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Esca Grill

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650 Mt Alexander Road | Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Victoria 3039, Australia
(03) 9370 1101
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 164
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    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Worst Restaurant in Melbourne

This restaurant is extremly over priced. Badly cooked steak & rude staff. By far the worst restaurant I have been to in Melbourne. I wouldnt recommend this restaurant.

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
CherbVictoria
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Victoria
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Victoria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is extremly over priced. Badly cooked steak & rude staff. By far the worst restaurant I have been to in Melbourne. I wouldnt recommend this restaurant.

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Sydney
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112 reviews 112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We needed to meet with Client and did not know area so asked for Clients thoughts on suitable venue.It turns out our Clients has been coming to this restaurant for years.The recommendation of stuffed Octopus was exceptional + Grilled garlic prawns huge in size and very tasty.There was some confusion about the steak special - it was originally explained as... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We have eaten here many times now - it's now a favourite. The service is highly professional as the staff take the utmost pride in what they do. Nothing is too much trouble. The ambience is gorgeous and whilst it is always popular, it still feels intimate. The food is exquisite - especially the seafood, which is wonderfully fresh and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A restaurant with very experienced master chefs. Make sure you always ask what's on special. Tonight I had an amazing fresh pappardelle rabbit ragu. The flavors were amazing. The restaurant was full, and people queuing up to dine. We ate at the bar and was amazed at all the fresh seafood. TRUE MASTERCHEF EXPERIENCE.

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Ulverstone, Australia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Have now eaten here 3 times over 3 years on visits to Melbourne (where I spend a lot of time). The quality of the food - both the base ingredients and final product - is exceptional. The service has been wonderful each time (2 different waiters). Wine list is good and very reasonable price for the experience. Don't be put... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Loved it, welcomed from when we walked in the door (no booking & later in the night) meal was beyond expectations, just do it !!

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Melbourne, Australia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Three visits over more than a year prove this family owned and run restaurant is consistent, ultra professional no matter the time of year or differences in crowd. The kitchen in particular is extremely efficient and talented, fresh seafood the starring attraction, but a duck dish was just as amazing. On this visit, a work emergency meant we needed to... More 

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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We researched this restaurant through tripadvisor prior our weekend tennis outing to Melbourne. The reservation for Friday lunch was not really needed, but we were advised that it looks differently in the evenings and weekends. The waiter was very helpful in choosing our dishes as well as the local wine. Excellent handmade seafood pasta as a starter, but the portion... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We had booked a table for two at 8:00 PM. Arrived in time and was told to talk a walk for 15 min for them to find a table for us; were not asked to wait at the bar. My husband asked about the market price for the 350gm T-bone Wagyu steak and ordered a 65 AUD medium-rare to rare... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We have visited Esca Grill twice. First time a la carte, and the second time with a Groupon voucher. The first time, they requested we move tables after the entree, and while annoyed, we obliged. The second time, after we were seated and had ordered, once again they asked us to change tables, and we expressed our extreme displeasure in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 650 Mt Alexander Road | Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Victoria 3039, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: (03) 9370 1101

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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