True South

4.4
319 Reviews
$40 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in the picturesque bayside suburb of Black Rock, True South holds prime position as the areas best and biggest Restaurant, Bar & Function Space.

Once used as an auto repair shop, this modern gastro pub has undergone a colossal renovation, keeping the original facade, but completely stripping back the inside to create the incredible space it is today. The talented chefs at True South offer a modern Argentinean menu, served in the newly converted setting.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful. Seafood cooked to perfection. Delicious food.

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Phil
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is always fresh. The menu is thoughtfully changed from our last visit. But most importantly, the food is delicious. The staff were very attentive.

True South
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the review Phil! We are always working on updating the menu to provide fresh new dishes as well as keeping everyone's favourites. Hopefully we see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely blown away by the food & service. Everything was just delicious and worth the price. I recommend the corn empanada and the white choc passion fruit cocktail!

True South
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the 5 star review! We are so glad you had such a great experience with us. Hopefully we see you again soon!

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Simone
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious!! Second time dining here and would absolutely recommend to anyone.

True South
Responded 16 hours ago

We are so glad you enjoyed the experience again Simone - thanks for the 5 star review!

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TedM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent, service was friendly and we enjoyed our lunch. One thing (and I don't know if it was connected with Covid rules) that was uncomfortable was that the staff kept the front door wide open and the place was freezing!

True South
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the review Ted! We are glad you enjoyed your lunch with us. We will pass on the feedback to management about the door as we want to ensure the whole experience is enjoyable - especially in Winter!

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deborahh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We shared small plates amongst 6 of us Ceviche didnt go around us all, tacos we had halves and oysters expensive as they were we doubled up so enough of those.
Large plates we did not share and steak orders and beef cheeks were large enough. and pleasant food.
Pork and chorizo was two sausages on a small plate should not be be in this list and there was no mention of sausages in the description?
Calamari and scallops in large plates very small serves .
Accompaniments have to be ordered and paid for on top of your courses as large plates do not come with accompaniments .
$150 a couple with only 2 bottles of wine was just exorbitant for 6 people.
The wine was good overall an expensive night on not very appetizing food.
True south use to have amazing unique food what happened?

True South
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Deborah. I am not sure if there was confusion on the menu however all our dishes are designed to share. Each dish is a set size so if you need enough for a larger group you would need to order 2 or 3 serves. Chorizo is actually a type of sausage which is why the description only says chorizo. We will definitely pass all of this feedback on to management so they can ensure the staff explain everything when ordering!

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Justine
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and nice ambience. The restaurant is lively. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food as always!

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KarynL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I love True South! I've had many lunches, dinners and even birthday celebrations here.
This time though it really felt rushed. The staff weren't as friendly as they have been previously but I guess we're all trying to find some kind of "normal".
Food was delicious as always and I'll be visiting again soon! ☺️

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks for the review Karyn and glad you enjoyed the food. Thanks for providing the feedback - we will be sure to pass on to management so we can continue to work on our staff training. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night, the food was spot on and the service was excellent. Shout out to Lauren, who looked after us!

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks for the 5 star review! We will be sure to pass this on to Lauren too!

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NorE
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great but portion sizes were quite small for the price of the dishes in the feed me option.
Overall though, a good evening.

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks for leaving a review! We appreciate the feedback and will be sure to pass it on to management

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NeilB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Pig is a must have when you visit True South, always need to have a pre dinner out the front and enjoy the last of the sunset. My friends had the Brussel sprouts special as a side dish but do not let that scare you the rest of the menu is great

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

The pig is definitely one of our favourites Neil! Thanks for the review and hopefully we see you back again soon!

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EmilyP
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. We went for the $25 steak night and it was great value, the atmosphere was good and the desserts were delicious too!

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

We are loving our new Steak Night! Thanks for leaving a review Emily!

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DoloresD
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were knowledgeable about the menu and were extremely efficient and friendly; service was fast. The place was very clean, food was beautiful with a friendly, warm, welcoming atmosphere.

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Dolores! We are glad you enjoyed the visit and hope you will be back again soon!

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner is Argentinian and he thought the chorizo was one of the best he has had.

True South
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thanks for the review Lisa! We are so glad your partner enjoyed the Chorizo - we will be sure to pass on to the chefs!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Some of entrees came after the mains and food took a long time to arrive. Then we had dessert and the hot drinks came after dessert was nearly finished. Before dessert arrived we were warned that we needed to leave as the next booking was arriving. Disappointed 😞

True South
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Elizabeth. As our menu is designed to share it does all come out as ready as opposed to set courses. We will be sure to pass this on to management as we need to ensure the staff advise the customers on the day. We have also adjusted our sitting times to allow longer dining times. Thanks again and we do hope you will come back again soon!

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LucienneH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really really great food, the Churros seemed overcooked but otherwise everything perfect. Bustling & noisey environment great girls night out dinner. Very accomodating when we bought an extra person with us

True South
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thanks for leaving a review Lucienne! So glad you enjoyed the visit - we will be sure to pass on the feedback to chefs. Hopefully we see you again soon!

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PaulineS
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We gathered for a family Birthday celebration. The food selection was great with plenty to choose from.
The plates are designed to be shared, so pick a selection of all sorts of things, and share around. We had the cheese balls, lamb ribs, calamari, chicken and slow roasted lamb shoulder with sides of coleslaw and eggplant dishes. All fabulous and very tasty.
The staff were fantastic, friendly and very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. We will defiantly dine here again, and would recommend for a fun group celebration or family meal.

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vipRoshanakS
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, great food and service will be back

True South
Responded on July 6, 2021

Thanks for the 5 star review Roshanak! Look forward to seeing you again soon

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DianeH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only were the staff fantastic, even though they needed to move us on quickly due to 2nd booking, the food as usual did not disappoint. Yummy!!

True South
Responded on July 6, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed the visit and the staff looked after you. Thanks for leaving a review Diane!

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service felt a bit rushed, as main came out whilst still having entree., and therefore bit colder when eating.

Food quality seemed ok, some very good meals, and the beef cheeks were omg tender.

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ChrissieD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service from Florence, great food and fantastic location.

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JonnyT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Absolutely delicious entrees & main meal. Sensational atmosphere and friendly & quality service. Highly recommend and we’ll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely birthday celebration dinner.

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Happy
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique meal full of flavour. We throughly enjoyed our evening

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CarlottaZ
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location and everything was just outstanding!! Food is delicious 😋 definitely going back! We had a birthday celebration and the team welcomed us and also allowed us to stay longer than our reservation!

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CarolO
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so pleasant and attentive. Food exceeded my expectations. A lovely experience.

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BrookeM
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb and the food delicious

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KerrynR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Suckling pig was fatty and unenjoyable, not to mention expensive. We understood upon booking that we had our table for 1 hr and 45 min, to be reminded constantly (about a dozen times) throughout our lunch was so unnecessary and disappointing . We are not idiots we are intelligent adults, it made our lunch so unpleasant. Won’t be back !

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SallyM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place with great food - lamb shoulder is a must as are the churros for dessert

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Blackbeard
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed our times at True South in Black Rock. The food is tasty, the ambience is great and the waiting staff are fantastic! They couldn’t have been more helpful. There’s also a great range of craft beers and other drinks.

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TimD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little pricey but good food

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience, service and most importantly food. Everything is so delicious and delicately prepared and presented. We are regulars and can’t go past the Fish Tacos!

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CaitlinK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious food and drinks. However, a bit pricey and they could have turned the heater up!

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the tapas style menu and the food quality is excellent. Service was as good as you would enjoy anywhere. We’ll be back.

True South
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thanks for the review Brian! We hope to see you back again soon

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We shared dishes between five people. The food was excellent, although the dishes were not really big enough for five. Service was good. My only complaint was the noise level: it was hard to have a conversation with five people.

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Bear
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was tasty, wine choices were good.
Staff were very friendly.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food but the service let it down - it seemed like they didn’t enough staff on so we spent half the time trying to flag down someone.

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JEANRodney
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food 10/10
Staff going out of there way to make you feel comfortable.

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vipJohannaM
19 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was soooooo good !
The restaurant itself doesn’t have much of a vibe . Bright light pub kind of thing . But the food made it feel special. Especially the roasted veggies and I love that the specials list was so long
We will be back

FAQs

True South offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9589 3194.

True South is rated 4.4 stars by 319 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.