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The Espy Kitchen, St Kilda, AU-VIC

The Espy Kitchen

4.3
4.3
541 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!

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Gastro Pub, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9534 0211

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    St Kilda

  • Parking Details

    Paid parking and surrounding street parking available

  • Public Transit

    Tram: 16, 96, 3a Stop # 136 Bus: 246, 600/922/923, 606, 623

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 3 Course Shared Menu

    $68.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    All bookings of 7 or more are required to dine off our 3 course shared menu. The menu consists of three courses showcasing local Victorian & Tasmanian produce.
  • Grand Final Day

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    24 Sept 2022 only
    Watch the 2022 Grand Final Live and Loud in the Espy Kitchen! Enjoy a 3-course seated menu and a 3-hour beverage package from 2pm-5pm with a view of the game from every angle for $125pp.

What 541 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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Loved For

  • City Centre

    Child Friendly

  • City Centre

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • City Centre

    Pre/post theatre

  • City Centre

    Modern Australian

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  1. PM

    PatriceM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service and live music in the bar on a cold day
  2. V

    Voni

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food portions were very small. Hardly any chips with the Parma. My salad was tiny and my friends Barramundi had hardly anything in the bowl with it. Just light on.
  3. SL

    SandyL

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was exceptional. Very helpful and attentive. Environment and food were fabulous!!!!
  4. ZL

    ZaraL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were genuinely caring and provided great service
  5. JK

    JaneK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The bbq chicken pizza was inedible, as it was like someone had caked it in cayenee pepper. It was extremely unpleasant to eat. The lamb puttanesca was delicious though.
  6. R

    Richie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Good ambience and cheerful service, but the food just isn't good enough, especially at that price point. Its not even good pub food. Overcooked small portions, supermarket style slaw and soggy chips. Wasn't busy at the time
  7. TR

    TenielleR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was incredible. The staff are really lovely, the cocktails are delicious and the oysters were definitely the stand out.
  8. SC

    SueC

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service, ambience and memories of our younger years.
  9. TP

    TomP

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went along for a Sunday roast, great value meal although I could have had a slightly larger portion. House red wine pretty tasty too. Nonetheless it was a great location, nicely divided into three with a lively bar at the front, a relaxed diner in the middle and quieter kitchen area at the back. Service was outstanding, very friendly and attentive waiting staff.
  10. PB

    PeteB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great space, food and drinks. Zara was really lovely!! :))
  12. HE

    HarmE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner before a comedy festival performance at the Palais Theatre. Salami pizza, Lobster roll and chickpea chips the standouts.
  13. H

    Hubs

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and waitress netta was excellent and good with recommendations on what to eat.
  14. w

    waynew

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    There was 4 in our party, each ordered a different meal and all were tasteless and bland
  15. LE

    LisaE

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff were fantastic and clearly love their job!
  16. AN

    AdrianN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Super friendly staff, warm and friendly atmosphere. Good wine, beer, cocktails. Limited menu but great quality food with well-timed. This young team made two old foggies feel very welcome. Great start to an infrequent night out.
  17. GT

    GaetanoT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great venue, great location. I’ll be back
  18. NC

    NicC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service and the porterhouse was to die for
  19. LW

    LynW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our visit to the Espy after quite a few years. It was vibrant and had a good feel. We came back after our show at the Palais and it was buzzing. Just sat back and watched people come and go!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    This was the worst meal I’ve had in years. Over priced and 2 meals were terrible and 1 ok. Even chips were par cooked. I’ve been here many times before but won’t be back
  21. SC

    SamC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Steak & Parma were good but pizzas were poor. Service was very slow. Wouldn’t rush back & wouldn’t recommend.
  22. N

    Nulla

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Service good. Both waitresses very nice and attentive and addressed my concerns. Fried calamari - definitely pub quality. Lots of batter, out of the bottle mayo. Baked cauliflower - was cold and looked boiled not baked. A fresh one came out after my complaint and was also cold with a few warmer areas and felt like it was just microwaved badly. Presentation was very poor iie plate way too small with the caulii piled up high and hard to eat without splashing on table etc. Kinda spoiled the night as my son was uncomfortable that I complained. Fizzer. Fortunately they didnt charge me for it. Sons pizz was good I think
  23. P

    Patti

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had Viral serving us and he was outstanding. We never had an empty glass, he was very attentive and polite. 11/10 for service. Please thank Viral from our entire table. We were so happy that we even gave the floor manager feedback after dinner.
  24. e

    elishab

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful surprise. Service was impeccable and the food was awesome 👌
  25. M

    Melbee

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    It was the comedy before the comedy show. Where do I start… Under poured beer, no plates given for mixed entree, missing the main ingredient of one of the mains - as in the tuna in a tuna Niçoise salad, asking whether we had received our entree while we were eating our main, forgetting drink orders and taking forever to get the bill and then a complicated payment machine. Honestly it was just one thing after another but nobody seemed to really care and there was not one apology given. The food was fine, not great and certainly not good enough to make us go back and endure the incompetence and indifference of the staff.
  26. C

    C123

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    What happened to good food at the Espy kitchen? less than average salmon civiche. Parma's and schnitzel were soggy, chips under cooked. Under whelming calamari and caesar. I'm sorry to say; in fact the worst meal I can remember having anywhere. To top it off the air-conditioning was leaking on us. There was no real attempt to move us, it was a known issue and they still sat us there. Staff lovely, but asking for glasses and wines ordered more than twice and waiting 15 minutes when there are few tables occupied. Not what you expect. Bathrooms disgusting with filth. Perhaps we got a bad night - I know times are tough with staff and covid, however there were plenty of people serving and chatting. It was a weekly eat for us in years gone by... sad to see it like this - suggest a better system of getting people into the restaurant rather than treating them like another drunk to line up in the 'priority queue' out the front. Bouncers less than polite. After waiting in a queue, then you have to push through a crowd of drunks through the bars to get to the restaurant. You need a better way... Would love to see this iconic place be a 'go to' meal venue again!
  27. LC

    LisaC

    Victoria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible food and slow service. When we did finally get our food the waiter kept coming back and clearing serving plates that still had food on them. Lucky we weren’t planning on eating anymore everything we ordered was nearly unpalatable .
  28. CH

    CarolH

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent variety and an interesting menu ranging from (generous serve) Snacks, vegetables & salads, burgers, traditional steak & chicken dishes, pizzas. Lots of great sharing options. Friendly, attentive service. We were dining before a concert at the Palais, notified our wait-staff and were served very quickly.
  29. N

    Norm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Had plenty of time to eat prior to a show and the service was excellent.
  30. EM

    ElliM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food average. Dessert not offered. Donuts displayed at kitchen counter but told that they were for other areas of the venue.
  31. LO

    LORRAINER

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & food was excellent - best Porterhouse I've had in a very long time! Although the venue was very busy the restaurant was very relaxed & quiet.
  32. MP

    MaddyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Got charged for a pint of beer we didn’t order, would like a refund
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the meal, steak cooked to my liking!
  34. K

    Kristy

    Adelaide

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dining experience with lots of options to choose from. The Tassie oysters were delicious and the barramundi was really exceptional. Lovely staff looked after us including a child (11 year old) who was treated with the same respect and courtesy as an adult diner.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great casual dining, and service is fantastic
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had Christmas dinner there, Food and service was fantastic.
  37. DB

    DavidB

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Fantastic food, the set Christmas menu was brilliant. Lots of food, too much for 1 person Great quality, variety and taste Service was great but they missed a few items on the vegan menu for my partner, though they compensated by removing a lot of the charge
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot on the terrace - lots of great quality food and fantastic service
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Forced to book for 3pm for dinner and we were placed in the Kitchen where there was not one other diner for the entire time (approx 3-6pm).
  40. JH

    JonathanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious with the slow cooked beef exceptional. James, our waiter could not have been more friendly, helpful and generous. The room was a little dark and needed a bit more of an upbeat vibe - more music.

FAQs

The Espy Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 541 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Espy Kitchen

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, AU-VIC 3182

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    St Kilda

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Gastro Pub, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Paid parking and surrounding street parking available

  • Public Transit

    Tram: 16, 96, 3a Stop # 136 Bus: 246, 600/922/923, 606, 623

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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