Marion

4.6
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196 reviews
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$40 and under
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Wine Bar
Marion offers a sophisticated space, spread across two shopfronts on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, and is adaptable to a variety of occasions. There are seats, as well as standing and leaning spaces to suit those who pop in, and those who stay for the long haul. There are always spots left available for walk ins if you are unable to make a reservation. Marion only reserves a small amount of tables, the remainder of Marion is available for guests on a walk in basis. The food menu is seasonal and changes daily with both small and large sharing plates available. The lengthy wine list features small producers and exciting blends with wines sourced locally and from around the world. Marion was lucky enough to be awarded The Age Wine List of the Year in 2016. The Deadman’s Dozen is a monthly mixed dozen wine selection sought out by the wine team at Marion. The Deadman’s Dozen is available to purchase whenever you visit Marion, as are all of the wines listed.
What 196 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RL
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Look, it’s a decent wine bar and restaurant. But it seems to be resting on its laurels. None of the dishes really jumped out at me. And the service was mediocre. Not bad. Just not what you’d expect for that price point.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was pretty good but not Michelin good. Service was not good. Wine was great (the largest wine list I ever did see). But I'm not sure if I'd got back to be honest.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Overpriced food with rude waiters. We were rushed through our meal, and they up charged us on most dishes. The wine they recommended tasted very ordinary.

JS
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A friend was visiting from Berlin and I wanted to take her somewhere special for lunch. I am also a huge fan of Cutler and Co. next door, which is more upscale but wanted something more casual for this occasion. I always enjoy the Marion experience and was looking forward to introducing my friend. The Prawn and Horseradish roll, a perfect starter, followed by whole Baby Snapper Meuniere accompanied by bean salad. All absolutely sublime choices. We had the most delicious lunch surrounded by friendly and courteous staff. Marion is certainly a keeper!

AD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Excellent service. Great wine list. A nice place to sample some of Australia's most interesting wines, or other treats from the old world.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for a drink and/or dinner. Great wine, good atmosphere and excellent service. Would definitely recommend!

M
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience and food were both amazing, highly recommend.

MS
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My favourite place in Melbourne. Lots of lovely things to try that might be a bit out of the comfort zone but they are always awesome.

B
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Good spot for a quick catch up and a glass of wine but really annoying lack of space on tables. The interior space is roomy with two areas for eating, yet the seating areas are crammed together and the tables are ridiculously small for more than 2 plates of anything - why? In Europe I get that tiny spaces dictate using minimal furniture and seating needs to be close to other tables, but the amount of floor space unused or taken up with non functioning furniture defies logic and results in unnecessary discomfort while eating. The food is delicious but I have little desire to do more than have a quick glass of wine while the furnishing lends itself so poorly to a comfortable extended lunch or dinner.

KP
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service, great ambience. The happy hour is a fantastic deal!

KW
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Marion and will return on my next visit to Melbourne

RC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Always love Marion. Great food, wine and ambience!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marion consistently delivers - great food, service and ambience.

R
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Poor service and overpriced food. Awful experience. Waiters completely ignored us for the first 20 minutes. The next table came at the same time have already got their main course, but we have not even got our drinks. After that, our glass stayed empty for more than three times, it was impossible to make eye contact with any waiter to make an order.

DG
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I heard some great things about this restaurant via qantas magazine. The choice for wines was very ordinary. My experience was they were wineries I’d never heard of which is not a problem, however the cost per glass and the quality was very much below par.
The food was a 7 or 8/10.
Tables are close together, like a bit too close.

RM
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Marion, its simply one of Melbourne's finest restaurants!

m
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine , great food and awesome service. Perfect place to meet up with friends!

MB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

We went for the Scilian food/wine experience. Should have gone to Sicily....

The wines by glass were very expensive for average wine, and range of food also average.

We used to go to Marion a few times per year two years ago, went last year once and found wine selection by glass also poor and expensive, so this was the first time we had been since then.

Marion, we won't be back!

WT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Local favourite - food and wine list always a winner.

m
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The night was perfect - food , wine , service & ambience !

E
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service2Ambience4

Prima eten in yuppie omgeving. Gezellig en prachtige wijnen!!

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HC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a perfect date night! Amazing food, amazing wine, amazing staff, amazing space. Thank you!

BD
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Love this place, such delicious food. We had the chef's selection because otherwise it's just too hard to choose.

NB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this place..only criticism was the table which was on a corner next to a pile of boxes..

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A bit loud but really good atmosphere, food is delicious

RM
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect tonic to end my weekend in Melbourne. Food was amazing and the wine suggestions superb.

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second time there and just as incredible as the first. Incredible food, great service and a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

PM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Definitely loved the whole experience. Food exciting and delicious, love the atmosphere funky and fun but serious about food and wine. Service was impeccable our waiter was knowledgeable answered all our questions with patience and humour. Have been before and will return. Marion delivers on food wine and service.

ET
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

We loved our experience and especially the food.

Our female waiter was very very good - attentive and professional.

The male perhaps manager or supervisor who showed us to our table and later brought the bill - was the only disappointment . His manner was rude and condescending which then ruined our night somewhat ...
It was a birthday celebration ( 2 people) we were made to feel very unwelcome.

Love the ambience and because the food was outstanding we will go back - hopefully he won't be there next time we visit.

KG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! The food was super tasty, fabulous customer service and great vibe. I will definitely return. Thank you!!

g
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Marion is a neighbourhood gem, for those of us lucky enough to live in the neighbourhood. The menu is always interesting, there are always some challenging flavour combinations to explore, or not; the wine list is worthy of exploration too. We're looking forward to our next opportunity to visit.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was excellent, but we found hairs TWICE during our meal, once with the garlic bread starter and once with the cheese at the end. Therefore two stars for service, one for each hair.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic, the food is some of the best in Melbourne.

CM
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere, fantastic service with an awesome knowledge of the wine on offer. The wine list is like nothing I have seen before. The food is great for sharing and trying out lots of different dishes. Great night out.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant, food and service were both of a high standard. The only let down was the noise which was so loud I could hardly hear my partner sat across from and this somewhat tainted an otherwise lovely meal.

c
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wine and food were fantastic. My partner doesnt eat seafood so the menu was a bit limiting but the choices we made were fantastic! Great slection of wine!

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, service and atmosphere....exactly what a wine bar should be like. If you are hungry , the chef's menu for 65$ is really good value.

DB
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we arrived for a late sitting at Marion, one guest short of our promised 4, but the staff treated us as though nothing was a bother and treated us kindly, warmly and a bit 'old-friendy'. We loved it! We had also filled up on cheese prior to our sitting, so weren't starved, but did manage to put down the most delicious roast chicken I've ever eaten, incredible wine, beetroot salad, crudo - simply fabulous all round. Cannot recommend highly enough.

KL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything’s done so well. And nothing is fussy. Professional on every level.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fabulous. We loved our dining experience and will be back 100%.