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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 good47%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“polenta chips” (14 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
51 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days 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 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended early on a Friday night, just as the CBD workers strolled in. The food is Italian in orientation, pasta was good albeit bland.

Thank Dwight1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely love The Mess Hall. Great food, great ambience and great service. I have dined here with my husband when we had our last jaunt to Melbourne, and now that I have had to be here for business solo, I thought I would dine...More

Thank Meliej1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am often in Melbourne on business. Eating on my own can in some restaurants can feel a little awkward, however the Mess Hall provides great food, service in a small smart casual atmosphere where being in your own is not a problem.

Thank Wayne S
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Having not come here for a while, the breakfast item I love was still on the menu. Great corn fritters packed with flavour and generous in portion size too. Sides here are reasonably priced. So we ate very well. With a glass of prosecco, we...More

Thank LittleMissMelly
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We had dinner at the Mess Hall on our way to the Princess Theatre. Every course was delicious. We had the aranchini and gnocchi for starters with cocktails, and the wild boar ragu and a risotto special for mains. For cocktails we had a Nomayo...More

Thank Maddie W
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Despite the dreary wet Melbourne morning, our moods were glowing after breakfast at The Mess Hall. The joint was packed & we were squeezed in by the kitchen but it only added to “the vibe” (Dennis Denuto would love it). I had poached eggs with...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Greeted by a beautiful marble counter top with display of fresh pastries, clean architecture and pared back interiors, its hard to fault the Mess Hall on presentation. The food was interesting and well presented. Another lovely cafe at the top end of Bourke Street. Certainly...More

Thank janeclough1
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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