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The Mess Hall

$$ - $$$Italian, Cafe,
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 6800
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good45%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (13 reviews)
“polenta chips” (14 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a place to have breakfast before heading to the airport and found the mess hall. It’s a small cafe along Bourke street and was a great choice! The staff greeted us with a smile and were friendly. It didn’t take long...More

Thank Watto W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although there are so many cafes in Melbourne, when it comes to wanting a coffee on Saturday morning or in the evening, the options are limited. I was delighted to discover The Mess Hall which is conveniently located in Bourke St and open till 10:00pm...More

Thank tim_chuck_norris
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us came across this attractive bar/restaurant whilst wandering around Melbourne looking for a late Saturday afternoon lunch. The service was brilliant, food sensational and wine knowledge commendable (although arguably the wine was a little overpriced). Risottos were wet, colourful and flavoursome. My Wild...More

Thank Machasgus
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Having chosen not to eat at my hotel, I found this restaurant. It looked good, initial service was good. 40 minutes after my rather simple breakfast order (scrambled eggs), I was still waiting. When a patron who arrived after I did was served her breakfast,...More

Thank Em K
Reviewed 11 May 2018

We found this fantastic restaurant tucked around the corner from the Hotel Windsor. The food was delicious and the service friendly and efficient. The basil panacotta dessert was a culinary experience not to be missed.

Thank Juanita M
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Its another of Melb’s hole in the wall size eats. We (5) dropped in for brunch. The atmosphere is alive, staff friendly and attentive; food was good.

Thank OziPablo
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Small but a good place to grab breakfast fare. Excellent food, happy to take a booking and nice busy atmosphere. Staff very helpful and nothing too much trouble.

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 12 April 2018

Coffee is only served in a small cup for $4.20, breakfast is expensive compared to other places and it is served with a steak knife.

Thank Nicky P
Reviewed 10 April 2018

The Mess Hall is a must for breakfast dining in Melbourne CBD. My friend and I were lucky enough to encounter the owner on our recent visit. Cathy went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. The food was delicious and the ambiance was...More

Thank hmb2302
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Great everything. Atmosphere, food, service, wine. This place has it all,very neatly packaged in an intimate, cosy and understated space in a neighborhood overwhelmed with dining choices.

Thank Therese C
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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