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Builders Arms Hotel Bistro, Fitzroy, AU-VIC
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Builders Arms Hotel Bistro

4.2
4.2
334 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
The Builders Arms Hotel is a historic pub on Gertrude Street Fitzroy, where the public bar has been whetting the whistle of locals since 1853. Housing a Public Bar, Bistro, private dining spaces and a courtyard, the Builders Arms Hotel is a regular meeting place for drinks and meals to be shared.

The Bistro is our welcoming dining room offering generous table service and a menu focused on classic, seasonal dishes with our wood-fired rotisserie informing much of what we cook. Expect pub classics, seasonal specials, dishes to share, oysters, charcuterie, and everything that relaxed dining and drinking calls for.

We are also currently offering takeaway pick up from the pub.

We are open 7 days a week
Mon - Sun | 12pm - 11

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9417 7700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew McConnell

  • Catering

    An a la carte menu is available offering smaller plates alongside large plates which can be enjoyed individually or as a shared experience. <br /><br />The Public Bar is the casual area of Builders Arms and offers the same menu; the perfect accompaniment to the extensive options available from the beer, cocktail and wine list. There’s plenty of room to just drop in and enjoy the pub vibes! <br /><br /><br />

  • Neighborhood

    Australia

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Gore Street & Gertrude Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking Only

  • Public transit

    Tram 86 from Bourke Street (Stop #15)<br />or<br />Tram 11 from Collins Street (Stop #13)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 334 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. b

    benj

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Looking forward to seeing the pub back in full flight
  2. JR

    JaneR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The standard at this venue has never changed- excellent every time
  3. M

    Maddie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    $19 steak Monday’s are unreal! Service was friendly, and the restaurant has a gorgeous ambiance
  4. O

    Olivia

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, great ambiance. Steak night is amazing and great value for money
  5. F

    Fergal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Hina. Quality wines and excellent food. All members of the party I was with thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  6. GP

    GeoffP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a Sunday lunch. Their signature dish, the Fish Pie was as good as ever!
  7. T

    Thomas

    Melbourne

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was really well spaced out, and all the staff were super nice. Food was amazing, from the fresh whipped cod roe to the pork belly salad. Glad we went out, they clearly put a lot of thought into the updated distanced experience & ambience, it was great.
  8. WT

    WendyT63

    Tokyo

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Nice vibe, good food and just nice to be able to go out to a restaurant again.
  9. MB

    MontyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I just always find the food overpriced but it’s a convenient venue
  10. AL

    AllisonL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back! I’m British and was desperate for a good British pub meal, this was next level
  11. WR

    WillR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Builders is back, and it was a joy to be back eating delicious food, great wine & cocktails and enjoying the ambience. While less diners is undoubtedly disappointing for their bottom line, it does have the unexpected benefit of quiet.
  12. M

    Michael

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to watch the footy, staff and chill and the vegan burger was on point! Just what I needed on a Friday night :)
  13. GF

    GlennF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well organised and good attentive service. V good COVID19 compliance.
  14. n

    nomayo

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I love builders arms and in the past only had amazing experiences there but our steak on Monday Night was terrible! It was flavoursome but SO chewy we struggled just to cut it, the fries were undercooked and the salad was one bit of lettuce. Not sure if it was because it was a monday steak night deal and staff did not ask how everything was so there was no time to give any feedback.
  15. AS

    AdamS

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    For a time where Restaurants and Pubs are crying out for Covid restrictions to be eased and to receive such bad service to the point where I called and spoke to a manager afterwards, this is just not acceptable and won’t be back as I never heard back from the manager after I made the time to call and explain my experience and was told that he would look into it. Care factor at The Builders Arms in Fitzroy is “0”
  16. c

    cicci123

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service - no complaints! Would definitely dine here again.
  17. PJ

    PJCR

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been disappointed with any dish we've ever had from Builders Arms, whether eating in or delivered. Can't wait to get back and dine there again but delivery will be more than fine for now. Still best delivered meal I've ever had. Dishes are simple with great ingredients and wonderful execution. Menu isn't huge either which is always a great sign. Love this place!
  18. SF

    SueF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We had a lovely team lunch that consisted of mushrooms on toast, mussels, the cheeseburger and porterhouse steak. All meals were well presented and tasty. The fish pie looked amazing which many around us ordered. Ran out of English breakfast tea which was disappointing. A lovely afternoon had by all.
  19. SB

    SunnyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    A lovely lunch, great service, excellent menu. The only down side was that our baby gem iceberg lettuce salad hadn't been washed properly, so was a bit gritty and we didn't eat it as a result :( Apart from that, it was fantastic!
  20. P

    maryP

    Melbourne

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was as fabulous as we are accustomed to from Andrew McConnell. Cod roe dip, stracciatella, fish pie, burgers, all legendary. Very disappointed in the service, hopefully a covid blip and they will improve. Very polite and lovely but struggled to get timely service, constantly flagging them down and they were so slow they then kicked us out without an opportunity for dessert, need a gun floor manager and then will be flawless, exceptional.
  21. AP

    AnnabelleP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great cheeseburger! Thanks for the great meal
  22. AP

    AlexP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOOOO BAH BAH BAH <3 <3 <3 <3 YUM FOOD YUM SERVICE GIVE IT UP BABEEEE!
  23. AA

    AnnaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and lovely service. A classic pub done very, very well.
  24. FS

    FraserS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was really great everyone we spoke to was very friendly and helpful. The only downside was the food was a little be so so. But apart from that it was a great day
  25. MC

    MiaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great food but bad service. Had a booking at 7.45 so assumed we had table for rest of night given that booking did not say otherwise. We were quite happy to settle in and have more drinks and dessert but, immediately after we finished mains our bill was dropped on the table despite us not asking for it. When we finally managed to get someone’s attention and asked for the dessert menu, we were told we couldn’t have it because the table was booked again after us. It was 9.45pm at this point!
  26. LP

    LekkyPav

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My partner and I went to have dinner there. I would normally struggle to find something to eat but the menu has had a few tweaks and was amazing. I have two entree sized meals. The gnocchi and the cauliflower salad. Both were beautiful and very generous in portion size. My partner had the special which was lamb and his meal was so tender and well flavoured. Staff were attentive but it did take 3 waiters to eventually get me a wine but I wasn’t too fussed. Top marks.
  27. AB

    AaronB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was a great night out. First dinner after COVID lockdown and just what we needed.
  28. L

    Laurette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service as usual. I will recommend 100%.
  29. JR

    JaneR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Fish pie is to die for. Staff were really friendly and efficient.
  30. TL

    ThereseL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and exceptional service.
  31. LH

    LarryH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If our reserved table had been in a bit better location I would have given this a five star rating but for some reason we were seated in a spot with no view and near the kitchen even though the bistro wasn't that busy. But otherwise we were very happy with the choice and would recommend.
  32. C

    Carolyn

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was informative with specials and friendly. Atmosphere was conducive for diners to have a fun night.
  33. VC

    VictoriaC

    Melbourne

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Nice atmosphere-the bistro room is buzzy and has a nice vibe. Unfortunately it also loud especially if seated next to a large noisy table. Food was good and well priced although I was a bit annoyed to see that the steak I ordered for $38 was on the monday specials on the back of the toilet door for $18!!
  34. C

    Carolinski4

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Unfortunately way too much noise from male groups who must think the whole place is just for them. We had to move to get away from them which was much better -however, then on the side for self-service - although we didn't need to for most of our food as we had pre-ordered on the >80dB side (above recommended industry standard). A pity though, as the food is great especially the carrot side dish - buttery to perfection.
  35. HW

    HayleyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fabulous bistro tucked away in a public bar. Very stylish dining room with such a comfortable and relaxed feel but still an elevated eating experience. I enjoyed the menu which had a range of smaller to larger meal options and whilst I personally did not pick the right dish for my palette, everyone else I dined with was very impressed. Our experience was made even nicer by a lovely young woman named Diana who served us so beautifully. Only one small problem was that there wasn’t enough light in the dining room so as the sun went down we were struggling to see the menu somewhat.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    No table service offered, not sure if this is just during lunch hrs weekdays - but all orders had to be placed at the bar, not ideal for business lunch.
  37. DN

    DNER

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Best Sunday roast! Reminds me of our years in London.
  38. GD

    GusD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Good food, but expectations were high and overall it didn't live up to its name. Great service though
  39. DB

    DavidB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place for a mates lunch and we enjoyed the experience
  40. J

    Jane

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great ! Good food , drinks and service. Nice atmosphere

FAQs

Builders Arms Hotel Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9417 7700.

Builders Arms Hotel Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 334 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Gore Street & Gertrude Street

  • Neighborhood

    Australia

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking Only

  • Public transit

    Tram 86 from Bourke Street (Stop #15)orTram 11 from Collins Street (Stop #13)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew McConnell

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9417 7700

  • Catering

    An a la carte menu is available offering smaller plates alongside large plates which can be enjoyed individually or as a shared experience. <br /><br />The Public Bar is the casual area of Builders Arms and offers the same menu; the perfect accompaniment to the extensive options available from the beer, cocktail and wine list. There’s plenty of room to just drop in and enjoy the pub vibes! <br /><br /><br />

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