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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

4.3
4.3
220 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 35 times today
  • 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 220 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • City Centre

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. T

    Taylap

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2

    Location of seating was not the best and the restaurant overall seemed very unorganised

  2. GM

    GeoffM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The staff behind the bar were awesome, managing to serve fairly quickly despite being incredibly busy and were very friendly. We had a booth right near the bar, so were right in the thick of the action, which suited our groups mood on the night. Had a great time with our family.

  3. LR

    LauraR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and service

  4. SG

    SophieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pretty venue, great food and drinks as well.

  5. D

    Dale

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great venue and decent food, friendly bar staff albeit a bit of a wait to get served.

  6. M

    Made

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Food was very dry and poor across a range of meals. Service was extremely slow and took a long time to order drinks.

  7. B

    Bridget

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Unfortunately the bar staff were extremely slow and unfriendly. We continued drinking at another venue for this reason. It would have been great to be able to order drinks via the table barcode like the food as our food came out before our drinks were made and was left sitting on our table.

  8. JB

    JacquelineB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    For the price you pay the food was average Extremely noisy Not the venue for a nice dinner Great if you are looking for drinks and a quick bite

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience2

    Booked in advance so we could be outside but we were put inside. Would of been nice to know we wouldn’t be outside because then I would of booked elsewhere.

  10. J

    Jimbob

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food1service4ambience5

    Great place to meet up with lots of well segregated seating

  11. F

    Fariba

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Food delivery to table was very late and scattered. Noise level too high for 7 pm Beautiful ambiance and vibe

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Echoing other concerns, the service was non existent. Dietary requirements were very difficult to cater for as there is no getting around the app order system. I think if you’re meeting up for drink then it’s fine, but definitely don’t go for dinner as it isn’t really a restaurant.

  13. BM

    BrentM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great service everytime. Would recommend

  14. SR

    SusanaR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    I was expecting more in terms of food and service but what we got was standard pub food and service

  15. KR

    KarenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Ordered meal at bar, bar staff not great with understanding the importanc of gluten-free When it is a high priority for me being coeliac .

  16. R

    Rachel90

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    First time in here and I just find lack of customer services.. me and my friend wait for 5 min for someone to come but unfortunately no one came to give us the menu or glass of water. Another thing is that no one told us me need to order in the front so waited a little bit more and then order food. Don’t know why there so many waitresses and no attention to the customer. Also so little choice of food and drinks. I don’t think I can come back if there no customer service.

  17. EP

    EmilP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Very disappointed. We booked for Tippytay and they were full and said all overflow goes into public bar which is not what we booked for. Was downhill from there with warm oysters, useless bar service and attitude from manager, handed out steaks with no cutlery, then brought knives with no forks. Useless, won’t be recommending.

  18. C

    Coco

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    Loud. Food was cold. Table wasn’t ready when the group arrived (which was fine) but upon following this up, it was ready but the staff didn’t bother to let us know.

  19. P

    Pickle

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Very loud, cocktails took ages to come, food was ok

  20. VM

    VickiM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    The meals were good and sadly the service was lacking. Our meals did not come out all together. One meal arrived then it was more than 10 minutes before another two came the about another 5 minutes before the rest came. We asked at the bar after the first one came and the waiter kindly said that he would check with the kitchen but missed following up with us.

  21. L

    Lauren555

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Reliable good pub food and nice atmosphere, quite loud and good energy. The service at the bar and the wait staff really let the experience down. I appreciate most staff are probably new but the vast majority of them had very little idea what they were doing which was quite frustrating.

  22. KL

    KatherineL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The ordering system doesnt work and had to go order at the bar

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food3service4ambience4

    Greater Options for vegans and gluten free would be appreciated

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall4food2service4ambience3

    The chicken parmigiana was very dry, chips cold & very uninspired salad. Suggest going to Sandringham hotel as theirs is so much better & their salad is a coleslaw. Lighting poor going down the stairs to ladies an OHS issue. Staff were good all new and on their first shifts and were trying their best.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The code on the table for booking didn’t work. Staff had to cancel the order and we started again. We looked at other tables and lots of people were having the same problem. One main meal arrived early. Share plates came 30 minutes later then other main meals. Staff were friendly and helpful but were obviously new.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    A really great space in the city for drinks and food. Lovely ambience, great drink choices, good food

  27. EL

    EmLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    Unable to order drinks to the table only food. Disappointed

  28. EM

    EmilyM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    The seating was too close to the main bar and the service for food was extremely slow. Some of the food was also cold

  29. S

    Scott

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food and drink service was very close. Have to order via QR code for your table and it took about 15 minutes for the first round of drinks to arrive and about 50 minutes for food to arrive.food was nice though once it finally arrived.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Overall a good place to eat and drink. A bit noisy though. The restaurant does not take preorders so not very effective. Tables do not accommodate more than 8 people so if you’re going in a group 8+ you need to call and book. Calls are put on hold for a long time. I would say 7/10.

  31. EL

    EricaL

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Lovely casual spot. However kitchen closed around a half hour after our arrived and we weren’t advised prior so didn’t get to order food in time. Cocktails are good.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t go wrong with a night out at Garden State Hotel. Great service and friendly staff! Easy to order and pay online for food after scanning the QR code on the table. Our table enjoyed the Margherita pizza’s and chips to share with a few drinks. Highly recommend.

  33. DK

    DavidK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We were table 112 which was great for us oldies. Not to far from the bar and we could hear ourselves talk! I marked slightly down on service as we weren’t waited on, but otherwise the bar staff was really good and allowed us to split the bill.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    The team were doing fantastic there but boy it’s noisy! Maybe I’m too old for it…

  35. NG

    NicoleG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall3food1service1ambience3

    Beautiful environment however the food was not great.

  36. P

    Paris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Had such a wonderful experience here for my birthday. Will be recommending the bar to all my friends, the first time and definitely not the last!

  37. KP

    KateP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great staff and very open with communication and expectations on bookings. Drinks are a bit pricy but the atmosphere is great so would come again

  38. B

    Breeza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a cool place, to soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail

  39. SM

    SashaM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very very noisy but a great atmosphere Staff were great!!

  40. M

    Michael

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I've been here a few times and normally it is a great experience, but last night was poor. I had booked for a table of 9, but when we arrived they had allocated us 2 tables which were quite separated, essentially splitting up our group. It was also all the way down in the bottom "pit" area, so we kind of felt separated and didnt get much ambience from the rest of the area. We had some people cancel so there ended up being 6 of us, and we ended up having to cram around a small table to avoid friends sitting separtely. We asked to be moved to a single larger table for 6, but they werent able. For an entree, I ordered the Polenta chips for $12. There was only 5 small polenta chips, not even enough for 1 each! C'mon, that is a huge rip off. We also ordered some olives, which they just put in the middle of the table without any serviettes or tooth picks or something for us to share, so everyone was using their hands - which is definitely poor etiquette in the covid era. The olives were $8. The chicken parmas for $25 were quite small compared to a normal pub parma, but the quality and taste was pretty good, though not really good value for money. Lastly, the service was extremely slow, with each of us waiting at different times for drinks to be brought out. We had good night and the venue is cool. If we were seated somewhere better and the drinks were more timely, this would have been a much better review, but the combination of everything and poor value entrees etc. made the experience pretty poor overall.

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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 220 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 bookings at the moment.

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Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

101 Flinders Lane Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

  • 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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