Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong

4.2
161 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
At Malt Shovel, we still remember our first craft beer. A life-changing moment. A world of floral hops. A world of toffee malts. A world of discovery, refreshment and satisfaction. Craft beer was here and things would be the same again.

At Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong the focus will be on authentic stories and flavours that make craft beer so unique. It will have a changing roster of great beers combined with great people and great food.

**Please note**
Inside bookings are a combination of low tables are high tables and chairs. Bookings of 10+ will be on a high table.
All bookings outside are required to order at the bar.
Bookings Friday & Saturday after 8.30pm are DRINKS ONLY
All Friday-Sunday bookings of 16+ prior to 8.30will be required to choose one of our group menus please send us an email to confirm these options.
Kitchen: Saturday + Sunday 11am-approx 8.30pm with Snack menu from 3-5pm

Experiences

  • Groups Menu bookings

    Multiple dates available

    Groups of 16+ are REQUIRED to purchase a food package and make a deposit to secure the booking, we offer canape menu option starting at $30pp or sit down options at $45pp & $55pp food package which include a variety of dishes from our menu. You can email us at info@mstgeelong.com.au for the canape menu options, and groups menu or find it located on Opentable and please in the notes add "$45 or $55 option" and our staff will call you. Groups of 20+ people need to call or email Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 161 people are saying
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DempseyH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good selection of food and quality food for a reasonable price.

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qwerky
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good service and food, and the time we choose later on a Sunday for lunch means that it hasn't been too busy so it's perfect for my book group meetings. I like the hot bar snack menu too, which is great when you want a smaller meal. Yesterday I had to prompt staff to come and take our order, which I wouldn't normally do but they'd been pretty clear that our booking was only for 90 mins, which is fair enough in the current situation. I love the renovation which has created a fresh, clean decor. Thanks everyone and we love having a regular place to come for our book group. Keep up the great work!

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious just a little disappointed with kids meals. The burgers were tiny not enough to fill a 10-12 year old and for $10 portions not good value for money. Overall though adult meals were delicious.

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AshG
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We had a table of 10 who ordered different options across the menu. The food that came out was either over cooked or undercooked. The covid experience didn’t help with ambience or staffing so I won’t comment on that. Won’t rush back.

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SueB
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become a regular. Great drinks, great venue. Food is delicious. Do yourself a favour and try it out

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

PLENTY OF OPTIONS WITH BEERS ON TAP AND BROAD MENU

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JeanetteD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place nice interior good food friendly staff

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LeanneD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good atmosphere. Happy to go again. Would recommend.

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EmilyL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meals, the food was great. The staff were friendly and helpful!

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Caitlin
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wide selection of food, was all very yummy, good value for money & inviting environment!

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EmmaR
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice location and good food. I would recommend this pub for a nice dinner with family and friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and service as always! A group of 7 of us shared a heap of starters and they were all so delicious!

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Corndog96
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Staff were disjointed and awkward, didn’t explain any of our alcohol choices and we’re quite stern, we were seated in a drafty corner near the bathroom, and food portions were very small for the price and venue (the lamb specifically). Aesthetically the venue was great, but when compared to somewhere such as little creatures I felt a little disappointed with the service, food and the pricing of meals considering the portion size.

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KirstenG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice food, friendly atmosphere, a little in the cool side temperature wise!

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JuneB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and waiter went out of his way to be helpful for my guest who had a specific dietary need. Really good ambience.

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MerrinM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Wow and I thought we were in covid times! Absolutely packed in, no social distancing. Laughed when we received our dessert as we were left wondering where the rest of it was! $88 for one round of drinks and two "desserts", what a joke. First and last time at this venue, trying to support local but this was pathetic. Won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience5

Great location and really nice vibe, it would’ve been appreciated if they had their kitchen hours on their page so we could’ve gotten food.

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MulleY
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Venue is nice. Food tasty. We were seated outside so bar service only. We had a large group. Tad frustrating that 2 meal orders came out together but we had to wait a further 20-30 mins for the next 10+ orders. Very noisy atmosphere. Some staff could have been a tad more pleasant. Keep in mind that staff will have no issue in kicking out out once your allocated time is nearing an end.

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Leah
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service amazing!! I think next time I book I’d like a table and chairs seating arrangement instead of the high tables and stools. Was quite hard to talk to family, as where we were sitting was quite noisy. But given it’s a pub type atmosphere it was to be expected. Would be perfect to go there with a few mates for a fun night out. Meals were top quality and very delicious! Will definitely go there again for the great food and service.

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merralynp
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience2

overall very good veal bologne was disgusting a bowl of pasta with very very little meat !!
all other meals very good

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KellieM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were enjoyable but quite pricey. Excellent service

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SamC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service, all our meals ordered were beautiful! I had the Wagu burger and it was yummo!! Wonderful to see it so busy. Only downside was it was soooooo loud.

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RaeR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the quality and choice of food. Can’t fault the service.

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JanineP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall the experience was good, the meet and greet guy could have been more upbeat, but I realise it's hard wearing masks. The girls managed to be very friendly and upbeat though. Reno looks good. Needs to be cleaned more thoroughly especially the window ledge near the booths and the toilets otherwise Reno will age very quickly.

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KelvinH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We order our meals served was too slow. Meals order it wasnt the right food that we wanted.
Staff were unfriendly
Question?
Why seating outside has to go to the bar and order ? While seating inside they get their meals order taken that is a stupid way. At the back is a bit far to go to the bar and order its not fair
My hubby ordered veal+ pork linguine later on meal arrived pork with roast potatoes and coleslaw
Dont even give us a complimentary drinks of their stupid service.
Never go back again.
Dont provide hag of drinks instead by glass which is over the price $4.00
Ginger beer $8.50
Way too much pricey.
Not 😊

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Bwhi
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were really adaptable and kind! Let us change tables even though I booked outside and didn't realise it would be so cold (my bad). Thanks!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on July 12, 2021

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Hope to see you again soon!

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BillR
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The place was far to noisy. The meals were soso for the price.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on July 12, 2021

Thank you for the constructive criticism, and sorry we couldn’t make it a 5 star experience. We are always looking for ways to increase customer satisfaction and will pass your comments along to management.

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Jancan
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere was quiet and pleasant. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, and my son really enjoyed his choices of beer. My wine was cold and satisfying. My only uncomfortable time (not your fault), was the hassle I had with the parking metres outside!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on July 12, 2021

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Richard
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food took an hour to come out after ordering.
I don't mind a place that's buzzing but this was just noisy. Dreadful acoustics. Had to shout at people sitting opposite me to be heard.
Ordered the Jerk Chicken. Was expecting something with a bit of a kick. Lame attempt although the Chicken was perfectly cooked. Probably give the place another try as I so wanted it to be great.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 28, 2021

Thank you for the constructive criticism, and sorry we couldn’t make it a 5 star experience. It’s important for us know how we can better serve our customers and your comments will be shared with the team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, cool atmosphere

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on July 12, 2021

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mains were good. A bit disappointed with deserts. Very small and not what you expect.
Service was friendly

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 28, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We are always looking for ways to increase customer satisfaction and will pass your comments along to management.

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LillyB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to eat. Food was really good, servings on the smaller side. Good selections of beers to try also.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 28, 2021

Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. Have a wonderful day!

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RachelM
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a group of 10, we were sat at a perfect sized table. Waiters were attentive and the food was delicious! The menu has a range of items, from small plates (I had vegetable side and fritters) to full meals (my friend had the roast duck, and another had a parma). Tables were well spaced out, waiters all abided by COVID policies and we were able to easily split the payment at the end of the night.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 28, 2021

Hi Rachel, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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WilliamG1
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good service as usual. Food was well prepared, not pub food. Range of beverages was good. Noisy, but not overtly as it was a Saturday night

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 28, 2021

Hi William, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. We will share this with the team!

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WPMN
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Some of our food items were not prepared as described on the menu. Slow cooked beef cheek was pink and tough. The half rotisserie Jamaican jerk chicken was plain roast chicken.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Very sorry your experience wasn’t what you’d hoped. We’ll look into this.

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VarunK
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Nice place to chillout and drink quality beer and have food.
Loved the Korean popcorn chicken

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

So glad you had a great experience. Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, service was great, the staff were lovely and helpful!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

We’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. Hope you have an amazing day!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing wait staff, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and good for the price and the cocktails were outstanding! would highly recommend :)

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

Hi, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Hope you have an amazing day!

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LouiseM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was vibrant , energetic, wonderful vibe and the most delicious food . Every morsel was divine .
The acrostic were a tadge loud , so if looking for intimate dinner ask for a quiet spot . We were a group of six so didn’t bother us .
Round tables brilliant as inclusive of your guests
Staff assertive and not ball . Can’t fault it
My only suggestion was on the notes it asked if celebration etc . It was son’s 19th , would of been nice if this was recognised and offered him a complimentary drink

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RickH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, excellent service with a large range of beers and wines. Extensive menu with choices to suit all. Overall very good

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

So glad you had a great experience. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong is rated 4.2 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.