Melbourne Public

4.3
65 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Live Music
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun

Melbourne Public, located on Melbourne's bustling South Wharf, is a wonderful gathering space for enjoying elevated pub fare in its rustic and contemporary restaurant. The chili mussels with grilled Turkish bread in a chorizo and tomato broth and the spicy chicken wings served with herb mayo are fun to share and completely delicious starter options. Some of Melbourne PublicÔs larger dishes include the juicy grilled porterhouse steak slathered in garlic butter, the prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast with romesco sauce and the king prawns risotto with creamy mascarpone and fresh herbs, all of which can be complemented with a draft beer, like Japan's Asahi super dry or the local Mountain Goat summer ale.

If you have a chance, enjoy your meal on the beautiful outdoor terrace. For a sweet end to your experience, dig into Melbourne Public's sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Private Dining

There is always a reason for a celebration, and we want to help you make it a memorable event. We have spaces available for every type of social gathering, from birthdays to engagements parties & private dinners.

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What 65 People Are Saying
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ER
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great venue. Staff friendly. Food good. Will definitely visit again.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I didn't realise that Melbourne Public had live entertainment at night as we had only eaten lunch there before. As we were going to the comedy festival and a group of 6, we wanted to book somewhere for dinner so we didn't walk around aimlessly trying to find somewhere late on a Friday night. It was disconcertingly when we walked in due to the band and the amount of drinkers in the bar. However the staff were extremely friendly and although we were the only people in the restaurant section, service was great, the food was good and all promptly served. We also really enjoyed the live music backdrop as while it was loud, we could still have a conversation at the table.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely lunch with staff and the food was very tasty!!!

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DB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall an excellent lunch with family & friends... only one small spoiler.

When we went to pay, the male waiter was quite happy to allow us to split the payment, but a female staff member with an attitude intervened & insisted that it was "a rule" that we could not split the bill.

There was only a few other people in the dining room & we only wanted to make two separate payments... not seven, so it wasn't really going to create a major drama, but her manner was quite abrupt & rude.

She then proceded to split the bill like she was doing us an enormous favour & made a big deal out of not being able to identify which meal was which.

Small things like this can spoil the whole experience, so perhaps some customer service training wouldn't go astray for certain members of staff!

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RH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place for a catch up with friends for a drink.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good feed. Food yummy and prompt. Staff very friendly. Will be back again :-)

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B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A great location for nearby events at Convention center. Was extremely busy and they did well to serve everyone .
Food was good pub fare. Cocktails were okay. I would come back and recommend this place when it’s quieter less busy

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BI
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love happy hour keep those drinks coming great way to chill and unwind lovely staff members very helpful great meals never disappointed Always a lovely experience

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

Good service but saganaki was very tough, when it shouldn’t have been. Not good value for money. Also, my steak was cooked medium when I wanted medium to well. Service was good though.

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Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We were not told that we would only be able to use the bar menu. Apparently in the first week in January, the full menu is not available. It was not crowded but it took very long to receive our food and the service was spotty.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great live band to sing along or dance to on Sat night

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JH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The band was fantastic and finished up a great night out with friends without having to change location

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H
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great night out for my wife’s 50th. Food was awesome, the staff were great. Bonus was the live band we could dance to rocking into the wee hours.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for the $1 oysters happy hour and was not disappointed. Service was great especially with how busy they were. Would definitely come again.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an awesome time, the music was really good, food was decent, bar service was pretty good too!

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DE
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food and selection of beers and wine.
Plenty of room so you don’t feel like you are sitting on top of other diners.
Unfortunately the young guy serving behind the bat was totally clueless.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, and table service perfect my is a Chef and want to book again love it thank you to everyone

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WK
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Went here for dinner, where we thought we could sit and watch the footy. We could watch, but not hear. I thought this was more like a sports bar restaurant, but the music certainly took front stage. It wasn't a huge issue as everything was nice - I just got it wrong this time.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely setting and great staff. My partner and I went in for dinner and had an awesome time. There chips are the best I’ve ever had aswell

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SS
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was a combination of friends catch up and birthday lunch. Menu accommodated everybody's tastes and special requests for allergies etc were no problem. Food was good, service was friendly and efficient. Bonus was the cocktails - a very tasty espresso martini and margarita (in theory very basic cocktails but in practice hard to find good ones, these were very good)

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BM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Unfortunately our order was messed up and one of our meals was forgotten, 2 of our meals were cold and sent back. What i would say is the staff on the floor handled this mix up very well and were very apologetic. However even once we got our meals the food was overall very dissapointing

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Meal was very nice and the staff were excellent and very capable but the noise in the building was almost too loud to talk over

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TH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very accommodating to our large group, and were more than happy to bring out meals at different stages as late comers arrived. We weren't able to split the bill but staff were patient as we counted out our cash.

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LC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Despite discussing this event with management prior to Saturday evening my guests were poorly treated by the manager. I am appalled at the lack of customer service.. tone and mannerism displayed. Distrespectful to say the least! Not acceptable Melbourne Public

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O
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always go there with friends. Nice staff and environment. Salt&pepper calamari are my favorite. One is never enough. 10/10.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nothing was too much trouble and the staff made the occasion easy and were attentive so we could spend time with each other

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JB
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. From the moment we entered I loved it. They were having a 90s night so the music was great! The staff were friendly and we received our drinks very quickly.
The food was delicious and served quickly also. The ambience was great. A lovely place

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CF
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great, relaxing atmosphere and friendly service. Varied menu at reasonable prices. Recommended for a quiet dinner or a special celebration ✌️

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambience and food, casual atmosphere and good table service for food and drinks. A little rushed at the end of the night for another booking, however a great place to sit, chat and take in the night life and scenery.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a very overdue catch up with family.
Food and service was amazing. The waiter even remembered us from the night before and knew what we were drinking!
Definitely value for money

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

When we arrived the staff greeted us with smiles and were very friendly. Through out our stay they were very attentive and ensured we had everything we required. the food was served hot and was delicious.

Would definitely return in the future

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J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

300g scotch steak defiantly not worth $38. Steak was tough, very small and wouldn't have been 300g. Creamy mushroom sauce tasted like melted butter with mushrooms mixed thru. Antipasto was also a let down, 4 super thin slices of salami and prosciutto accompanied with some crusty bread, relish and cornichons for $22... was nothing special.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There was 7 of us with different types of meals and everyone said theirs was delicious ,nice place with very freidly and helpful staff

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was lovely and the service very good until the waiter took offense at me asking to see the manager when he refused to split our almost $700 bill. I have no issue with this being policy when the venue is busy however we were literally the only ones there. The manager was more than happy to accommodate our request but the waiter’s attitude left us with a sour taste.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great Christmas dinner at Melbourne Public. Estrella beer was perfect from the tap. Restaurant very quiet for a Monday night, we were the only table occupied inside which provided prompt service. I had the risotto and everyone else had steak. All cooked as ordered and tasted delicious. Overall a graet business dinner, would love to come again.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time at Melbourne Public. Service was exceptional, and the kitchen was fantastic.

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service was very good, a place to drop in for a drink, seating in the bar is set up for quick visits, dining area was very good, but tight. Better seating design in the bar would make it more enjoyable

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CV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Unfortunately the service was not great. Had to look for staff on arrival to get our table and continually get staff to order more drinks etc as they were rarely checking on us.
It was a warm evening so the air-conditioning was on but the vent was right above our table and we were freezing.
It was very loud so difficult if your having dinner and trying to chat and it also took 1 hour for food to arrive after we ordered.
While the food was decent I would not go again

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food pretty good for 3 of the 4 who came, the burger was awful, dry and hard. Yuck. Peri-Peri Chicken was great.

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BO
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, good service. Perfect for groups if you want dinner, bar environment and great atmosphere.

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