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Cellar Bar (Al Fresco), Melbourne, AU-VIC

Cellar Bar (Al Fresco)

4.2
4.2
138 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian

The Cellar bar is a typical Italian bar where anything goes. Pasta is our staple. Hand rolled and shaped from local, nutrient rich, biodynamic flour. Following regional recipes that descend from our Italian territory. Enjoy coffee and a pastry, antipasti, a classic Italian dish or glass of wine at any time of day

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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 8:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9662 1811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Guy Grossi

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Tram 86, Train Parliament Station

  • Additional

    Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Menu

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What 138 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. S

    Sydneysiders

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Poor service. Main meals were not edible. Pasta tough and chewy. Veal overcooked and oily. Could barley cut the veal. Calamari was delicious. Wine was great. Staff were clearly stressed and red zoning.

  2. CM

    ChristineM

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff are always doing above and beyond to provide the best experience for customers. The food is always delicious and I’m always eager to come back.

  3. CA

    CAme

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Service was terse from some, ok from Others. Definitely not the charm it used to have. More rough and ready. Food was nice without being amazing. Kind of like the restaurant is resting on its laurels. Having ordered this also via Providoor that is probably preferable for next time.

  4. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Pretty disappointed to be honest. Service was very poor. Had to ask 4 times for ordered focaccia. Had to ask twice for ordered salad. I was just after a simple meal done right and in the correct order without having to look around aimlessly trying to get service staff attention.

  5. A

    Annie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    We were asked to change tables after we had been seated and then were moved inside (despite being advised by this site that no inside tables were available). The meals arrived in a timely manner and were good despite no vegetables or salad, which required the ordering of additional sides. Despite advising staff we had had limited time when we ordered our coffee at the end of the meal we waited 15 mins before we had to cancel the order and leave. When asked by the staff how things had been we explained and they became defensive citing that they were short staffed on the night. I appreciate the situation of staff absences however if the restaurant is unable to provide adequate service to its customers then perhaps not overbook and the staff certainly should not expect to be tipped for their ‘lack of service’. We regularly have dinner at Cellar Bar prior to seeing a show and have had great experiences there, consequently we were so looking forward to our Saturday evening. Unfortunately we will probably not return to Cellar Bar and will try one of the many other restaurants in our wonderful city.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    The wait staff were disappointing. Had to keep asking for water. Had to ask for a glass. Our food was put taken to the wrong table which is fair enough but the waiter put the steak under the nose of one of the diners on that table who said no it wasn’t hers. Well really? Very unhygienic to say the least. How about asking first instead of putting the food under her nose and assuming it’s hers or asking while showing her. For someone else to speak with your food under their nose was extremely off putting. Very bad waiting. We have dined there on many many occasions over many years, we have never encountered such unprofessional staff. Very disappointing.

  7. PB

    PhilipB

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    The food was fine but the service was very poor - disappointing for a restaurant with this reputation.

  8. JR

    JaneR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Service was average.. waited ages for drink order to be taken Fettuccine was undercooked Poor lighting for outside dining

  9. j

    jamesjle

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    OK, it’s was after a long weekend, people are tired, difficult to get staff etc, but. Like our experience with the Grill several days prior some of the food had endured a long journey. The calamari was old and dry, very disappointing. The tiramisu, which we have been eating at this restaurant since the late 1990’s was way below the standard we remember. Ordinary food is the norm in many places but when you are paying Grossi prices there should be no off days.

  10. CM

    ChristineM

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every time we dine here we are never disappointed. Standard and quality always exceptional. The staff are friendly and professional. The service is efficient and the food is consistent. Best Italian food in Melbourne.

  11. JN

    JyeN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    The service at the cellar bar was deplorable. We had the most rude and condescending waitress who judged us for asking questions about the menu. We had a booking for four where we were sat on a small round table with barely enough room for our food and drinks. The main meal came out before we even got a drink and the entre came out last. Another waiter then judged me for wasting paper because I asked for a receipt and stated that I don't care about the environment. The food was decent value for money but the poor service over shadowed that. Will definitely never be coming back

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    Tiramisu is delicious

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional food and staff as always. Divine Italian home cooking with a 5 stars for quality and ambience. Super efficient but with super service. Came here for over 20 years as an executive with clients and it never fails to impress. My sister and niece were first timers and loved everything as well.

  14. C

    Catherine

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Whilst the ambience was very good unfortunately my tortellini was not. The flavour of the filling was good but the tortellini itself was undercooked on the folded pieces. I was told by the waitress that is the way tortellini is. My husbands steak had not been rested as his plate was swimming with blood. it was cooked medium rare and would have been juicier if left to rest. I think one of the most disappointing things was that the waitress probably thought we were tourists and lied to us about how tortellini is supposed to taste. The food was ok but I don't want to pay $220 dollars for an ok meal and a couple of glasses of wine.

  15. K

    King

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Worst service I have received for Melb dining! Sat outside on the street. There was no light, couldn’t see the menu or the food. The staff were very slow to take our order, zero knowledge of the menu. Drinks never arrived. Food was very overpriced for the quality and serving sizes. Would not rush back here. A big let down.

  16. CS

    ClaudiaS

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3

    The overall experience was great however our waiter was quite rude and rushed. He was not empathetic or helpful with allergy questions and was very aggressive when delivering our food. There were few diners as it was a Tuesday night therefore this service was quite poor.

  17. JS

    JoyS

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I enjoyed my time at Cellar Bar. It is a venue with a varied menu and good wine list.

  18. RM

    RoseM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    No knowledge of our booking, terrible service although the senior person was apologetic and doing her best to manage the few staff present. Drinks came after main, something forgotten at every course and sadly the spread of meals went from great to terrible. I appreciate Melb has just come out of a terrible lockdown and I think this is reflective of the recovery which will be slow.

  19. DC

    DavidC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great to be back in the city at an iconic venue that didn't disappoint. Look forward to returning when not as rushed.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    Outdoor dining but none of the heaters work as they have all run out of gas, shockingly slow drink service, request for the pasta to not be too salty comes back way too salty. Always has

  21. LE

    LizE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved Cellar Bar! The lasagne and ricotta cheesecake were amazing. The staff are very busy but lovely. Will definitely dine here again!

  22. CC

    CarlosC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Food was exquisite (best mayonnaise and croquettes ever). Table too small. We were there to celebrate full vax of kids which happen coinside with Anti vax rally. Loved it.

  23. L

    Likestoeatgoodfood

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything was amazing. Would eat their food every single night if I could

  24. MM

    MattM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic ford and wine. Always the best place to go before theatre

  25. b

    bford

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food great - as usual. Except for the oysters - not shucked properly. Shucker needs lessons!

  26. PB

    PeterB

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Everything was great except we wanted to sit at a table. They said it was for four people only then proceeded to seat other parties of two at these tables. Why do this? Why lie to us?

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wait staff kindly accommodated our pasta choices which were off-menu. The best spaghetti in melbourne for sure and lovely ambience with a cold glass of wine!

  28. J

    Jeme

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    The staff were really lovely but there weren't enough staff on so we were waiting around a lot to order and for our drinks to come. However, the food came out fast. There could be better ambience in the alfresco seating area. Maybe a candle or some light music. The pasta was delicious though.

  29. GC

    GemmaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Staff were lovely, food was great. Loved it, especially the tiramisu.

  30. FD

    FrancoD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The best Italian restaurant lunch I've had in Australia since the last time I was in Italy - pre-pandemic. Simple, flavoursome, high quality and service.

  31. RM

    RalphM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food. We enjoyed many of the dishes at Cellar Bar during lockdown via Providoor. It was great to eat them fresh on a nice warm summer evening outside. Highly recommend the Caponata, the lasagne and the bolognese pasta. And the tiramisu is one of the best we’ve ever had at a restaurant.

  32. B

    Barrie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We had an enjoyable experience, it was a beautiful day and the food was really good. The service was excellent the staff being helpful and professional. We would certainly go again.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5

    I am so sad to say that one of my favourite haunts has deteriorated in the food stakes. It is my go to place in Melbourne. I really hope we see it come back to its former caliber.

  34. H

    Helen

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Eating al fresco was lovely. Food was OK. Calamari seemed as though it had been cooked earlier and reheated, pasta also was nice, but not the greatest. Service was very friendly and attentive.

  35. JT

    JohnT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Pre COVID this place was a favourite. Prices have increased by 15%, food on this occasion was below expectations. Service was very good and wines were of a good standard

  36. KI

    KayeI

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our delightful dinner was memorable. Fabulous Italian service & charm. Good delicious

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect weather for an outdoor dining experience. The waiter provided great service and had a good personality. The mood lighting as the sun set was great.

  38. EJ

    EJCll

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Sat outside on small table, staff were attentive and friendly, vongole pizza special was excellent, tiramisu one of the best I’ve tasted.

  39. MD

    MattD

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always great

  40. JD

    JudeD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3

    Food was underwhelming Calamari dry with a couple of dry pickled lettuce leaves Pasta ragu clumpy mince not very tasty Tiramisu dumped on the plate tasted gluey Waiting staff were excellent and attentive though

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You can order delivery directly from Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) using the Order Online button. Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9662 1811.

Cellar Bar (Al Fresco) is rated 4.2 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Cellar Bar (Al Fresco)

80 Bourke Street Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 8:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Tram 86, Train Parliament Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Guy Grossi

  • Additional

    Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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