Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

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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.
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1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020

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

14 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020

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.

1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020

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.

1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020

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!

1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019

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.

Melbourne / VIC
57 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019

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!

3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019

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.

Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019

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

1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019

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.

1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019

The food was great, the staff were awesome - a little noisy - but an enjoyable night out.

3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019

As expected for a Sunday afternoon drink. Nice ambience

Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019

Came for lunch on our lunch break. Ordered just after 1 and food arrived 1.40/1.45 which was disappointing given it wasn’t an overly busy lunch period

1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019

Magnificent place to go with a group of friends or just as a couple. Staff were so friendly, service was outstanding. Great selection of cocktails and value for money. I would recommend this place to anyway and already looking forward to going back.

1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019

We visited on a Sunday which was a quiet day, so that was good. Only problem I had, was that the booth we had near the bar. It was so dark I found it hard to eat my lunch, so perhaps more lighting is required in that area. Otherwise a nice place.

1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019

It was a lovely day so a lovely setting to sit and have lunch.
We had a waitress (young with long blond hair) and she was just gorgeous. Bubbly and friendly and acted like nothing was too much trouble, she went out of her way to ensure we had a lovely lunch.

1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019

A couple of friends ordered from the Kiosk and that was great, but others who ordered from the main restaurant waited over 1 hour, so we ate at a different time. I would recommend the place for drinks but not for a work lunch due to the delay with the food. This also has happened on at least another two occasions, not coming back.

1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019

Very accommodating for business lunch with good food and service.

1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019

Awesome pub, great food and sick place for a beer. Some staff were really helpful but one girl was really not happy to be at work and made each order difficult. Still would highly recommend this pub!

1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019

as I posted on facebook, food, service, atmosphere was perfect for a lunch catch up. Thanks Lisa Murray

1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019

Food was of an excellent standard, and the selection great. Loved how you are able to pre-order should you be going for lunch weekdays. Would highly recommend

1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019

Great vibe and we all enjoyed the food and drinks !

1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019

Went on fathers day. Love the greenery and design. Unfortunately the service was lacking in the pub section. A few staff totally mucking around and getting our order wrong. Ordered two of the same meal and they were completely different sizes as well.

1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019

We arrived on time for the booking at 11am however the kitchen was not open until 12 so we had over 15 people waiting for food for an hour with no prior notice that this would be the case. Disappointing.

1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019

Our family of 4, 2 younger children, enjoyed our meal and time at Garden State Hotel. The menu caters for kids and the place gets fairly busy/noisy around dinner time, but a great environment and seems to be a favorite for early 20's.
Best to book.