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“A boon to Southwharf, which is the extension of Southbank”
Review of Melbourne Public

Melbourne Public
Ranked #469 of 4,256 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Possibly the majority of people who live in Melbourne have never ventured into the area of Southwharf. To the west of Southbank and still on the south side of the river, Southwharf used to house grotty warehouses and disused docks. In recent years, these have been transformed into trendy eating places and function venues.

If you wander along the boardwalk past the Melbourne Convention Centre, you end up at Dukes Walk, with Melbourne Public Restaurant and Bar. The bar area is to the front, with the more formal dining area up a couple of stairs. Bar meals are cheap, but restaurant meals are also very good value. We all enjoyed our various choices, and found the meals generous in size and of excellent quality.

To start, we shared the charcuterie platter. It was most impressive and would do as a main course, really. I ate the duck breast, prepared Asian style in a light broth for my main. The meat was tender and the flavours quite wonderful.

On our second visit we shared the dessert taster plate. Yummy, and good value at $16.50 for two. Wines are not cheap, but the house wines are affordable and pretty good.

As an alternative to eating places along Southbank, Melbourne Public is well worth the short walk to Southwharf. Try it! I'm sure you'll enjoy the food.

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Had drinks amd pub grub here in January. Very friendly staff, great afternoon DJ, and good vibe. Nice to see South Wharf has some good venues to go to now.

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Thank jetlagwoofer
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Melbourne's trendy South Wharf area is, well, effectively still in its infancy as a popular destination, but with many new facilities due for launch in the coming months, with DFO and the new Hilton right there, I would hazzard a guess that South Wharrf will ultimately be the new Southbank with popularity gaining in leaps and bounds.

The latest in the Darcy Group's funky new bar/bistor facilities(including The Motel and Precinct Hotel), Melbourne Public is, IMHO, one of coolest, best presented I have had the pleasure of visiting.

The ambience, design, cleanliness and style of the place is nothing short of spectacular - a great place to enjoy an ale or two.

But that's not we were there for, rather it was for dinner, and I have to say that food presentation was of a good standard, my steak which was approximately $15 less than that paid at Number 8 at Crown (plus the required side making the difference $24 for a steak dish) was actually begtter than the uber expensive Number 8 steak, however my wife's tuna steak wasn't quite as good as she had hoped.

Ultimately though,the chicken dumpling and smoked salmon entree's were great, the mains really good and just good, while the desert was terrific (a tempting plate of 'samples').

Go there, seriously. It's not the best we've been to, but it is up there in presentation, style and funkiness, so to speak.

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Thank cuspub
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We booked a table for 10 people at The Melbourne Public Dining Room on a Saturday night in early December. Great location, trendy décor, we started with drinks in the bar before moving into the dining room. We should have stayed in the bar where the staff was friendly and responsive. Once in the dining room, even though it was only half full we had to chase our waiter to order! The meals were excellent, well presented, reasonably priced and enjoyed by everyone in our group. We finished dinner before 9.00pm and were ready to settle in for a few more Xmas drinks, coffee & sweets. Unfortunately our waiter was preoccupied with setting up tables for the next day rather than looking after us. We once again had to leave our seats and go chasing staff to order. Eventually, we gave up and walked out into the bar area, maybe that is what he wanted! It was a disappointing end to what should have been a great night.

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Reviewed July 26, 2017
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Thank Meisterjaeger
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