Bodega Underground

4.2
537 Reviews
$40 and under
Mexican
A restaurant smuggled from Mexico to Melbourne. Find Little Bourke Street’s late night mezcal bar and taqueria hidden underground in the China Town precinct, and open 7 days a week until late, including lunch Friday - Sunday. Try a Tequila or Mezcal cocktail, or speak to our team about sipping some exciting Agave spirits instead. The $55 Feed Me banquet offers great value and a huge mix of traditional Mexican street food, plus some dishes with a twist. We also offer a $69 Bottomless Brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, with unlimited cocktails and 5 courses of food. We are located on the corner of Little Bourke and Crossley Street, Melbourne, with a moody bar and dining area perfect for both a quiet drink or a larger celebration.

Experiences

  • Bottomless Brunch

    A$69.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Every Fri, Sat, and Sun we host bottomless brunch sittings between & including 11:30am to 3:45pm which consist of: 5 dishes & 90mins of bottomless cocktails, beer & wine. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.
  • $55 pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Friday & Saturday evening between 5:30pm and 9pm, guests must dine on our Feed Me Set Menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.
  • $55 pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    8 guests or more between 5:30pm and 9pm, must dine on our Feed Me set menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.
  • $45 Pre Theatre Mexi-Mimosa Menu

    Multiple dates available

    6 dishes incl dessert, plus a Guava Mimosa (or beer or wine) on arrival! Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. Book between 5 - 5:30pm and out by 6:45pm
  • $45 Pre-Theatre Lunch Offer

    Multiple dates available

    6 dishes incl. dessert, plus a Guava Mimosa, beer, wine or agua fresca on arrival! Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. PLEASE NOTE: Bottomless Brunch is available on this day inside at 1.15 or 3.15pm, or alfresco at 1.30 or 3.30pm only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 537 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CMath
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

So-so food, slow service as we sat at the entrance, took 30 mins to take our order and last dish arrived 30 mins after the others.

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vipDenisa
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was so mediocre bordering on terrible Mexican flavors. The service was terrible not because the staff were unfriendly but because they were completely understaffed for so many bookings.
For such a small menu; the restaurant was out of 3 key dishes. Won’t be bothering with this one again when Mejico is far better value for money and possibly cheaper for amazing food and cocktails.

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Spiros
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Staff were distracted & inattentive, despite there only being a handful of diners.
Furniture, tables & chairs, was piled up in the corner of the restaurant detracting from the ambiance.
Food selection was limited as items on the food & mescal menu had 'run out'.

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Adds
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoy Bodega Underground. We had 4 people and chose the feed-me package on the menu. It was perfect, there was plenty of yummy things and enough food to go around. I wish they would have brought out the salad before the some of the hot food, but that is such a minor thing. The wait staff are really great.

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IsaacW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great mezcal cocktails, delicious tacos and general vibes

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wendyh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service very slow unorganised
Food ordinary only the corn was nice
Over priced
No heating outside wobbling table
Such a waste of money

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The feed me menu was such good value. Great food.

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Kook
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Smelt mouldy and damp.

Too much food in set meal but not enough flavour.

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GlennS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food extremely quick service for the pre-theatre menu. All good very tasty and got to try some things on a set menu that I normally wouldn’t order.

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IrinaS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We pre-purchased the $45 pre-theatre menu. The food was very basic, ungenerous and, honestly, not very tasty. The menu selection was also unimaginative (baked corn, basket of corn chips with lumped tomato sauce (not salsa!) and avocado, beef brisket taco (one tiny tortilla per person - we asked for more and received one more tiny tortilla each!!!!), one fish taco per person (at least this had some fresh shredded cabbage) and two tiny thin churros per person with caramel (maybe from a can?). Tacos literally had the beef, a side of onion, and a side of chopped herbs. No tomato, lettuce, cheese, salsa, avocado or even sour cream. When we asked for some freshness, we were given a mixture of onions and herbs, with three tiny cubes of tomato. The menu included a mimosa each - not sure if they were mixed fresh or pre-made but they were undrinkable. Unfortunately, the waiters were given no room for variation and were inexperienced with the menu, which is not what you expect on a busy Saturday afternoon. Overall - unhappy and would not recommend.

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JSawf
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottomless brunch was amazing!!! The service was honestly perfect and everything was delicious!

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CandiceR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I really wanted to love this but it just didn’t live up to the hype. Although the food was nice, it was not ‘bottomless’ so for the guys that came it was not enough to feed them. The drinks selection was very limited and not explained to us if anything else was included. Although they tried to consider us by bringing us inside due to weather, our small group got sat at the bar. We came for my boyfriends birthday and so only one person could speak with him. I have done other bottomless brunches for a better price and got a lot more. The venue was pretty cool though.

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Zack
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best street corn ever. Food was delicious. Fun, good for groups or small tables

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Hope
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and food. The feed me was well priced for how much food you get!

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Shiv
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience2

I have reserved my table for 8:00 am, very well in advance. Came here for second time just to try their Guava prosecco or cocktail and always disappointed. Ordered Mushroom empanadas and that was told only vegan available and eventually they came back saying that is out of the stock as well.

We ordered at 8:00 PM and considering this place is open until 1:00 AM, I assumed I will get what I liked in the menu, however, always disappointed.

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HayleyW
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Outside dining does not have any heaters or blankets and it was very cold, might need to improve on this for Melbourne winter!!

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AllyM
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend as a place to go pre-theatre, the team were amazing and really quick to get us in and out in time. Food was fresh and delicious and location great.

KK
KaitlynK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a good vibe, drinks, food always delicious!
Service was a bit slack then it usually is.
But overall always a good time!

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JanelleY
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved it - cocktails were a bit small for the price though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very lovely and nice to have our month anniversary:) the food was delicious

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CEC1964
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was good, and the atmosphere was great. As for the service, this could definitely be improved for some of the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Found a hair in one of the tacos. The staff took it away and brought a new one over. Despite this, it’s still quite off putting.

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NicoleT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cant wait until we visit Melbourne again so we can go again!

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DanniA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are amazing and the staff were absolutely lovely and so accommodating

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helo
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

felt rushed and food kept coming when we hadn't finished the food before and it arrived cold

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice ambience, food was good. Corn was very tasty. Overall good experience

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AlyssaW
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious and as a coeliac, it was so wonderful to be able to eat everything without worry. It was also so good to have a gluten free beer! Highly recommend!

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vipCatF
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had the feed me menu which is mandatory on a Friday night. The dishes were all pretty average, it seemed like they’d been mass produced, which I guess they were.

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AaronB
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious GF food paired with awesome drinks. Great staff who knew how to host.
Food highlights; Street Corn, Chicken, & Churros.
Drink of choice Mezcal Margaritas

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Justin
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was very friendly and the food came out nice and fast. It's a pretty loud venue though.

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RashidaH
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food-poor quality probs left over from night before. Was Anzac Day... but do you have to eat the corn cooked from the night before. Fried Chicken as one of the courses? It was chicken wings !!! Disappointed. Would I eat there again ? No. Would I recommend? No.
The service was rushed. Courses came out too fast. The waitresses were pleasant and friendly. I however, was after good food 🥘

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AnnuG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

really good food. Love the sweet potato tacos. Also, great Vegan options

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a great experience from food, ambience, service

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Cat24
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Our server was fantastic but the time management of the food for bottomless brunch could be improved. Everyone in the restaurant was sent away with the Churro's in takeaway containers because it ran over time.

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KathW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch celebrating a birthday. The food was amazing and the service was exemplary! Can’t wait to go back.

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kaylam
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Too many waiters walking around doing nothing and only one bar tender. Seated and ordered quickly but took forever to get drinks. Food was dry, towards the end of the fish taco was hard. Very bland, charged extra for hot sauce which is unheard of. No salt on the rim of the margaritas which were $20 a pop and too sweet. Would not recommend.

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AndreaC
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for delicious food and lovely service. Passionate staff, so impressive

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Denize
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

What really marred the evening for us was not the food or ambience but the attitude of the staff. We were told that we needed to leave straight after finishing our meal as they were busier than they anticipated (at 10.30pm on a Tuesday night), even though there were 4 other empty tables in the venue.

We were told that we were given a 10 minute grace period to finish up our conversation and leave. Absolutely appalling.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lamb ribs are a must. Fish tacos are real good too.
Good vibes, loud and fun.

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AntG
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottomless brunch
Great food
Attentive staff
Good value
What more do I need to say!

FAQs

Bodega Underground does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Bodega Underground also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9650 9979.

Bodega Underground is rated 4.2 stars by 537 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.