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Max Bar & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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54 - 58 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9600 1697
09:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and for a reasonable price! I found Melbourne expensive for great food generally but this place was well priced! Sampled prawns and the chicken skewers between us. Both were tasty and portions were big. We loved that there were so many options- sometimes this concerns me when a restaurant tries to do to much but it works here.... More 

Thank AleBere
hong kong
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant is situated in the lane full of other "Italian" restaurants, all manned by over -eager restaurant owners using high pressure tactics to drag tourists into their eatery. Normally we would have walked away but we arrived quite late in Melbourne and very tired so couldn't think straight. Anyway their pizza was ok, paella was down right wrong, green... More 

Thank super j
Moruya, Australia
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled across this place and am so pleased we did! We had entrees and mains, too full for dessert unfortunately. Staff friendly and attentive. We were here on a busy night but no service problems others have mentioned. Pasta and pizza fresh and delicious. Outside seating, great ambience on a pleasant Melbourne evening. Can't fault our meals or overall experience.

Thank allie136
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Been here many times over the last 10 years the staff are always attentive and the food has always been excellent.

Thank Jamie C
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

ATTENTION!!! WORSE SERVICE EVER!!!, BEWARE !!!I have order my food 40 minute ago and just to realise that the rude waiter have not place my order. If your thinking to have a great experience. You can forget about it. Any restaurant allong that street is way better than this

2 Thank William C
Dartford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Melbourne for three nights and the first evening fancied an Italian. Having been walking around Melbourne for most of the day, we couldn't be bothered to walk up to Lygon Street, so thought we would try Max's which was recommended in our hotel. We were delighted that we did. Excellent food, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere... More 

Thank Brian S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily found in the CBD, great food, service & atmosphere. Look out for Gerard the front man for the restaurant. He certainly makes you feel welcome and from my experience has a very good memory for names and faces. We have dined there several times and never been disappointed.

Thank Trish M
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Honestly really good service and food we all enjoyed ourselves, would definitely come here again. The calamari was tender as well as the mushroom with cheese on entre menu was to die for.

Thank Hassan A
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209 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place was full but we where assured that there won't be a wait as they operate two kitchens. And that they did! With in half hour we where presented with amazing meals, looks, size and taste! The waiter was more than helpful and joined in with our laughter and fun throughout the night. Will be back for sure, the only... More 

Thank Jakeywesta
Newcastle, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first experience in hardware lane what an amazing place full of fantastic Melbourne atmosphere. Max Bar & Restaurant was highly recommended to me. We had a group of 20 people they accommodated us at the last minute no problem at all. I had the calamari which was melt in your mouth the whole group loved all their meals too.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 26
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 - 58 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9600 1697

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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