Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong

4.1
140 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.

The beer that changed our lives. We've created a vast emporium of beer discovery where everyone can tap into the authentic stories and flavours that make craft beer so unique.

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 beer combined with great people and great food.

Please note all bar tables are high tables and chairs, and bookings Friday & Saturday after 8.30pm are DRINKS ONLY
Also all bookings of 16+ people will be required to choose one of our group menus. You will be contacted after booking to arrange this

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
What 140 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.2
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4.2
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3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamC
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 3 days ago
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
1 review
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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CatherineA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Very welcoming and food and drinks are top notch.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. See you next time!

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Lesa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and friendly service and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. Have a wonderful day!

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AlexR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite place in Geelong currently to go to for a quality meal and beer. Good for a date or a large gathering.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on June 17, 2021

Hi Alex, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. See you soon!

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WilliamG1
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, friendly attentive helpful & knowledgeable staff.

Food is great unlike a pub but more like a restaurant

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AshleighC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous venue, great service, great atmosphere, staff were so friendly, the chef even made up a dessert for my partner whose 30th it was which was wonderful. Loved it!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 21, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words. We will share this with the team!

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Rosie
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, very quick service especially for drinks, delicious meal and beers. 10/10 recommend!

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 21, 2021

Thanks for the review. See you soon!

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HeatherM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The venue is bright and modern, with friendly staff serving great food.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 21, 2021

Hi Heather, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Hope to see you again soon!

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Emma
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food came out staggered so half the table had eaten while the other half was still waiting for 40 minutes. Meals weren’t bad when we got them and the space was lovely, just disappointing about the meals

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 21, 2021

Emma, thank you for letting us know, and we apologize for the experience you had. We will pass along your feedback to management.

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VickiG
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, friendly staff,overall would go back again

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 21, 2021

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. See you soon!

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LisaC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were celebrating a birthday and it was our first visit. Very impressed with the make over the Interiors are beautifully detailed and furnished.

The only problem we had is that is was a Saturday night and very busy and NOISY. We had trouble hearing each other due to the noise of the crowd. Some acoustic treatment might be a good investment.

Food was good and service also good.

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 21, 2021

Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. We will share this with the team!

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everyone at our table had a great looking meal, and positive reviews were made by all.
The room was quite loud, with all the hard surfaces, and a little acoustic treatment wouldn't go astray. Otherwise, the fitout is quite lovely and I'd be happy to return.

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CxxxW
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Very loud and impossible to have a conversation. Food was ordinary.

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ReneeW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, drinks selection was superb, ambience was lovely! Great place for dinner! Not disappointed in anyway

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong
Responded on May 6, 2021

Hi ReneeW, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again soon!

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Saturday
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Table service was very slow. Waited almost half an hour to be asked about drinks once all our party had arrived.
We were never approached again for second round of drinks, and had to ask for water for the table. Took a while for plates to be cleared. The servers themselves were friendly, but not attentive enough. Food was great.

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WilliamG1
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quality food, service a bit slow due to lack of waiters who were working very hard.
Noise level was high, probably because it was Saturday night.

Overall, I will be going back

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FionaC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good prices, fantastic service by staff and the atmosphere was so good.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great modern pub and fantastic selection of beers on tap. Food was good but not amazing, room for improvement

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JadeM
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They went above and beyond for us, had a few requests that they were more than happy to help with. Thanks guys

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TrishS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch here on Sunday with family, service from the staff was excellent, food was very quick to come to our table, great choices on the food & drinks menu, staff we're very quick to clear our table when finished & they we're very happy to split the bill!
1st time here & definitely will be back, highly recommend Malt Shovel

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KellieM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and helpful waitress. Enjoyed the food, great variety of drinks. Little bit pricey but overall good experience

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MaggieV
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was the best we have ever had. She was so smiley and very accommodating.

FAQs

Malt Shovel Taphouse Geelong is rated 4.1 stars by 140 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.