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The Mess Hall

$$ - $$$Italian, , Cafe
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 6800
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Mess Hall on a Saturday evening for an early pre-theatre dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it! The staff are very helpful and the cosy atmosphere is lovely. The menu is not long which is actually a good thing, as everything on it is...More

Thank kgreenwood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The coffee was tasteless. The smashed avo was pureed and overpriced at ~18 without eggs. I won't go back.

Thank VerityMcD1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were visiting Melbourne and I went there with my wife and kids for lunch on a whim, didn‘t know the place and hadn’t heard about it before... we were soooo happy to have found the place as the food was over the top and...More

Thank leonidas84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was visiting Melbourne and was looking for somewhere for dinner one night. Sat outside on a warm November evening. I ordered the Fish of the Day which was Pan Fried Salmon. Beautifully cooked just how I like it. Crispy skin and medium rare. The pearl...More

Thank SoloSenior48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got a takeaway coffee here while walking past. Looks like a nice restaurant which might have to try some time. The coffee was very nice though could have been a bit warmer. One of the staff was very friendly, the other two seemed less interested...More

Thank Jon Q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited, The Mess Hall a couple of times during our visit to Melbourne and have to recommend the coffee it's outstanding, it's a little cafe with friendly and helpful staff and the food is amazing.

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We (3 of us) had an awesome time celebrating our son's second birthday. They went out of their way to accommodate for a quite celebration. Though they didn't cakes, their chocolate tart was to die for. Pizzas were great and I would recommend this place...More

Thank Rakhisyaman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our 4th dining experience at The Mess Hall. Every meal has been outstanding, the service friendly and efficient. Just a pity that we can never manage to squeeze in a desert! Highly recommend.

Thank Bramleywb
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Each time we visit Melbourne we always come for a wine and shared plates. Have also had great coffee here. The staff are most pleasant without fail. Much obliged to put the heater on outside for us.

Thank Emstar74
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Well well have I found a great little Italian restraunt near the top of Bourke street. For those whom are wanting a quick dinner before the theatre shows on spring st or a couples dinner to celebrate 🎉 stop into the mess hall. The gnocchi...More

Thank andrewmK8599SY
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

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  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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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