The Espy Kitchen

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322 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian

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Casual
Fun
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!

Special Offers

Slow Roasted Sundays - $30pp

Wood-fired roasts rotating weekly with sides and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink

Terms and Conditions: Only available in The Espy Kitchen

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 5 July 2019

Ends: 5 January 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-20:00

Espy Kitchen Shared Feed Me Menu - $47pp

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Terms and Conditions: We are unable to offer a la carte to parties of 10+.
In the event of a booking of 10+ selecting the "no offer" option, they will be provided with the standard Espy Kitchen Shared Feed Me Menu.

Valid For: 2 - 9 people

Starts: 25 February 2019

Ends: 25 January 2020

Availability: Daily 11:00-22:00

What 322 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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3.8
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G
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent multi enjoyment venue with great food and service.

JD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I love the Espi always go with my girl friends, positive hannah waitress was so lovey negative feed back I took my partner who also owns a food place , he asked does it always take over half hour for a steak to come out when there was not a lot of patrons and then took a glass to drink out of that seemed to be freshly chipped and glass come off on the rim , where one would take sip from apology was given , thanks for the option for survey

LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, good service. A big space, so can get noisy at times, particularly with the open kitchen.

Absolute worst part? Getting into and out of the restaurant, through the pub/club, jam packed with drunk people. 100% would not recommend going on a weekend

KP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food here is pretty good, although not quite rockstar pub quality. Had a super-friendly waitress this time.

KK
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly helpful staff and great escape from the crowds out front.

CU
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious!
Love the seafood selections especially!
Shared many dishes and we loved every single one. Service was lovely too! Can’t go wrong!

O
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

The food was not very good. I ordered the battered fish which tasted like (a bit bland) and appeared to be, pre-packaged. Our friend ordered the burger which looked like something from McDonalds (and not a big mac, more like a cheeseburger). They were very stingy with the wine, really small glasses with a 'normal' price tag attached. The waitress forewarned us that we shouldn't expect all our meals to come out at the same time as they are prepared in different sections of the kitchen. We were also advised that we would need to vacate the table after 1.5 hours, even with our meals coming out at different times.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great catchup place for sat lunch. Food was lovely, only gripe was meals weren’t served at the same time. Fish served first and steaks came later. Quite a gap.

JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My first visit to The Espy and it was a positive one! The food and service were excellent. Reservations advised.

SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome venue! Loved the vibe and the food was delish and prices really reasonable. Highly recommend.

KW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was my second visit in a couple of weeks - the first a Wednesday night, the second a Friday night. Wednesday was definitely less frenetic!!! Friday is definitely the after work crowd - and it’s very noisy in and around the main entrance. BUT....it’s The Espy!! And it’s great! The staff were very efficient and friendly; my meal was very tasty...although....I had the porterhouse and it was only just warm. I prefer hot. But I will return.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, great food, great staff

JN
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

If you are heading to the Espy the Chicken Parmigiana is brilliant, best the eater at our table had tried in years. The crunchy chicken, squid and the Waygu croquettes are a must on the day. The meat balls were also a big hit.

MA
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about it.
We had a wonderful experience

S
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service. The food was great. The only issue with eating at The Espy Kitchen on a Saturday night is trying to get through the bar to and from the restaurant. There is no clear path to move through the bar patrons and the exit had become a packed dance floor which made it near impossible to exit the venue. People will not move and deliberately stop you from moving past them. Makes it difficult to recommend as a nice evening out. I've enjoyed lunch here in the past and didn't have this issue. I suggest the venue need to make the kitchen accessible for those who want to enjoy a Saturday night dinner without being pushed around and blocked by the bar patrons who are there to drink and party.

LB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and service. Warning roasted carrots contain anchovies! Pretty poor form not to mention that. Allergies! Only downside is having to walk children through the bar and very loud music. A lovely security lady gave us an escort through the bar.

GA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Not all main meals served at same time...up to 20 minutes apart.
Wrong meal delivered.
Quality of seafood poor

BM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice meal good atmosphere good service nice wine. Would recommend for dinner

LJ
London
43 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Food is hit and miss. Stick with the pizzas. Service is friendly and fast, not super knowledgeable though. Great party atmosphere.

AB
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The seafood was fresh and delicious, and the service could not be faulted - we were well looked after from the moment we walked in the door. Whilst it was a bit noisy, it still felt intimate.
Do yourself a favour and order a margarita (or three), with a seafood platter and chicken bites.
Drool.

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Over $ 40 Seafood platter was a joke.... little finger nail sized mussels and oysters....I can get tastier bigger fresher oyster at South Melbourne Market for just $3-4.

l
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

We felt rushed out at the end of the evening and the service was very basic, perhaps it’s just that kind of restaurant.

m
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and the food was excellent, our service staff went out of the way to make sure we were happy. Can't recommend the espy kitchen highly enough

RF
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic experience overall. Good food, great service, great atmosphere.

LP
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

On arrival our table was not ready, but that was ok, we went to the bar, so we came back and it was still not quite ready. Then we were seated in front of the big fridges so it was a little cool, and noisy, but overall a good experience - wait staff were very attentive and adapted to our requests with ease. We were not made aware of the tasting menue which may have been a good idead. We did go into the front bar afterward, where we had some ordinary margarita's made in tumblers, and when we mentioned to the manager with nametag "G", he remade one drink, in the same type of tumbler, but not the other??? Anyway, we didnt drink them and ordered something else. Usually we find the bar staff also very accomodating, perhaps the younger ones could have a bit more training for the prices the cocktails are $20 each for the NON Margarita. Overall still a great afternoon for a table of Librans - thanks.
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IS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very well looked after and we had the set menu which was great! Your staff were really lovely considerate and we felt they went above and beyond, guiding us through back sections (avoiding the main loud bar) to get to the top bar for drinks - this was great as it was a birthday party and made us very welcome! Thanks

PD
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Great space, nice renovations, average food (Parma was cool and cheese had started to congeal) and despite reminding two different staff members on two different occasions one meal still didn’t arrive.

S
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Food - we shared squid, octopus, ceasar salad and tarama dip. The squid was well cooked and the salad was very tasty. However all food was over seasoned (particlarly oily) so meal wasn't well balanced. Service - it took 20 minutes to take our drink order and one of the drinks was not what we ordered. Food came out quickly once ordered. Ambience - we sat at the bar with view of the kitchen which was a good spot. However there was a hen's party on the table behind us which was very loud.

AW
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was friendly and professional. Food and drinks were delicious!

CG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Group of six and we all loved it. Brilliant venue!

KB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. We had 3 birthdays and they provided a lovely glass of bubbles to celebrate with a smile. It was excellent.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Came in for my birthday and was so disappointed, we wanted yummy food and instead were given cold carrots and chicken.

MW
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly service. Awesome pizzas! Liked ambiance.

d
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

My husband and I asked the waitress about sharing the seafood platter and she said that would be enough for both of us. VERY disappointed as it was not enough for even one person. Everything else was great except leaning there hungry.

MV
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food and service was amazing. It was a little loud so if you are going in a group you won't be able to hear everyone. Small groups are perfect.
I will be back. :-)

JB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Buzzy but relaxed. Good food and wines and excellent service from Ella. Definitely would come back and highly recommended.

LW
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This place has a great feel and the staff are generally into their jobs. The steak is always terrific, pizzas very good and Parma to die for. Seafood platter was a like underwhelming for $42. Small oysters and mussels, tiny scallop and no fish.

B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time to the Espy kitchen and could not fault it. Food delicious and great service.

H
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very delicious food. The interior design and ambience of the this restaurant is exceptional, we will come back soon

JC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

They forgot our main meal after telling 2 staff members that we were waiting for it. After an hour it was finally picked up but to late for us we had to leave to see a gig