Pepe's Italian & Liquor

4.5
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251 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Melbourne’s iconic Trunk Restaurant & Bar has been reimagined into Pepe’s Italian & Liquor, an Italian American style restaurant and bar, transporting diners back to the golden age of 1940s New York, serving up the classics. Stepping inside Pepe’s Italian & Liquor takes you back to the golden age of 1930s and 1940s New York, with an impressive mural along the back wall designed by Belgian artist Jan Van Der Veken. The thirteen-metre bar features a zinc bar top and custom wood panelling. Banquettes are decked out in burgundy leather, with red and white chequered floors. Pepe’s food and drink menu draws inspiration from some of New York’s most established Italian eateries, described as ‘Italian New York migrant cuisine’.
What 251 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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OT
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Faultless experience in an incredible restaurant. Cannot wait to come back!

R
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with excellent service. Good selection of cocktails and wine.

OT
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited Pepe's for our work lunch.
Two colleagues have allergies and these were well catered to.
Staff were very attentive, very professional and non-intrusive.
I ordered the fish and sides and it was delicious. All meals came out pretty much at the same time.
The risotto looked fantastic.
I shared the banana cake with one of my colleagues and it was amazing!
Great food, great atmosphere and attentive staff.

OT
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfect location for pre theatre dinner.

PC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is always delicious and a table near the fire was greatly appreciated.

OT
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic, couldn’t fault it at all! Our waitress was lovely, super friendly and made sure we were enjoying our meals and as soon as we finished a drink was there to ask if we needed another. And all the food we got was absolutely delicious 😊 and seriously loved my colour changing cocktail!!!! Would definitely recommend Trunk to everyone 😊

OT
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow what an amazing place! Great food, staff and atmosphere. Beautifully cooked mains, and delicious deserts. Loved the pink pavlova!
Highly recommend this place, so pleased we found it. Easy to book online also.

JM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I am a regular to Trunk...always enjoy the ambience,food,wine.Staff are always pleasant,it was cosy
in there Saturday night.My guests and I had an enjoyable evening...Many Thanks

OT
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great service and good.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Trunk is consistently good. It is my favourite pre theatre dinner venue, as always served promptly and depart on time. Food is very tasty, varied and easy to share. Staff very friendly and accomodating.

OT
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They accomodated our special needs, the food and wine were delicious, the service was perfect! Every time I’ve been to Trunk my experience has been the same.

OT
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great meal for a quick get together over slow roasted meats, risotto and pasta. All our meals were great and the wait staff were friendly and attentive to ur needs. Highly recommended.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner - great service, amazing food and the environment was great for a group of people. The noise was super loud, but if you’re cool with that - then this is your joint.

OT
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great wine.

OT
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful vibe and great place to catch up with friends for a more formal night out

OT
Perth / WA
26 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We took an out of town guest back to the restaurant where our loved one got married so Trunk will always hold a special place in our hearts. Staff were lovely and food was great, there was a mix up with an incorrect dish coming out but a lot of apologies and some free bread were provided to make up for it. We didn't feel that our experience was AMAZING but it was certainly enjoyable and we would go back!

RC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Some confusion about restaurant or diner, but we ate well, standard pastas, risottos and so on but our 5 party group was all happy with the result.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have visited Trunk on many occasions with family and friends. Always greeted in a friendly manner and the service is spot on. Trunks food is ideal to share. The baba ganoush with flat bread is so tasty and the shoulder of lamb just melts in your mouth with exquisite flavours. Everyone I dine with is always very impressed with the food and eager to return.

BM
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Low key ambience inside, low lighting and low music, great for plenty of chatter around the table. Food was superb, excellent service and fantastic wine selection. Treated like a fancy restaurant but at a very reasonable price mark. Would love to go back again!

OT
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Espresso Martini’s were on point!
Salmon gravlax and zucchini fritters were delicious!

OT
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a romantic dinner

OT
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Reception service was great. We asked our wait staff for wifi password. She did not know and said she would find out. We are still waiting. We ordered a bottle of wine, initially we were brought a part bottle. Actually $60 was expensive.

CC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

I was so disappointed in my experience at Trunk. It was a special night so I booked online a few days in advance. We were not greeted at the door by a hostess so stood around not knowing where to go. We stood around and a few staff members saw us and gestured to move along the bar to the back. Along the way we were passed along by 3 different staff members before we were seated. The booking I made was not there so we had to wait for a table to be set. The meal was taken away before we were finished, we were not asked if we had finished eating and some of the plates were still only half eaten. After the table was cleared we saw two mice running around under a nearby table which made me feel really ill. If there were mice in the dining area, what condition was the kitchen in? We advised the staff about the mice and they blamed building works close by. I assume these matters should be addressed with pest control measures so mice are not running around the restaurant regardless of the cause. I was so disappointed in the whole experience as I had been before a couple of years ago and enjoyed the experience last time. I sent an email outlining my concerns but as four days on I have not recieved a response.

SH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food! Lovely staff - they were willing to reduce the volume of the music to accommodate a member of our party who had hearing issues. Highly recommend!

a
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Shocking customer service and far too long between entree and mains

OT
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was fantastic, we ordered pizzas they where yummy and dry light not like a normal pizza where you feel bloated after. We also order entrees which where very yummy. The waiters where all very friendly. We where a group of 6 and considering the venue the only downfall was that it was quite loud. We did however visit on a Friday evening. We however found when 3 of us 1st arrived it was much more ideal to mingle considering the noise level. Overall a great experience and would go back :)

KS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Service was great, equal balance of attentive and time to talk without interruptions.
The food was fantastic! Great choices as well, including the wine list.

The only downside was the noise, however the building is historic so I get that soundproofing may be a problem.

H
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time at Trunk. Good food and wine. Quiet vibes but I didn't mind.

SH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Trunk has proven to be an ideal venue for pre theatre dining for us. The food is always appealing and extremely tasty. The staff are friendly and attentive. Will keep coming back.

AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

great place to visit although it can get very noisy on a busy night.

PT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I would have recommended this place from past experiences, unfortunately not after our recent experience. The lamb was dry, the venue music level was bearable even for able hearing adults. There is a difference between ambience and night club. I am sure the music helps the staff enjoy their shift but what about the paying customers trying to have a good catch up.

OT
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I had a couple of cancellations in my party and there was no hesitation to move us to a smaller table, the service was very professionally and they were very happy to adjust to my needs.

OT
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Very good food excellent service

OT
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and service. It was extremely hot weather so there werent many customers (the city was very quiet in general).

OT
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an enjoyable pre-theatre meal at Trunk. The waitress was very friendly and efficient. She did ask if we were going out and made sure the kitchen was aware we had a deadline.
The food was beautiful. My lamb was fell off the bone, my husband chicken was perfectly cooked.
Our friends’ pizza and risotto was quite enjoyable. Nothing was left.
Would definitely head there again.

OT
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time, the staff were help, the food was lovely and the overall experience was perfect.

OT
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were just meetin friends before going to a show. We were short on time but our pizzas came out in no time at all. They were all delicious and the chef even treated us to some fries as we were waiting for a few minutes extra! Too nice! The service and the ambience was lovely.

SA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Finally!! a normal restaurant with good service. Normal portions, good flavour. You pay what you get. Will come back for sure.