Trotters Bistro

4.3
14 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Modern Australian casual bistro offering the local community all day meals, coffee & bar seven days in cosmopolitan Carlton in the university district which includes little Italy. We have a recently appointed chef, Robert who is excited about bringing fresh innovation to our well established venue which is turning 30 this year. We also provide for corporate functions & private dining in our upstairs areas. Please drop in for a coffee or a glass of wine & then stay on for a fabulous feast!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Breakfast, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon 8:00 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(03) 9347 5657
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
David Allison
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Private Party Facilities
Private room available for up to 35 guests with selection of dining packages available. Please email for details.
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Cross street
Elgin St
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Parking Details
Car parking available in Elgin St carpark.
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Public Transit
Tram on Lygon St & bus on Lygon St
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 14 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.2
Value
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39 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Good meal, however nothing spectacular.
We tried the pizza and the gnocchi. The seafood pizza unfortunately had a soggy base, but was still tasty. Nothing bad but it seems that the standard has dropped somewhat from my last visit more than 3 years ago.

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CE
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

French waitress was absolutely intriguing. Very humorous and entertaining. The meal was lovely as was the wine.

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J
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good experience, very accommodating. The only problem was it was loud down stairs. The food was excellent with tasty vegetarian options, you can see why this place still holds its own on Lygon.
Regards.
Julie

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PD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Very good food and excellent value. BYOW is a big plus .

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JD
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upstairs was very quiet, a prized feature for us as most restaurants are far too noisy. Although you have to be fit to get up all the stairs. Nice atmosphere downstairs too. We love it 'cause its so close to the Nova Cinema and the food is great.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Second time and still good. Will go again. A really nice atmosphere. We were upstairs which was great as we had two friends so our table of 4 was great.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As always we were very well fed and looked after. Staff work very cheeefully and efficiently together.
Thank you Trotters.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Went and three of the mains were unavailable. Asked if there were any specials and were told the chef didn’t really feel like it tonight. Asked if he felt like cooking any of the other food on the reduced menu as it didn’t really sound like too much effort was going to be put into that either.
Servers were a little scattered. Overall a pretty weird vibe and a lack of effort and care.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food at reasonable prices, pleasant and efficient service in a comfortable setting where low noise level allowed easy conversation with those diagonally opposite as well as directly opposite. What more could one want?

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LS
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

I remember about 20 years ago when Trotters had a great vibe, as well as great food. Having eaten there twice in a month I can say that the food is still excellent, but the ambience is nothing like what it used to be. They play terrible music that is impersonal and adds no vibe at all The service very inconsistent and not particularly friendly. It used to be like a home away from home. Warm and inviting. Now it's like 'just another place to eat', and people don't linger long. A shame really. Where's the love?

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KA
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A great spot for a meeting where you want a comfortable, casual ambience. The service was friendly and they didn't mind us being there for a couple of hours, discussing work alongside drinking coffee and eating a light meal.

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B
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food . Cosy place to dine. Very friendly staff. Reasonable prices.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable place to celebrate Mother’s Day. Staff were very attentive and food great also

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KM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

High School reunion for 3 of us (class of 1960). It was quiet enough for us to hear our conversation and we stayed a long time after eating without feeling unwelcome. By coincidence it was Valentine's Day so I gave my guests crochet lavender filled hearts.

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