Red Gum BBQ

4.4
535 reviews
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Barbecue
Red Gum BBQ is the home of American style BBQ on the Mornington Peninsula. Since 2013, we have been synonymous with low & slow on the Peninsula - sharing the love at markets, pop ups & finally in our own home in the picturesque foodie region of Red Hill.
Red Gum BBQ uses only free range & grass fed meat and Pitmaster Martin & his crew slowly smoke these with red gum over custom made pits in house daily, to ensure diners get the mouth watering meat they have come to expect from us. The meat is the star but at times its overshadowed by our amazing Southern-style sides & desserts - from cornbread with honey butter, to brisket chili cheese fries, broccoli salad with buttermilk dressing & pumpkin pie. Things Melissa remembers from growing up in the Southern US.
Enjoy the largest selection of Victorian craft beers on tap on the Peninsula - carefully selected to support small brewers and the best and most unique new beers out there. Our wines are Mornington Peninsula's finest.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food!!
Highly recommend - Pulled pork, pork ribs, corn and the brisket loaded fries!

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SR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

"yes" but... I would caution them on their expectations. Food portions don't match the pricing and the quality of the BBQ'd meats could be soo much better. That said, it's a decent place if you can afford it.

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t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Can’t speak highly enough about the food, drinks and venue!! All perfect for 2 people or for a large group with kids, nailed it on the head!

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TB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with zero expectations, however should we have went with high ones they were surely met.
Interesting Menu, good Beer & Wine list at reasonable prices.
The little "quiet time" corner for the kids to draw ect was beaut.
Loved the "share style" ideas with multiple dishes.....and the food....bloody fabulous !

We'll be back......and soon !!
Tom.
0490 155 556

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J
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little overpriced for portion sizing but food quality and venue amazing

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TH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the decor...
The dessert could be more interesting though..

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KS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always - we love Red Gum. The only disappointing thing was although we booked ahead we ended up seated at the bar at the back. A bit of a let down for a special night out particularly as the shed door was open and it was freezing up there!

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AN
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday celebration while tasting wines in the area, food is fantastic, my personal favourite was the Brisket Chilli Fries but we didn’t have a single dish I didn’t want more of.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, good for kids! Staff were great. Thank you. Will come again soon

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RW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Red Gum. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Service was excellent , friendly staff. Food was superb. We had the Brisket, Ribs and Pulled Pork. All very good, although I thought the Brisket was outstanding. We also had the Brisket and Jalapeno sausage, Wow sensational. We will be back

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Could be warmer at nights though

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food & watching the food being cooked sitting at the back bench.
We took home the food we couldn’t finish.

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TC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place hidden away. It’s worth the trip to visit. Don’t forget to book in advance

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere and service was great. Ibwas so excited for the food but was quite let down.. for 36$ i got about 7 ribs with hardly any meat. And the brisket was two thinly sliced pieces. The coleslaw had minimal taste - couldnt even taste mayo on it . This place could be awesome but 90$ and we left hungry

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MH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was nice and the service was quick but the pricing is out there. This is maybe a once a year treat but too expensive for anything beyond that; it is akin to fine dining which it isn't.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Wonderful food and drink. Found it very noisy though with lots of children running about. Parents need to have more control.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to Red Gum BBQ will not be our last. We enjoyed the whole experience as well as the food, and our group connected through the shared platers.
For something different and fun, I recommend you check it out

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KG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very helpful and attentive. Food was delicious and we didn’t have to wait long.
It was a cold day, so I was concerned it would be chilly inside the shed but it was perfectly heated.
Will definitely be visiting again 😍

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MC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A little noisy on Saturday night. Service was pretty ordinary. Got to 9pm and got the distinct feeling we were inconveniencing the waiter by being there. Second time visitor. Not sure we will return, based on customer service experience.

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PD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was excellent and wait staff very attentive. Beef Brisket was beautiful and tender and full of flavor, Pork ribs were also yummy. Wanted Pork belly but they had ran out. Sides were a little disappointing, roasted Brussels sprouts on as a special were over roasted, not a fan of the raw broccoli dish, no mention of it being raw on the menu and given it's winter i think blanch at a minimum would be more appropriate. Take off of a Waldorf salad was not too bad just a little disappointed it wasn't stipulated on the menu that the walnuts were coated in a toffee syrup. Wine and beer menu quite good however only had 2 cocktails on the then menu both contain Gin and they ran out of Gin - Such a shame. Venue is well done and comfortable for share table dining.
All in all an experience that had to be done and left with mixed feelings as to whether i will return, a mix of good and not so great experience.

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AG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent BBQ food, variety and service. I would highly recommend.

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B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly amazing as always the hosts were friendly and helpful, food sooo good, drinks soooo good. Even though youwere busy we were assisted to very well...see you in a month!

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M
Melbourne / VIC
50 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought 8 others there, and EVERYONE loved it! Need I say more?
Sad that the short ribs were no longer on the menu, however the beef brisket more than made up for it.

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GR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

When your whole business is based on good BBQ food, you should deliver good BBQ food. The ribs looked a little sad when they arrived and for $36 I expected better. The Chicken wings were soggy and unpleasant. The slaw was good. Not good enough I’m afraid, we won’t be back.

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome experience we will definitely be back for. The smells of the place were divine and although a fresh night the warmth of the ovens and how popular it is invited you in to enjoy.
Although sign posted locally, it would be exposed alot more with suggestions in neighbouring suburbs.
Thanks once again, a delight!!

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J
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and food. I will be back shortly with the rest of the family.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience! Beautiful dining area! Will definitely come again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Had a great experience 😊 food was delicious and atmosphere was brilliant

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T
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Red Gum BBQ and tell everyone we know! The food is so delicious and full of flavour. Service is great and it's just a fun great place to go with family and friends. Loads of choices of wines and craft beers too. And the kids have a play corner too.

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HE
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

we enjoyed the food very much, but we thought it was over priced for what we received,yes I would recommend it to friends but warn them about the prices,would prefer prober chips rather than fries

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BN
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service, my partner has already booked to go back in a couple of weeks

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J
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Meat was disappointing and dry. A shame a s that's why we came here. Ambience and venue was nice though.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious American bbq with a good menu selection to choose from. Friendly staff and unique atmosphere with the only constructive comment was we found it odd there was no American beer or spirits and only craft Mornington Peninsula alcohol available, which normally is a good thing but we just thought it kind of ruined the authentic American bbq experience. Will return again though :)

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A
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was okay, but not amazing. Three slices of brisket and 2 were dry, pulled pork was very dry also. Mac and cheese is very basic cheese-from-a-can type with no crumbed top or spices etc to make it interesting (didn't stop me eating it all though). Chips, corn, ribs and their own branded beer were all okay. I felt that the prices were a little bit higher than I would have expected for the portion sizes but if the meats had been a bit better I wouldn't have minded.
The venue itself is very cold on an autumn evening, they have heaters but only on one side and unfortunately for us we weren't seated on that side. They do provide blankets which is nice, however not as nice as a heater nearby.
Service staff were kind and attentive but not too attentive which I like. The kids corner is well stocked and is great for distracting the little ones.

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If u love smoked meat and drinks this is the place for you

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

As a BBQ establishment the meat choices were very limited

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R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The kids area Desperately needs a spice up. If you claim on your website that there is a kids area, it should be clean with some reasonable toys. I understand it gets a lot of use but all the toys were old and pretty dirty.
Also the chips were cold and not very nice. The prices are premium so you would expect everything to be hot at least.
The food is tasty but quite expensive.
The staff are amazing, super friendly even on a very busy day 👍

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SM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent,
Service could of been better, plenty of staff but a bit slow in coming round and taking drink orders,
Ordered the beer tasting paddle, it was sitting on the bar for about 10min before it was delivered to the table resulting in the beers having no head.
We booked for 7pm but seemed to be they wanted everyone gone by 9pm and felt a bit rushed, maybe should increase the opening hrs to 10-11pm on a fri and sat night.
Small criticism and the food more than made up it, we will definitely be back.

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good and came out very quickly. Unfortunately our waitress wasn't good. Came out and explained how things worked then said she'd bring us some water. Disappeared for about 10 mins then came back and cleared the table. Didn't bother looking at us. I had to go to the bar and ask them to bring us some water. We had also ordered a beer and home made lemonade which she had obviously forgotten. Our food came out before our drinks - took about 20 mins just to get a glass of water, lemonade and a beer!

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JE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We returned after loving our first visit her over a year ago. Their standards have really dropped since then. The food was very ordinary & disappointing, not worth the expense at all. We won’t be back.

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