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The Independent

79 Main St, Gembrook, Victoria 3783, Australia
+61 3 5968 1110
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“calamari” (21 reviews)
“suckling pig” (6 reviews)
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Argentinian, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
79 Main St, Gembrook, Victoria 3783, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Best restaurant the food is always excellent been there numerous times and the quality of the food is consistent. The staff are always helpful with suggestions serving with a beautiful smile.

Thank Velai P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting some good friends in Kallista and they booked this restaurant for dinner as they had been a few years ago. Positioned in beautiful Gembrook a stones throw from the Puffing Billy terminal, the outside is quite non descriptive but when you enter...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited The Independent for a date night in January when they were having a special Spanish night. We were warmly welcomed and ushered to a table. Both our waitress and the maître d were really helpful and knowledgeable. Food was so delicious. Lots of...More

Thank Belushi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every time my partner and I or my friends come here, the service is brilliant, the food is just Devine every bite it just keeps getting better and better. I haven’t been to a restaurant that is consistently delicious AMAZING food and drinks. I would...More

Thank LiveRatings
Reviewed 15 January 2018

We dined at The Independent last night. It was the 2nd time I have been to this restaurant and hopefully I will attend many more times. We all loved the whole experience. The wait-staff were all very helpful and guided us through the menu and...More

Thank ShakiraSpirit
Reviewed 14 January 2018

A special Christmas lunch made even more so by the great waiting staff and fantastic food. We went with the banquet style meal and had some extraordinary food - a delight to the palate. Food allergies were catered for without a fuss. No rush so...More

Thank Dawn3847
Reviewed 9 January 2018

2 Couples had a great long Sunday lunch at the Independent, great interesting food, wines and great service,the place has a good vibe. Really can recommend and our friends second visit confirmed consistently good.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Been here a few times now and the food has been amazing every time. The staff are fun and friendly and seem to know the menu. There is a huge amount of variety on the menu if you are gluten intolerant. We sat outside on...More

Thank Niki014
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

What a revelation the beautiful Argentinian food was. The amazing vegetable dishes were something worth raving about. Our group enjoyed the 3 course set menu. Highlight was the broccoli - where can I get the recipe? Amazing ginger beer!

Thank Pies_tragics
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We were really impressed by the service and food. We chose a set menu of five courses, and we were really full at the end of the meal. The waiter enquired about any allergies and food intolerances, and the dishes were prepared and chosen accordingly....More

Thank Yuliya S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79 Main St, Gembrook, Victoria 3783, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Gembrook
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5968 1110
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The Independent is a casual restaurant and bar found at Puffing Billy’s last stop- Gembrook. It’s a food hub- with menus designed by Argentinian chef- Mauro Callegari. Produce is sourced as local as possible, for guests to enjoy a seasonal sharing menu. Mauro’s dishes are influenced by his upbringing in Argentina, and passion for Spanish, Italian, Creole and North African flavours. The Independent offers a $58 set menu for lunch and dinner which is designed daily by Mauro, Manuel, and the kitchen team sourcing seasonal produce available to Gembrook. ​ The Independent is open from 5.30pm Wednesdays, and Thursday to Sunday 12pm till late. On Thursdays to Sundays the bar and kitchen remaining open all afternoon, pleasing locals, families and visitors to the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley. Favourite dishes are the suckling pig and slow roasted lamb shoulder, however majority of the menu can satisfy the needs of many gluten free and vegan diners.
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