The General Assembly

4.2
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69 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
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.
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What 69 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Monique
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience2

Staff were fantastic & very friendly! Food was very bland. Steak sandwich was not what was on the menu, disappointed with what was received & for the price as well.

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KaylaM
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue, food and service was great couldn't complain about anything.

The General Assembly
Responded on 5 March 2020

That's great to hear Kayla! Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you back again soon :-)

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The platters were very overpriced for what you got but the food was nice

The General Assembly
Responded on 19 February 2020

Hi Andrea, Thanks for taking the time to review, we appreciate the feedback. I'm sorry to hear you didn't find value in our platters but glad to hear you enjoyed the food! We hope yo welcome you back in again :-) Kind regards, Ilana

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LizP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the food, the drinks and it was great atmosphere. Our group ranged from 21 year olds to 60 somethings and everyone enjoyed General Assembly.

The General Assembly
Responded on 1 January 2020

That's great to hear Liz - thanks for joining us!

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AdrianaI
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful view, lovely atmosphere, awesome service

The General Assembly
Responded on 1 January 2020

Thank you Adrianal!

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AshleeH
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant venue - such great decor, an incredibly welcoming team and fantastic food/cocktails

The General Assembly
Responded on 20 December 2019

Thank you so much Ashlee! I hope you had a fun time and we look forward to welcoming you again :-) Cheers, Ilana

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ShirleyD
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent evening with exceptional service, our server went above and beyond and made it a very special night. Great food, good value, good selection of beers and wines, option for share plates, great social gathering venue for individual and group get togethers.

The General Assembly
Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you for the lovely feedback Shirley, that's really great to hear and we can't wait to welcome you back again :-) Best regards, Ilana

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Did not have my online reservation ?? We were initially given a table for 4 (6 of us), requested a larger table, waited for an extended period & then sourced a bigger table ourselves. Disappointing start but it was very busy. Rest of the experience was excellent

The General Assembly
Responded on 4 December 2019

Hi Kate, That does sound like a disappointing start, my sincere apologies we weren't on top of things from the beginning of your visit. Great to hear your experience improved and your feedback has been noted. I hope we can make it up to you another time! Kind regards, Ilana

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BrendaJ
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , the staff were polite and friendly
Nice atmosphere and entertainment was just right for a Sunday afternoon

The General Assembly
Responded on 4 November 2019

Many thanks Brenda!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Requested a table Yarra side - got put the opposite side.

The General Assembly
Responded on 4 November 2019

Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear your booking request wasn't accommodated - I really hope you had a great time and we can make it up to you next time :-) Best regards, Ilana

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The restaurant was understaffed the day I was there. Slow service, 45 mins for meals.
No table service for drinks or meals.
Food was basic but ok, pretty much what you would expect for a pub.
Would not recommend for a business lunch, it’s noisy but is ok for a casual drinks.

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CarlieH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accommodating for our group that was larger than we booked for. Beautiful food.

The General Assembly
Responded on 14 October 2019

Great to hear, thanks for joining us Carlie!

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SiobhanG
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Terrific night food and drinks were highly enjoyable on a beautiful mild Melbourne night perfect spot to show our lovely city to out of state visitors. Enjoyed by all.

The General Assembly
Responded on 14 October 2019

Wonderful to hear! Many thanks Siobhan

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MoniqueM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went on a Sunday afternoon for lunch & drinks and was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. We got a bunch of share plates and they were all delicious. The atmosphere was good with live music. Was a good vibe. Would definitely recommend to a friend and go back again.

The General Assembly
Responded on 6 October 2019

Thanks for joining us and taking the time to review Monique! Delighted to hear you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back in again soon. Kind regards, Ilana

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Mini
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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WooLY
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Takak
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 : )

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DCMC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

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.

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JonasW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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SamanthaA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

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Lucinda
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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ShannanW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

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.

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MoniM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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HeatherW
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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SaraS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

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.

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LindaA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AnnB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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CassandraM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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MsNoName
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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

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EmilyO
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

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.

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Wantedagoodexperience
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

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.

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MeleaC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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.

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