Hotel Jesus

4.3
88 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
MON - closed
TUE - 530pm till 10pm
WED - 530pm till 10pm
THU - 530pm till 10pm
FRI - 530pm till 11pm
SAT - 12.30pm till 11pm
SUN - 12.30pm till 9pm
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Phone number
(03) 9650 6054
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
There is a significant amount of parking below Coles immediately next door and above Woolworths 100 metres down the street.
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Public Transit
86 tram - stop 17
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
What 88 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
Value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
8 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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PC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

lack of service to warrant the prices that you are charging.
portion sizes were small. your competition down the road provides better service, wine list and attention to detail.
the fact that we had to fill out our own tab alla Yum Cha style does not reflect the prices.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and an experience for my boyfriend’s birthday!

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EL
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Loved the food and the atmosphere and would absolutely be back for that alone. Really interesting open kitchen and bar and decor.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great drinks and awesome friendly service.

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j
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

The dining and drinks experience was ruined by a rude staff member who instructed us to supply a calculator while trying to split the table bill over 2 credit cards. The rest of the staff were fine, although we did have 1 incorrect cocktail delivered to the table, and 1 dish was forgotten. The experience while paying the bill was unnecessarily rude and a real shame!

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FF
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely meal. Everything was really tasty. The Esquites were delicious. The smoky black mayo adding great depth. Loved the blackened chicken. Staff were lovely and the vibe was fun. Only let down was the brisket - it needed to be cooked a bit longer as it wasn’t falling apart and we felt it needed more bang - didn’t quite meet its own brief.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great flavour and fresh ingredients really authentic loved all the dishes great place for sharing dishes

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great décor, cool atmosphere and brilliant food. A lot of surprising option on the menu. Veggie tacos a highlight.

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m
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had the most wonderful waitress , the service was brilliant , she was attentive, efficient, friendly - we were extremely impressed with her considering how busy it was

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GE
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service!, an incredible night! Great variety of dishes and drinks!

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L
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Over priced food and drink. Feed me menu was not worth it. Decor is great.

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a
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Attended with family for mothers day lunch, food was actually quite healthy, not to heavy, very fresh and tasty. Also the set menu at 48$ per head plus one basic drink each on arrival was very reasonable. Note** this may have been a mothers day only special.

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b
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service is fabulous and the food is always amazing and consistent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Unbelievable service, loved the recommendations and Tacos so good

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B
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Went to Hotel Jesus for dinner with friends whilst visiting Melbourne. Loved the decor, super cool. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food was arrived quickly and was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the marrow bone. Can’t wait to visit Melbourne again so I can go back to Hotel Jesus.

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V
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

I find that the quality and taste of food is not up to expectation for the value paid. The taco crackers were way too hard, the cured seafood dish was way too sour and overall dishes were only luke warm. I was referred by friends to come but was pretty dissapointed with my dining experience.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

The food was amazing. The experience was frustrating however as staff kept reminding us that we needed to be out by 830. This urgency began from when we sat down until we left at 832. It was disappointing at the experience felt rushed and was not necessary as when we left there were many spare tables around.

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