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Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Melbourne Central Lion Hotel

4.3
4.3
70 Reviews
$40 and under
Pub
The Melbourne Central Lion, located on Level 3 in Melbourne Central, is an old English style pub.

The Pub is all about great food and service, friendly Staff, excellent entertainment including some of Melbourne’s best cover bands and DJs, TAB facilities and all the sporting events as they happen live on multiple plasma screens.

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2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, English, Modern Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9663 5977

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking Details

    Melbourne Central has a paid carpark which gives direct access to the pub via the lifts.

  • Public Transit

    Melbourne Central Lion Hotel is located on level 3 of Melbourne Central. You can take the escalators direct from Melbourne Central train station up to level 3

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Trivia Night

    Multiple dates available
    Tuesday Trivia at Melbourne Central Lion Hotel. Starts at 7pm. Free entry & great prizes to be won!

What 70 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. M

    Maddie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Took 20 minute’s for someone to seat us just was serving everyone around us at the bar, our entrees didn’t come first all our food came together. My partner ended up sick after eating the fish he got for dinner wasn’t cooked properly. Way to noisy just for people to have dinner. And the most disturbing thing was a staff members bodily odour, absolutely gross, definitely needed some deodorant and he was delivering our food, let alone every time he walked past the smell just followed making it uncomfortable to eat. Wish I had better things to say but will not be coming back, Unpleasant experience and cost to much for not good food at all.!
  2. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here pretty often, sit outside, occasionally play pool, love the ambience, and the food has never disappointed.
  3. LA

    LindaA

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food and service was good. They put someone on our reserved table but then organised another table. The music was a little loud so they offered to turn it down. It was cold but controlled centrally which was a shame. Good value meals, big serves and great waiter.
  4. NW

    NicoleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were looking for somewhere to spend Good Friday watching the football and this was perfect, tv above the fire sitting at the lounge suit felt like home and the food was great.
  5. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked online which was easy. Turned up for our booking and had to find our own table. Looked at the menu to find nearly everything was sold out. Only options were steak sandwich, burger or pot pie. Didn’t bother ordering and got up and left.

    Melbourne Central Lion HotelResponded on 21 April 2022Hi Andrew, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and reach out. We completely understand the day you visited was not up to standard. We were understaffed and had new chefs which made for poor service. We do not want to offer excuses however would love if you can get in touch direct so we can send you a voucher. If you can email our manager, Bill, manager@melbournecentrallion.co m.au or give us a call!

  6. KW

    KarenW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Not sure if it was because it was a very busy weekend for the F1 I booked this place on line as it was close to our hotel. I have never been to a restaurant that had ran out of food which they should have know when we arrived at 7 pm there where 7 of us The waiter took our order I was looking forward to a steak 🥩 then the waiter came out to say sorry no steak so I ordered chicken parmigiana then he cam back to say no chicken left. All we could have off the menu was salad or burger or steak sandwich. So steak sandwich it was a very poor effort of a sandwich buy this time it was an hour later we got our meals. Plus the place need a good clean

    Melbourne Central Lion HotelResponded on 21 April 2022Hi Karen, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and reach out. We completely understand the day you visited was not up to standard. We were understaffed and had new chefs which made for poor service. We do not want to offer excuses however would love if you can get in touch direct so we can send you a voucher. If you can email our manager, Bill, manager@melbournecentrallion.c om.au or give us a call!

  7. JR

    JeffR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Poor quality food was served with an expensive wine list. They need to address what market they wish to target.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most convenient cbd bar for Friday night drink,close to trains,trams & buses. Great atmosphere provided by friendly staff makes this place one to attend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub to unwind with a few drinks afterwork & watch the footy..
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, great staff, great environment. Been there once before, highly recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for Friday night drinks, and with the cbd coming back to life it makes this place feel even better.
  12. RH

    RhiannonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, yummy food and friendly, helpful staff 😊
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great for a after work catch up with friends. Great customer service with super friendly staff
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night again catching up for drinks at this fantastic venue!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a booking that was not honoured with incredibly rude service staff who said they didn’t care that we had a booking. I understand you might have been understaffed or under pressure but that doesn’t excuse rude behaviour. If you don’t enjoy working in hospitality then you should try another vocation. It’s not difficult to be nice to people.
  16. H

    Hbann

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Great food and staff were lovely but was a bit nervous with Covid. Some staff not wearing masks, no checking of vaccination status or check ins... Busy on boxing day. Food was yum and staff were lovely though. Would go back after the pandemic
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue & great staff!! What more could you ask for??
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    My salad was a bit too sandy with the spicy calamari which were a bit bland. Otherwise lovely venue and service
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar with excellent staff! Very busy at this time of year,but they still find time to make you feel welcomed..
  20. R

    Raji

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great location. Lovely service. Decent food. Music and a dance floor. Can't ask for more
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classsic hidden gem of a pub, that becomes so much more after the sun goes down!
  22. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We usually would dine at this place quite often when going to the city but trying somewhere else next time I was going to order the Kiev but it was poorly described so I decided against it The food was mediocre the portions were too small and chairs were low & wobbly every time we moved
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service again! Helpful & courteous staff what more could you ask for on a Friday night.. easy check in with staff only to happy to assist all those with any trouble using qr codes..
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great Pub in Melbourne Central. Excellent selection of food and alcohol. Sports watching experience was fantastic, multiple TV screens to watch from. Staff were courteous to deal with, from the door man all the way to the bartenders.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Tiny bowl of expensive chips took 45 mins. Asked two waiters politely if they could check on our order and they both just said “I don’t know”…
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to be back enjoy a Friday afternoon/ evening catch up again and one of Melbourne’s most welcoming bars.
  27. AC

    AaronC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice friendly atmosphere easy to get to. Melbourne central train station is in the same complex.
  28. A

    Aleah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so nice to be out having drinks with friends again. Lion never disappoints! We all had a great time :D
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to back enjoying this great venue. Staff are fantastic and so welcoming to everyone. Easy QR check in and the QR codes on tables means your drinks are at your table within minutes or you can still order from the bar. Another great night had at the lion.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue for catch up drinks & a bite too eat. Olympics are currently on all TV's here so plenty to watch also.

    Melbourne Central Lion HotelResponded on 4 August 2021Thanks for the 5 star review! Glad you enjoyed the visit

  31. MG

    MagentaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2021

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Great pub. Shame about capacity restrictions. Try the waterfall!

    Melbourne Central Lion HotelResponded on 4 August 2021Thanks for the review Magenta! Unfortunately the capacity restrictions are out of our control and we have to follow what the government are allowing venues to do. Hopefully we will be back open fully again soon!

  32. FL

    FrankL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been a few times , always enjoyable Been a few times , always enjoyable

    Melbourne Central Lion HotelResponded on 1 June 2021Thanks for the review Frank! Hope to see you again soon

  33. RT

    RebeccaT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing, all my friends loved it and enjoyed the night, thankyou to the amazing staff ❤
  34. B

    Bellam

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2021

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    We loved the environment and atmosphere of this pub when we walked in. Very busy and the staff were friendly. We had the Sunday roast. It was $25 and terrible value, with 1 slice and a half slice of pork roast on some vegetables. The meat was also cooked pretty badly - overdone. No crackle in sight. My husband had the osso bucco and it was great. Stick to the regular menu and perhaps stay away from the Sunday roast is our advice. We will be back for drinks and the great atmosphere.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friday night catch ups are easy here! And now there’s table service you can get quite comfortable,chat,watch the footy & relax. Highly recommended.
  36. PM

    PurvahiM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The music was too loud. Was getting very hard to talk to someone.
  37. J

    Joant

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our group has only been in Australia for 18 months and said it was the best fish and chips he’s had here. Parma’s and burgers were equally good. Toblerone cocktail was delicious. Service was spot on and delivered with a smile. This was our second visit and there will be more in our future. Overall - good pub grub and good old fashioned pub atmosphere
  38. AG

    AnresG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good place to watch the UFC fights. Good food. Probably it would be nice have a greater selection of beers.
  39. MS

    MattS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All went well and pleased. Thankyou so much!! With regards..
  40. MS

    MariahS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the porterhouse was cooked to perfection will be back again

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Melbourne Central Lion Hotel is rated 4.3 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Melbourne Central Lion Hotel

211 La Trobe St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Pub, English, Modern Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Melbourne Central has a paid carpark which gives direct access to the pub via the lifts.

  • Public Transit

    Melbourne Central Lion Hotel is located on level 3 of Melbourne Central. You can take the escalators direct from Melbourne Central train station up to level 3

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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