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81 Bistro & Taphouse, Berwick, AU-VIC

81 Bistro & Taphouse

3.9
3.9
172 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian

EightyOne is located in the Village of Berwick.
Live music / Bistro / Taphouse

Please be aware that you will have only stools for High top tables and if you are reserving an outdoor table it will be open to the elements. If it is too cold, too hot, too wet or too windy, you are under no obligation to take your booking, but unfortunately there may not be a table available inside if you change your mind.

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Café, Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9768 9555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Berwick

  • Cross street

    Top left corner of Berwick Village

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Outdoor Seat Booking

    Multiple dates available
    If you wish to enjoy our brilliant outdoor settings please book through here. Please be aware that all the outside tables are high top tables with stools.

Menu

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What 172 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Good for Groups

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Great for Lunch

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always have a great night here with friends. Great atmosphere

  2. TF

    TinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We could not believe how quick the service was and quick we received our meals which I must say were amazing. We had the tapas, which all were very tasty and nice and hot when reached the table. Hats off to the chef and the staff who made delicious cocktails. Will definately be coming back and will be recommending you to others. Cheers

  3. LM

    LynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere sitting in front of the fire!!

  4. GC

    GeeC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great friendly service! We stopped coming here as the food was not that great but since this year, the food is amazing! Second time in a month we have come here for celebrations. The staff are very helpful to your needs and super friendly. Defo back on the list for a great venue!

  5. JS

    JeliS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Welcoming place, with such a great service! It was nice to sit outside in this cold weather with heaters on.

  6. KO

    KarenO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Food was nice ...very speedy service (maybe even a little too speedy) we arrived 7.30pm for our booking and pretty well by 8.30pm we were getting the hint to leave as front door was opened and heating turned OFF! When I asked for the sweet menu I was told "kitchen was closed" at 8.30pm!!! (we'd only been in there 1 hour)....would have been nice to know that earlier, however after we decided to go 'over the road' for coffee and sweets and were about to leave (not happy) they did come back and say we could have dessert.... too late.

  7. JT

    JulieT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    4 party members got our food within 30 minutes of ordering, but 1 party member was left waiting, when asked, staff said it was on the way, asked again, said it was on the way, asked again, staff said it had been made but was not vegetarian (even though the order was vegetarian). They gave us money back but we were left with a sour taste in our mouths and will not be returning. The place is also VERY loud, expect to yell to be able to hear the person next to you.

  8. AA

    AlexandraA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Unfortunately 2 of us had already completely finished our meals (after having waited 5-10 min before starting and then eating as slow as possible!) before the other 2 even got theirs, even though we all ordered together.

  9. MS

    MandyS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous dinner with fabulous company. Food was tasty and service amazing

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere with great music and food. Even able to have a little dance with the live band

  11. MM

    MandiM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1

    The food was good but there was a function on so we were told we had to wait, we ordered 6 tapas dishes so thought that was a poor choice by them. Also they moved tables around and made us feel like we had to leave at 2:30. So we had cocktails elsewhere. The staff who served us was friendly enough but we did feel rushed to leave.

  12. JC

    JoshC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Very disappointed with our experience here. We made an online booking for a table of six in advance only to find that they had stuffed up our table/over booked. This lead to us being squashed onto a makeshift 4 seat table in the corner near toilet entry with zero room to move. Furthermore, we found the bar staff where we were located to be extremely disorganized often forgetting out drink order or not having the ability to actually make it. Based on that level of experience I would not be recommending this place to anyone. Will be a very poor Google review that's for sure.

  13. N

    Nickname

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Unfortunately gone downhill. Stayed there no longer than 30mins.

  14. FP

    FarrahP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    We liked the menu and food before covid. Our experience was not that good this time the carbonara was bland and the rissotto was tasteless. The pizza was the best out of the 3 dishes we ordered.

  15. SP

    SamanthaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a great experience and loved our waitress Michaela!! Thanks so much for a lovely evening!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    wine was over expensive

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Would have been a much better night if we didn't have Drunk idiots screaming at the top of their lungs every 1-2 minutes while the footy was on. Many surrounding tables were trying to enjoy their dinner and conversation with friends. The staff did nothing! We eventually asked to be seated down the other end of the restaurant to get away from the screaming.

  18. KC

    KerrieC

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    We booked as a family get together but our table was right next to the band and we couldn’t hear each other talk. The only time we got to speak was when the band went on break. Long queues to order food and drinks meant you really had to order two rounds of drinks at a time to avoid the long wait. Not enough choice on the menu, but food was tasty. Not enough staff behind the bar. Too loud for a catch up but with everyone sitting at tables, it’s not a place to go and mingle either. I’m pretty confused as to the direction they are wanting to go now? Wouldn’t bother going back unfortunately.

  19. M

    Magpie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food - wide variety and great value for money. Friendly staff

  20. AC

    AmyC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Gave our table to the wrong group by mistake. Tried to give us a table for 4 when there was 6 of us. No real care. Waited around with no offer of a drink or compensation. Finally gave us an outdoor table in which you have to go inside to order all food and drinks. Ruined the night, up and down plus it’s busy, rope everywhere. Never again. Food and drinks pricey and not worth it.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The team from work had a wonderful time. Food was great. Couldn’t fault a thing.

  22. b

    brettj

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    we tried to book at 730 on the website but it didn’t work so the booking was at 5.00 we got there at 7.30 so thay put us at the window and said we will get the next available table for two but thay just left us there there where table empty

  23. R

    Review

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The ordering at the bar was very frustrating as we all had to bring our belongings to leave the table to go order, then we came back to our table cleaned and drinks taken away. Food wasn’t the best quality and the service was very limited as it was rare that someone came out to even assist with anything.

  24. G

    Gaadbsy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Wel both are chair we broken , the food was really great , we enjoyed it , may be less chips more meat, service was fantastic great staff. Fix the chairs and you would have got 5 stars. But we will be back again this is our 3rd visit and would reccoment the food and venue to anyone , we had a birthday party there and it was 5 stars for that.

  25. MZ

    MaryZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a table of 14. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The place was very nice.There was a singer who keep us entertained, as we were close to him it was a bit loud. Could not hear each other, but other than that it was a great day out.

  26. LT

    LucetteT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Always warm, friendly and responsive service, good food and space. Thoroughly recommend!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Food was decent but overall, it was very disappointing - this place has gone downhill. You have to order food and drink from a very small section at the bar which meant there were long queues most of the night. If you’re not going to provide table service, then at least provide ordering via QR code menu. It feels like the owners are trying to cut costs which in turn provides a negative experience for customers.

  28. c

    cherylb

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience1

    Music way to loud and Had to shout to my sister sitting next to me Had no chance of hearing my relatives sitting at the end of the table A worker then opened the front bi-fold window so we then had to sit with a very cool breeze coming in on us along with all the cigarette smoke from the people smoking out on the street section of the eatery which is disgusting Very off putting which is a shame as the food was delicious May think about coming back if we can sit in a quieter cleaner smelling area

  29. KA

    KerriA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great atmosphere, service, cocktails and food. A very social place to be inside or out. Highly recommend.

  30. K

    Kelly

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    The food was woeful - dry chicken, soggy chips, no flavour in the pasta dish. I had a glass of red wine which tasted like the bottle had been opened for weeks - I didnt finish it. The service has not improved. We had one server who was great and he greeted us well, but otherwise the bar staff are snotty and could not care less about providing people with a good dining experience. One of the bar staff was particularly sarcastic and rude to me for no reason. Needs a big overall and better staff!

  31. LO

    LisaO

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We ate outside on a beautiful night. Food was great, everyone enjoyed their meals Service was really attentive and friendly too

  32. L

    Lauren

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went out to dinner with the girls and the staff here were more than accommodating to food intolerances. Food was amazing and service was friendly. Would dine here again!

  33. S

    Shelley

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2

    Terrible service not like it used to be. Won’t be going back and don’t recommend

  34. LF

    LisaF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Served incorrect drink, food choice limited, wait time long. Definitely down hill since last visit late last year.

  35. a

    adelinej

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely staff and food. Great venue too will be back

  36. TG

    TerriG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, very pleasant staff. Food was good

  37. FB

    FionaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The Valentine’s Day music was depressing and too loud. We didn’t have any cutlery on our table and was served by 2 different staff. We were given our food and told to enjoy and I said should I grab the cutlery from the next table? Every table had a Valentine’s Day lollipop and chocolate and ours didn’t. Food was ok but overpriced for a pub.

  38. SL

    SharonL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great outdoor space, food was delicious & tasty cocktails

  39. TL

    TammyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were very helpful and pleasant. Very happy with the service and food was great. Great money value!

  40. MA

    MARIAF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Cramped and too noisy for the evening intended… asked for a specific tables but didn’t get and no table service. Maybe I should have done more research as this venue has changed since my last time there. Would recommend for a drink and catch up with a couple not a large group.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

81 Bistro & Taphouse is rated 3.9 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

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

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Experiences are available.
Google Map for 81 Bistro & Taphouse

81 High St Berwick, AU-VIC 3806

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Top left corner of Berwick Village

  • Neighborhood

    Berwick

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Café, Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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