Melbourne Public

4.3
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78 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian

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.

What 78 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing venue highly recommend food was amazing staff were Very friendly

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NickiM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good food options. Venue was nice. We had booked two tables and the second table received their food at least 20mins after the first. It was lunch time and only 4 tables were full. But everyone seemed to enjoy their meals

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KimA
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Would recommend going for a drink after work with some nibbles but the meals were just average.

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Poida
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our first time at Melbourne Public. I went there for lunch with my mates for my 50th Birthday. Had a fantastic time. The wait staff, a young Brazilian lady was absolutely fantastic. Her knowledge and customer service made our day effortless. Would definitely recommend Melbourne Public to anyone. Loved the steak sandwich.

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TrishK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe, food and service, definitely going back

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Nicolebabs80
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Food was terrible. Salmon was dry and overcooked, and the potato rosti tasted like rubber. My partner had the steak and asked medium rare, and again that was overcooked.

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vipSharon
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Found this great pub, just steps from the convention center. On a Tuesday night, very quiet. On the outdoor patio, there were heaters to keep customers warm as they chatted with friends over a beer. We chose to sit in the dining room. Dinner special of the day - fresh tuna - awesome. The Greek Salad perfect size to accompany my steak sandwich. Cold Cricketeers beer and dumplings to start. Service was excellent too. Great place, just go!

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JessicaV
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for a great night. Good service and yummy food. Would recommend!

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Shellzie
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were helpful and friendly. Great venue with room to move.

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RobynC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We are a family of Coeliacs, 5 of us suffer. My brother who is very sensitive has never been sick from the food. We had a great time stayed until last song by the band, danced, had great wine and staff held last bottle for us.
It was for my Brother and my Birthdays and we all had a great time. My sisters and my Brother, Nieces, Partners all danced.
Thanks so much- will be back again.

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MeganS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining area is lovely, service was friendly and prompt and the burgers were delicious!

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Michelle90
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great venue. The service was first-class, and we were able to pay separately with no dramas. I will be going back!

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AngelaT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nicely decorated place, lots of space, good quality food. Great for families.

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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

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SonjaD
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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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GaryB
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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DonB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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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RossH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JemmaL
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Belindanash
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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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BreeI
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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PersisH
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

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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vipJoan
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

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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JeanineC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JanetH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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Hazy19
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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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TerrenceC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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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JenPen
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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DaveE
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

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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ScottD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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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WayneK
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

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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Tenilleeeeeee
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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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ShereleeS
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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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BeMe
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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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TahneeH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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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LynCA
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

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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Ozrrangel
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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KateG
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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JodieB
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FAQs

Melbourne Public offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9268 7600 ext. 1.

Melbourne Public is rated 4.3 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.