Trunk

4.3
240 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Trunk opened its doors in December 2007 and has quickly established itself as an exciting contender in Melbourne's thriving food and wine scene. Occupying the garden corner of Exhibition and Little Lonsdale Streets, it boasts one of largest outdoor courtyards in the CBD, and is home to a 150 year-old heritage listed Coral Tree, which inspired the name 'Trunk'. Showcasing modern Italian food and pizza, as well as a large selection of local and international wines, beer and cocktails. Trunk is one of the most unique and versatile venues in the CBD. In July 2010 Trunk opened its Diner (next door) A breakfast and lunch joint serving: Waffles, Eggs, Cheeseburgers, Quesadillas and lots of other Diner classics.
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They accomodated our special needs, the food and wine were delicious, the service was perfect! Every time I’ve been to Trunk my experience has been the same.

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Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great meal for a quick get together over slow roasted meats, risotto and pasta. All our meals were great and the wait staff were friendly and attentive to ur needs. Highly recommended.

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AF
London
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Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic dinner - great service, amazing food and the environment was great for a group of people. The noise was super loud, but if you’re cool with that - then this is your joint.

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Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great wine.

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Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful vibe and great place to catch up with friends for a more formal night out

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Perth / WA
25 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We took an out of town guest back to the restaurant where our loved one got married so Trunk will always hold a special place in our hearts. Staff were lovely and food was great, there was a mix up with an incorrect dish coming out but a lot of apologies and some free bread were provided to make up for it. We didn't feel that our experience was AMAZING but it was certainly enjoyable and we would go back!

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RC
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Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Some confusion about restaurant or diner, but we ate well, standard pastas, risottos and so on but our 5 party group was all happy with the result.

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SH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have visited Trunk on many occasions with family and friends. Always greeted in a friendly manner and the service is spot on. Trunks food is ideal to share. The baba ganoush with flat bread is so tasty and the shoulder of lamb just melts in your mouth with exquisite flavours. Everyone I dine with is always very impressed with the food and eager to return.

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BM
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Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Low key ambience inside, low lighting and low music, great for plenty of chatter around the table. Food was superb, excellent service and fantastic wine selection. Treated like a fancy restaurant but at a very reasonable price mark. Would love to go back again!

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Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Espresso Martini’s were on point!
Salmon gravlax and zucchini fritters were delicious!

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Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner

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Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Reception service was great. We asked our wait staff for wifi password. She did not know and said she would find out. We are still waiting. We ordered a bottle of wine, initially we were brought a part bottle. Actually $60 was expensive.

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CC
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Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

I was so disappointed in my experience at Trunk. It was a special night so I booked online a few days in advance. We were not greeted at the door by a hostess so stood around not knowing where to go. We stood around and a few staff members saw us and gestured to move along the bar to the back. Along the way we were passed along by 3 different staff members before we were seated. The booking I made was not there so we had to wait for a table to be set. The meal was taken away before we were finished, we were not asked if we had finished eating and some of the plates were still only half eaten. After the table was cleared we saw two mice running around under a nearby table which made me feel really ill. If there were mice in the dining area, what condition was the kitchen in? We advised the staff about the mice and they blamed building works close by. I assume these matters should be addressed with pest control measures so mice are not running around the restaurant regardless of the cause. I was so disappointed in the whole experience as I had been before a couple of years ago and enjoyed the experience last time. I sent an email outlining my concerns but as four days on I have not recieved a response.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great food! Lovely staff - they were willing to reduce the volume of the music to accommodate a member of our party who had hearing issues. Highly recommend!

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Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Shocking customer service and far too long between entree and mains

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Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was fantastic, we ordered pizzas they where yummy and dry light not like a normal pizza where you feel bloated after. We also order entrees which where very yummy. The waiters where all very friendly. We where a group of 6 and considering the venue the only downfall was that it was quite loud. We did however visit on a Friday evening. We however found when 3 of us 1st arrived it was much more ideal to mingle considering the noise level. Overall a great experience and would go back :)

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KS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Service was great, equal balance of attentive and time to talk without interruptions.
The food was fantastic! Great choices as well, including the wine list.

The only downside was the noise, however the building is historic so I get that soundproofing may be a problem.

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H
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Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time at Trunk. Good food and wine. Quiet vibes but I didn't mind.

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SH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Trunk has proven to be an ideal venue for pre theatre dining for us. The food is always appealing and extremely tasty. The staff are friendly and attentive. Will keep coming back.

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

great place to visit although it can get very noisy on a busy night.

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PT
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Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I would have recommended this place from past experiences, unfortunately not after our recent experience. The lamb was dry, the venue music level was bearable even for able hearing adults. There is a difference between ambience and night club. I am sure the music helps the staff enjoy their shift but what about the paying customers trying to have a good catch up.

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Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had a couple of cancellations in my party and there was no hesitation to move us to a smaller table, the service was very professionally and they were very happy to adjust to my needs.

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Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very good food excellent service

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Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food and service. It was extremely hot weather so there werent many customers (the city was very quiet in general).

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Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an enjoyable pre-theatre meal at Trunk. The waitress was very friendly and efficient. She did ask if we were going out and made sure the kitchen was aware we had a deadline.
The food was beautiful. My lamb was fell off the bone, my husband chicken was perfectly cooked.
Our friends’ pizza and risotto was quite enjoyable. Nothing was left.
Would definitely head there again.

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Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic time, the staff were help, the food was lovely and the overall experience was perfect.

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Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Recommended!

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Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were just meetin friends before going to a show. We were short on time but our pizzas came out in no time at all. They were all delicious and the chef even treated us to some fries as we were waiting for a few minutes extra! Too nice! The service and the ambience was lovely.

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SA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Finally!! a normal restaurant with good service. Normal portions, good flavour. You pay what you get. Will come back for sure.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place

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JT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Sehr nettes Restaurant in Melbourne mit guter Küche und freundlichen Service. Musik war etwas laut

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply awesome !

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Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

For a pre theatre meal, Trunk was a great place to eat, with fast and friendly service. The waitress we had was friendly and accommodating and the ambience was good as well. I can highly recommend this place to eat

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Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Thank you!

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Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was sooo good, cannot fault it. Especially the labne and lamb dip...couldn't get enough. Service was great too. A little loud but I guess it's a bar too so you deal with it.

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Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The food was good and the service was fine, but it was a 39 Degree day and we were put inside where they seemed to have no air-conditioning and no notification or discussion about there being no aircon. the only comment that was made was an apology at the end of the meal by the very nice girl who was our waiter. It would have actually been better to have sat outside where there was some wind. they could have just said 'sorry we are having trouble with the aircon" or something to let us know why it was an oven inside.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wait staff were extremely friendly and helpful . The food/cocktails were delicious and didn’t take long to come out from the kitchen.

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Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delightful. Good range of options for all good types. Pleasant staff attentive but not instrusive. The Persian pavlova was beautiful and delicious you must try it.

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Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to meet goo friends and share a meal

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Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined in the restaurant (as opposed to the nearby burger area) and the food and service was excellent. It can be a little noisy but there were two large groups nearby which didn't help. You can also sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail or a beer or wine. A really nice venue. Reasonably priced and good value for the quality of the experience.

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