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

Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

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4.1
276 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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Booked 12 times today

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 276 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. S

    Sarmargil

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Staff are friendly and foods are modern Aussie dishes.

  2. L

    Lana

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. H

    Honey

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Great experience great vibe. Just a bit loud

  9. 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.

  10. DM

    DeMon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Nice location for a drink and some simple pub food.

  11. J

    Juan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    I'm really sorry, but my experience did not fulfil my expectation. The food wasn't nice and did not taste good. I hope you can improve the experience. Thanks

  12. RC

    RebekahC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    A great evening venue for a few drinks. As a daytime lunch venue, it completely misses the mark. Booked for a group of 10, nowhere on the online form does it state that one table of 10 can't be accommodated because the tables and chairs are fixed in place, so there's no hope of joining a couple of tables and pulling up a few chairs (and on one of the tables, one of the fixed chairs was missing - just bolts in the ground where it once stood) so we had to sit on two separate tables with distance between them. Also, the food was so-so - no one raved. On the positive side, the food came out relatively quickly and the bar service was good. Overall, I wouldn't go back for lunch, will stick to evening drinks only.

  13. SP

    SydPandfam

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great place to go before a game at the MCG Food and wine good quality, parmy was a little cold considering we were the 2nd order of the day

  14. M

    Mandy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    As we had never been before, we would have appreciated when shown to our table that we were given a menu, also advised to go to bar to order drinks and food and that kitchen was to closing at a certain time! Therefore unable to review food as kitchen had closed when we went to order.

  15. AY

    AYJD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    There was no table service, so we had to order at the bar. We ordered "Roast Hazeldene chicken, walnut + cranberry salad" which was under "Larger Plates" and $25.... very disappointed to find that it was just a small bowl of mostly salad with a few small pieces of cold chicken on top.

  16. KB

    KimB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very busy hotel, great food and cocktails. Enjoyed our evening at Garden State.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    There was no host to greet us, when we found her, she took us to the table and didn’t explain anything about ordering at the bar. No way of knowing she worked there as she was in casual clothes

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service! We had two tables of 8 booked and we requested to be near each other. The tables were right next to each other which was perfect. Food arrived quickly and was yum ☺️

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    In meal in a pub. It was Friday night so extremely busy and loud.

  20. MG

    MelbGal

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Considering we dined at 5.15pm on Wednesday I didnt see “happy hour” or mid week food specials which most restaurants/especially pubs in the city do offer. I think value for money could be improved. Staff were quick and pleasant.

  21. SB

    ShirleyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Had difficulty locating staff to find our table booking but everyone was friendly. Drinks menu was not legible but once we figured out how the system of ordering food and drinks - all was up to standard

  22. RB

    RachelB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    Too loud, no lighting at all. We booked to be in the beer garden and we’re out in a tiny corner with no light - so loud you could barely hear anything. Dirty sticky table with no room for 3 people to eat meals - disappointing

  23. JG

    JordhanG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The food was good but unfortunately the service we received was mediocre. They had all the reserved tables down stairs but refused to open the downstairs bar forcing patrons to trek it all the way back upstairs to the main bar where it was very busy and the bar tender who was working was less then helpful. I understand that sometimes there are staff shortages but on a public holiday you would assume that they would try to make the most of the 15% surcharge and open the bar downstairs (we only ended up having one drink each because it was too much of a hassle to get back to the main bar).

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Great vibe and love the decor. Staff nice but can't rate service as it's all DIY! Pub food with good size serving

  25. S

    Shazza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    It was lovely and cocktails were amazing, thoroughly recommend for drinks

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    V tasty, many good snacks

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    The online ordering didn’t work for the entire night. Also the bartender was incredibly rude and when my friend ordered two drinks, he snapped at her and said can you make sure you tell me both drinks you want at the one time. He was really aggressive about it and it was just a shame because the venue is lovely and the door staff were nice.

  28. RH

    RebeccaH

    Brisbane

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    Food order lost. Reordered. Given wrong food. Asked to vacate table for new patrons before we could finish our meals. Why did they make their mistakes our problem?

  29. DH

    DaniH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Will never come again. Felt like a nightclub not a relaxed pub. We had kids with us and it was honestly awful. We had to scream to hear each other. We took our friends who were from Sydney and I was embarrassed that I chose this so called restaurant. Felt like they were over capacity by about 1000 people. Not even kidding.

  30. KA

    KimberleyA

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great to see it alive and full of action! The city has a heartbeat again

  31. f

    foodeater

    New South Wales

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Classic, standard pub. Nice drinks and food. Really cool venue and good atmosphere

  32. J

    Jaime

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We booked for 7.15 but had to queue for bookings and didn’t sit until 7.40. We ordered food straight away and took half an hour for two burgers and they came out cold as they had been sitting there for ages. The staff that brought over the food was not friendly and didn’t even bring us cutlery we had to go find some. The manager was nice enough to apologise and refund us for the cold food as we had to leave for another event but all in all very disappointing

  33. KB

    KristenB

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We were looking forward to catching up with old friends in a lively greenery filled hotel, we made a booking months in advance. We were seated on the road, horrible atmosphere, no lighting so we had to use the torches on our phones to read the menu. The waitress was so rude, and acted like we were putting her out with any request made. The food was appalling, burnt to a crisp pizza, raw burger and finally once 5 out the 6 of us had completely finished eating, the 6th persons salad came out, no cooking involved. I was so embarrassed about the entire night

  34. M

    Matt

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Loved the venue but feel like the meals did not live up to the expectations I had for them. We had the Chicken Burger and Steak Sandwich and were not overly sold on either of them. Will be back to try the Wood Fired Pizza though!

  35. LK

    LeeannK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Real good experience prompt service and food was delish!!

  36. S

    Sarah

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    Our booked table was not ready, we had to wait, then got reminded that we had to leave for the next booking. Was very noisy, could not have a conversation with older people in the group. We had a booking for 8 people, had to ask for more cutlery, only given 3 sets when clearly 8 people at the table. The ‘snack and share’ items came out on the table with no plates or cutlery or serviettes to be able to ‘share’ items. Poor wait staff. Appeared to not know what they were doing, maybe all junior staff. Il staff to assist with the app to order food. The app was very slow to load for all phones being used.

  37. GL

    GracieL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overall a well priced spot for a work team lunch. There were a few issues we encountered. Ordering food & drink is done through an app but it didn't work for me or for a number of us in our group. Also the timing of the meals was a bit off. We were a group of 4. 3 of us got our food at the same time and one person waited for over 10 minutes for their food, which is always a bit awkward when dining out as a group.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food2service1ambience5

    The bar needs attention short staffed long wait for the drinks

  39. KW

    KateW

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We ordered arancini but the waiter said they were unavailable, so we chose the meatballs which didn’t arrive but the arancini did! Strange !!

  40. ME

    MargsE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Terrible food, staff were miserable and unfriendly, drinks were slow and incorrect. Terrible.

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Garden State Hotel - Public Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 12 times today
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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