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About Robert Burns Hotel

The Robert Burns Hotel is the home of truly traditional Spanish cuisine, with a very Scottish name. Spaniard Urbano Gutierrez introduced the Spanish flavour to this Australian pub in 1984, back when variety in the local hospitality market was much harder to find

The Robert Burns legacy has since been passed to a new, fresh, yet still Spanish team ? who bring the authentic tastes and cultures of their homeland to the Robbie Burns on Melbourne’s iconic Smith Street.

Patrons of all kinds are welcome and our venue is family and kid-friendly, too. Dine in the restaurant, relax in the courtyard, enjoy drinks and tapas in the front bar or the wine room, and don’t forget to check out Robbie’s special Spanish flavoured events.

376 Smith St
Collingwood, AU-VIC 3066
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish

Hours of operation:
Monday 5:00pm - 12:00am

Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am

Cross street:
Smith St and Easey St

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9417 2233

Website:
http://www.robertburnshotel.com.au/

Parking Details:
Street parking on and around Smith Street.

Public Transport:
Tram 86

Executive Chef:
Marc Albalate

Private Party Facilities:
Whether it’s drinks and nibbles, a relaxed dinner, cocktail party or a full degustation, our diverse spaces can cater to groups as small as 20 and as large as 220. The Robert Burns is the perfect location to hold your next corporate lunch or dinner, birthday, wedding or otherwise.

Private Party Contact:
Alberto Rego: (03) 9417 2233

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please see our website for Function details.

Robert Burns Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.2

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.0

Noise

Energetic

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on 14 August 2017

After trying this a few times, I have to say that the seafood paella is ordinary.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on 5 August 2017

Typically great service and food. Sadly this time the service was sub par, and even though we booked for the dining room we had to sit on stools at a high table. Always tasty though.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 28 July 2017

Haven't been to the Robbie Burns in years, still absolutely amazing. Will be making this our regular little place.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 25 July 2017

Great experience food classic Spanish with an Argentinian twist.

Tags: Cozy
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Food2
Ambience1
Service2
Value2

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 21 July 2017

Texture of octopus was mushy which was weird, and even weirder that it came with mash which is also mushy. Paella was really salty and underwhelming. Very strange to have such a tiny table for Spanish dining - how to fit multiple plates of tapas, plus paella pan was bigger than the table! I would suggest having an option when booking to let guests choose or at least know that they will be seated at a high table with high chairs. Not comfortable and it was pretty cold inside as well!

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 4 July 2017

Really enjoyed our visit to the Robert Burns. We were given a quick and warm welcome, and received really attentive service all night. Great menu, too (cant go past the rib-eye or barramundi) which was complemented by a very comprehensive wine list featuring some fabulous Spanish wines.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (東京)·Dined on 1 April 2017

Very friendly staff, reasonably priced food and drinks!

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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 31 March 2017

We had a fantastic evening at the Robert Burns Hotel.
The staff were very warm and welcoming.
Our food was delicious and was well portioned.
A romantic date night vibe.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 19 February 2017

A great dining experience where the food was yummy, customer service outstanding and a great vibe.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Comfort Food
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 18 February 2017

Food was very good. Croquettes a highlight. Extremely professional , patient and informative waiter (a young French man). Will recommend to friends and will be back again.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 17 February 2017

This is one of my fave places, especially for afterwork drinks.
I'm usually there every Wednesday night with the girls for happy hour. The atmosphere is great and the customer service is always excellent.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is a fan of Spanish food/tapas.
Croquettes and squid ink paella is amazing!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Casual, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy
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Food4
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Service4
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

have been here several times, and always end up with Paella. There's lots else to choose from but the Paella is really great, especially on a quieter evening when there's even some crispy bottom bits!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 13 February 2017

The Robbie Burns is awesome! Food is fabulous, they have options for all requirements.

Always so fresh and very tantilising.

If we organise to go to dinner with friends from interstate, I always bring them to the Robbie Burns.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 11 February 2017

We had a fantastic time at Robert Burns hotel. The service was very friendly and helpful. Everything was a pleasure.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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Food1
Ambience3
Service3
Value1

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 4 February 2017

The Tapes was great but we went there for the paella but was the worst paella

I have eaten sent it back and really spoilt the night

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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 28 January 2017

The ambience and service were very good, food was generally good but the rice in the Paella was undercooked which was disappointing otherwise a nice place for a casual meal and drinks.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 27 January 2017

Have been to RB many times. Service as always fantastic and staff assistance with Spanish wines spot on as usual. It was a little nosier than usual with a table of young children. The starters/tapas were wonderful, again as usual. Our friends from Sydney were very impressed. Unfortunately the 2 paellas we ordered, which are usually the highlight of any night at RB, were very disappointing. Both were overcooked and quite dry. This was strange as they came out very quickly if anything after the starters.
Have never had anything but first class food here so hope this was a one off.

Tags: Tapas
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Food1
Ambience3
Service3
Value1

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 21 January 2017

Food was really lacking those exciting Spanish flavours. Overpriced and dull.

Tags: Casual
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Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 13 January 2017

The booking was messed up, the table was not ready, we waited and then suddenly we were told the kitchen was about to Close and they had forgotten we had not been seated. This is usually a great Restaurant but this time, one of dishes (platter of sausages) was extremely salty, and the other (stuffed pimientos) was cold. Management and Chef Needs a Little kick in the behind to provide the great Food we expect from this lovely Restaurant!

Tags: Comfort Food
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 12 January 2017

A delicious menu with fabulous service in a very hip area!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 8 December 2016

I started with pre-drinks at the bar. The chorizo tapas were great. Unfortunately, the service was slow, one plate was forgotten and the service not very forthcoming. Many people who came after us seemed to be getting their food before us. During the dining experience the same waitress came to check on me with a different set of friends. She was more agreeable and the service and food was better. This was a nostalgic visit so a bit disappointed it wasn't all as pleasant as many years ago

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 26 November 2016

Tasty Spanish dishes, quite authentic

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 18 November 2016

A great little pub with outstanding authentic Spanish food. Service a bit spotty to begin with (perhaps someone's first day on the job?) but errors were fixed and reinforcements sent in.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 23 October 2016

Beautiful food. Service was great .
The only thing that let the experience down was the state of the ladies bathroom.
The toilets were not clean. We got there at 12.30 for lunch which meant it had not been open very long. Ine of the cubicles was unusable which meant it had not been checked from the night before.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 27 September 2016

Excellent Spanish inspired food with very friendly service. Good choice of Spanish alcohol.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 16 September 2016

Food was great and the staff was friendly and efficient. They were not pushy and gave us good advice when we asked about their Spanish wine.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 15 September 2016

Fabulous decor, warm, cosy atmosphere. A good small dining space - not crammed or too noisy. Great, friendly, knowledgeable Spanish staff. Fast service didn't have to wait long at all. Easy to find a park or use public transport. We had a great dinner and I'll be going back for a drink or two in front of the fire. Food was delicious (was disappointed that they forgot to sugar my churro's). Would recommend you book to avoid missing out on a table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on 4 September 2016

The seafood paella was not as nice as what we had a number of years ago. The rice was undercooked and serving was small for the price charged. The menu was not extensive so with 3 entrees not being available on the night we were limited by what we could pick with 2 school aged kids in tow. Didn't think much of the creamy potato coquettes, they were too rich and blanch. We expect the potato wedges with aioli for accompaniment to be hot and crispy but unfortunately they were soggy.

Tags: Late-night Find
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 4 August 2016

The atmosphere was fantastic. Very relaxing, food was great. Highly recommend

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 18 June 2016

Best food and service for price I've had in quite a while, can't wait to go back !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
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Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 11 June 2016

The staff were very helpful and friendly. No trouble from any staff to explain menu or help us choose a wine. The food was amazing . There was four of us and we chose four entrees and then had the seafood paella which we all shared. The churros for dessert were delicious. I would recommend to all our friends

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 10 June 2016

Great place , great staff. Prompt service. And awesome food.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 21 November 2015

Great food, good value and super friendly service!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 20 November 2015

Great value, delicious authentic Spanish food. Friendly and efficient service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 7 November 2015

Great foodNice staff Relaxed atmosphere

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 4 November 2015

I like the mix of scottish and spanish cultures. For Australia, its good spanish food.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food3
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Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on 31 October 2015

The staff were friendly and the food was good. Only thing is $52 for a paper-thin layer of rice for the paella is a little bit rip off comparing to the paella I have had at the other restaurants.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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Food4
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·Dined on 30 October 2015

We have always enjoyed Spanish food and now that we are just back from a long awaited trip to Spain, we appreciate this restaurant even more. All the waiters were friendly and attentive and we enjoyed all the food and drink we ordered. The croquettes and jamon and cheese platters were particularly tasty. Unfortunately, we are not able to afford to dine here every week, but we would like to.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 9 October 2015

I really enjoyed my birthday dinner recently with family . The staff were great very attentive, nothing was a bother and food was delicious. Great dessert too a bit different which l like.Would love to come back and try other dishes!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 9 October 2015

Great food, great atmosphere, a little noisy (but that didn't worry us too much. I would go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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