The General Assembly

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80 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian

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Casual
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.
What 80 People Are Saying
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3.8
Food
4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Edan
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Quality of the food was excellent. I was not expecting such good food from a "pub". We ordered pork belly, chicken schnitzel, calamari, chips and salad... all were excellent.

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MonikaB
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great pre-show meet, greet & eat place. Saturday night live music was fantastic to suit the lively atmosphere. Fabulous skyline views of South Wharf Melbourne. Highly recommended.

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BeerBear
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and prompt services. Miss some of the old menus such as 2 tiered platter. Nice outdoor setting with river view.

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Took over an hr to get 2 entrees out. Beers were good and prompt. The having cashless system and still having a surcharge is abit silly also. Use to be comfy outdoor setting on the river but now is just stools which are very uncomfortable to relax into and try to enjoy the live music. Was one of our fav go to places but unfortunatly may have lost a customer

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Large group was no problem. Thanks to the team for a great night!

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VICKIs
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is fantastic and service is excellent
Highly recommend The General Assembly

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CindyK
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

We were made to pay via card and then charged a surcharge for doing so. Cash is still legal tender and can not be refused.
Our meals come out at really different times compared to our guests. They ordered on the app and we at the bar because we had children’s meals to order. Also a drink ordered at the was forgotten.

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GaryF
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

The prawn and calamari was dreadful and I hardly ate it. I made the staff aware but was offered no refund or form of compensation

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JHegs
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Bad schnitzel, no cash, friendly enough staff.
It's like big business

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service and food
Entertainment was first class
Really awesome vibe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was poor quality for the price of it, the lamb ribs were mostly fat and the mac and cheese bites were cold in the middle. The pork belly skin was uneatable as it was solid.

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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
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
2 reviews
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
6 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
2 reviews
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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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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SaschH
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
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
5 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
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
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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
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
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FAQs

The General Assembly is rated 4 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.