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“WINE LIST WAS GOOD - SNACKS WERE VERY AVERAGE”

The Cliveden Bar & Dining
Ranked #595 of 4,480 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: USD 28 - USD 80
Description: A weekend seafood bar. European and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dine a new way in open plan spaces or cosy nooks. Do you thirst for the perfect craft beer, a superb Australian wine, or the entertainment of an artisan cocktail mixed while you watch? The Cliveden Bar & Dining brings playfulness and theatre to Melbourne’s dining scene in an animated atmosphere in a generous space.
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Description: A weekend seafood bar. European and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Dine a new way in open plan spaces or cosy nooks. Do you thirst for the perfect craft beer, a superb Australian wine, or the entertainment of an artisan cocktail mixed while you watch? The Cliveden Bar & Dining brings playfulness and theatre to Melbourne’s dining scene in an animated atmosphere in a generous space.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The comfort and quietness are appealing. The wines by the glass were a good standard. The snacks were just going through the motions. The waiting staff were too young and lacked rapport.

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Erkin A, General Manager at The Cliveden Bar & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thanks for your feedback @Retired Wazza. I am keen to hear more feedback regarding the Snack Menu that has just been implemented to accommodate our hungry AFL supporters. We will work on building the confidence of our younger team members so they are more comfortable engaging at a higher level. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

At the risk of losing my EASY and trouble-free access to what must be the best value, highest quality lunch deal going in Melbourne, I am going to write and spruike about this amazing offer and restaurant.

IT IS ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS in Melbourne and surrounds.

The Cliveden Bar & Restaurant used to be a posh, stuffy, "Melbourne Club" style, collared shirt, jacket & tie sort of place with high prices to match, while owned and run by the Hilton Group.
In its original incarnation,The Cliveden emitted an air of exclusivity and old English grace and style and upper class.

The location is important. It is built on the city fringe in East Melbourne, abutting the Fitzroy Gardens. Convenient, without the hustle and bustle of the city chaos.
It is located across the road from the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) - the seminal heart & home of the Melbourne sport, hosting events such as 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Aussie Rules Football and Cricket and a few other disparate events [American Evangelist Billy Graham attracted a crowd of 143K + in 1959 and overseas music artists including: Bowie, U2, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Billy Joel, Guns n Roses etc.]

Recently, this hotel has been sold, re-branded and has a new "soul".
It is part of the Accor Group of Hotels under the Pullman brand.
For those of you not familiar with Pullman, it an upmarket hotel, geared for busy business people for both work and leisure but with the proviso of 5* top quality and standard.
There are terrific business meeting and conference facilities.
All Pullmans are uber cool.

The Cliveden has stolen my favourite Chef from Pullman Albert Park's Windows restaurant - Mr David Albert.
Confession, the Pullman Albert Park's twice monthly, seafood buffet is my favourite culinary experience. It happens on the 2nd Friday & Saturday of every month.
My "hero" dish is a baked salmon encrusted in truffle lined pastry with a champagne source. I cannot even describe how delicious and sublime the flavours of this amazing dish are combined with other similarly amazing fresh salads, assorted breads, cold meats, canapes, cold fish and sea food and other amazing hot dishes... As if that is not enough [always overindulge] the desserts are in another realm!
There are usually a dozen different choices of bite size European style desserts, finely crafted, a chocolate fountain, yummy fresh fruit salad, a hot dish, Nutella donuts, an ice-cream bar with excellent quality sorbets and creams and a choice of barista made coffees and teas...

Back to the The Cliveden Bar & Dining LUNCH: For $39.50, one has the opportunity to revel in a Mediterranean themed, bonanza of food and selection!
There are delicious cold meats, antipasto, smoked fish, dolemades, assorted salads, cold seafood including prawns, flavoured mussels etc.

On another counter are the hot dishes.
One can also request a fillet of fish or steak cooked immediately according to the patron's choice and preference. eg. Barramundi with that delectable BBQ edge.
Everything is fresh and immediate.

The chef has also set the standard for the desserts.
The tiramisu at my last dining was truly the most delicious version of this dessert that I have ever tasted.
There are a number of bite sized temptations just like the standard and quality that was set at Pullman Albert Park.
The display and choice for the Easter holidays was absolutely spectacular with bunnies, chocolate, eggs the pervading theme.
Once again, one can request any type of barista coffee to finish off the most amazing and fulfilling lunch offer that I know!

The atmosphere and ambience is terrific.
The restaurant and bar areas have been renovated and there is a focus on the beautiful, neighbouring Fitzroy Gardens and all the light from the huge windows.
The staff are kitted out in European, cafe-style gear and are there at one's service.
I have eaten here when there "is" and "is not" a business conference on-site, happening [feast and famine] yet I have observed that the level of service was comparable and high at all times.

Another highlight for me was the stunning stained glass panels that are mesmerising if somewhat incongruous amid the renovated space that they occupy..

I am surprised and shocked that word has not spread about this fantastic venue and reasonable pricing.
Given its location, Vic Parliamentarians, hospital staff, MCG etc., for $39.50 for unlimited top quality food, including coffee and dessert, I challenge anyone to top that!

Members of the Accor loyalty programs, Accor Plus & Le Club, also receive 50% discount!

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Thank Charlotte F
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Erkin A, General Manager at The Cliveden Bar & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

I am thrilled that you enjoyed the Cliveden Bar & Dining experience @CharlotteF. We are very lucky to have such a beautiful venue, great location and a wonderful addition to our team - Executive Chef, David Albert. I am sure he will be delighted to serve up your favourite dish again! Thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We ate breakfast here each day and found the menu sufficiently diverse enough to suit all tastes. Also really convenient if you are staying at the hotel.

Thank Ian J
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Erkin A, General Manager at The Cliveden Bar & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the diversity & choice at our daily buffet breakfast in Cliveden Bar & Dining @Ian J. We look forward to welcoming you back for more soon!

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Haven’t been here for a while but the renovation is really impressive.
Tried The Cliveden’s own brand Gin and it was amazing.
Great service from the bar staff as well, on a busy pre-football Saturday night.

Thank Mickipedia63
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Erkin A, General Manager at The Cliveden Bar & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Welcome back @Mickipedia63! I am glad you enjoyed our Cliveden Gin, we had some great local partners in Bass & Flinders Distillery in Mornington who assisted. Hope your team had a win.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a seafood buffet dinner with our family and found a great selection of quality dishes. Fresh oysters, prawns, hot dishes and an extensive array of deserts. Good value when dining with the Accor Plus card.

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