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Main Bar at Hotel Esplanade, St Kilda, AU-VIC

Main Bar at Hotel Esplanade

4.3
4.3
381 Reviews
$41 to $100
International
Located on Hotel Esplanade's ground level, the expansive Main Bar overlooks The Esplanade and St Kilda's iconic Port Phillip Bay. With an abundance of natural light pouring in from the foyer's arched windows and retractable glass ceiling, this space is perfect for casual meals and drinks, which guests are invited to order at the bar.
Tucker into fast and fun snacks, Espy pub classics, seafood platters and stone-baked pizzas. Wash it all down with a long list of local and international wines, craft beers (draught, tinnies and bottles) and a seaside-inspired cocktail list.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International, Gastro Pub, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Daily 10:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9534 0211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ashly Hicks

  • Private party facilities

    For private events please contact the team directly.

  • Neighborhood

    St Kilda

  • Cross street

    The Esplanade and Pollington Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Tram #16, 96, 3a. Hop off or on at stop #136.Bus: 246, 600/922/923, 606, 623.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Public Bar Trivia

    Multiple dates available
    Round up your brainiest buddies for Trivia Night every Wednesday from 7pm. Join us in the Public Bar for banter, booze and brains every week with free entry and epic prizes.

What 381 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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Loved For

  • City Centre

    Scenic View

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  1. SF

    SherynF

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Attentive friendly staff. Great Atmosphere, Easily accessible venue via public transport. Live music and lots of space. Meals were tasty and great value. Will return!!
  2. LS

    LisaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here! Just beyond perfect every visit
  3. AK

    AndreaK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Espy is back! Great energy levels, lovely staff, so much fun!
  4. LK

    LaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a family birthday, venue and staff were delightful and little booth behind the stairs was perfect to contain the kids and still have a good time. Staff were all delightful and very accommodating.
  5. SK

    SmilingKodiak

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Okay food Iconic location and view Mains and starters arrived together sans cutlery.
  6. SA

    SteveA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Could not believe the price of the drinks,a glass of wine(quarter filled) absolutely ridiculous and the meals were of very poor taste,
  7. KN

    KarenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had to leave unexpectedly and the wonderful staff saved us a table until we could return!!! So appreciated.
  8. BF

    BelFish

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere, great setting, beautiful building and wonderful service. My only complaint is the batter on my fish was undercooked making half my meal inedible. Prices are a little on the high side but great place for a special occasion visit.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience5
    Got there early and table wasn’t ready so was usher downstairs to wait, then after my table was ready and getting my drinks at the bar I was told there was a 1.5 hr wait for food! Could the door waiter have told me earlier when I arrived?!
  10. ND

    NicoleD

    Perth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Great venue. Food was only ok unfortunately and quite pricey for what it was. Staff were good though.
  11. MC

    MaryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful dining and the service both bar and food were amazing. Staff friendly and helpful. Definitely going back. 👍
  12. JH

    JulieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and l had an excellent time at The Espy last night. There at 5.30pm for dinner returned after the Jon Stevens concert to be escorted straight up to Ghost for a few late night cocktails. Thanks so much Julie for looking after us!
  13. DP

    DemmiP

    Melbourne

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great Thursday night pub .. food was well prepared had halloumi chips, calamari & scallops just perfect !
  14. GA

    GraemeA

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic venue for food and drinks before a short wander down to the Palais for concerts. Always maintain a great vibe.
  15. SC

    SeanC

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. The snacks are meals in themselves. Great value and beautiful views.
  16. M

    Mary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely delicious lunch and impeccable friendly service - that Sunday roast was melt in your mouth ! Managers and staff friendly, helpful and the venue renovated beautifully! Can’t wait to return ☺️ Shout out to the chefs and yianniak for a successful surprise party 🎉
  17. EL

    EmmaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place evaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
  18. LN

    LeighN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    The venue is amazing and the staff we’re doing their best but the food was average at best and the noise was ridiculous- we had to leave
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just perfect as always, amazing food, really welcome place to be with a pram and a lot of space to walk with the baby couldn’t ask for more
  20. HG

    HotGirl101

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Lobster roll had only 2 pieces of lobster :( was tasty tho but for price was a bit sad
  21. E

    Elekb

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service & food ! Cocktails were fun & not TOO pricey!
  22. RC

    RosieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cosy on a wet and cold night- great service, yummy meal.
  23. JR

    JustineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and exceptional service. Live music was fantastic ambience
  24. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    We ended up eating upstairs, set menu, for $65, the food was average, should have stayed in the front bar as the menu looked a lot better than the food we were served upstairs
  25. AP

    AntoinetteP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Ridiculously too loud for dining. The friendly Bar tender tried to be helpful with my order, I requested steak with a vegetable. He said would swap fries with cauliflower. Everybody got their food at different times. My order never came instead 2 cauliflower dishes arrived. I told the server what I had ordered. After a considerable time the manager arrived and said they don’t change meals. I explained to him I was iron deficient and need a meat dish with a vegetable. Still couldn’t convince him, reluctantly said I would take the steak dish as listed with the fries as I was hungry. He then said they have undercharged me. I advised him I had ordered the Parma, calamari the steak and a wine, total bill $86.10, so don’t understand the underpayment. He was clearly unconvinced over our conversation and said he they would wear the extra charges. I felt I was dealing with the entitled generation, unhelpful, poor customer service and no intention of genuinely giving us a wonderful dining experience.
  26. FE

    FionaE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The roast lamb was delicious, but the sticky date pudding was 3 dry mini muffins with just a teaspoon of sauce. We asked for a bit more sauce but they couldn’t give us any more which was disappointing.
  27. SF

    SueF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food excellent, service and attention from staff great. Very noisy venue and didnt expect bar stool type seating, not advised at time of booking. Not ideal for older or less mobile people.
  28. JG

    JennyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous experience at The Espy. From booking, being greeted with a smile & very helpful staff - it was a pleasure! We all enjoyed our meal & felt it was value for money and the view…. WOW!! Just a shame we don’t live closer so it could be our local!
  29. G

    Genevieve

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a lovely meal at lunch time on a Friday to celebrate our casual Anniversary for the two of us with the best table and view looking over to St Kilda beach. Plus they catered for gf. The Espy took me back forty years when i used to see bands ect. For the mature folks for a quiet meal during the week would be the best.
  30. R

    Rich

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great venue, usually good service was a touch slow for a night that wasn't very busy. Cheese burger was excellent, Caesar Salad was excellent but the Slipper Lobster was overpriced and you could hardly taste the lobster because the sauce was too strong. Ambience was excellent.
  31. J

    Jjjj

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    Terrible place to get a meal. I think we got the worst table. There were loud men in right behind us the whole time, they even put there drinks and empty drinks on our table. I got bumped by about 50 people. Very bad experience
  32. MM

    MelM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Should have separate dining area. Very awkward to eat with people standing all around you
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Watched the sun set drinking cocktails. Doesn’t get much better.
  34. GF

    GlenF

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Ambience and energy were great, you just can't miss with great live music. We were put in a blind corner boxed in by three walls and staff found it hard to find us which was disappointing, so we had repeated trips to the bar asking for food that had seemed to have 'disappeared'
  35. TK

    ToniK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Terrible meal. 2 of us ordered the roast ‘with all the trimmings’. Very misleading and tasteless! Literally zero trimmings not even gravy. The other 2 meals were fish n chips, dry and tasted old. The worst meal we have had in years.
  36. N

    Nicky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Food came out cold. But after new one delicious.
  37. S

    Suep

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Service great bar staff friendly and efficient the meals very disappointing the roast was very fatty basic vegetables parma dry with a few chips other meals average
  38. TU

    TaraU

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We originally booked a booth next to the main staircase. When Julie learned that we were celebrating a surprise wedding reception she promptly moved us to a beautiful private room upstairs. We were beyond happy and grateful. The team looked after us all night and made our evening so much more special! Thank you ESPY! Tara and Kane
  39. J

    Jaysons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    We ordered the baked scallops as a starter and they were placed into a bed of salt. Which my wife thought was mash potato! lol. The scallops were very small as well. Then ordered calamari - Perfecto Lastly we ordered a Pizza - Also delicious. We loved the venue and it was our first time at the ESPY.
  40. L

    Lily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. so nice to be able to sit outside in the sunshine.

FAQs

Main Bar at Hotel Esplanade is rated 4.3 stars by 381 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Main Bar at Hotel Esplanade

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, AU-VIC 3182

Additional information

  • Cross street

    The Esplanade and Pollington Street

  • Neighborhood

    St Kilda

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Daily 10:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    International, Gastro Pub, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Tram #16, 96, 3a. Hop off or on at stop #136.Bus: 246, 600/922/923, 606, 623.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ashly Hicks

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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