The Espy Kitchen

4.2
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394 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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!
What 394 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TB09
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding value and service as always. In trying circumstances due to Covid-19 it was a joy to be back at the Espy Kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great night. Loved the Reno on this old girl. The ambiance was amazing as was the service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good service was excellent.

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Whitey
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Use to get in there a bit in the day and it’s been a while. The makeover is awesome. Had a meal and a couple of drinks before a gig at Palais. Super service and food.. I miss a little bit of the old Espy but if it wasn’t once a Melbourne icon it certainly is now. Be seeing ya soon....

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Great spot but service was a little slow. Given we paid a 15% public holiday surcharge, the busy-ness shouldn't have been an issue.

Food was pretty good and reasonablely priced.

Enjoy the ambience so will definitely return!!

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TheSilversun
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant when you want pub but not the grub. Good value, great food options, lovely staff who provide just the right amount of attention, especially when your pint is just about empty. Absolutely worth it- plus it’s attached to the Espy - I mean how cool is that!

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Would like to see more vegan/vegetarian options available. Great ambience, excellent service by our male waiter.

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Chanelle
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was average and service was poor. Would not recommend the banquet as we didn’t get value for money. Also it was a public holiday and they messed up the surcharge meaning all 12 of us had to repay for food and drink. Not ideal

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EimearR
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very fast service, good Sunday roast deal.
Food tasty and meat cooked well.
The restaurant was very noisy on a Sunday afternoon from the amount of people in the bar but that made the atmosphere good

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Taneliza
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Been twice and staff are friendly & helpful.

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Rach
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience, great friendly service. Not pushy but attentive.. great menu and lots to choose from..

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good straight forward food that was well cooked. Great service. Reasonably quiet considering all the hard furnishings and was almost full. I would go back again.

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MMfromM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Were seated next to the kitchen but it was not an issue. On the contrary, was interesting to see how everything works. Service is first class and the drinks amazing

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StewM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I felt the pizza was a bit short on toppings for the price, but perhaps that is they style of pizza they produce ... the very thin crust was tasty though!

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Lounger
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chaotic front bar full of fun then placed in the peaceful eating area at the rear. Food, drinks and service were all excellent.

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BernadetteM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting with friends from Brisbane via Royal Caribbean 'Voyager of the Seas'. The highlight of our cruise was visiting the Queen Victoria Markets and then catching a tram to St Kilda to enjoy lunch at 'The Espy'.

The markets were on, so we were able to enjoy those prior to dining at the 'Espy Kitchen'.

We enjoyed the calamari, pork, zucchini flowers, chicken pate and roasted pumpkin salad. Aperol Spritz was on tap which is my most favourite drink and due to the weather being a perfect 30 degrees went down a treat. We also tried the Seaside Spritz which was equally refreshing.

The service from the moment we arrived to the moment we left was second to none. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

We were very sad to leave at the end of lunch however we needed to get back to the boat, although we were tempted to stay and enjoy.

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SamanthaS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Our dinner in the Kitchen was delicious. After we went up to the Ghost bar which was fabulous. A lovely way to end the night.

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Jacquep2002
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great Friday dinner ana cocktails with friends. Lovely food, lots to choose from! Great wine list and cocktails 👌 Ellen was amazing and looked after us so well!

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DougT
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Ford and service very good but expensive. good but doesn't warrant the cost.

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MargG
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Very disappointed at the cost because of a party of 14. Why is there a set price and your not notified until the day of the booking! Too late to cancel and book somewhere else.
I wasn’t quick enough I should have been dishonest and said 2 tables of 8.
The food on the set menu did not cater for people that didn’t like fish so they were certainly not impressed.
Definitely not value for money!
Would never recommend for a Group ever again and will be letting friends and colleagues know.

JC
JoanneC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Had a fantastic waitress I think her name was Vita. Very helpful, friendly & attentive

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend the Espy kitchen. I went with my 2 daughters and it was perfect. It was a great atmosphere, awesome friendly service and delicious food! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and great party atmosphere!

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PeterN
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place well priced service was very good. Only 2 gripes the chips were extremely salty and I like salt and not all the promoted moctails were available

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ThomasM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I booked a table in advance during the St Kilda festival, probably one of the busiest days in St Kilda.
In all respects the experience was outstanding from the food to the exceptional staff - I’m annoyed with myself for not noting our wait staff names, they where great.

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely food ..Excellent staff ..I would eat there again

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zainw
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

A hugely disappointing dining experience.
We were seared at a table at the back end of the restaurant right next to the kitchen. The smell of fat was overpowering and the heat emanating from the kitchen was fairly intense.
The food was also really poor. Firstly items on the online menu were removed from the in restaurant menu. Secondly even the pizza was really badly done.
The Espy is a great venue so it was a shame to endure such an awful dining experience.

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ColinD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We took a dear friend for her birthday last Saturday night and it turned out to be one of the most exhilarating evenings with delicious food, amazing wines, exceptional service and the entertainment by the DJ in the Gershwin Room was outstanding. Loved it all. Will definitely return.

Colin & Glenda

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Rajy
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A booking at The Kitchen means great food, great service and no lining up. Our waitress Bec was fantastic as were all the staff.

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SamuelH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Was served a drink with a cracked and chipped glass right on the rim, very dangerous, pointed it out to the waiter who was very good about it, said we would recieve all our drinks for the night on the house, when bill came only offered 2 rounds free, apart from this, food was good, our waiter was very attentive, found it strange we were kept being told we had to be out by a certain time yet the resturant was half full all night and 2 tables directly behind us not one customer sat in all night.

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ColinW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good service, interesting venue, slow cooked beef was excellent but crumbled squid was very ordinary unlike the tasty octopus. Expensive wine but good beer.

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AnitaR
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

As per my review, food was expensive for the quality and serving size. eg the pumpkin salad/side had 2 small slices of pumpkin for $14.

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PaigeL
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Would be great if there is an opportunity to add separate toilets specifically for the restaurant so customer do not have to share with the bar area. Toilets were dirty and some unusable, women’s especially had long queues. Not the best vibe for a quiet dinner.
Food was yummy though and came very quickly! Staff were very friendly and helpful.

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MartineH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the dinner and the ambiance. Trying to get to the espy kitchen was a hard task. It was very noisy out the front and hard to get out the back especially on a Saturday night. That is something I wasn’t expecting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best porterhouse I have had in a long time. Table service was exceptional and the staff, particularly Bec, was phenomenal in making sure our Canadian clubs were flowing (responsibly) and all our needs were met! Even a special candle for the birthday. Thankyou!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff and food were amazing. We had a very enjoyable experience and couldn’t recommend highly enough!

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Jane
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yes. Fantastic lunch would love to go back. Recommend to friends

HB
HeatherB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the variety of food and the freshness. Great location and ambience

MV
MichelleV
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had a great night. Food was good and the service was amazing.
Thank you for a great night

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petersteven
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Stunning venue, with a good menu, but sadly on a very quiet afternoon our food order was muddled up and one meal arrived very late. Friendly staff did their best.

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