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The Independent

79 Main St, Gembrook, Victoria 3783, Australia
+61 3 5968 1110
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 1 week ago

I attended the restaurant as a gift for my Dad's 60th birthday, an intimate group of 4. We enjoyed the 6 Steps meal option with the 3 matching wines. They were served in waves so it worked out to be an entree, main and dessert....More

Thank ashofmelbourne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here both as a couple and with family. Both experiences great but to enjoy more of their delicious menu it is so much better to go with a group and share the experience. The tapas are amazing and the flavours of each...More

Thank TrishH25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove over 50km to go to this recommended place, we sat down and menus were given, we said could we please see the vegan menus, with disappointment they are given and we were then told well there’s only one special you could have. We...More

Thank 380ja
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved everything about this place! We shared several different dishes and wasn’t disappointed with any of them. The staff were friendly and gave us great service.

1  Thank Heather M
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Had a great Sunday lunch chicken, empanadas, chips etc. were fantastic. The Asado however left a lot to be desired, it was like a slow cooked shank, fatty and way over cooked.

Thank HolidayRoad-Griswald
Reviewed 13 June 2018

There aren't many high quality eateries in the hills these days as most have gone main stream. The Independent brings back something different, interesting and delicious. Situated on Main Street in Gembrook which is a lovely town The Independent offers a wide range of natural...More

1  Thank Peter L
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful setting. Found the calamari and Parma very bland. Perhaps it something to do with the crumbs. I'm sorry but I've enjoyed better Parma at the rsl. Hand cut chips were bland as well. Looked nice though. $75 for a steak. Apparently it was delicious...More

1  Thank Zaygar
The Independent G, Manager at The Independent, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Sorry, i think you have us confused with the Ranges Hotel. The ranges is the only place in Gembrook that sells Parmas.

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This place is sensational. Staff are great and plenty of them. The food is always tasty and interesting. We come here once a month minimum. I have no faults. Toilets clean. ( which is a big thing for husband he says toilet not clean kitchen...More

1  Thank Debra Y
Reviewed 17 May 2018

What a wonderful place. Great decor, great food. Best Vegan food I have ever had, amazing choices, we had 7 dishes between us 3 and it was plenty to eat, so tasty, there has been a lot of trouble taken with the Vegan dishes. Terrific...More

1  Thank DragonFlli
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Wow what a feed we had,our Son gave his Mum a $100 gift voucher for this place and what a meal we had.We started with the Lime cured scallops with green chilli and spiced salt it was unbelievable then we had the BBQ pork belly,apple+sunflower...More

1  Thank Markfrogman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 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 la carte dining + set menu options for lunch and dinner. Open from 5.30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 12pm till late Friday to Sunday.
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