Bodega Underground

4.1
569 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

  • $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
  • $55 pp Feed Me Set Menu

    Multiple dates available

    8 guests or more between 6pm and 9pm, 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

    Friday & Saturday evening between 6pm and 9pm, guests must dine on our Feed Me Set Menu. It includes starters, tacos, share plates & dessert. Gluten free & vegan friendly options available.
  • $45 Pre-Theatre Lunch Offer

    Multiple dates available

    6 dishes incl. dessert, plus a Guava Mimosa, beer, wine or agua fresca (soft drink) on arrival! Gluten free & vegan friendly options available. PLEASE NOTE: Bottomless Brunch is available on this day inside at 1pm or 3pm, or alfresco at 1.15pm or 3.15pm only.
  • Bottomless Brunch

    A$69.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

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

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 569 people are saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmilyL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The food was pretty average nothing that was really “ wow I would come back for”. Service was good though and cocktail list was great.

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NatalieP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The vibe was so cool it was noisy but wasn’t uncomfortable I think it made the vibe even better! Good was amazing! Such good value for money. Staff were so welcoming and attentive and really seemed as if they loved their job and I think that’s so important! Well done guys I’ll be back soon!

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DW08
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food and friendly, helpful wait staff but very loud and a little cold on a winter's night.

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JoelK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great find! Delicious, gluten free Mexican in a funky underground bar setting. Good service!

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MelP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stunning food, margaritas to die for, absolutely loved it

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RuthM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Really enjoyed it.

JY
JenY
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I had high expectations after a friend said that Bodega Underground was the best Mexican she'd had. I was sadly underwhelmed.

* The corn chips were a bit stale and there was definitely not enough guacamole and salsa on top of them
* Tacos and churros were delicious
* Very disappointing that the empanadas were sold out (it was only 7pm!)

I would recommend Bodega Underground to a friend as some of what we had was great, but on the whole it promised so much but didn't deliver.

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Emilia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The beef birria DIY tacos were extremely salty and quite bland, there was nothing exciting about it. The tacos de batata was really yum! However the cauliflower al pastor was boring and paying $17 for half a cauliflower with some seasoning is a bit ridiculous.
Service was really great and the staff were super friendly!

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Nakita
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have to use stairs to be seated, not wheelchair friendly.
Funky vibe, food came out fast and hot. Staff were friendly and on top of everything. We had the pre show meal for $45. Wouldn’t recommend the guava mimosa, wasn’t very good. The food was amazing. Would go back.

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MoniqueP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Fun and efficient, food was average and cocktails were average

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KirrilyM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a feed and some drinks! It’s moody and a perfect place to go with friends. A table near us was a bit noisy but you can get that anywhere.

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HanyL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

You can not miss the entrance. Bright red neon lights to welcome you in. The immediate underground escort to your table is done by the worlds most friendly and cheerful staff. The environment is warm & super lively. I ordered the feed me $55pp menu with my partner. We eat a lot but this course was beyond filling. There is so much food! Will be back for another great night! NOTE: must book prior

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The vibes were amazing and the waiters were full of energy. Drinks were slightly overpriced though. Great place for a date night!

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HelenR
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and staff. Beautiful food and so quick. Highly recommend!

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RechelleP
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thankyou so much for a wonderful experience. The elote's were our absolute favourite and the drinks were too good!

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Alyce
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was amazing. All the staff were really lovely and the food and drinks were great! The sitting felt really short but maybe only because we were enjoying ourselves and wanted it to last a bit longer.

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GraceC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Cannot fault the good one bit! Delicious, filling Mexican food and the whole menu being GF is incredible. They were also very accommodating with the vegetarian and vegan options we needed for some of our party. They do pour their drinks at 1/3 strength, and they took an order from our table for a round and it was forgotten, while all the other tables around us got theirs, but they check in for a last round, and the food comes out consistently and barring the forgotten round, the drinks were prompt. The place was packed (which is unsurprising for Melbourne on a weekend) but the lack of soft furnishings meant that the venue is extremely noisy, to the point of not being able to hear other members of the party across the table. This does lessen as people begin to eat and drink. I would absolutely go back for the food alone, and the staff were all very helpful and friendly, though hard to catch sometimes.

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BronL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always love coming here! The food is excellent, the staff are excellent, and the margaritas are 🤌

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, several vegan options and the cocktails are delish! Will definitely be back :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyable experience! Food was good, small portions but quite filling.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly service with amazing quality food, and overall fantastic atmosphere/ambience.

Coming back for the bottomless brunch!

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MiaC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such lovely staff and the food was so good. Really good quality and a great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Feed Me menu was delicious, perfect portion sizes and great flavours that left you feeling super satisfied – and all for a great price. Couldn’t recommend to anyone more 😁

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Cosmeeno
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Group of 10 crammed on a table, poor quality of food on the mandatory $55 feed me menu with a time limit to complete eating.
Won't go back

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Meegan
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We felt our table was rushed through and though we knew there was a time limit we didn’t get great service for the short amount of time we did have! The corn was delicious and cocktails great but I wouldn’t recommend the food!

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KaanO
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ITS AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE GUYS WOW COUDLN'T STOP GOING FOR 2 DAYS IN A ROW FOR THAT MF BRUNCH

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Only good thing about the visit was the company - service was shocking, food was very average & regarding the drinks, it felt like we were at a daycare - not worth paying for the boozy brunch at all.

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Carz
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately there’s not much choice for the bottomless drinks and they were really average…. would not be in a hurry to do the bottomless brunch again.
The food was flavoured well, but average. Would try it again without the set menu to see if that made any difference.

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charlotted
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Some of the food was nice, except one of the vegetarian dishes that was just a massive piece of zucchini in a taco, which was so watery and just not a good taco filling at all. I also wasn't expecting to have a fried egg on top of nachos when it was meant to be a vegan menu and there was a vegan at the table and that is something that was said to staff at the start of the brunch, so im not sure why this happened.

But the main issue most definitely came with staff, they made no effort to create a fun atmosphere at all. When asking if we could order another drink that wasn't the 4 drinks on the bottomless menu and pay for it, we were told this was an impossible request.

Drink service was slow and the atmosphere was terrible. As far as bottomless brunches go, for the amount we paid for 90 minutes, would not recommend. Probably the worst bottomless I have been to.

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Hippie382
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Had a lovely experience, will be back!

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Girls
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It was our very first time eating at Bodega Underground last night but it was really disappointing. The food quality and quantity/serving didn’t match its price. The soft tacos tasted stale and our mocktails of the day tasted really bad. The ambience looked really cool, but the quality was nowhere near Mexican cuisine. I hope you take on this feedback and utilise it!

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CMath
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
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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Tahlia
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice dinner, good value for the feed me menu, food was average quality.

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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.

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 4.1 stars by 569 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.