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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

4.0
4
307 Reviews
$40 and under
Australian
The Public Bar and Beer Garden offer a wholesome and relaxed dining experience in the heart of the action. On the menu, you will find all your favourite pub classics, as well as a broad selection of moreish snacks and shared items, ordered straight from the bar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Gastro Pub, Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 8396 5777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 307 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JS

    JulieS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Nice food but be warned the 1-1/2 hour maximum booking time is adhered to so we felt very rushed. It tainted what should have been a nice catch up. Rather than staying at the bar and buying more drinks We ended up moving onto another bar which felt more welcoming and were happy for us to stay as long as we liked.
  2. LI

    LISAB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it here for all elements of service rated herein and will always return. The only irksome exception each visit; Large Glass wine prices are out of whack vs Std Glass and Bottle prices. Get a bottle you say? Sure, normally, however if a glass is all you're able to enjoy on any day, that is what you order. The price of a Large Glass is almost double of a Std Glass; not normally the case in other establishments. It's usually considerably cheaper by volume to purchase a Large Glass, the same as it's cheaper again to buy a Bottle. Would love to see glass prices revised.
  3. NB

    NellaB

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous trendy pub great vibes, great food and the place was pumping !!! My fave to come to when visiting Melbourne !! Definitely a must 👌
  4. ZX

    ZoieXi

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Wouldn’t recommend anymore. Location is pretty much the only good thing about this place.
  5. B

    Barry

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    It was very noisy & the food was very average. Over priced parmi which came with chips & leaves. Surely for the price the salad could've been expanded. Felt disappointed after our visit. However the service was very good.
  6. JV

    JanetteV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great food and service at Garden State. Will be back
  7. RJ

    ReeceJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We were quite disappointed with our night at the Garden State. One of the meals, the Chicken & Grain Salad was tasteless and presented in such a mediocre fashion - it was hardly worthy of being consumed (which it wasn't). One of the chicken burgers we requested no lettuce or onions - yet it came with these still. We also requested tomato saurce and nearly burnt my mouth when I was given a really SPICY sauce which looked like tomato sauce. The chips on everyone else's plates were also luke warm when served. Not the best night!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Too crowded, too loud, too hot, poor service, qcode ordering was difficult, ordered fish and chips the fish was disgusting, bones, way over cooked, tasted off.
  9. l

    lynp

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Very noisy venue to the extent you couldn't talk to anyone not sitting next to you. food was just fair, one meal was cold and nothing special. Given the number of great pub meals you can get in the CBD this was disappointing. I was looking forward to the evening
  10. TP

    TanyaP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a great venue for a team lunch and everyone enjoyed the food
  11. BB

    BillB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Bar service slow, ran out Beer, tables dirty , Food Not bad
  12. D

    Deanp3121

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Perfect lunch, venue was short staffed for rush prior to Coll v Carl game, to sort drinks from the bar was pretty ordinary. Everything else was perfect
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dad’s Birthday. Great fun
  14. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food and service was not great at all. Would not recommend for a meal, maybe just drinks….
  15. SM

    SarahM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good spot for an easy session - would recommend, especially for a few drinks with friends.
  16. P

    Prue

    Melbourne

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My friend and I both ordered the salmon niscoise salad based on seeing it on your Instagram page. False advertising. We got 1/2 a chunk of salmon and a handful of potatoes and beans. Left hungry and disappointed.
  17. AW

    AmandaW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very noisy venue. Would have liked to order food from the table instead of having to compete for service at the bar. QR codes work well. Not a huge menu for choice. Will not come again.
  18. LL

    LizL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Booked a table weeks in advance only to be shoved into a corner and literally had to climb over another table to get in and out… a real pain when you can’t order from the table and have to get up and go to the bar to order food and drinks.
  19. RG

    RhiannonG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great vibe. Quite loud but good atmosphere and great cocktails!
  20. KA

    KimberleyA

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really accommodating and great - well done and will come back
  21. KC

    KateC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good basic pub fare, friendly service & not too pricey! Fun ambiance & nice crowd of people, would definately go again!
  22. CM

    CarlyM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    For a booking of 9 people, everyone was squashed into a booth which made it difficult to have some personal space. Larger table was required.
  23. M

    Muppet

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Terrible customer service. Loud overpriced dirty. Keep walking
  24. LB

    LeandaB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    An amazing space. Great that we booked and had a booth. No problems hearing each other talk - though understand it can get noisy.
  25. PM

    PeteM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Sunday afternoon there with friends from Adelaide. Loved it and will be back
  26. S

    Sharon

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, nice food, good enough wine list.
  27. AL

    AnitaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    Our food was cold. One of the meals was sent back and was never returned. The staff were great though and refunded our money.
  28. SB

    SuzanneB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    Wonderful setting and the staff were fabulous. We were therefor lunch but our dining experience was spoilt by a very noisy party of 30 plus people that took over the area and gave no thought to anyone else.
  29. MM

    MelM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    No fault of the venue - it was way too loud for a 5.45pm dinner sitting. Couldn’t hear one another talk at all.
  30. IC

    IanC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Bit of a shambles and very unsatisfactory and disappointing experience. GSH is not the place it used to be and this is my second bad experience in 2 months. I won't be making the same mistake a third time! It was not busy when we arrived and it took more than 10 minutes to order food and soft drinks at the bar. Bar staff appeared uninterested and we were even ignored at one point by a staff member literally just standing around doing nothing. We were a group of 5 and the first plate of food arrived within 5 minutes of ordering and us sitting down (great at first!), the next three plates arrived 35 minutes later and after asking the staff twice where the last order was, it arrived almost an hour after the first. No explanation and the apology we received was far from acceptable.
  31. S

    Sarmargil

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Staff are friendly and foods are modern Aussie dishes.
  32. L

    Lana

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food1service3ambience5
    Vibes were very nice, amazing atmosphere but customer service not attentive and the order for a pudding should not take nearly 2 hours. I ordered a pudding and checked in regularly with staff to follow up on the order who advised 10 more minutes.. then I followed up again some time later and now was advised 20 minutes. Ended up waiting for a total of 2 hours and the waitress who brought out the pudding sent it to the wrong table before it finally came back to us. Hopefully, the dining part of it will be a better experience next time.
  33. MG

    MarkG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We t for lunch before footy. Friendly staff and good Parma
  34. LT

    LilyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite loud but good atmosphere! Food delicious especially pizzas, good selection of beers on tap
  35. H

    Honey

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    Sticky table, terrible food and nightclub atmosphere…..at 5pm!
  36. SM

    SamanthaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We had a get together with 10 friends. Booked two tables in the beer garden and ordered snacks that were delivered promptly. Would definitely return for a similar event. Very noisy but that added to the atmosphere.
  37. MM

    MichelleM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was disappointing! Five of us dined here.....We had the three chicken salads with walnuts....salmon and a chicken parma. Nothing to get excited about....parma was ok, salmon dry and brown ends on chicken salad greens! Perhaps the burgers are better? Disappointed!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Great experience great vibe. Just a bit loud
  39. C

    Chris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Always a nice place - but you booked a group of 10 for 1 single booth - this fits about 6, max.
  40. DM

    DeMon

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Nice location for a drink and some simple pub food.

FAQs

Garden State Hotel - Public Bar is rated 4 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Gastro Pub, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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