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The Mess Hall

51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 6800
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“polenta chips” (13 reviews)
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Australian, Italian, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently went back to this little gem as it was an easy walk from our hotel and it once again delivered. It is a quaint place with a couple of street tables and an area inside with views to the kitchen. There is a...More

Thank alisummers1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

visited for breakfast on Saturday morning - waited 15 + minutes for my coffee and nearly 45 minutes for my breakfast - the place was half full and there was plenty of staff, but they are just not very keen to service

Thank uschild
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hmm.. I would rate this spot as "Good" - but that's not an option. It's above average anyway. Only visited for a drink and was pleased with the wine list and ambiance. I can't comment on the food. On the downside, service was a little...More

Thank pearlchampagne
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We had the full italian menu at this lovely restaurant: antipasto to share, scrumptious gnocchi in prosciutto, braised goat, pappardelle with wild boar and crab tortellini (5/5). The goat was perfect with cauliflower and kale, I'm a convert now. Food and wine service was on...More

Thank Cathy J
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Feeling hungry after an early matinee show at the Princess, we were pleased to find this venue open. After being shown to a table we found that all that was on offer was coffee and cakes. They were okay but not substitute for real food....More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

I wasn't quite ready for this. Went with colleagues here for a Friday night drink to meet with a former colleague. Things are going very well as they do sometimes and the drink morphed into dinner. Ordered the swordfish and was taken seriously aback at...More

Thank TwoSheds57
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Waited about 20 minutes for two 'large' ( thimble full ) coffees. I'd hate to see the small. Coffee was adequate....just. You expect much better in Melbourne. Cancelled breakfast ...

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Leaving from the Windsor Hotel to walk around Melbourne in the late afternoon, and to look for a nice quiet place to dine on our last night before heading home, we came across this terrific little Italian surprise. The menu was a great range of...More

Thank Dianne S
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Really impressed with the variety and quality of the food options here. The entrees were exceptional, some of the best crunchy golden arancini, classic wrapped figs with prosciutto, gorgonzola and a balsamic reduction and a gnocchi alla romana which was everyone's favourite. Mains were also...More

Thank Rakehoe
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Called in here recently for some pre dinner drinks and snacks. Great service and the polenta chips were lovely. Loved the fit out here - uber cool. Good selection of wine and prices average for the locale. I would love to go back for dinner...More

Thank searover69
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place
to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place
simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude
a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration
over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on
Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes
such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your
money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 6800
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