The Espy Kitchen

4.5
474 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Featuring a large open show kitchen and equipped with fired grill, there will be the wood fired grill, a ‘Crustacea’ bar seafood display, meat rotisserie, pizza station and pastry section.

The overarching design is a casual and relaxed dining and drinking space, high on quality produce and ingredients. The Espy Kitchen will provide a fully immersive ‘food theatre’ element that will be raw and real, bringing with it all the sounds, sights and smells of food being cooked live!

Experiences

  • 3 Course Shared Menu

    A$65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    All bookings of 7 or more are required to dine off our group shared menu. The menu consists of three courses showcasing local Victorian & Tasmanian produce.
What 474 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ListonW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The menu has changed and thankfully it’s more sophisticated. Feels like a dining experience and less of a burger joint. The cocktails are delicious but too expensive considering the tiny glasses they come in.

Good experience- will return ! Well done 👍🏼

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Opinionista
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were so delighted to dine at the bar in the Espy Kitchen. Great menu and cooked to order, really fresh and great quality produce. Kudos to the chef and his dedication to local produce. I would highly recommend this place for a quick dinner or a slow dinner - either would be fabulous. Considering the noise in the front bar and bistro, the Kitchen somehow managed to remain relatively quiet, at a level you can still hold a conversation.
I thought the early evening crowd were quite discerning. Great ambiance.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time I had dined or been to The Espy. I was not disappointed. The food was delicious. The menu was not your usual meals and they were very tasty. I would recommend The Espy for a fine dining experience with friends.

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Arkie08
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We usually order a la carte but decided to go for the Suggested Set Menu - at $75 per head - as there were three of us and it seemed to offer a variety.
We were somewhat disappointed. It was not very substantial and the fish dish was a good size for one person but tiny when cut into three.
We were happy enough to have been there but it was noisy - lots of kitchen clatter and loud music. With plenty of other dining choices elsewhere ... we wouldn't go again.

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MarkF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have to say probably the best dining experience since Melbourne got out of lockdown. Feel like Melbourne’s service is slipping with the labor shortage but this place has it sorted. We had a seat at the ‘kitchen bench’ and highly recommend. Everyone was so friendly and clearly loved working there. Dying to go back already.

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Leia
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We were a group of 12 people so we had to get a set menu for $65 per head. Food is yummy but there really wasn't enough food to go around. Could do for one or two additional plates. The set menu is not a good value for money.

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vipCirenov
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at the EK- Espy Kitchen.
Excellent attentive service.
Delicious food.
Ambiance to match.
Highly recommended.

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PeterL
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Really friendly service, very accommodating to the guide dog. Wait staff were attentive but not over bearing. Mains and sides were well proportioned and beautifully presented. Dessert - chocolate mouse with meringue and freeze dried berries on a coulda - yum! The room for improvement would be to offer a greater selection of red wines by the glass.
We will be going back.

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Karl
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent, friendly and entertaining, and the food was absolutely delicious l, with the oysters kilpatrick and the kingfish being particular highlights.

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BrittneyM
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Poor quality and quantity. Slow service.
Expensive drinks.

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SeamusF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal and amazing service, we'll be back!

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RebekhaA
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Music was too loud to enjoy conversation. We were there at 6pm and there were only 2 tables seated. it could have been more enjoyable if the music was softer and increase through the night when more people filled the space.

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PatriceM
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Perfect menu, great fresh food and friendly service

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VirginiaP
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My first time at the Espy and was pleasantly surprised to experience excellent service, delicious food and exciting cocktails that were all beautifully presented and well priced. We all ordered the chef’s selection at $65pp, they were flexible with alterations and accommodating to satisfy all of us. The slow cooked lamb shoulder was the group favourite and the chocolate mousse dessert was the perfect way to complete the experience. Thank you.

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JustinL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Ambiance & interesting decor. The meals were ok on quality, yet undersized & overpriced in my opinion

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SeanB
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food, Great Service. Will be going back again!

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Sylvie
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came too catch a gig, managed to get a booking in the Espy kitchen beforehand and was super impressed! Food & service were spot on, I’d rerun based on that alone!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Zucchini ✅
Fried Chicken ✅
Kingfish ✅
Sam was helpful 👏🏻👏🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Feed me menu for 4 was def not enough.
Chef cooked the meat to rare pumpkin was under cooked

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous meal. Thoroughly enjoyed the Esy Kitchen experience.

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RobynR
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Had to fight through a noisy crowd in the front bar to get to the kitchen.
Waitress was awesome and helped us decide what plates to share.
Yummy but pricey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I were so impressed with the Espy kitchen. The food and ambience were fantastic, we were all raving about how delicious all the dishes were, especially the chicken and all said we would definitely be back. The only thing I would comment on is that it was very breezy where we were sitting and a bit too cold. The service from all staff was also excellent, overall we were really happy!

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kates
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was super happy with all the dishes that the staff recommended. The potato, ricotta, mushroom dumplings were amazing

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JamesB
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable Easter Sunday lunch, food was lovely and staff were first class
Highly recommended

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PaulaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I love the look of the new Espy. We had a table inside and the atmosphere was good. Helpful service throughout. Nice wine. The size of the crab rolls was disappointing for the price ($16 each) but they tasted great. Very enjoyable overall.

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DaleO
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed eating at the Espy kitchen. The food package was good and the service was great. Thank you for making it enjoyable!

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JuliaM
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed this place . Staff very help and great service . Lovely place for delicious meal prior to our concert and be able to have conversation as not to noisy . Loved the atmosphere.

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FionaM
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have to say, this is the second time I’ve dined with you guys in the last two weeks and I have recommended to so many friends. Your service is incredible, the ambiance, food, overall feel of the venue is just beautiful. Your staff have been so attentive and friendly on both occasions. The food and cocktails were beautiful. Thank you for making those Saturday evenings a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Have always been a big supporter of the Espy Kitchen but on a recent visit it pains me to say the level of food was not up to their pre-Covid standard. Service however was excellent. Might have to settle for a pizza in the front bar next time. Still an awesome venue!

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Simbina
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place never disappoints and always exceeds expectations. On this occasion, I booked a table to take along some interstate guests and told them little of what to expect. Like me when I first ventured back to the newly renovated pub, I was blown away on so many levels. The renovation is stunning, quirky and charming. Combined with the excellent food, out-standing service and lively atmosphere I am always trying to find another excuse to visit this truly unique venue.

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MargL
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Espy you never fail to disappoint. Loved the waiters who were an integral to this 5 star experience. Food was sensational. Understanding we had to be out early due to going to the International Gala Comedy Festival the service was efficient without us feeling rushed.

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SamanthaS
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

all our dishes were yummy, served by friendly staff. definitely a fun night out.

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ChantalF
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Great food. Reasonably priced. Second time at espy and different restaurant. Didn’t fail to impress again. Can’t wait to return.

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VictoriaM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved it all , the flavours of each meal was fabulous , the wine was a bit expensive though

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ArmatiA
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was absolutely fabulous! great staff!!

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Hamish
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10. Service was great. I think their names were Annie and Lucy. Unreal work Espy, I’m sure the crew will be back sooner rather than later. And thank you for being rather kind and lenient to the nature of our table (loud and annoying).

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CatherineR
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered the slow cooked lamb to share. Was delicious, tender and plenty for 2. Staff were all so lovely and attentive. A great escape away from the hustle and bustle of the bar.

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KAITLYNNO
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food and absolute vibe

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AndrewT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food exceptional venue fitout and great service by waiter Bruna
Highly reccommend

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CalebA
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We dined in the Espy Kitchen. Usually I love the Espy but on this occasion the service was very slow and lackluster. My kingfish was excellent but my friends eggplant was inedible

FAQs

The Espy Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 474 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.