Belleville

4.3
32 reviews
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$40 and under
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Rotisserie Chicken
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Late-night Find
While Melbourne may have recently lost its title as the world’s most liveable city, it is undoubtably still one of the world’s most beautiful, ever changing and ever evolving. Like the city it inhabits, after 3 years Belleville is also undergoing a transformation, reflecting the changing landscape of Melbourne’s dining scene. Having built its reputation via their acclaimed rotisserie chicken and accompanying share dishes, the bohemian first floor venue at the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke Streets overlooking the entrance to Chinatown has decided it’s time for a lick of paint and a facelift.Whilst undergoing several cosmetic changes, the venue still retains the buzz of its mid city location with executive chef Jarrod Moore’s seasonal, produce-driven casual dining menu shining a light on the provenance of locally sourced ingredients with a selection of dishes sure to satisfy the eclectic and electric faces that make Melbourne home. (Don’t worry the chicken is staying!)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Rotisserie Chicken
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(03) 9663 4041
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Little Bourke Street
What 32 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fun night had by all. Chicken and chips delicious

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MM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I love Belleville bar. My first time for dinner the other night and its was still great. Just a tad loud for my ears. (though I was pretty close to the speakers) Noice level aside its a pretty great spot. Good food and good service. Definitely go again.

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m
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 1

I know it was a Friday night, I know that when you hire a dj you want their music to be acknowledged but when it's so loud that you literally can't hear people at the end of your table without yelling, well then it's no fun. The chicken was excellent. The Brussels sprouts were divine. The carrots were delicious. The poutine used grated cheese, not curd — which means it's not poutine. The calamari serving was far too small for the price. The service was fine but nothing memorable. I realise that fringe was on and that there was lots of activity in the room but it shouldn't take 20+ minutes to flag down a server to get a drink. Perhaps it was an off night? The music was too loud, the service was just barely satisfactory. That said, the cocktails were good and the beer selection was satisfactory. Would I go back? Perhaps. I might go back for a round of chicken and Brussels sprouts but if it was as loud as it was on Friday night I'd turn on my heal and hightail it out.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

There was a bit of a hiccup with the seating time booked via opentable and what they had on record but they promptly seated us.
Great food, reasonable food prices: the chicken is moist and delicious, sides are fantastic and they have a nice choice of wines and beers.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I was disappointed that they just do not have the sauce they used to have.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fun vibe while sitting on lawn furniture. Great for drinks and food but not quiet conversation.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Quirky little hidden spot in the middle of China Town. Good for casual beer and nibbles after work. Food was fine but not as amazing as I expected. But overall pretty good experience.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really cool atmosphere with great food. Had a half chicken and poutine. Poutine is a MUST get and the chicken is cooked perfectly.

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VC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This place is very cool, the menu is unpretentious and the food good. The recent renovations have made it less squishy and quieter. Great place to meet friends for casual hip dinner in the city.

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F
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recently renovated bar appears to be more functional with more floor space for people to walk around but also sit around the bar

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JT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe and food. Service was outstanding. Go for the banquet to try everything but be prepared for a lot of food.

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k
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belleville was a real surprising delight, even hidden away in the CBD it was bustling and busy giving the room a comfortable, friendly vibe. This was supported by the fantastic staff, the superbly delicious food, the extremely well laid out drinks menu, and the live DJ playing loud but not too loud. My partner were pleased with the vegan friendly options, as was i as i didnt have to eat dessert alone like everywhere else!
Belleville is a definite must for any Melbourne trip and we will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Very less choices for food .i didn’t enjoy fried chicken at all.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food in a cosy ambiance. Perfect for sitting together with friends and having a nice dinner.

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AO
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Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Everything was good except for the member of staff assigned to our table, who took passive-aggressively ignoring us to new heights, and was brusque and uncommunicative when forced to interact with us, eg when delivering food to the table. We tried multiple times to get her attention when she was laying out cutlery on a table about ten feet away, but she concentrated even harder on this task and then walked back to the bar. Her colleague ended up doing half of her job, and he was lovely, including making up a fantastic mocktail for me. The place was not very busy, so we just assumed that our service person just hated her job. A pity, because it took the shine off an otherwise delightful evening.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service! Great for business lunches or a casual Friday night sesh.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great evening at the Belleville with some colleagues from work! The Feasting menu was amazing (not often you hear people raving about the salad). Great service and vibrant atmosphere (without being overly noisy or crowded). Highly recommend.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

it was really nice service and caring from staff!

was great enough to feel happpy bday. thank you !

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ND
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Belleville is a vibrant place, good for sharing plates, and easy going continuous ordering as you go. It's probably not so great for the intimate romantic meal as the room is big and noisy but it's great for groups and flexible dining. Our table grew as the night went on, we started with 6 people and grew to 10 over a couple of hours - the Belleville staff had no problem accomodating for this. The philly cheese steaks spring rolls are a definite essential to try - the slice of steak inside is top-notch! Their standard rotisserie chicken is great. Their vegan chicken is also tasty for those non-meat eaters.
The cocktail bar at the back is actually my favourite spot, and where I usually go - it's more intimate quirky vibe with the circular bar.

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F
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Staff were not very attentive. One of the bar staff seemed to completely ignore us altogether and served 3 people before us. We had a table reserved for dinner but no one came to take our order for drinks until the whole table had arrived, so we had to keep getting up and going to the bar. When the music started I couldn't hear the conversation on our table. Once we started ordering food the service improved. Food was ok, nothing to rave about.

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K
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The best French fries & rotisserie chicken in Melbourne. Yummo.

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VC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

This is for young hip people-it’s a lively spot with cheap fast arriving roast chicken dishes. Very loud on a Friday night as it doubles as a bar and comedy venue. Food was good but unspectacular and came out quickly via very friendly waitresses. Uncomplicated dining in Chinatown

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S
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

This was my last dinner with my friends before I left to go overseas for the next few years. It was too loud and we couldn't hear each other, I could only hear the person next to me and there were only 5 of us. The food was quite good, but I would have preferred somewhere else where we could hear each other.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Rotisserie Chicken (the specialty) burnt over salty and dry .
I think food is an after thought for this venue

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome little venue that you can easily miss if you aren't looking for it. Upstairs overlooking the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke St, this place has excellent food and drinks at excellent prices. A "Feed Me" option for $39 pp ? Definite winner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved it!

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C
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

The music was deafening and for a dinner setting at 7:00PM it was absurdly loud. I left with my ears ringing and sadly wasn't able to enjoy the conversation of my table due to the music, which actually got louder and louder and louder as we were sitting there. I probably won't suggest catching up with friends there again, simply because I can't hear them and don't want to spend the whole time shouting and saying 'what'. The food is good and generous and the wait staff are pleasant.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and ambience, with an in-house DJ and views down into Chinatown for window-side tables. Food was good: very rich, with small serving sizes. Don't go here for cheap, generous servings; however, if you're looking for a stylish date night venue, it doesn't break the bank.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was so very tasty but wish the service could have be on par. The waiter wasn’t approachable at all and didn’t know details on the meals coming out. She was so unnatentive that we had to get up and go and ask for a drink. The tiny round table situation joined together is not practical for big groups, nor are the seats at all comfortable. Overall food was brill.. service lacking

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B
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Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We'd been here on our last visit to Melbourne a couple of years ago and were pleased to be back. It was rather quiet, mid-afternoon on a public holiday, but it's a lovely room with a very Melbourne patina and the food was good. We'll be back.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Came hear as the last time we came was fantastic .... this time was not as a great an experience. Sat down to peruse their menu and we know their rotisserie chicken is super tasty but we also had according to the Sunday specials an option of southern fried chicken which we all ordered plus sides.The waitress came back to tell us that the Sunday special finished at 5pm and they had also sold out of waffles. It was 5.10. The question was why were the menus for the Sunday special still on our table if it had finished?? Bloody annoying. So we reconsider everything including going somwhere else however we chose the rotisserie chicken plus extra sides. It took the waitress 15 minutes to come back to take our order which is way too long considering the menu is quite small. But yummy food nevertheless. The chicken and poutine is sensational and we will be back I’m sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, great vibe and delicious food. Nice to be able to book somewhere for dinner.

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