The Benjamin on Franklin

4.9
32 reviews
$40 and under
Farm-to-table
We are a boutique bar based on Franklin Street in Traralgon. Think luxe, velvety interiors, jazzy tones & classic cocktails; a perfect venue to simply enjoy good conversation over a quality gin, whisky or wine. Seating is available at the bar, in our lounge area or in our outside courtyard. We have partnered with Lumberjack & Co to provide a diverse menu of tasting plates designed to compliment our drinks menu. Led by chef Ash McCowat, Lumberjack & Co are committed to delivering a waste-free menu featuring fresh ingredients from the sea, paddock and garden and making all of their components from scratch.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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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Dining & Drinks Reservation

Dine in
Starting Oct 29, 2020·Sun 11:30-14:00 17:00-20:30, Wed 17:00-20:30, Thu-Sat 11:30-14:00 17:00-20:30

Enjoy our fresh seasonal tapas menu with food from the garden, paddock and sea freshly prepared on-site by Head Chef Ash McCowat from Lumberjack & Co.

Drinks Only Reservation

Dine in
Starting Oct 29, 2020·Sun 11:30-14:00 17:00-20:30, Wed 17:00-20:30, Thu-Sat 11:30-14:00 17:00-20:30

Enjoy our extensive gin, whisky, wine & cocktail menu.

What 32 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
Value
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LizD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was blown away by the refurbishment, sultry, sexy beautiful plush furnishings. Loved the ambience of the place. The tapas style menu was great and a good drinks menu to suit.

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JACQUIA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved the flavors and presentation of each tapas. The gin cocktails went perfectly with the meal which seemed to have some Mexican AND French influences. We had the chef’s recommendations (last option on the menu). OMG Just the best!!!

JM
JennyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic venue, beautiful decor and furniture. Highly recommend this place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Good food, good drinks, good vibe, great times

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AliciaT
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite place. So nice to have a grown-up, intimate bar in Traralgon. It feels like a little laneway bar in Melbourne without the travel! The cocktail list is amazing as is the food.

MM
MadisonM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good cocktails beautiful deco wonderful ambiance <3

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TerryS
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall it was a pleasant place to dine. Food was excellent and of good quality. The alcohol was great with lots of variety

RS
RachelS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic from the food to the drink to the service.

LM
LibbyM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, incredible selection of gin/spirits/cocktails. Lumberjack Food.. perfect match.

SG
SusanG
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about our visit. The pork belly was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. Service was exceptional & loved the ambiance of the place. Will definitely be going back!

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AlyseC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, our waiter was always on top of everything and answered all our questions. The food was amazing and the cocktails even better. I highly recommend the Blinger and Gin Smash cocktails.
Decor and vibe are fantastic, will definitely be back.

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Simmy1
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Nice cocktails and good atmosphere. Staff were attentive.

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Abby
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant new venue loved it! Cocktail menu fabulous, food devine and service on point. We will be back very soon to try more cocktails in this beautifully style bar.

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Ness
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Pork Belly melted in your mouth, was delicious!

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Gabby
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great selection of drinks. Food good quality from a snack to something more substantial. Service fantastic. Enjoyed our first visit to this venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love BOF, great drinks list, huge selection of spirits and a thoughtful wine list and the food by Ash is fantastic, have a negroni and pair with the chicken liver pate .. a match made in heaven

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food and cocktails Stools uncomfortable

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a gorgeous bar for grown ups. Even during Covid the team r doing an amazing job of greeting, service, organising everyone with the bookings. Amazing ambience, customer service was outstanding the food just beautiful. Perfect place for a Fri avo drink & nibble.

JM
JennyM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time we had been to The Benjamin from the moment you walk through the doors everything is exceptional Service was great friendly staff beautiful fresh food and a great variety of drinks background music at a level that you can still talk without raising your voice
We all enjoyed the Benjamin

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ElianaP
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food came out fast
Was all delicious
Staff were friendly
Can’t wait to go again

TW
TaylaW
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fast & efficient service! Food was delicious and staff were very friendly!

SA
SarahA
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Professional and knowledgeable staff.
Great recommendations for food and drinks.
Music was at a perfect level that we didn’t have to tell over it to chat.
Can’t wait to return

DM
DeclanM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful time at this bar, the atmosphere was great and the drinks were tasty and well priced, staff were so friendly and professional, would 100% for a fun night out

KB
KylieB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, great food, great cocktails. Just a little too dark for my liking as it was difficult to read the menu. Would highly recommend you try.

KC
KymC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous time, drinks and food were amazing!
Highly recommend as a great place to relax and enjoy hanging out with friends.

JW
JasonW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Cocktails, whiskey and gin outstanding quality and range.

Tapas menu covers all good dietary requirements and are all very good quality and flavoursome.

Highly recommend.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was great, drinks were great but pricey, didn’t try the food but would come back very soon!!

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Milya
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Counter seating was uncomfortable, but food, service and drinks were all amazing.

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Monhouse
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's awesome, the service is great and the drinks are delicious.

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123456
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu selection of food is great with the quality and freshness being superb and local. Once again a fantastic atmosphere, prompt service and such yummy cocktails. Definitely will be our on list to visit again soon.

KB
KerriB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful place. Staff are so friendly and welcoming Just what our town needed.

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TraceyP
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great decor! Amazing cocktail yummo nibbles! What more could you want?

AE
AnthonyE
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience4

Drinks wear very good service was amazing but the team dident try the food tho and the price was up thair a bit but over all very good

FAQs

The Benjamin on Franklin is rated 4.9 stars by 32 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.