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The Mess Hall

) #165 of 3,423 Restaurants in Melbourne $$ - $$$ Italian, , Cafe
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 6800
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good46%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (9 reviews)
“polenta chips” (13 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are here for the third time last week on a visit from Sydney. The Salmon and Seafood Pasta were outstanding. This is a great little restaurant that has served us perfect meals each time. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Bramleywb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here on a recent short visit to Melbourne. I was staying downtown and wanted a nice Italian meal and just stumbled upon this restaurant. Menu simple with backboard special, good selection of wine and beer on tap if you want. The food was...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff at the Mess Hall were fantastic in helping us to organise a catch up for around 25 industry friends. They were super accommodating and friendly and the meals were fantastic (try the gnocchi)!

Thank Craig C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lovely pre-theatre turkey and cream cheese bagel here for lunch last weekend. Great vibe, cool decor and music. Coffee was excellent too. Bustling vibrant place. Staff efficient but friendly too.

Thank wtandy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed breakfast and brunch at The Mess Hall on a weekend visit to Melbourne - I have experienced their hospitality on previous trips and keep coming back - great coffee , food and friendly staff - a must visit for anyone but extra convenient...More

Thank italywanderer
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Unless you really get their eye, you generally have to wait to get served. The food is okay but not sensational. There are better brunch places near here.

Thank Merilyn_S_12
Reviewed 27 June 2017

My wife and I were in Melbourne staying in Flinders Lane and walked the short distance to go for Breakfast at the Mess Hall. The food is excellent - I would definatly recommend the scrambled eggs.

Thank mark j
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Had breakfast here this week. I had the omelette with added bacon and not only was it really tasty, it was massive. Coffee was also excellent and we were tucked away up the back near the kitchen. Great little find.

Thank Becksta23
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Another visit to Melbourne, another lunch at the Mess Hall. No disappointment there, over the years this place has stuck to its high standards and gives great value, in the quality of its food and the warmth of its service.

Thank GeoffRandal
Reviewed 15 June 2017

We were fortunate enough to find The Mess Hall open for breakfast on the Monday of the Queen's Birthday Weekend and we were really impressed at the range of delicious options available and the friendly and efficient service. While the restaurant looks small from the...More

Thank Alice 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, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
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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