The General Assembly

4.2
55 reviews
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$40 and under
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Experience the essence of Melbourne without navigating your way through confusing back streets and alleyways. And if Melbourne’s weather is living up to its reputation, fear not because The General Assembly caters to four seasons in a day.

Peruse the delicious menu which offers Melbourne’s latest food trends, while you sample a huge range of drinks and listen to local acoustic artists.

Don’t leave without checking out the street art installations around the venue which mirror Melbourne’s hidden laneways.

Private Dining

Located a stone’s throw from the CBD, next door to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre and with impressive city skyline and riverfront views, The General Assembly is an ideal venue to hold your next function.

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What 55 People Are Saying
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M
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great vibe! Lovely staff who were very courteous. Thank you!

The General Assembly
Responded on 5 July 2019

Thanks for the lovely feedback Mini, delighted to hear you had a wonderful time. I'll make sure this gets passed on to the team! Best regards, Ilana

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff here are always so lovely and friendly and the food is always delicious!

The General Assembly
Responded on 3 July 2019

Many thanks for taking the time to review, much appreciated! Great to hear you were well looked after by the team and we hope to welcome you back in again soon :-) Kind regards, Ilana

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WL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We bloody loved it, it was our 10 year wedding anniversary spot right near the awesome musician who played a lot of requests. food was great & so were the drinks. we will be back.

T
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and drinks! High price but you wanna pay it for the great quality!

LR
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our only criticism was the noise level of the musician playing. the music was too loud inside for conversation, our lovely wait staff moved us outside and all was good. PS the musician was very good, no complaints there only we couldn’t talk. PS we were all over 50 : )

DC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Cocktails were tiny for the price (even allowing for city prices). Kids meals were more like toddler meals....4 nuggets and a few chips. Staff were friendly and the location is great.

JW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly, quick service with great food. Will come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Overall nice place, very relaxing. They had a great musician on. Food was very average and the bartender wouldn’t make cocktails not on the menu normally I would mind but the selection was terrible.

L
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Perfect venue for a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the sunshine. Davy Simony’s tunes were spot on. How good is he?
We scored a table for 5 in a great position outside, and the only annoyance was the dripping mist system. Wouldn’t sit in the outer tables again whilst that’s on unless it was a 30+ day.

SW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Love this place! Have been here twice now, love the live music on a weekend and the food has not dissapointed me yet plus the whole feel & view of the place is great! This has become my go to!

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food at general assembly was nothing short of sensational..we were blown away!
The meals did take a little longer than we hoped..tho we were ravenous! And we felt the ambiance needed a bit of something. But the staff were friendly, and the food to die for.

SP
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great food, disappointing we had to order at the bar with no table service and no one else in the place. A bit quiet for my liking, not sure why we were the only ones in there! The food was delicious and lots of variety though so catered for our large group well.

MM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Will definitely be back! Quick and friendly service, great atmosphere and live music was wonderful too! :D

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Everything was great, except for the live music. Found the music to be a little too loud to talk comfortably when we first got there. Maybe just my old ears..... But wouldn’t put off going again, great venue.

HW
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was Delicious and well presented. Loved the Cocktails. Would Definitely visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was quite good. The food was OK. Not sure it was fine dining which usually the restaurant express restaurants are. We had to order out food at the bar which I thought was a bit odd. Staff were great, very accommodating, no rush to get rid of us.

SS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Me and my partner booked a table for our anniversary thinking we would celebrate eating some stake. For personal reasons we can’t eat any carbs (which we explained), so we politely asked to swap the only two options that they had with the stake to just some plain salad. This was not possible and the guy at the bar told us we would have to choose between the two options and just not eat the carbs which left us with a tiny piece of lettuce... the other option was to pay extra for a side salad. We felt very disappointed and decided to leave.

LA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time. The staff were very accommodating especially as we had arrived an hour early for our booking. They explained they were happy to seat us wherever we were comfortable until our table was available. It is a really good spot to meet up with friends, some great music, good menu and lots of drink options. We will definitely be back.

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

We come here quite regularly. Always amazing food and staff.

AB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great night, Steak cooked perfect. Could serve more chips. Great drink selection. Kids catered for.
Love this place.

CM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A relaxing spot to eat & have a drink. Friendly staff. Great views too

MN
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and service. As there were not many people in the place, we were able to be moved to an outside table, which was really pleasant in the nice weather. The background music was quite loud though and we had to ask for it to be turned down so we could have a conversation. Overall, a lovely lunch and

EO
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Thanks for the birthday brownie...was very tasty, but had no candles 😂
Gave us our reserved seat (that someone had sat at)
Quick, friendly, engaging.

JR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Tables for meals should be kept for meals only. We had a large group of people standing around getting drunk and being roudy around us, which really put us off. I wouldn’t recommended going here for anything other than a few drinks and a bar snack.

W
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We were really disappointed with our experience at The General Assembly. The music was really loud, which made it difficult for conversation - group of 8, two families, we wanted to chat.

One families meals came out well after the first family had finished there's. They did provide some free drinks, but it really ruins the experience when there is 20 minutes between orders that were made seconds apart.

The food was overpriced for the size and quality.

MC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My open table booking was not found on their system even though it was in my email but thankfully there was no problem getting a table. Staff were friendly & helpful, food was tasty, overall a pleasant place for lunch with friends.

SY
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoyed the atmosphere at the venue as well as the live music. The menu has something on there for everyone. Staff are very attentive and pleasant. I would definitely go back.

RC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were a group of 6 there for the AFL grand final. Had a fabulous day our table was right in front of the big screen. The guys loved the footy food , the live musician was great. All in all fun day had by all.

m
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I ignored the advice of 2 friends that had been here before who said the food is ordinary. Unfortunately they were right.

MT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The brisket burger was very dry. But the service was great.

LC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Need waaaaaay more vegan options if you ever wanted our business again.

EB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Get venue, get food. Mid week atmosphere was good. Good friendly service.

CR
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great list of beers on tap combined with a good range of food makes The General Assembly a good go to place for a group looking for a no-nonsense catch up.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was there for New Year’s Eve had a great time I was down for the hair expo and I wanted my friend to try this venue out. The food was great music makes the atmosphere great and the service was wonderful. The guy with the beard gave me a wonderful service and the young guy who cleaned the tables was very polite. The only negative is when I walked I told the lady that I had a reservation she said take a seat anywhere as we don’t take them. I was abit confused about that

JA
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

FANTASTIC FOOD, GREAT VENUE AND EXCELLENT SERVICE.
DID NOT EXPECT LIVE MUSIC SO THAT WAS AN ADDED BONUS TO OUR NIGHT

CD
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. Music very good and the atmosphere was excellent

K
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

When we arrived for our booking we were place under an air conditioning vent, on a bar table even though we had requested a normal seated table. The waitress then informed us that due to a problem with the gas in the kitchen the menu was limited to the bar menu (basically dips and bread, cheeses etc). Not great when we had booked a week in advance for dinner and they did have our contact details, so should have informed us of this. Then after we had ordered and eaten some dips and cheese (had to get our own cutlery) we were informed another menu was available. This was again pretty uninspiring being only burgers. Needless to say we paid and left to find another place where we could actually enjoy a good meal and dinner with friends.
Won’t return and will not recommend.

TL
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great night, dining with friends. The food and service was great, and the live music was excellent.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The reservation process worked well - no stress. The meals were very tasty but the prices were on the high side for pub/bar fare. It was easy talking with friends until the live music started at about 6:30pm, don't think it's needed as most people seemed to be there for after-work drinks and chatting. Overall not a bad place for a meal and drinks, would go again.

G
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Solid pub food, cold beer, clean glasses, friendly service

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