Poodle Bar & Bistro

4.8
45 reviews
$41 to $100
European
Poodle Bar & Bistro accepts reservations for 6-12 guests on our tasting menu for dinner. Smaller groups will be welcomed for dinner on a walk-in basis. Lunch reservations of all sizes can be made through OpenTable.

For larger groups of 12 people or more or to enquire about holding your event at Poodle, please email Poodle's reservations team at ciao@poodlefitzroy.com.

Poodle Bar & Bistro is a European influenced bar and restaurant located on the iconic Gertrude St in Fitzroy.

It is a multi-faceted venue which includes an intimate restaurant, public bar, cocktail bar and courtyard.

Support Poodle Bar & Bistro during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Chef's selection

Dine in

A$75.00 per order

Starting Nov 26, 2020·Sun 12:00-15:00, Tue-Wed 17:30-21:00, Thu-Sat 12:00-21:00

We accept reservations for 6-12 guests on our tasting menu

What 45 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.6
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BoobyBobson
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great resto, great service, excellent decor, good food. Place to go for the whole package.

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Euge
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It's basically Cutler&Co front bar (complete with its own very tasty fruits de mer) but with an even more bougie fit out. I'm not complaining - it's a great option for a YoPro first date or a celebratory long lunch. Excellent addition to the Gertude St strip.

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Youna
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved everything from the interior deco, service quality, food and ambience. The poodle bar is amazing!

The only flaw was a table next to ours which was very loud that I could not even hear what my friend was saying at all. We decided to move to another venue to continue our conversation.

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Svet
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful time at Poodle on Saturday. Staff were extremely accommodating when the weather took a turn for the worse.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing. Everyone I walked past acknowledged us and said hello/goodbye. Burger was delicious. Vol au Vents were a tad overpriced for what they are, however, it is a bit of a small serve/big price kind of place. Drinks were fairly priced.
Looking forward to going back again.

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Jenniferv
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious bistro style food and drinks. Lovely, easy going but knowledgeable service in a very cool and classy setting. Definitely will be coming back for more again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Basically... flawless from start to finish. Super friendly and accommodating staff serving food that was as delicious as it was intriguing. With an exciting drinks list to match and a decor that’s, well... bloody spectacular. Can’t wait till this place opens up fully. I will be as regular as they come.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love this place! Booked a second time after enjoying my first visit so much. Staff, food and cocktails were all outstanding! Was shown through their gorgeous upstairs spaces and have booked our work Christmas function in December. Can’t wait!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We ate from the ‘raw’ section of the menu and we couldn’t be more impressed. The venue is beautiful and gives a real bistro vibe. Excellent for a date night or catch up with friends. The menu suits well for a proper meal or nibbles with drinks. I must admit though, the music was a little bit loud and made talking a task. Overall, would highly recommend and cannot wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, vibe and service!! 💯

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome food and service! Can’t wait to come back and try the rest of the menu :)

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VishanJ
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food to share & nibble on. Everything we had was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambience! Definitely try the kingfish. Sitting out on the patio was wonderful, on such a beautiful day. Definitely coming back soon 👍🏼

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Acccc
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food and drink was lovely & we had a good night! I just wish they were following Covid precautions more strictly. There seemed to be a lot of people crowding in certain areas (e.g. the bar/entryway) which was a little concerning.

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable service. Delicious menu and wine list. Highly recommend.

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Misskait
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff ! Delightful food and yummy drinks !! Will be returning for sure .

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, knowledgeable about both the food & wine. The patio out the back is perfect for cocktails on a warm night. Food and wine were impressive, we would definitely recommend Poodle.

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JuliaS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner here with my girlfriend. Service was so friendly an attentive. The food was delicious across the board. Morton Bay bug salad a standout, as was the whole fish. A sophisticated space I can't wait to revisit!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just wow! This is our new favourite restaurant. Fab food, attentive service and amazing fit out. Those crab vol-au-vents... on my!

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Nell
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a place! Everything has been considered. Champagne and a seafood selection a must. My new favourite hangout.

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a lovely lunch with my girlfriends at Poodle. The food was delicious and interesting, and easy to share with everyone. The staff was friendly and we got to sit outside under shade during a nice sunny day. Can't fault anything.

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TrishenM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All round amazing experience. Menu well presented. Service was attentive and helpful. Will be back again and again!

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CallumMcK
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What’s not to love about Poodle?! Very professional and friendly service, excellent food and beautiful fit out. Perfect place to meet friends, family, colleagues or even a date at the bar! Just the right combination of casual, comfortable dining with a chic Melbourne flare. 10/10 my favourite restaurant in this area.

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Chris
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience. Food was exceptional, great vegetarian options too.

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LaurenA
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

V sexy! Fab for a date night or a yummy dinner w friends. Seafood selection is chefs kiss. White Ferrari cocktail is my new fave

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Scooby
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great space, great service, but left hunrgy.

Place looks awesome and the team is very welcoming.

Overreached with the set menu though. Price is fine if you leave satisfied, but we were all still hungry. And charging extra for a steak is a bit much and would say one bowl of chips for 6 people is a little light on.

Saying that, I'll be back. Like what you're throwing down.

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AusmaV
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly service, lovely atmosphere. Exactly what I want when I go out for a good meal!

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Nell
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was divine! I can’t wait to go back to Poodle after lockdown.

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VanessaM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent a beautiful Sunday lunch here upstairs. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The fit out is absolutely gorgeous and I cant wait to go back when we are out of lockdown.

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SalvatoreV
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! Blown away by the interior and decor, nothing has been spared. Food was sensational, we had the rib eye mains. Cocktails and wine were on point, some great suggestions by the staff who were helpful and knowledgable. Perfect Sunday afternoon lunch spot. Can't wait to get back.

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JaneW
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice indeed. An interesting wine list and two very good degustation meal options. Appreciated the focus on healthy, vegetable and protein rich food, cooked to perfection. Ambience and fit out first class. Would highly recommend.

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MitchellM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service and really good food. We will definitely be back.

NM
NeilM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I Looked forward to coming
Disappointed table I was shown downstairs was not allocated

Certain food arrived not warm not referring to the escabeshe , and voula vent ..
I have re booked for Thursday 9th and have requested a particular table for 4 please allocate. Thanks Neil

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GinaB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

From the moment you enter thru the doors you are blown away by the decor, moody ambience and the expense that has gone into making it a place that’s wanting to be a big player for a long time.
Given the place has just open I will cut it some slack.
The guys behind the bar are friendly and can mix a fabulous drink/ cocktail.
The maître, I think co owner very pleasant and accommodating.
However, our waiter had insufficiently knowledge of the menu, didn’t inform us of the set price and that it had to be shared. He was more interested in making sure his thick black rimmed glasses were looking fabulous and stayed on his face. So much for COVD and not touching your face.
Food- starters and small plates were delicious, especially the trout. The main of spatchcock was absolutely tasteless, uninteresting and the soggy green it was sitting on was over salted. Dessert on the $70 per head was not any better, poached fruit in zababligone, never seen that done before. Also tasteless.
A very disappointing night however I will commend the head waiter/ co owner for agreeing to reduce our bill. He was very decent and welcomed by comments, with the idea to improve and for us to return.
All in all, ill come back for a drink at the bar but the menu and that waiter needs to go before I sit down for a meal again.
Maybe wait a few months until COVD has lifted and they’ve found their groove.

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FritzIsRick
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great space and vibe. Excellent (and patient) service. Really enjoyed the food - the vol-au-vents and steak were standouts. Very user-friendly drinks list. Will be back (need to try the club sandwich and bombe alaska)!

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ErinO
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing menu and the service was impeccable!
The gnocchi dish was a standout!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Poodle was such a great experience, the food was incredible and the space itself is just stunningly cosy. I loved it and already can't wait to go again!

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Luca
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New venue just opened in Fitzroy on Gertrude St. Food was incredible and the Wet Poodle Cocktail (Take on a Maritnin) was really tasty! The Spatchcock and truffle was a highlight! Go check it out for sure.

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Nonna
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and ambience at Poodle. The quality of the food is unreal and service is impeccable. Can’t wait to try it again when lockdown is lifted.

FAQs

Poodle Bar & Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Poodle Bar & Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://apps.giverapp.net/poodle/.

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.