Publican Mornington

4.2
68 reviews
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Asian
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  • Tapas
  • Lunch
  • Casual
Formerly The Bay Hotel, this iconic venue has undergone an enormous transformation to become the all new Publican.
Located in the heart of Main Street just minutes from the beach, we bring a unique dining experience to the Mornington Peninsula.
'Ms Banks' dining hall features our all new modern Asian Fusion menu. Try our new Lunch Delish menu, or visit on Tuesdays from 5pm for our $15.00 Curry Club specials. Our Sunday Yum Cha's as the best yet! All you eat Dumplings and a al carte sides for just $34.90!
The Banquet menu is available upon request and all dietary requirements are catered for. Plus the Publican offers the very best in cocktails, spirits and craft beers.

Functions and private events can be catered for in a variety of spaces. There is nothing we haven't catered for. From 21st Birthdays to 60th Birthday parties. From Engagement parties to the wedding and reception itself. You need but enquire
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4.1
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MC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! You can’t leave without trying the crab croquettes or the Passionfruit Martini. We can’t wait to get back there.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Mother’s day all you can eat yum cha. Well it’s not really all you can eat when they stop serving you, and honestly I don’t think we ate that much. Was really looking forward to this and was pretty disappointed. The waitress was lovely and friendly when she was there but the service was terrible.

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DO
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Mothers Day Yum Cha was ok. We were bang on time and our Irish waitress was very helpful. Although we were first served some of the food was warm to luke warm when brought out. The asian greens I would guess had been siting around for quite a while and looked dull and limp. The dumplings varied in quality with some being quite thick in their covering. These were from memory the ones with the chevron markings. All of the dumplings were tasty but the service was far too rapid. The noodles were cold but the rice was hot. Inconsistency but I guess it was a booked out event. Pricing was fair for the quality of food and in order to to make it a ‘known’ experience it needs to be refined. Having said that, we shall be back to try your other daily events

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Responded on 15 May 2019

Hi Deb, Thank you for your feedback. I would like you to know that we intend to follow this up and rectify! Even with a sold out event like Mother's Day we always pride ourselves on food and on service. Please do return and try our other daily specials. Tuesday night's $15 Curries, is a top winner in my eyes! Hope to see you again soon

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AS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely birthday dinner at The Publication. Abby, our server was so friendly and charming - great food, great people - thank you!

Publican Mornington
Responded on 9 May 2019

Thanks for the review Anita, Yes Abbie is quite the charmer! :) I'll pass on your kind words to her

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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food was tasty but it was hard to find a piece of lamb in the lamb shank curry. The meat in the red beef curry was fatty and we couldn’t eat it. We ordered 5 dishes and 2 were unavailable. The dumplings and the green stir fry vegetables were nice. The service was very casual.

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MM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose to sit outside to enjoy the nice day. The Yum Cha was plentiful and very nice. The staff were attentive and look after us especially with making sure our allergies we taken into account. Can wholly recommend.

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Responded on 3 May 2019

Thank you so much Mighty Mouse! Yum Cha is proving to be a great success and we love hearing feedback. Hopefully see you soon

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DD
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Yum cha was yum. Food was brought out too quickly which meant some food went cold/hard. Plenty to eat though.

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Hi Deb, Thanks for leaving us a review. Although the score you left is disappointing to us, I assure you we take all feedback seriously. We will be following up on this for Yum Cha Sundays, as we are always on the hunt to improve where ever possible :) Many thanks

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GC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food in Mornington ! Asian style food , great event nights . Service is always excellent, wonderful staff and great vibe

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Wow Thanks Gabrielle. I am very happy to tell you that you have just won a $100 gift voucher, simply for leaving us such lovely words and all those beautiful stars! Please reply on here with your email address and management will contact you shortly. Congratulations!!

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SP
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Food Was OK But There Should Have Been More Of A Choice On The Menu Than What There Was Entertainment Was Fantastic

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Thank you for your review Stephen. We hold Lunch and Dinner specials throughout the week also. But perhaps you are referring to our Bar Snack Menu that is available during Live Shows. This I assure you is changing and more importantly extending very soon. We hope to see you again soon

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H
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went there prior to show upstairs, food quality is excellent, on the high side in price and if it had just a bit more on the plate would have given a 5 star. Will be back again.

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Responded on 11 April 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review Rob. Next time come and try one of our 'through the week specials', for dinner. Like our amazing value Curry Club on Tuesdays, just $15 each! Launching again soon Hope to see you then

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EK
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was worth the price for sure! Cocktails were amazing and our waiter despite being the only one managing about 5 tables was quick and very attentive

Publican Mornington
Responded on 11 April 2019

Thanks so much for taking to time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again soon

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RK
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food.. great service..staff friendly.. nice lighting and atmosphere.. enjoy 👍

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Responded on 11 April 2019

What a great review! thanks so much Russell. See you next time!

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CM
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect venue for a lovely dinner for 2. No fuss, interested staff, quiet buzz of customers coming & going. Food absolutely delicious. Wine perfect compliment for our meal.

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Responded on 11 April 2019

Look at all those lovely stars! Thanks so much Carmel. We hope to see you again soon

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SE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Daring food combinations, which, for the most part, work very well; the okonomiyaki was well presented and authentic in taste; the ceviche was good, although the accompanying crunchy dough sticks were superfluous. Good small selection of Mornington Peninsula wines. Background music was intrusive, even when turned down!

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Responded on 11 April 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review Stephen. We appreciate your feedback and will look into how to improve on your next visit. Many thanks

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MN
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My girls were hesitant when I told them we were going for Yum Cha. By the end of the meal they wanted to know when we could come back. The food was fresh, fast and plentiful. The staff were amazing. The food was so delicious but in the end we told them no more! We stuffed ourselves silly and could not fit another bite in. Highly recommend for families, as under 12s are free. We will be definitely be back.

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Wonderful to hear! We'll see you next Sunday for more YUM CHA!

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L
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great first open for Ms Banks Yum Cha Sunday, looking forward to going again. yum

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Responded on 26 March 2019

Thank you Linda. I hope we can make this 5 stars next time. If you would like to email your feedback to the website, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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E
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service! Will recommend to my friends and family

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Responded on 26 March 2019

Thanks Emma! We hope to see you again soon

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RC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing! We ordered various dishes to share and there was not a single piece of food uneaten.

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Responded on 4 March 2019

Hi Rhonda, Thank you so much for the review! We have a brand new menu being launched on Monday 11th March, so I hope you will visit us again to try it out. I also hope we can make this a 5 star all round on your next visit Many thanks

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Poor service ,knowing full well it was going to be busy due to magpie ink . Not enough staff working having to wait for service for extended periods of time at bar upstairs .staff apologetic but management need to look at how they run their events . I have been to quite a few here and each time it is sooooooo crowded with limited staff working . Unable to see what I had paid for and porky organised

Publican Mornington
Responded on 4 March 2019

HI Sharyn, I appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback. I would like you to know that I intend on following this up and will most certainly be fixing the staffing issues with the upstairs shows. Many thanks Publican Management

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LF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had not been to the Publican since the refurbishment and were pleasantly surprised at the new décor and offerings. The food was of a good standard if a little limited in range. As usual, drinks were over-priced but this is common across the sector. Certainly a good addition to Mornington's places to eat and drink.

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Responded on 4 March 2019

Hi Larry, Yes those pesky drinks prices are a pain all round unfortunately. But we very much appreciate the 5 star for service and the time you took out to leave us a review. We have a brand new menu being launched on Monday 11th March, so I hope you will visit us again to try it out. Many thanks

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EB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is delicious and well priced. Upstairs disco is fun Too!

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Responded on 23 February 2019

Thanks Elisa! Look forward to seeing you again soon

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The food was okey but the service was not really what i expected. Staff did not even come and asked everyone weather the food was any good. I observed other tables too. Did not come to ask if we need refill for drinks, did not asked if we wanted hot drink after our meal, staff were not friendly enough. Staff were okey but those little things would of been good.

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J
17 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The chefs choice was great value and very varied. Gyoza was a bit hard, but everything else great....bang bang chicken very good! Would have been better with 2 deserts not just one to share. Attentive, friendly service.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 23 February 2019

Thanks Julie! I have forwarded your feedback to the Ms Banks kitchen to review and improve. Much appreciated.

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S
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, the best food, very comfortable place

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Responded on 23 February 2019

Thanks Sammy! So nice to see 5 stars all round! See you again soon, I hope

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RJ
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

For someone chasing Asian food at reasonable prices it be the go !!

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AL
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The food looked yummy, but unfortunately the food I ordered had coriander in it, and I am highly allerigic to it.
I would have like to see the ingredients on the menu it only stated 3 ingredients none of which were coriander. I would have paid and ordered something else but our orders weren't taken till 7.30pm we arrived at 7pm and food came out at 7.55pm and our show opened for upstairs at 8pm. So I didn't have time to reorder unfortunately. The table staff were very lovely but they were run off their feet trying to do everything. So I was disappointed but it had nothing to do with your helpful staff but more to do with running of the venue and wait times. Oh and the cocktail I had for dinner was very delicious.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 22 January 2019

Hi Amanda. Thanks for leaving us a review. We do please ask that any Dietary requirements, especially something as important as allergies, are made aware to the staff... for your safety. There would have been no issues at all to have your meal come out with no coriander in it. Unfortunately as everything off our menu is made super fresh and in house (even sauces), it is impossible for us to describe every ingredient on the menus. We hope to see you dine with us again soon (coriander free!)

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KD
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

More staff and it would have been perfect! Food amazing and staff lovely but we didn’t see them after our food was delivered ... no extra drinks therefore purchased.

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Hi Kelly, Thank you for your review. We will definitely be following up on the service from your visit. And we hope to see you dine with us again soon, so we can make this 5 stars next time :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic menu and great atmosphere

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Responded on 3 May 2019

Great to hear! Thanks very much. We hope to see you again soon!

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MA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Busy spot as usual but always good. Good service too.

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Responded on 2 January 2019

Hi Melody, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. It most certainly was busy on NYE, so I am glad to hear the service was good for you. I hope we can make this 5 stars on your next visit Thanks

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HW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We went for dinner on NYE. The vibe was good, the food was amazing!! If it wasn't for the great food I would probably think twice about going back. This was due to the service, or lack of that we received. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt that we were just unlucky on the night. The main issue was a female staff member, who seemed highly confused the whole time we were there. From the outset she got all our info wrong, seem very out of it. She also then brought a drink over that we hadn't ordered and then dropped it on us. It was an accident, however there was a hurried 'sorry' and nothing else. She didn't even bring a cloth over to help clean up. We both had sticky cocktail on our clothes, the seat and table. Another staff member then bought over the same drink that we again had not ordered! Anyway the food was lovely so we will give then another go and hope for better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great place good vibe fresh food

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Responded on 2 January 2019

Thanks for the lovely review. We hope to see you again soon

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LC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

We enjoyed the food. The service was somewhat tardy and the music was so load you could not have a conversation with our friends. After several requests, the noise level was reduced to a more reasonable level.
I think most people go out to lunch to catch up with friends, good food and good conversation. Others go fo business reasons.
Load music prevents both of these.

Publican Mornington
Responded on 2 January 2019

Hi Lorraine, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We pride ourselves on our service so I must apologize for your experience over the busy Christmas period. We promise to have the music at a more appropriate level on your next visit. Kindest regards

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JW
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was quite good but not particularly authentic for Asian fusion. If you’re looking for quick tapas style food in a casual pub environment this is the place. Food served pretty quickly considering there were clearly lots of new summer staff working that evening!

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Responded on 5 December 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. As a relatively new venue, (with yes.. new staff) we strive to improve wherever possible, so feel free to email us anytime from our website, with feedback on how to make this an even better rating! Hope to see you dine with us again soon

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SB
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was EPIC. So delicious and service was prompt from ordering to clearing tables. Also they bill split. Friendly staff and great overall vibe. We will definitely be returning

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Responded on 5 December 2018

Hi Stacey, Thank you so much for your lovely review Nothing worse than a place that doesn't split bills! :) We look forward to you dining with us again soon

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NO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious. You think you're going to get pub food and then they knock your socks off with their cuisine. We go for the food. The happy ambience is a bonus.

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Responded on 21 November 2018

Hi Nikki, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. As a relatively new venue, we strive to improve wherever possible, so feel free to email us anytime with feedback on how to make this an even better rating! Hope to see you dine with us again soon

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L
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious cocktails were amazing :)
Great night catching up with friends

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Responded on 19 November 2018

Hi Leanne Thank you so much for your lovely review! See you again soon

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DM
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Expensive Asian style sharing menu.
Food lovely but if you don't like Asian no lt much other choice. Nice hipster style venue. Love the decor.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was seated in the Bursary (old bank safe) was lovely & cosy & private dinner for the 6 of us. Loved it.

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Responded on 19 November 2018

Hi Karen Thank you for the lovely review! Isn't the Bursary just wonderful to have dinner in, so intimate and historic! We hope to see you again soon

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KW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I enjoyed this venue just because it was booked prior to a show.
The waiter was so preoccupied he forgot a drink he brought food incorrectly
A shame because the food was great but you want to eat what you order

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S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good selection of Tapas style Asian Fusion food perfect for sharing. Overall, the food was tasty especially the crispy fish salad. Would definitely go back again. Wide selection of food on the menu which is great.

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