The Espy Kitchen

4.0
97 reviews
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$41 to $100
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International
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  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • People Watching
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!
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CS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We ate the large seafood platter in the Espy kitchen. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, the prawns were limp and had obviously been frozen, there were a lot of mussels , some sushi and oysters and that was about it. The polenta chips are delicious. Excellent service from a lovely waitress and all friendly staff. The place has been renovated to an amazing standard with different styles of eating and several bars.

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue .have been telling everyone about it. Renos are amazing. Will be back

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a beer and an old school Parma... highly recommend

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PW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Overall we were disappointed with the food as 4 out of 5 of us had fish and chips with all commenting there was more batter than fish. Decor fantastic.
Regards
Peter

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RT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

our lunch at The Espy Kitchen was not all I was hoping for, however would still recommend to others. The service was great & all team members very helpful. We were quite squashed in & the noise level was out of control - we could barely hear the 4 of us speaking to each other. The seafood platter was delicious & couldn't fault (although small for 2), but the butternut pumpkin was awful - pumpkin had no taste & was completely waterlogged. I am hoping for a better experience the next time, as I will try again

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was ok, not a fan of the calamari dish. We were early but the chips were overcooked. Service was good.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I prefer the atmosphere in the front bar. Kitchen restaurant was over priced with tiny portions and coffee was terrible

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KG
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service, delish and tasty food. Lots to choose from, definitely would recommend and will be back!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

Service from our waitress was awesome but the venu was very hot and extremely loud. Music too loud for conversation and whilst having the open kitchen to watch was great it was very warm & noisy.
Steaks were perfectly cooked but no accompanying veg or side and the ones we purchased were small and not that great. Felt they were overdoing the sides with their attempts to give something different and they fell short as none of us enjoyed the “greens” or tomatoes. Wine was also bordering on expensive for what was on offer.

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ZG
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

great atmosphere, fun staff . . good food . . .good to catch up with mates or go with the family !!!!

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PP
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The day was very busy incredibly loud, and so many people due to the pride march.
We felt the Esby kitchen area had very loud music, hard to hold a convesation. You don't need loud music when you're eating.
The staff were great, friendly, efficient, and couldn't do enough for us.
My nephew did the electrical work on the building and had worked there for 12 months
We are very proud of him. It looks amazing.
What a huge vision you all had. It's a credit to the boys.
We are a Somers family, so will definitely be back to enjoy this unique experience. Congratulations.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

NOISE LEVEL
UNBELEIVEABLE
TABLE NOT READY. 15 MIN WAIT

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were blown away with the decor food and service from all staff led by the Manager Tom who went above and beyond to ensure we were all completely satisfied. Will definitely return

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

Amazing refurb, faultless and unforced service. Will be back for that burger again!

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

I expected a salad with the fish and chips. The pizza was good and affordable.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely meal at the Espy Kitchen with great service. Everyone was extremely obliging and the renovations are wonderful.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic decor, atmosphere, staff, service & food. We loved it and will return

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NR
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Terrific restaurant and great atmosphere. The pizza's are a highlight and well priced. The bug snack is small and overpriced and the prawns were a nice main but expensive for what there were.

The waitress was ok but seemed to often forget we were there or just clear a couple of plates leaving everything else on the table for extended periods. We kept having to wave her over for drinks etc. which became annoying.

That said overall a great restaurant in an amazing venue. Worth a visit

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g
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was really impressed with the revamp of the espy. It’s been tastefully done with a modern feel but still keeping the original gritty feel.

So many different levels with different restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone.

Food was awesome, vibe was awesome, it’s a must visit if you’re in St Kilda

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CM
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were attentive and friendly and the food was excellent.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Toilets were disgusting!!! Bar area was so crowded when we left the resturant to walk out our it was difficult. You allow to many people my husband and I had beer spilt all over us. Broken glass on the floor

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TW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

I wasn’t impressed that I wasn’t allowed to swap the slaw for a simple side garden salad on my steak . I was told I could order a side salad on top of the steak (at $16) so I chose the summer green salad and a chicken skewer. My friends porthouse was full of fat so thankgod I didn’t get the steak in the end . The pizza had way too much chilli my friends were sweating . Way too many staff on standing around in the espy kitchen but I guess that’s hard to determine being Australia Day however not enough staff on in the bars .
Wine by the glass selection was average and wines in general severely over priced!
It was ok experience and I do appreciate being allowed to stay past our 5.30pm curfew so thank you for that .

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AW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service, good range of choices on the menu. Food was well presented, good quality, delicious and very reasonably priced.

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KK
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The staff we’re lovely, attentive and so patient.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere. Service was attentive and quick. Our waiter suggested we have a drink afterwards and organised a table upstairs. Will definitely be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Other than the pizzas (which were good), all other meals were very ordinary and well below expectations. The parma, and fish and chips were most disappointing. Did not enjoy being constantly reminded that we had to vacate the table by 8pm. Hardly relaxing.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the new Espy, food, atmosphere, excellent waiting staff. The music was too loud and made it hard to have an enjoyable conversation. Plus the air conditioner was too strong and blowing freezing cold air over our table.

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TS
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, friendly and efficient staff, good atmosphere.
Terrible cocktail but staff very helpful when given feedback.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Wine we ordered was not available. Next available was very expensive. Venue far too noisy for girls luncheon, had to yell over the very loud music. Wouldn't go again.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, but the small seafood platter was a little too small.. good service and ambiance

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LJ
40 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Brilliant pizzas, and the salads and starters were all delicious too. We shared a lot of dishes between 6 of us, had some drinks and it still only came to $45 each. Service was quick and friendly.
Fun atmosphere but very noisy so hard to hear each other!

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CF
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food, very busy atmosphere. Would highly recommend the meatballs and the polenta fries! And of course the frozen gin and tonics

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LB
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and excellent service. Big open dining area, with great exposed roof. Full view of kitchen from most seats. Great menu with a good variety. Good for people looking for a few more seafood options.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing changes at The Espy, very pleased with the meal and service.

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B
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Earlier lunch recommended as venue filled up and became very noisy. Food was good and service was very attentive.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We could only get a booking at 9:45pm which was ok, but they didn’t tell us the kitchen closed at 10pm apart from pizzas. That was disappointing as we would have ordered earlier if we had known! The pizzas were tasty. It was very noisy because of the front bar area.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We came after 9:30pm and only the pizza menu was on offer.. however we were handed a menu with other yummy items we wanted to order only to find out later that pizzas were the only option.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Staff were very engaged. Burger was delicious. Love the new Espy!

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d
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Noisy and crowded on a Friday night - to be expected I know - but they coped well (special credit to the waitress who looked after an adjacent table with 15 people who then wanted to split the bill; she showed immense and very honourable patience in the 10-15 mins it took to sort out the payments; I would have told them "not possible"!). Food was good, if small servings, but for the price was Ok and was very enjoyable. We both had classics - a burger and the fish n chips. Only suggestion is to make the coleslaw a little more tasty - it was a bit bland. Looking forward to trying out Mya Tiger now.

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EG
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely fresh and tasty food with a great atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

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