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True South Black Rock - True South, Black Rock, AU-VIC

True South

4.4
4.4
755 Reviews
$40 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in the picturesque bayside suburb of Black Rock, True South holds prime position as the areas best and biggest Restaurant, Bar & Function Space.

Once used as an auto repair shop, this modern gastro pub has undergone a colossal renovation, keeping the original facade, but completely stripping back the inside to create the incredible space it is today. The talented chefs at True South offer a modern Argentinean menu, served in the newly converted setting.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Argentinean, Latin / Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9589 3194
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Shannon Grigg
  • Catering
    Try our delicious Argentinean styled food. We offer both large and small tapas plates, designed to share, creating a communal dining experience you can enjoy with friends and keep food envy at bay! ​Ta
  • Private party facilities
    True South offers a variety of spaces, the feature being the upstairs Bay View Room which offers stunning views of Port Phillip Bay, has exposed ceilings and a soft industrial style finish. Our Private Dining room is perfect for cocktail styled events or sit down dinners. True South caters for Weddings, Celebrations, Birthdays and more.
  • Area
    Black Rock
  • Cross Street
    Near the corner of Balcombe Road
  • Parking Details
    There is a public carpark out the back of True South. This can be accessed via Beach Road (you turn down the small lane next to the bike shop) or Ebden Ave (you turn off Balcombe Road). Another small public carpark is on Balcombe Road itself (opposite Ebden Ave) and there is all day street parking in Ebden Ave itself.
  • Public Transit
    The 825 Moorabbin and 600 Southland buses stop on Balcombe Road/Ebden Ave, a 1-2 minute walk from True South.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tuesday Trivia Night 2024

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for weekly Trivia every Tuesday at 7pm! FREE entry and great prizes to be won. Hosted upstairs in our Bay View Room it is the perfect night out. PLUS enjoy our $28 Steak Night special
    Tuesday Trivia Night 2024 photo
  • $28 Steak Night

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our $28 Steak Night Special every Thursday night! Porterhouse steak, chips, salad, chimichurri and your choice from our selection of house wine or Carlton Draught 🔥🍴
    $28 Steak Night photo

What 755 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Bayside

    Most Booked

755 Reviews
  1. LeighN

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive staff. Food mainly great. Very noisy though.

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  2. Cristiane

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The steak was undercooked and smoked. Also it was very noise due to a function upstairs. Many people got stuck around our table. I am come quiet often but it was not a good experience yesterday

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  3. LianeS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy and loud atmosphere, but somehow still seem to hear talk

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  4. RobC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    With a view to turning over the table I fealt we were a bit rushed

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  5. Laza

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely Valentines lunch. Food and drink was great and service really great.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Worst service in a restaurant in last 5 years! From taking multiple phone calls instead of welcoming your guests, turning your back on guests while they wait to be seated, being told someone else had ‘taken your table’, moving us twice, insisting we pay for our food in advance (?), requiring the production of a ‘plastic’ credit card instead of ApplePay or similar, to the worst (inexperienced & erratic) table service ever…

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  7. RachelK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I decided to visit here for my birthday and I couldn't have made a better choice. This is my new local fave! We went with the $75/head "feed me" option and it was perfect - they will even take into consideration dietary requirements and if you'd prefer specific dishes to be included they will tailor it for you. All dishes are designed to be shared and are the normal menu size - they don't shrink them just because you're having the "feed me" option. Great value and service all round. I suffer chronic pain from osteo-arthritis so stairs are an issue and it was great to have accessible access and toilets. The 500g rib eye is to die for - so tender and tasty. An array of starters that will make you craving for more and by dessert you're having trouble fitting it in but it's so damn good you can't stop! lol I want to return tomorrow!!!

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  8. TiaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff not very welcoming, upon entering the venue nor during service. Seemed difficult to order perhaps due to noise level and staff not understanding requests, lots of blank expressions. Food was nice though, the prawn sliders were delish.

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  9. NadiaP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh & tasty interesting dishes. Chose the Taste of the South menu for our group of 4. We were not disappointed. Generous serves of great food.

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  10. MJCo

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, lots of variety & plates to share. Very busy but it was a Friday night

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  11. JudyK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a most enjoyable evening, with very good food and excellent service and would recommend True South for a great night out.

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  12. SueR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, well looked after by Stella & a very friendly, happy atmosphere

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  13. Aruni

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Full of flavor and each bite was yummy so, we wanted to taste more food. Everything we tried was really delicious. We highly recommend the food. Compliments to the chef.

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  14. JulieanneN

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal and the service was wonderful. I would recommend True South to anyone.

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  15. Ghost

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food we ordered were delicious. Definitely will be going back there.

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  16. ScottH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience is very good. Service and food was of good standard

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  17. SorenL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Positives: Fantastic food, very tasty and of high quality. We shared the pork belly, lamb shoulder and porter house steak among 4 adults, with 3 sides. had 2 shared deserts. portion sizes were good, we were absolutely stuffed. good service, they came around a few times to refill water glasses. Negatives: They used to brew their own very tasty beers a few years ago, but now they only serve an array of typical mass market beers. food did not all come out at the same time, although within 5 minutes. Biggest downside was the location. When you pay $70 for dinner per person, you expect great food (which we did have), but also a nice environment. The brewing tubes and casks above the bar still show the brewing past and are an interesting feature, but overall it's more like a pub or a beach bistro and quite noisy. Chairs stacked under the stairs, very little privacy between tables, tiled floors. The bench seats are quite hard, with small cushions to improve the seat. The place is not cosy or homey and certainly not what we expect for the prices they charge. So this leaves a slight bitter after taste to the whole experience. Overall: If you come from the beach and need a quick drink or snack: it's a great place! For dinner the prices for mains are quite high, even though the food is very good. We would go back for the food, but probably look at places with a better set-up next time.

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  18. LouiseM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We couldn't relax, we were told 3 times that they needed the table back even though the restaurant was empty. The waitress was very inexperienced and kept trying to clear our plates and cocktails away even when they were 3/4 full. Used to love dining here but has gone downhill...

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue and food delicious! Service was great too Just a pitty you can’t book outdoor tables tho

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  20. JoanC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit a very good experience food excellent plus service was spot on. Will definitely be back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unreal as always! $28 steak night is a great decision!

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  22. MaryM

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    True South is always a favourite of ours. You can’t go wrong with whatever you eat. So lucky to have such a great restaurant in bayside.

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  23. JasonT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Calamari was over cooked and small serve. Overall the food was pretty average considering the price. The food is also served with no sides at all. You need to purchase these separately I won't be returning.

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  24. SahilT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a-lot the food was so delicious. Service was also good.

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  25. GaryG

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    For ambience and food quality for the price it is hard to beat True South. Great venue on a sunny summers day. Casual but classy.

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  26. Nerak

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful, fresh tasty food served with a smile. Great location for brunch/lunch and a walk along the beach. Favourite.

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  27. ChristineC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent and efficient service. The food was excellent and everything made for an enjoyable experience.

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  28. DanielF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good - A high standard. All dishes were great. Drinks a little slow to come out when not that busy but could have gone to the bar. A good lively atmosphere. Service was attentive despite being busy.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food to share. Great atmosphere and service.

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  30. HamishP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! I would have liked more service but beggars can't be choosers.

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  31. Ricardo76

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent customer service ambient was quiet and food was delicious.

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  32. NickP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice location. Accomodating two babies was very nice. Service was efficient.

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  33. RaffG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very accomodating staff My group blew out in numbers but the staff and management were terrific about it Thank you True South !!

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  34. GregW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It is a great place for a meal and the staff are must obliging, If antthing somr staff were inexperienced but nonetheless pleasant and a credit to the establishment, I enjoyed my luncheon. Regards Greg Westaway

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  35. SandraA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The small portions enable clients to taste many different foods and share. Excellent food and interesting

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  36. SteP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food good. Service lacking initially -waited a good 15 mins before we alerted a staff member. After that service fantastic.

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  37. SueR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was absolutely delicious. Great vibe, we enjoyed everything about True South

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  38. StefaniaR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was amazing as always, we will definitely go there back again

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  39. SallyY

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Service were great! Generous potions for shared plates (plenty to serve for 4) Very friendly staff, excellent table service.

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  40. MuthuP

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. Loved the sharing menu the lamb shoulder is a must try.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

True South offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9589 3194.

True South is rated 4.4 stars by 755 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for True South

298 Beach Rd, Black Rock, AU-VIC 3193

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Near the corner of Balcombe Road
  • Area
    Black Rock
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Argentinean, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is a public carpark out the back of True South. This can be accessed via Beach Road (you turn down the small lane next to the bike shop) or Ebden Ave (you turn off Balcombe Road). Another small public carpark is on Balcombe Road itself (opposite Ebden Ave) and there is all day street parking in Ebden Ave itself.
  • Public Transit
    The 825 Moorabbin and 600 Southland buses stop on Balcombe Road/Ebden Ave, a 1-2 minute walk from True South.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Shannon Grigg
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9589 3194
  • Catering
    Try our delicious Argentinean styled food. We offer both large and small tapas plates, designed to share, creating a communal dining experience you can enjoy with friends and keep food envy at bay! ​Ta
  • Private party facilities
    True South offers a variety of spaces, the feature being the upstairs Bay View Room which offers stunning views of Port Phillip Bay, has exposed ceilings and a soft industrial style finish. Our Private Dining room is perfect for cocktail styled events or sit down dinners. True South caters for Weddings, Celebrations, Birthdays and more.
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