Monkey Business

4.5
137 reviews
$40 and under
Bistro
Monkey Business is a Modern Bistro all about Tasty Food with a lot of Poke, delicious Drinks & Wine in a Casual Setting with Good Vibes overlooking Port Phillip Bay in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula.
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SusanS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are regulars to Monkey Business and are never disappointed. 2 of our friends came with us this time…had a great night again thanks!

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LyndaP
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place. Everything was spot on. Thank you Brad for making it a fun night. We will definately be back. 🥰

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EdwardW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Small menu but food was next level. Roaring flavours and the presentation was creative and clever. Was looking for a quick bite on night we didn’t have kids around. What we got was a dinner to match any of the wineries on the peninsula without the bill and friendly engaging staff. Thanks for an eye opener.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Monkey Business. The food was outstanding and the service exceptional. We will be back. A really enjoyable night.

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Nate
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great location! Will definitely be back.

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CraigT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wow, we have been out a few times since the end of lockdown and this is the first meal where I've thought 'this is what eating in restaurants is all about'. Amazing freshness and flavour that I could never replicate at home. Friendly atmosphere and great service, I look forward to returning. A great dining experience in Dromana.

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GeorgieT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A complete surprise. The service was great and the food was fantastic. This is a great restaurant that is dressed like a cafe. Don’t let that fool you.

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RodW
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to Monkey Business on Friday night for our first night out after the end of the lockdown. Upon arrival we were greeted and taken to our seats ordered drinks and had the menu explained to us - ordering the 'Freshest Oysters and the delicious grilled Haloumi for entrees set the rest of the night up for the Lamb Rump cooked to perfection and the Squid Ink Pasta that was also amazing! The service was on par with the BEST the Peninsula can offer ! A FIVE Star experience! Do yourself a favour and try Monkey Business, you definitely will not be disappointed!

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PoKr
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The restaurant is in an excellent location, however the food was not value for money.

The food took an hour to be prepared, and when the pork orrechiette came out was bland and oversauced. The dory was unappetising, and again oversauced.

The waitstaff were attentive and friendly.

I think the combination of long wait time and disappointing food when it came out were the main reasons for the bad review.

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barb45
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, four of us each had different meals , which we all enjoyed.

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WendyB
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Monkey Business for breakfast and had a beautiful meal. The food was delicious and had some items on the menu which we hadn’t seen before which was refreshing. We will definitely come back again.

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JanetP
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place, food was lovely and the staff friendly and capable. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Monkey Business is our usual go to for a good meal out in Dromana for a reasonable cost compared to the wineries in the area. Service always prompt and friendly. Must order the side of potatoes with your meal - you’ll thank me for it.

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Adrienjodi
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Intolerably noisy. Unexciting menu. A waiter? Cook? emerged from kitchen wearing overalls, no T-shirt, to deliver dessert to a nearby table, stopping by our table to persuade us we should order the same. We would not recommend this “restaurant” to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Very slow service with no explanation. Food was average

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Andrew
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is the best restaurant on the Dromana strip. The food is great and the wine list contains a good variety of local, Australian and international wines. Service is prompt and efficient.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service, food and beverage all fantastic, will definitely return and recommend to all. Noisy inside but when I return will sit outside.

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vipRobynW
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful new find !!
Friendly service, great food and good wine selection

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Mark
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Amazing food! The staff are a little too attentive - but to be fair they hadn't seen diners in sooo long.

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Taylor
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service and value for money can be improved

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely beautiful. We were left very full and enjoyed our anniversary! Thanks!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience2

Perfect post lockdown meal and drinks with friends - excellent service!

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vipiamdaniela
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tried the Duelos y Quebrantos and could not fault it!
Perfectly cooked, seasoned to perfection.
And the coffee is always a hit ☕️

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Tony8
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

interesting menu and dog friendly outdoor area which is great

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NanK
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect as always. Excellent coffee, delicious food, amazing presentation and attention to detail and friendly efficient fun staff. ✅✅✅✅

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So so nice! Food excellent and service was amazing

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CathyM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. Service was very good
Would recommend

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LaurentJ
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience.
Thanks, made for a magic Mother’s Day. Cheers

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MardiM
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, everything was cooked and presented to perfection. beverage range and quality met the same standards, as did the service and price! will be going back as soon as possible!

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Tulip
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great vibe... though wasn't sure why we were rushed when there are empty tables in the cafe ...?

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LiamM
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and staff! Highly recommended

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LeeM
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Marked down for not allowing two people to pay half each. Restaurants that do this are always a disappointment, spoiling any good values they may have elsewise.
What’s the big deal, we are not asking for separate accounts, just split down the middle. You need to differentiate between providing individual food bills and just equal splitting of the total Bill.

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CarolD
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great menu leaning towards Spanish cuisine. Excellent choice of starters to share. Highly recommend the prawn linguine for main. Good reasonably priced wine list. Service outstanding on the occasions I have been.
Highly recommend

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KristineC
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The only complaint I had was the noise level was so high I couldn't hear my friends across the table and we were only a table of 4.

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Liv32
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were amazing! nothing was to much trouble.
Genuinely friendly and great to chat with.

Food was absolutely delicious!!

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PeterM
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Unfortunately the rump
Steak was inedible very tough and the ragu was really salty such a shame

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JuliaD
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve eaten. They never disappoint. I love that the menu changes every five weeks. Thanks again for an amazing night

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and Brad the chef is really out there and deserves a Michelin hat , his expertise is a taste sensation.
Regards Robert and Nat

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CarmenS
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite dining experience in ages; we graciously thank you for a wonderful night for hubby and I minus our 4 little cherubs, incredible food, excellent waiting staff, overall wonderful ambience, it was a night-off well spent.

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Marie
5 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ate from Vegan menu and the broccoli bruschetta and lemon risoni was beautiful and the hospitality second to none 😃

FAQs

Monkey Business is rated 4.5 stars by 137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.