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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Great snack venue
1. Great snack venue
"Great place for casual diners."
Angela S
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2. Outdoor dining
2. Outdoor dining
" it's a perfect location for a quick bite"
Lids745
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3. Jazz Jams
3. Jazz Jams
"Live jazz, good food and friendly service"
Scoot M
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Live, Study or Work in 3006? Make Blondie your local. Enjoy Happy Hour pricing anytime you visit. Blondie, situated next to the Melbourne Recital Centre, offers an exciting menu inspired by Asian cuisine. Blondie provides an interesting mix of Australian and European wines, carefully selected craft beer, and cocktails. Blondie seats 45 inside and up to 100 outside. Large groups welcome, please call or email for reservations. To get you through the week we have a Monday to Friday Happy Hour from 3-6pm, and our resident Jazz band -made up of talented students from the local Arts College-play every Friday from 5pm.
PRICE RANGE
AU$9 - AU$31
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Asian, Wine Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 23 January 2024

The place was very busy on the night we went and gave off a nice vibe. The service was very prompt and efficient clearly catering to the pre-theatre clientele. We shared plates including dumplings, panko prawns, gravlax, all with wine. The dishes were ok but...the prices rather high for the dishes offered. Not a bad experience just not good enough to get us back anytime soon.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023

Grandparents and lovely granddaughter had a delicious preconcert dinner at Blondie Bar recently. Although the weather outside was freezing we received a warm welcome from the lovely knowledgeable staff. We have eaten here before so were able to order quickly. Steamed dumplings, fried calamari, the...delicious duck and Asian steamed greens were received promptly, and throughly enjoyed. Good red wine by the glass and we were out in time to enjoy the wonderful Ensemble Liasion concert. A very enjoyable night out made even more special by the efficient, caring staff at Blondie Bar. Thank you from Jennifer & Juris.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the detailed positive review Jennifer and Juris. Hope we see you soon.

Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

Excellent food, service, atmosphere and views. Nothing is too much trouble and we eat here every time we visit Melbourne to see our daughter or friends.

Date of visit: November 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the 5 star review! See you again soon.

Reviewed 18 October 2023 via mobile

I regularly go to Blondie Bar. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is always delicious. On line booking system works well

Date of visit: October 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you Terrie for the 5 stars!

Reviewed 14 October 2023

We continue to make Blondie our first choice for dinner before the theatre. The menu has a strong Asian flavour. My serve of Korean chicken (which was very tasty) was so large that I had to share it with my wife. Next time we shall...share the plate. Good value for money.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the 5 stars!

Reviewed 11 September 2023

Two days on from our visit to Blondie Bar and I am still thinking about the Halloumi Bao and Calamari I ate. I cannot wait to come back. Staff were so friendly our food came out so quick and the blondie sour cocktail was delicious....11/10.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thanks Kelsey, we appreciate the review!

Reviewed 15 July 2023

Thr food was lovely, good sized portions, well priced and tasty. The service was excellent. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: July 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the 5 stars Snow Angela. See you soon!

Reviewed 11 July 2023

We booked a table for six for the period between a Melbourne Recital Hall concert ending at 3.30pm and another starting at 6.00pm. When we asked whether they could accommodate another couple on our table it was no trouble at all. Vegetarian and vegan snacks...were available which suited the varying tastes on our table. All ion all it was a pleasant experience.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the 5 star review. Glad you had a great experience at Blondie.

Reviewed 8 July 2023 via mobile

Wonderful staff who are friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and attentive without being over the top. Consistently brilliant food - something for everyone with great vegetarian options.

Date of visit: July 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the 5 star review. The chefs are thrilled to receive this feedback.

Reviewed 5 April 2023

Came here with friends before attending MTC. The service was super quick and friendly and the food was excellent. The only downside was, once the meals had been delivered, it was difficult trying to get the staff's attention when we wanted to let them know...that one of the meals hadn't been delivered. As the bar was getting busy, their attention was on the newer patrons. However, that was a minor issue that did not spoil the experience and all 4 of us are keen to come back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thank you for the feedback. I have shared your experience with our management team. Hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 30 March 2023

Great service, delicious food, even on a busy night really the experience couldn't have been any better!

Date of visit: March 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2023

Thanks for the 5 stars! See you soon.

Reviewed 25 March 2023

A delightfully different menu with new flavours for us. The creme brulee was Wow! Unhurried but excellent and friendly service. We immediately booked to go again for our next night out.

Date of visit: March 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2023

Thank you for the 4 star review. I'm very happy you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 11 March 2023 via mobile

This place is somewhere you’re stuck at before enjoying a show at the nearby recital hall. The food was expensive and just did not work. Nothing was fresh and was cooked from frozen; the calamari was identical to the foodservice I&J one and was just...deep fried, flavourless rubbish. All up was a very expensive meal with no real flavour. Had the thyme chips - only issue is they used parsley instead of thyme.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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BRENDAN KEYTE, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2023

Hi Nathan, I'm sorry you didnt enjoy the food at Blondie on your recent visit to the Melbourne Recital Centre. I have shared your review with our kitchen and front of house management teams and we are looking at a new calamari. The parsley is...More

Reviewed 3 March 2023

I've been coming here for ages & Blondie continues to deliver. Friendly & attentive service combines with an interesting menu to deliver a really good experience. My latest dinner here confirmed it's still the place to dine when visiting the Recital Centre

Date of visit: March 2023
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adam k, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2023

Thank you Medstein! Good to get great feedback from a regular!

Reviewed 5 February 2023

We dined here before a concert in the Recital Centre & we're very impressed! The service was spot on & the food quick and delicious. We had the Korean chicken, rice & thyme fries and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. My son chose this venue to...try because he works in hospitality and is always on the lookout for somewhere impressive to go with his foodie friends & yes, Blondie Bar is now on his list of must dos!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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adam k, Owner at Blondie Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2023

Thank you for the great review...we appreciate it!!

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5