Hotel Jesus

4.3
105 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Authentic
Hotel Jesus is a fun place, where you can eat interesting authentic Mexican street food, drink accessible wines, unique beers and honest down to earth cocktails straight from the tap, have fun and be merry in a casual, affordable environment that would sit just as well in New York, Mexico City or Melbourne.
Great food, great service, affordable pricing, casual taqueria-style service where you may drop in for a quiet bite and move on, or stay for a full meal. The prime focus of the restaurant is Tostadas, with Tacos playing second fiddle. Think seafood, both raw and cured (ceviche/aguachile). It is fresh and simple produce served in a fast paced environment. And all tortillas are made in house, a Melbourne first!
Hotel Jesus is located in the old Collingwood post office building in Smith Street and inspired by the traditional ’70s-style taquerias and tostaderias of Mexico. Taqueros, the taco masters of Mexico City, are the main attraction.
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s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

For an authentic taste of Mexico, this is your place.

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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Who would have thought brussels sprouts would be our favourite dish? Seriously, they're so tasty. As is everything else that we've tried. Thanks!

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CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails. We come here every time we are in Melbourne and twice in one week this trip.

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SS
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

having just come back from Mexico was always going to be a very harsh critic. the fit out is very cool, light bright and airy with some very quirky decoration and a nice view of the kitchen, it is bit "echoy" though. the food was on the whole very good and pretty authentic. the refried beans were delicious as was the corn with the black mayonnaise, great tostados but the guacamole was a bit tricked for me. The tuna sashimi tostadas were delicious outlooked abut scary as the tun was in one quite large piece, tasted divine though!
we were a bit disappointed with tacos al pastor the pork was a little dry. Blackened chicken quesadilla was very good and very filling.
service was superb. We were advised the wine list was changing and the albarino we picked wasn't available but we were offered two options one of which was a sauvignon blanch which we were very afraid but were very pleasantly surprised, good value too. Overall very good but not Mexico in Melbourne just yet!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the eclecticism of the restaurant the food was divine & sensational flavours , service attentive & great atmosphere. Highly recommend!!

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BM
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautifully designed Mexican cantina serving delicious and inventive food. A visual feast as well as a delight for the tastebuds.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food was ok.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Hotel Jesus is focussed on a demographic which is not inclusive. As a frequent restaurant goer, I could not recommend it to diners over 50, or those who would like some input from the wait staff about timing of service, given it involves shared plates and many small dishes piling up on the the table without any idea of planning some time lapse between dishes. The restaurant was not busy and the kitchen not under pressure.

My dining companion was very unimpressed with a plastic container for her sangria which was not a good first impression. Nowhere in Spain nor in Mexico at the level this restaurant is aiming at, would this be acceptable.

While the wait staff were pleasant and provided clean plates as necessary, we did not need another paper napkin at every stage. We ended the evening handing back at least 6 unused paper napkins to the staff member clearing the table.

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A
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

great location
good food
very cute place
had to have the banquet because it was Tuesday which is a bit odd ... but very nice food .. even though we couldnt choose the dishes we wanted

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J
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we attend Hotel Jesus, we're blown away. The service, quality of food and ambience are all amazing. We couldn't recommend Hotel Jesus more!

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k
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hotel Jesus were very accommodating to my party of 19 and the food was amazingly tasty, everyone was very happy with their experience there.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

I have been here quiet alot ans recommended this place to alot of people as being one of my favourites, haven't been for a few months went back on Saturday night and was disappointed with the food and service . Food was bland. Corn being my favorite dish was watery and no flavour, prawn taco was also watery and no flavour, lamb was very dry. These are the same dishes I get every time and can't even compare how different it all was. All thestaff seemed like they have changed didn't really interact with the customers as they usually do. No ambiance. Maybe I'll try in another few months but will definitely won't recommend until they pick up there game.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

All was good except for the entree that we thought was a but expensive for what it was - sweet potato with guacamole

Cocktails were nice

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FK
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It's an eclectic little spot, however the food was not as good as on previous visits. In saying that when we mentioned one of the skewers was as tough as old boots (literally) they removed the charge from the menu. Some of the other dishes were still outstanding including the pumpkin.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great options for vegetarians and vegans.

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r
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are Fitzroy locals who come here at least once a week or once every other week. The food and service is fantastic, it always has been from the first time we went. The sangria is to die for, the esquites for an entree is indescribably good. The flavours in all the food the chefs make are exceptional, the hosts and waitresses are always friendly and chilled. I recommend this place to all friends family and visitors from afar!! Love you HJ

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CM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Due to crazy weather we arrived very late for our booking on a Friday night before Christmas - but the team at Hotel Jesus were so accomodating, they had every right to be hating on us and cancel our booking, but let us have our table, add an extra person to our party, and let us know at the beginning when our table needed to be vacated by. Thanks guys, really appreciate it.

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B
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is amazing. The food and margaritas were so delicious and filling. Great service and the girls there were really helpful and lovely for service. The atmosphere is really great. The seats are set up so you’re not too close to anyone but you will feel the vibe it’s mean to portray. Definitely recommend and will be back :)

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R
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Everything was good, however food took a while to come out and waitress was less than friendly.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food is delicious, but well overpriced for what it is. Also, if you're expecting a smile from the staff you're asking too much. I get busy times are tough... but at least pretend to be friendly.

Visited 8:30pm on the 10/11/2018. Was seated in the booths to the left when entering.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took a couple of friends back after raving about this place. A bit worried it wouldn't live up to their expectations after hearing me go on & on. They both loved it. One was vegetarian so we had the veg version of "Feed Me". Many wow's & mmmmmm's followed as we enjoyed so many taste sensations.
the only thing we weren't mad on were the raw green beans but out of more than a dozen dishes that's not bad going at all! Looking forward to going again soon even though it's an hour and a half drive.
ps even if you think you're full to the brim and couldn't fit another thing - don't leave without have dessert!

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food as usual, very friendly waiter .
Love it here

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Nice food but overpriced and the service between courses was slow.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tacos are to die for... everything else we had was pretty damn awesome too, but I would have killed for a lime with the xico mole.

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PO
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The perfect taco bar! For a moment I thought I was back in Mexico.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

We had to transact our own bill via eftpos. We expect service when we eat out...
Waitress kept forgetting our orders, there was a delay in the food to come out.

My first and last experience there.

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A
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and great customer service! Can't wait to go back!!

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T
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Very small serves with hardly any toppings on tiny tacos. Pulled pork was dry. Over priced for what it was and food was not very tasty. Would not recommend.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Mexican food with a twist. Quick service and delicious.

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T
9 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We keep coming back. Super casual, delicious food, great prices and consistently great all around. If you're after awesome-yet-casual, reasonable prices and great drinks - you can't go past. Recommend getting the esquites to start, and Lamb barbacoa tacos somewhere after. The tamarind mezcalrita was great too.
Special shout-out to our waitress who was also a Mezcal lover ;P

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Such a great vibe at Hotel Jesus. Food...delicious. Service...friendly and professional. Absolutely worth a visit for a casual lunch or dinner. Styling...Fabulous. Ticks all the boxes

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A
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here with a group of friends. We ordered a variety of food and shared. Everything was delicious. A bit different than the usual Mexican food you get which I normally find a bit boring. The service was really good, the waitress was super helpful. The atmosphere is really fun, a little loud but not too bad. I want to come back to eat in one of the booths! Will bring the bf next time to try!

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Y
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Food was good but the plastic cups and cheap plates didnt do it justice. Priced like a classy eatery but far too casual for what we paid.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A fantastic night. We were running late but they kept the table for us. Service was excellent and very tasty meals. The drinks werent cheap but they were delicious so no complaints. Thank you for taking such great care of us. I know that we arrived late but we definitely appreciated the high levels of service.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Lacking ambience. Staff were very pushy for our table (understood there was seating times & we were ready to pay & leave but were reminded/asked several times & felt this was unnecessary given restaurant was completely empty). Food was good but was expecting AMAZING things overall as recommended by several Sydney friends but felt it fell short of expectations.

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b
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed it! Food was delicious and margaritas were Nice too. We got a good booth seat and our waitress / staff who attended to us were lovely .. didn’t try to rush us out!

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NL
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! Never thought Mexican style cuisine could be so delicious. The starter corn dish was incredible. The pork belly main was great value and delicious, it was a huge piece of pork too which you don’t find very often. The staff recommended a Mezcal spirit which I loved. Very friendly and helpful staff. We will be returning for sure to try all the other dishes.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Our waitress seemed a bit frazzled that night. Maybe she was having an off night. Got my drinks order incorrect and missed a few items off our food order. Though that turned out to be a lucky occurrence since we over ordered. Everything looked delicious and we wanted to try them all. We had a great time nevertheless. Will definitely be coming back with more friends, so we can order more food.

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IF
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Super slow drink service, it takes a long time (over 20 min) to get margarita. Not very personable service. Food lacked in flavour, especially salt (had to ask for it) and when asked for extra chilies they didn’t have any.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were really looking forward to trying Hotel Jesus after coming back from Bali and experimenting Motel Mexicola but was sadly disappointed. Food was just ok.

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