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The Meatball and Wine Bar

$$ - $$$
Central Business District
Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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135 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 7545
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The meatballs are definitely the highlight! Service was great, very quick to be served. garlic bread was also delicious. Would I come back - absolutely!

Thank JJDSM1984
Brisbane, Australia
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201 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location on Flinders, just round the corner from Coda and Lucy Liu. Love the brick walls and low-lit ambience. Tough choice for a light lunch between the small meatball option (12 small balls) with Wasabi, garlic cream and BBQ sauces and the Classic House fave. We chose both! Three steps to choose the right meatball experience, the meat, the... More 

Thank Steve D
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Being overlooked for a table in preference to the couple behind me in the line wasn't the greatest start .... Then being told that they don't serve salads after 4 ( there is very tiny small print on the menu to be fair) wasn't the greatest middle. Thankfully the skewers were delicious ( though they could do with a sauce... More 

Thank PlumbV4
Brisbane, Australia
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

......Still waiting for our food. Place only 1/3 full, and waitress did not place our order Had to double check our drinks order at the start. Go elsewhere; if this is service at a quiet time, you have NO chance of food or service at peak hour,

Thank GooseGirl555
MBWB_BALLS, Front Office Manager at The Meatball and Wine Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear this GooseGirl555. We'll certainly pass your feedback to the venue so staff can be aware of wait times. MBWB More 

Bendigo, Australia
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271 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very varied wine list and some innovative cocktails. Nice outside seating in a very busy laneway. Great for people watching.

Thank Rakehoe
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I went for breakfast. I had the Avocado Caprese with a poached egg and my friend had the Breakfast Hero. We both also had cappuccinos. The food was incredible! Service was a little slow, but definitely worth the wait. The waitresses were so lovely and the decor was pretty cool. Will definitely be coming back!!

Thank Melissa J
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having been here previously my husband and I decided to head back and it didn't disappoint. We started with a cheese and meat platter which was heaven on earth, the bread was fresh the cheese was lovely and the meat was tasty, the pickled cucumbers were simply heaven on a plate. For mains we had the pork meatballs with polenta... More 

Thank Kshacks
Melbourne, Australia
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103 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lets start with the good points, food is delicious and fairly reasonably prices. negatives service terrible, Wednesday night this place is always fair busy however having to ask 3 times for glasses for the bottle of wine that had been plonked on your table is a bit much. god forbid you want some more water, there must be a mass... More 

Thank nomes1881
MBWB_BALLS, Guest Relations Manager at The Meatball and Wine Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you didn't absolutely love your experience with us nomes1881 but we're happy to hear that you loved our meatballs. We'll pass your message onto the team as part of their ongoing service training. MBWB More 

Havelock North, New Zealand
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to visit for a quick drink or some awesome food... we popped in the day before for a quick drink as the place was busy and people where queuing out the door.... So we decided to go back the next day for an early bite to eat. We weren't disappointed.. really friendly staff and a great atmosphere, a... More 

Thank Sgmay
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute little bar/restaurant on Flinders Lane. Place was busy but we got seated quickly. Food was nice, you "create your own meal" from the meal, veg and side options on the menu. Was a nice little novelty. Drinks were cool, lots of different options from other places. Ambiance was nice. Affordable prices, would definitely go again next time we're in... More 

Thank Lauren C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$19
Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 7545

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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