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The Recreation, Fitzroy North, AU-VIC

The Recreation

4.6
4.6
91 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Recreation serves Bistro food that draws inspiration from Mediterranean Europe, with a cooking style and warm hospitality reminiscent of the greatest Australian barbecue imaginable. Dishes such as Scallops cooked in Recreation butter and Chargrilled Hopkins River Angus Scotch fillet certainly add to this reverie.
The Recreation is situated at the top of Smith Street just a few short paces from the beautiful Edinburgh Gardens. The building dates back to the 1870s, within are comfortable surroundings with dark wood tables and a bustling open kitchen revolving around our custom-built charcoal grill. The grill not only enhances our well sourced steak but also forms part of our wide seafood and vegetarian options. Uniquely The Recreation provides guests the opportunity to BYO special bottles of wine and has a bottle shop if you wish to buy wine to take away whilst dining with us.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, French, European
  • Hours of operation
    Monday CLOSED Wednesday to Sunday Lunch Tuesday to Sunday Dinner
  • Phone number
    (03) 9042 2707
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Steven Nelson
  • Catering
    Bespoke events catered for, wine tastings, wine courses, cooking demonstrations.
  • Private party facilities
    We can host stand-up or sit down private events. Our particular speciality is wine themed dinners.
  • Private party contact
    Mark Protheroe: (03) 9042 2707
  • Neighborhood
    Fitzroy North
  • Cross street
    Smith Street
  • Parking details
    Free, plentiful, unmetered
  • Public transit
    Stop 22, 86 tram
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

91 Reviews
  1. LauraS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely staff, good food. Such a friendly place to relax. So helpful with kids.

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  2. JENNIFER

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saw the Recreation featured on Postcards episode and earmarked as a must visit. I wasn’t disappointed ! Occasion was a business lunch for 4. Staff friendly and helpful; an eclectic menu offering delicious choices to suit everyone’s taste; broad wine list and I thought well priced depending on your budget; nice selection of beers. Atmosphere comfortable and inviting, service excellent. Will book again soon to share this time with friends. Top pick for me, Jenny Shalders

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  3. JessicaG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great venue, love the option to bring your own wine, consistently good food, have been a umber of times now. Seasonal produce, friendly staff. Cost atmosphere without being seates too close for comfort. Looking forward to heading back soon.

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  4. SimonP

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic combination of food, wine and service run by experienced hospitality professionals who know how to satisfy customers and to keep them returning time after time. Produces consistently great food and has a lovely local neighbourhood feel.

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  5. WilliamW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The team at The Rec just know what they are doing. The food is great, the room is relaxed, the wines expertly chosen and not expensive and the service is spot on. There's a reason why we go there regularly.

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  6. NealB

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent attentive service. Well spaced tables. Oysters with rhubarb sauce great and other Interesting entrees Wagyu beef recommended Great cheese selection and interesting deserts BYO available and much appreciated although they have an excellent wine list to choose from. We are frequent visitors and always find new items on the menu to entice us!

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  7. SueF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great and interesting food including for my gluten free friend although would have liked another dessert option for her. Wonderful wine list good service. We will go again.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. EmilioD

    Melbourne

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our second visit to this fine restaurant and we decided it was even better this time round - and we loved it the first time! Food is delicious and inventive and backed by a great wine list, it's always going to be a good night out! Service was spot on - Shelly (I think?), was on the ball with recommendations and timing (as we had a movie to get to), and it was a pleasure to have what I like to call "intelligent grown up service" in an establishment these days! Thanks all for a lovely dinner!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. Miav

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming, accommodating, and very well prepared good food. I liked the option of smaller meals, and being able to share all the meals, that way it becomes more affordable to go out for dinner, and eat someth8ng special.

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  10. NathanG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, interesting menu, very good wine list, great for a quiet catch up or date

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The Recreation is rated 4.6 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Recreation

170 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North, AU-VIC 3068

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Smith Street
  • Neighborhood
    Fitzroy North
  • Hours of operation
    Monday CLOSED Wednesday to Sunday Lunch Tuesday to Sunday Dinner
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, French, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Free, plentiful, unmetered
  • Public transit
    Stop 22, 86 tram
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Steven Nelson
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9042 2707
  • Catering
    Bespoke events catered for, wine tastings, wine courses, cooking demonstrations.
  • Private party facilities
    We can host stand-up or sit down private events. Our particular speciality is wine themed dinners.
  • Private party contact
    Mark Protheroe: (03) 9042 2707
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