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Taste of Mediterranean Islands In South Yarra - Vesper Bistro & Bar, South Yarra, AU-VIC

Vesper Bistro & Bar

4.5
4.5
54 Reviews
$41 to $100
Mediterranean

This elegant bistro located in the European hub of Toorak Road, South Yarra whiskey your senses across the azure waters of the Mediterranean islands with plates full of flavour and vibrant colour from the islands of Greece, Spain, Italy and the South of France.

The menu is a journey through the Med by both land and sea and yet finished with an island centric approach to each dish combining charm and style with a contemporary approach to polished dining.

This intimate venue provides a street-front entrance into a bistro setting with warm tones and modern metallic finishes, combining a stunning floral wall canopy with ambient lighting and leather banquette seating in the front dining room and bar.

As you move through to the beautiful Green Room at the rear, you will experience one of South Yarra’s best-kept secrets!!…A private event room and dining oasis opening up to a delightful Mediterranean courtyard with flowing fountain, cascading greenery, and French provincial touches.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Modern European, Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9038 8088

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Castellana

  • Catering

    For catering or events enquiries please contact us at welcome@vesperbistroandbar.com <br />

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us at welcome@vesperbistroandbar.com or https://vesperbistroandbar.com.au/events/ for private event enquiries from 16-70 people. You may choose to host a birthday celebration, dinner party, hens, bridal shower, wedding or any exclusive corporate or cocktail lunch or dinner in the Dining Room or Green Room opening to outdoor courtyard

  • Neighborhood

    South Yarra

  • Cross street

    Punt Rd. South Yarra

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    2 mins walk from Tram line 58, stop 1255 mins walk from South Yarra train station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Vesperience sharing menu. Chef's journey through the Mediterranean flavours. 5 dish menu $99 per person; 8 dish menu $129 per person

Starters

  • French Style Baguette with Olive Oil ButterA$5.50

    • Oysters with Mediterranean Ponzu

      • eaA$5.50
    • Hiramasa Kingfish 'Crudo' with Watermelon & Tomato VerjusA$27.00

      • Charred Asparagus with Sauce GribicheA$21.00

        • Daily Charcuterie Selection, House Pickles & 'Pane Carasau'A$26.00

          • Harvey Bay Scallops, Sobrasada Crust, Apple Purée & Agro di Mosto (3)A$27.00

            • Fried Soft-Shell Crab, Parsnip Remoulade, Mojo VerdeA$29.00

              • Polenta Ravioli with Smoked Burrata & Heirloom TomatoA$32.00

                Mains

                • Baked Cauliflower with Pomegranate Glaze, Za'atar & LabnehA$31.00

                  • New Zealand Confit Salmon, Sweet Corn, Peas, Harissa & Preserved LemonA$42.00

                    • John Dory, Romesco Sauce, Leek, Olives & Basil ButterA$44.00

                      • Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Orange Agrodolce, Cabbage & Fennel SaladA$43.00

                        • Dry Aged Duck Breast, Preserved Cherries, Tarragon & HazelnutsA$48.00

                          Vegetables

                          • Green Leaves Salad with Summer VinaigretteA$14.00

                            • Beetroot Carpaccio, Honeydew & Rock Melon, Papitas & Balsamic DressingA$18.00

                              • Grilled Zucchini, Tuscan Kale, Green Beans & Basil PestoA$16.00

                                • Kiplfler Potato, Feta, Oregano & CapersA$18.00

                                  Dessert

                                  • Raspberry & Stracciatella Zuccotto, Hazelnut Ice Cream, Olive Oil SpongeA$14.00

                                    • Buffalo Yogurt Custard, Baklava Pistachio Praline & Date Ice CreamA$16.00

                                      Last updated: January 29, 2022

                                      What 54 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.5
                                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.5Food
                                      • 4.6Service
                                      • 4.4Ambience
                                      • 4.1Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. GS

                                        GayleS

                                        Melbourne

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had oysters and kingfish crudo. Bth were fresh and delicious. We both had the duck. It was perfectly cooked. Fat was rendered and left a crispy skin. Our wait staff were lovely. We will return.

                                      2. MC

                                        MireilleC

                                        Los Angeles

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 10, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Outstanding flavourful food, excellent service, amazing menu, gorgeous ambience, good portions, clean & impeccable standards, can’t wait to return. Girls night couldn’t have been more perfect, everyone commented on what a fabulous restaurant Vesper Bistro is.

                                      3. EB

                                        EricB

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 19, 2022

                                        overall4food5service3ambience3

                                        A great place for a celebration. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and the food was wonderful. Good selection of wines. Special night and a special place!

                                      4. JN

                                        JamesN

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fabulous evening of delicious food and amazing drinks with A++ service

                                      5. TH

                                        ThomasH

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Went for Valentines day. My girlfriend is still with me. Great Success.

                                      6. SS

                                        StevenS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 3, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Stunning as always. Such a great evening once again.

                                      7. N

                                        Niccy

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 29, 2022

                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                        Lovely atmosphere, comfy chairs & not noisy The food was excellent though rather small serves for the price! and the entree prices were extremely pricey for what they were, tiny scallops & oysters.

                                      8. NB

                                        NatashaB

                                        Melbourne

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on January 19, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        A great experience

                                      9. ZC

                                        ZaraC

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 25, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        If I could give this 6 stars, I honestly would. It was my first time to Vespa and on Christmas day of all days, but a double celebration being my birthday which the staff were unaware of. So no special treatment, but they did this as part of their service anyway. Not only were the staff friendly, very very attentive and engaging the food was absolutely sublime. We enjoyed each dish just as much as the next one and the portions were generous. It's hard pleasing a group with dietary restrictions but they were accommodating and made things easy. We were also greeted by the owner to check how we were enjoying our food which was such a lovely warm touch. Overall the courtyard area at the back is where we sat and I would recommend this over the front restaurant as my preference, specially if the weather is nice. I will be recommending and coming back soon!! Thanks guys!

                                      10. D

                                        Diner

                                        London

                                        11 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        11 reviews

                                        Dined on December 22, 2021

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        A lovely little restaurant attractive decor and very friendly service. Excellent bread and the churros with baccala are worth a return visit

                                      11. AC

                                        AngieC

                                        Canberra

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on December 11, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        You have to try this fresh, Mediterranean restaurant! I have no other words than... amazing, awesome, not-found-elsewhere, incredibly delicious, etc. This is one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne, and a place that I would showcase to my interstate visitors. The service is wonderful. I cannot fault this place at all.

                                      12. HH

                                        HughH

                                        Melbourne

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on December 10, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Nice friendly staff and owner. My guests thought everything was very good.

                                      13. D

                                        Dixie

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 8, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        Drink service a little slow but otherwise outstanding; excellent food and friendly staff.

                                      14. g

                                        grants

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 2, 2021

                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                        Innovative food without being over the top with excellent presentation One needed earplugs at times and a couple of fabric or rugs on the walls would have helped deaden the, overpowering at times, noise

                                      15. DK

                                        DemiK

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 27, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I highly recommend Vesper if you want a wonderful dining out experience. Looking forward to the cocktails and 007 experience!

                                      16. C

                                        Car21

                                        Melbourne

                                        3 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on November 26, 2021

                                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                                        The staff were friendly but not attentive enough I enjoy the concept of sharing meals, but these entrees did not work and the cutlery was inadequate. Our plates were not changed after the mozzarella, we needed bowels and spoons to cope with the soupy 3rd entree. My chicken was perfect but the couscous needed more sauce and I don't know what the grey vegetable was. It would have been sensible for the staff to cut the rock hard desert in half to save us having to ask for a knife. The wine list was bizzare, all o/s wines, but an Australian was produced when requested.

                                      17. SM

                                        SarahM

                                        Melbourne

                                        6 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on November 24, 2021

                                        overall4food3service5ambience5

                                        We do love coming here, however, this time was disappointed that there were no vegan adaptations available like there were last time for my daughter. Indeed that was part of the attraction for booking again, as it can be difficult to find something to suit everyone. My tip would be to keep the open spanakopita (vegan adaptable) on the menu and that with the wonderful vegetable dishes would suit any vegan. Other than that, we still are in love with this place and hope to come back very soon. Service and atmosphere are perfect.

                                      18. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 20, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Divine food, exceptional service and friendly staff in a beautiful setting. Owner greeted customers making them feel at home. Great night out, highly recommend

                                      19. B

                                        Babz

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 5, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was an absolute pleasure to dine at Vesper. The host was so lovely and the service was awesome. The new set menu was amazing. Recommend it 100%.😊

                                      20. GS

                                        GeorgiaS

                                        Melbourne

                                        2 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on November 5, 2021

                                        overall3food4service2ambience4

                                        Came here for their reopening night and it was a set menu. Beautiful food, but it was sooo slow! The mains took about an hour to come out. Considering it was a set menu, and everyone was having the same food, I would have thought they would be more prepared and efficient. Quite disappointing, as it kind of ruined the night.

                                      21. D

                                        Di169

                                        Victoria

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on July 15, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fabulous use of herbs and spices with food cooked beautifully. Loved it all.

                                      22. k

                                        kirstym

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on July 10, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The waiter recommended the ‘vesperience’ menu, and we were so glad he did. The dishes were all amazing, and items we might not have ordered. Our waiter was super lovely, and the whole evening was just perfect. Would definitely recommend it, and will definitely be back.

                                      23. CH

                                        ClaireH

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 8, 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Delish food, nice staff, looking forward to eating in the courtyard.

                                      24. AY

                                        AntigoneY

                                        Melbourne

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on July 3, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The atmosphere and food was amazing, a very welcoming and warming venue. Quality staff who are friendly, accommodating and prompt. Highly recommend and will be returning. A+++

                                      25. JN

                                        JillianN

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 2, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing service and even better food. Highly recommend doing the “Vesperience” to taste many different dishes. Literally every dish I tried was delicious and I loved the Mediterranean/Greek influence. 10/10

                                      26. K

                                        Katek

                                        New York Area

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on June 30, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                        The decor may be wanting but the food here was really exquisite. Hints of old world masterfully served. We will be back. Great service as well.

                                      27. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on June 19, 2021

                                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                                        Staff were very welcoming and accommodating. Entrees better than main courses.

                                      28. CD

                                        ChristineD

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on June 11, 2021

                                        overall2food2service3ambience2

                                        Owners were welcoming and charming Service staff tried hard and were pleasant. These are the only positives! Long wait between entree and main Back room and food had a cafe vibe - not the fine dining experience the prices and reviews promised. Food was very overpriced and very ordinary. Maybe this was due to short notice of reopening after Covid lockdown?

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 27, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had such a great time dining at Vesper Bistro, the staff are very attentive and knowledgeable. If you want a great seasonal menu that is bold with big flavours then I defiantly recommend this place.

                                      30. KO

                                        KerryO

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        The meals were delicious. Would highly recommend it.

                                      31. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Pearls and Caviar experience was amazing. The canapés and drinks pairing was perfect and a great way to spotlight local produce. Canapés were delicious. Will be back to try dinner next time.

                                      32. S

                                        Steve

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 21, 2021

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        Great food, beautiful and tasty sagankai entree followed by lovely chicken main. Great friendly service, very attentive. I am surprised it was not full as it was an excellent experience. We will be back.

                                      33. DD

                                        DanD

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 18, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Very good service, excellent good, good atmosphere

                                      34. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 9, 2021

                                        overall3food5service3ambience2

                                        The owner should be less intrusive. And the Mother’s Day raffle was tacky. Food amazing.

                                      35. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Melbourne

                                        7 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Booked dinner for 2 on Saturday night. We were running slightly late and the team were very accommodating. We ordered from the Raw Bar, Entree, Main, Desserts & Drinks. None could be faulted and the service was well paced by the attentive team. Food selections included Tuna & Halloumi saganaki, Kingfish, Scallops risotto, Snapper, Fish & Chips, side of carrots. Worth making a special effort to dine here.

                                      36. MS

                                        MargieS

                                        Melbourne

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on April 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Beautiful restaurant, great food and service. A very enjoyable experience

                                      37. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 20, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Been twice now, and cannot fault it! Tremendous service, inventive and delicious food, and gorgeous setting. Will be going back a lot....

                                      38. PC

                                        PaulC

                                        Melbourne

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 16, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Good food and very pleasant staff. Wide range of wines from which to select.

                                      39. n

                                        nicoles

                                        Sydney

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had a fabulous night at Vesper. The wait staff were friendly and efficient and the food delicious and plentiful with many yummy choices. Although noise had been noted in other reviews we were near the window and did not notice any excessive noise. We would certainly dine there again for special occasions

                                      40. AB

                                        AnoushB

                                        Victoria

                                        8 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on April 8, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great restaurant with great atmosphere. Staff wonderful. Owner delightful and food to please. Decor is lovely and chic too. One of our favourites.

                                      Safety precautions

                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                        • 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
                                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                      • Screening

                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                        • Staff is vaccinated
                                        • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
                                        • Contact tracing information collected

                                      FAQs

                                      Vesper Bistro & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Google Map for Vesper Bistro & Bar

                                      23-25 Toorak Rd South Yarra, AU-VIC 3141

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        Punt Rd. South Yarra

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        South Yarra

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Mediterranean, Modern European, Australian

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Elegant

                                      • Dress code

                                        Smart Casual

                                      • Parking details

                                        Street Parking

                                      • Public transit

                                        2 mins walk from Tram line 58, stop 1255 mins walk from South Yarra train station

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive chef

                                        Francesco Castellana

                                      • Additional

                                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (03) 9038 8088

                                      • Catering

                                        For catering or events enquiries please contact us at welcome@vesperbistroandbar.com <br />

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        Contact us at welcome@vesperbistroandbar.com or https://vesperbistroandbar.com.au/events/ for private event enquiries from 16-70 people. You may choose to host a birthday celebration, dinner party, hens, bridal shower, wedding or any exclusive corporate or cocktail lunch or dinner in the Dining Room or Green Room opening to outdoor courtyard

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