefore unable to review food as kitchen had closed when we went to order.

  5. AY

    AYJD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    There was no table service, so we had to order at the bar. We ordered "Roast Hazeldene chicken, walnut + cranberry salad" which was under "Larger Plates" and $25.... very disappointed to find that it was just a small bowl of mostly salad with a few small pieces of cold chicken on top.

  6. KB

    KimB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very busy hotel, great food and cocktails. Enjoyed our evening at Garden State.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    There was no host to greet us, when we found her, she took us to the table and didn’t explain anything about ordering at the bar. No way of knowing she worked there as she was in casual clothes

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service! We had two tables of 8 booked and we requested to be near each other. The tables were right next to each other which was perfect. Food arrived quickly and was yum ☺️

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    In meal in a pub. It was Friday night so extremely busy and loud.

  10. MG

    MelbGal

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Considering we dined at 5.15pm on Wednesday I didnt see “happy hour” or mid week food specials which most restaurants/especially pubs in the city do offer. I think value for money could be improved. Staff were quick and pleasant.

  11. SB

    ShirleyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Had difficulty locating staff to find our table booking but everyone was friendly. Drinks menu was not legible but once we figured out how the system of ordering food and drinks - all was up to standard

  12. RB

    RachelB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    Too loud, no lighting at all. We booked to be in the beer garden and we’re out in a tiny corner with no light - so loud you could barely hear anything. Dirty sticky table with no room for 3 people to eat meals - disappointing

  13. JG

    JordhanG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The food was good but unfortunately the service we received was mediocre. They had all the reserved tables down stairs but refused to open the downstairs bar forcing patrons to trek it all the way back upstairs to the main bar where it was very busy and the bar tender who was working was less then helpful. I understand that sometimes there are staff shortages but on a public holiday you would assume that they would try to make the most of the 15% surcharge and open the bar downstairs (we only ended up having one drink each because it was too much of a hassle to get back to the main bar).

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Great vibe and love the decor. Staff nice but can't rate service as it's all DIY! Pub food with good size serving

  15. S

    Shazza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    It was lovely and cocktails were amazing, thoroughly recommend for drinks

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    V tasty, many good snacks

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    The online ordering didn’t work for the entire night. Also the bartender was incredibly rude and when my friend ordered two drinks, he snapped at her and said can you make sure you tell me both drinks you want at the one time. He was really aggressive about it and it was just a shame because the venue is lovely and the door staff were nice.

  18. RH

    RebeccaH

    Brisbane

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    Food order lost. Reordered. Given wrong food. Asked to vacate table for new patrons before we could finish our meals. Why did they make their mistakes our problem?

  19. DH

    DaniH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Will never come again. Felt like a nightclub not a relaxed pub. We had kids with us and it was honestly awful. We had to scream to hear each other. We took our friends who were from Sydney and I was embarrassed that I chose this so called restaurant. Felt like they were over capacity by about 1000 people. Not even kidding.

  20. KA

    KimberleyA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great to see it alive and full of action! The city has a heartbeat again

  21. f

    foodeater

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Classic, standard pub. Nice drinks and food. Really cool venue and good atmosphere

  22. J

    Jaime

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We booked for 7.15 but had to queue for bookings and didn’t sit until 7.40. We ordered food straight away and took half an hour for two burgers and they came out cold as they had been sitting there for ages. The staff that brought over the food was not friendly and didn’t even bring us cutlery we had to go find some. The manager was nice enough to apologise and refund us for the cold food as we had to leave for another event but all in all very disappointing

  23. KB

    KristenB

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We were looking forward to catching up with old friends in a lively greenery filled hotel, we made a booking months in advance. We were seated on the road, horrible atmosphere, no lighting so we had to use the torches on our phones to read the menu. The waitress was so rude, and acted like we were putting her out with any request made. The food was appalling, burnt to a crisp pizza, raw burger and finally once 5 out the 6 of us had completely finished eating, the 6th persons salad came out, no cooking involved. I was so embarrassed about the entire night

  24. M

    Matt

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Loved the venue but feel like the meals did not live up to the expectations I had for them. We had the Chicken Burger and Steak Sandwich and were not overly sold on either of them. Will be back to try the Wood Fired Pizza though!

  25. LK

    LeeannK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Real good experience prompt service and food was delish!!

  26. S

    Sarah

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    Our booked table was not ready, we had to wait, then got reminded that we had to leave for the next booking. Was very noisy, could not have a conversation with older people in the group. We had a booking for 8 people, had to ask for more cutlery, only given 3 sets when clearly 8 people at the table. The ‘snack and share’ items came out on the table with no plates or cutlery or serviettes to be able to ‘share’ items. Poor wait staff. Appeared to not know what they were doing, maybe all junior staff. Il staff to assist with the app to order food. The app was very slow to load for all phones being used.

  27. GL

    GracieL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overall a well priced spot for a work team lunch. There were a few issues we encountered. Ordering food & drink is done through an app but it didn't work for me or for a number of us in our group. Also the timing of the meals was a bit off. We were a group of 4. 3 of us got our food at the same time and one person waited for over 10 minutes for their food, which is always a bit awkward when dining out as a group.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food2service1ambience5

    The bar needs attention short staffed long wait for the drinks

  29. KW

    KateW

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We ordered arancini but the waiter said they were unavailable, so we chose the meatballs which didn’t arrive but the arancini did! Strange !!

  30. ME

    MargsE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Terrible food, staff were miserable and unfriendly, drinks were slow and incorrect. Terrible.

  31. JP

    JoeP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Table was not cleaned after the previous previous people left

  32. AG

    AndG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Awful service, food and staff attitude. Will never be back

  33. NC

    NatalieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5

    Ate the steak. Meal could have been hotter. Was just a steak on fries and rocket. Very plain and simple.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    The place is SOOOO noisy. The music is very very loud and it’s hard to even have a conversation. The food is ok but was such a mess to order and receive it at the table.

  35. J

    Joseph

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Arrived 20 minutes early and was seated to a table that hadn’t been wiped down since the start of the day. Got told to order our meals at the bar as they will arrive quicker. Ordered our starters and waited 20 minutes and nothing came out so I went to the bar and they apologised and said the kitchen is backed up so we apologise for the lateness but they should be out in 5-10 minutes. Waited another 20 minutes and nothing so we thought we’d order our mains as they should come out around right after we finish our starters, we order it on the QR code as we didn’t have any luck with the starters at the bar. We kept going up to the bar asking where our starters were as it had been an hour and they again did the same routine of apologising and I explained I’ve worked hospitality and know how busy it can get and still thought to myself but waiting an hour for chicken tenders and a focaccia is ridiculous. They came to our table with something saying it was out chicken tenders but it was fish which the waiter tried to say was chicken but full well knowing it was fish we sent it back, we got one of our mains which was the steak sandwich only to find the meat was cold and so was the bacon. The meal was so cold the cheese on top hadn’t even melted and the chips were slightly warm like they’d been left there. We kept trying to communicate with the bar as they understood that we had been waiting all night for our starters. Fast forward 2 hours we had talked to one member of staff who got sent over to us who had informed us the kitchen had closed and that they could try their best to get us our food so we got a refund on the meals and was promised a free round of drinks for us. That waiter then proceeded to avoid us the rest of the night and deliberately walk right past us when I called out to him. We were neglected by staff and never received our food and were treated as if we were in the wrong and as we left we saw that other customers were being served fresh food so they lied.

  36. T

    Tjktenas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Where to begin We started the night waiting 10 minutes for a table, as we were informed that there were people from the booking prior still occupying our reserved table. We were asked to wait at the bar and that someone would come seat us shortly. After looking around the vacant tables ourselves we found our reserved table unoccupied and free from when we arrived. Upon question it to another staff member we were then seated. Now for the food. We ordered our 2 entrees at around 8:30. We soon noticed that all the tables around us were experiencing significant delays with food. Shortly after ordering our entrees we ordered our 2 mains as we had reservations after dinner we couldn't afford to miss. After 40 minutes since our first order we received one of our mains prior to any entrees being served. We informed the waiter that we were still waiting on our entrees to which we received shortly after, and we were notified that our second main will be our shortly as well. After waiting an additional 25 minutes we informed a waiter that we hadn't received our 2nd main. To which we politely asked to speak to the acting supervisor. After another short wait we were simply handed cash by the waiter and told to have a good night. Upon waiting for the manager we noticed she had looked over to our table but took no regard of it, prior to received our refund to the missed meal. Overall im not happy with this experience. They should have been prepared ahead of time as it was valentines day and were taking bookings well in advanced and therefore, should have anticipated a busy night but was extremely unprepared.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5

    Took 45 mins for our food to come out and our pizza came out 15mins after our other food (which were all mains). The bar staff didn’t address you while you were waiting at the bar which came across as rude but obviously they were busy. The indoor decor was really nice and loved the location and setting. The staff were really nice when we asked for things like tomato sauce and tobasco. I probably wouldn’t go here again unless I really had to.

  38. J

    Jess

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was fair based on prices, however the service was disappointing. We waited 45minutes to be served drinks and 3 attempts at the bar to ask where our drinks were only to be told on the 3rd occasion after 45 minutes of wait that our drinks were sent to another table..

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience1

    just too loud

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, prices reasonable. Drinks were standard pricing, if not a little higher. Enjoyed the atmosphere!

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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 266 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

101 Flinders Lane Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Gastro Pub, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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