Melbourne Public

4.3
99 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Set in and around the lovingly restored heritage cargo sheds on the Yarra’s edge, Melbourne Public an be found on the banks of Melbourne’s newest drinking and dining secret – South Wharf. With live music at the weekend, oyster & drinks specials on a Friday night, and a beautiful outdoor terrace - Melbourne Public is a destination for any occasion.

Boasting interiors inspired by 1920s industrial flair of polished brass, exposed beams and heritage features, Melbourne Public celebrates the best of Melbourne’s past and present, in true Australian pub style.

Positioned a leisurely stroll away to the CBD, Docklands, Southbank, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and Etihad Stadium, this is a superb venue for a lunch or dinner, any day of the week.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 99 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere

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Lily
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great environment and friendly staff, food was delicious too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service. Food undercooked

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and tasty food. Enjoyed the band and the footy on the TV

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SueT
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Melbourne Public is a beautiful venue with great service and really good food. Also bonus live music acoustic Sunday 12-5.

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MikelaD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Must try the Pink Vodka and Tonic cocktail, amazing, strong and refreshing. The solo artist that sang and played guitar on Sunday was excellent. He was joined by a second guy who also sang and played guitar. Would return again just to hear these guys sing their Sunday tunes. It's a lovely venue and atmosphere to relax on a Sunday afternoon.

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JustinS
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, great service. Always very helpful staff and a great location

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Rezz
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I guess good place for young people to get drunk.Food is meh. Staff were nice.

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RobynF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere & helpful staff. Food was fabulous and plenty of choice on the wine list. Also dropped my purse & staff found and safeguarded it till I was able to return. Extra points for just being good guys! Highly recommend.

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MervS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a great family meal here. Would recommend a visit

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PeterN
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We sat in the dining area, felt like a cage! Stuck behind the bar, no ambience, no view of front area. Won’t do that again. The added surprise was that seated two tables to us was a young group of gents, taking shots and unfortunately not handling it very well 🤮.

We will certainly book the front bar area next time.

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VivB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are amazing! So accommodating and friendly. Service and food is top notch! A favourite place for us to catch up with friends!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Although the menu appeared a bit limited I have no complaints as the choices were quite acceptable, the staff even varied food for the Gluten free member of our party.
The staff generally were very helpful and friendly and went out of their way to help us feel comfortable.

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BDixson
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just happy to be out again!
Thank you Melbourne public

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AhmedB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent service. Richard and staff top rate. Limited menu but food quality not bad. Prices were a little bit steep but to be expected given location and facilities. Ambience was very good and friendly/respectful. Highly recommend if you are going in a group.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was good, food was average.. nice venue

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Kyle
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great vibe, and the cocktails were great!

JJ
JJBs
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the afternoon...shame we had to leave as we were having a good time

KJ
KeelyJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the staff maybe more cocktail variety would make it 10/10.

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CarolynS
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great space, plenty of drink choices and food available suits all budgets - great "Pub" food! Enjoyed out time there.

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FreyaR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding service from the MP Staff - welcoming, warm and generous. We loved it and will most certainly be back!

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AndrewM
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue highly recommend food was amazing staff were Very friendly

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NickiM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food options. Venue was nice. We had booked two tables and the second table received their food at least 20mins after the first. It was lunch time and only 4 tables were full. But everyone seemed to enjoy their meals

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KimA
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Would recommend going for a drink after work with some nibbles but the meals were just average.

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Poida
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first time at Melbourne Public. I went there for lunch with my mates for my 50th Birthday. Had a fantastic time. The wait staff, a young Brazilian lady was absolutely fantastic. Her knowledge and customer service made our day effortless. Would definitely recommend Melbourne Public to anyone. Loved the steak sandwich.

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TrishK
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, food and service, definitely going back

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Nicolebabs80
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was terrible. Salmon was dry and overcooked, and the potato rosti tasted like rubber. My partner had the steak and asked medium rare, and again that was overcooked.

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vipSharon
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Found this great pub, just steps from the convention center. On a Tuesday night, very quiet. On the outdoor patio, there were heaters to keep customers warm as they chatted with friends over a beer. We chose to sit in the dining room. Dinner special of the day - fresh tuna - awesome. The Greek Salad perfect size to accompany my steak sandwich. Cold Cricketeers beer and dumplings to start. Service was excellent too. Great place, just go!

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JessicaV
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great night. Good service and yummy food. Would recommend!

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Shellzie
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were helpful and friendly. Great venue with room to move.

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RobynC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We are a family of Coeliacs, 5 of us suffer. My brother who is very sensitive has never been sick from the food. We had a great time stayed until last song by the band, danced, had great wine and staff held last bottle for us.
It was for my Brother and my Birthdays and we all had a great time. My sisters and my Brother, Nieces, Partners all danced.
Thanks so much- will be back again.

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining area is lovely, service was friendly and prompt and the burgers were delicious!

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Michelle90
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great venue. The service was first-class, and we were able to pay separately with no dramas. I will be going back!

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AngelaT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nicely decorated place, lots of space, good quality food. Great for families.

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great venue. Staff friendly. Food good. Will definitely visit again.

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SonjaD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I didn't realise that Melbourne Public had live entertainment at night as we had only eaten lunch there before. As we were going to the comedy festival and a group of 6, we wanted to book somewhere for dinner so we didn't walk around aimlessly trying to find somewhere late on a Friday night. It was disconcertingly when we walked in due to the band and the amount of drinkers in the bar. However the staff were extremely friendly and although we were the only people in the restaurant section, service was great, the food was good and all promptly served. We also really enjoyed the live music backdrop as while it was loud, we could still have a conversation at the table.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch with staff and the food was very tasty!!!

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DonB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall an excellent lunch with family & friends... only one small spoiler.

When we went to pay, the male waiter was quite happy to allow us to split the payment, but a female staff member with an attitude intervened & insisted that it was "a rule" that we could not split the bill.

There was only a few other people in the dining room & we only wanted to make two separate payments... not seven, so it wasn't really going to create a major drama, but her manner was quite abrupt & rude.

She then proceded to split the bill like she was doing us an enormous favour & made a big deal out of not being able to identify which meal was which.

Small things like this can spoil the whole experience, so perhaps some customer service training wouldn't go astray for certain members of staff!

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RossH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for a catch up with friends for a drink.

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JemmaL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good feed. Food yummy and prompt. Staff very friendly. Will be back again :-)

FAQs

Melbourne Public offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9268 7600 ext. 1.

Melbourne Public is rated 4.3 stars by 99 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.