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“Fantastic food, great value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of P.J. O'Brien's

P.J. O'Brien's
Southgate, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia (Southbank)
+61 3 9686 5011
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Ranked #278 of 4,231 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Irish, Pub, Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Southbank
Description: Located in the heart of Southgate, P.J.O'Brien's is one of Melbourne's favourite destinations for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a couple of quiet ones in a cosy snug or get right into the atmosphere with a mix of traditional and contemporary live music every night of the week. In P.J's Sidebar you can enjoy some freshly shucked oysters with a nice glass of wine. P.J's Sidebar is available for private and corporate events with a private upper area perfect for intimate occasions or meetings. Check out our Function Page for more information on events on P.J's Sidebar and Main Bar. Open every day for lunch, dinner or just drinks with live music every night. Lunch and dinner bookings recommended, group bookings essential.
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

As a group of 11 people, we only decided to eat here because of the name of the place - but it soon turned into one of the best decisions of the trip (so much so, we spent two of our six nights there).
The atmosphere was fantastic, live entertainment, great staff and reassuring bouncers outside. Food is well priced and top quality! The blokes went for the Beef and Guinness Pie as their main, they still havent stopped raving about it. Kids had the chicken parmigana, a very decent size and delicious. I had the 200g eye fillet - medium - with garlic butter and beer battered fries. Hands down, the most tender, flavoursome, juicy piece of meat I have ever eaten. Cooked to absolute perfection and served with quality beer-battered fries (make sure you don't ask for chips - completely different).
Please note that our group of families ranged from age 15 and up. I wouldn't recommend taking children below the age of 13.

  • Visited November 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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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Location and Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Firstly - the restaurant itself may be a little hard to find. It is inside a mall-like area at Southbank, under the escalators.

As for the food, very nice selection, well priced and delicious. I got the calamari entree and Beef and Guinness steak pie for main - YUMMY !

Atmosphere was lovely - HUGE TABLES so plenty of room, and our waitress was very friendly and attentive.

I recommend this place to everyone.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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26 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“One of very few decent Irish bars in Melbourne”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

There's a shortage of them around Melbourne, some good beers and the fodo is decent as well. Live entertainment was also good.

Visited September 2013
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Pakenham, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Irish pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A great atmosphere. Love to sit in the window nook.
Friendly staff. Try the cheese platter and fat chips. Perfect with Guiness.

Visited September 2013
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Four Oaks, North Carolina
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Awww ... Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Walked into this place whilst visiting the mall area in Melbourne. Had to try it. It was in the evening/after dark and they had just begun to play live music inside. There was a good crowd here and greet staff outside of the pub which gave it an even more legitimate standing. Great atmosphere and great place to strike up a conversation with locals and other travelers. Enjoyed it so well, even tried the P.J Obrien's located at the Melbourne Airport. The live music was so nice it even made one feel as if they were back in Ireland. Wonderful.

  • Visited July 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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