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“Relax and enjoy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room
6 Riverside Quay, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
03 9699 1676
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Ranked #608 of 3,967 restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Geelong
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Relax and enjoy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We dropped in here for dinner, around 10pm on a Saturday night. We waited 5 minutes at the bar before being shown to our table on the balcony. It was a busy night but the service didn't miss a beat. We ordered a series of sharing dishes which came out in order and nicely timed. The wine was delivered promptly, hte staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The night we were there we were lucky enough to have great buskers out the front that added to the ambience. For what it is, and for where it is, this place was a great find and one we will visit again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woodstock, NY
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful Local Food in Melbourne”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have eaten at Ludlow Dining Room (next door to the bar) several times and really enjoyed the food. They have a great charcuterie plate, delicious scallop and lentil small dish, and several really nice main courses. As I was on business I ate there alone and found that it was a very relaxed, nice place to eat. You can order a few small plates and glass of wine and have a very enjoyable meal. Service is not always fast, but the food is worth the wait.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yarra Valley, Melbourne
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Relying too much on its great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

In a great, if not fabulous, location, this restaurant needs to improve the quality of its limited menu. My "crispy calamari" was oily and the salad was tired. It did not taste nice. I ended up not eating it. The rest of our party considered their meals were so-so. Service, on the other hand, was excellent with a very cheery smiling young waitress. The location is outstanding.

The more you travel, the more that you see this. Restaurants in brilliant tourist locations rely too much on their location for passing trade while letting the quality of the food slip away.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food but Lacking Mindfulness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We had a wonderful meal here on a hot Wednesday night. We ordered a variety of small plates to share, each of them very good, but there was some real thoughtlessness of the part of the staff that coloured the experience somewhat.
We assumed that the dishes would be brought out one or two at a time, instead everything was placed on our table all at once. Our little table got so crowded with dishes it was really awkward to eat. Staff had to be specifically asked to take away each plate.
We had a cheese platter to finish off - it would have been nice if the waitress had wiped down the messy table first. The cheeses were all excellent, but the platter had a huge mound of apple "string", like someone had taken a daikon radish grater and applied it to an entire apple. It looked really cute, but was very awkward to eat.
The food is wonderful, but the staff do need to polish their game to make it a real fine dining experience.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, New Zealand
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126 reviews 126 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“What do you mean you want service you fool!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Lazy Thursday afternoon on a cool Melbourne day. Beers and food are required on Southbank and Ludlow is beckoning.

The beer and food are good, well priced as well for the area.

Our waitress is preoccupied with everything but us. The table is a mound of dirty dishes. I move them to another table and earn a dirty look from her. This one is not cut out for a service career. Every order is a struggle. Trying to find her is a struggle.

A pleasant spot lowered in score by an inattentive and surly waitron.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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