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Max Bar & Restaurant

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Central Business District
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54 - 58 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9600 1697
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled across this place by chance - it was just beginning to rain, so we pretty much dived into the nearest restaurant. Whilst the restaurant was busy, you certainly wouldn't guess from the external appearance that you are about to experience some great Italian food. We had the mixed starters for two (but it's big enough to feed three... More 

Thank John W
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Dined outside in the laneway..lucky to find a table without a booking 7pm on a warm Saturday night. The place was humming inside and out but the staff work super hard to keep the service rolling. The tables outside are very close together, this is very common in Europe not so much here in the antipodes. The menu is extensive,... More 

Thank abfabnz
Cary, North Carolina
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great meal, nice ambience, great service! We enjoyed sitting outside on Hardware Lane and viewing the beautiful architecture of the surrounding buildings and watching people passing through the lane and enjoying their meals!

Thank motjebben
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ended my first Melbourne business day with a colleague at Max. Balmy warm evening so we sat outside and enjoyed a complimentary glass of wine each before ordering just one course. A freshly cooked Max burger and fries was the perfect order and my colleague enjoyed some lamb skewers. Nice busy restaurant with a nice relaxed vibe. A good choice... More 

Thank Bluden
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We headed up Hardware lane but got no further than Max's, the menu is large, the staff very welcoming and great at drawing patrons in,the food on the tables looked delicious. Our waiter Rene is a lovely young man passionate about food and very skilled in talking to all people. Before too long our drinks and entree was out and... More 

Thank Jodi M
Wollongong, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievable food, service and atmosphere. What a perfect nite in Melbourne First time to Hardware Lane and Max didn't disappoint-the Paella was to die for and the service from Danny -well you're the man Dan Thank you Thank you We will be back with bells on

Thank colleenstamp1
Chatham, United Kingdom
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332 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were exploring a number of the lanes in the city and were hooked in for dinner here by the offer of a free entree and drink. That was ok but of course the choice for both was limited! However the bruschetta with tapenade, tomato and mozzarella was lovely. I had the lamb salad a lovely combination of lamb fillet,... More 

Thank Steve6244
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location. Atmospheric, tasty food, good value. Quick, polite service. Good choice of wines. Will definitely return.

Thank HappyTravellerrr_888
Wellington, New Zealand
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108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went down hardware lane to find a place for dinner and had restaurant staff stop us and offer free drinks if we ate there (as did the other restaurants. The restaurant we wanted to go to was closed so we came back to this one It offered gluten free which was a bonus for us. the Waiters were friendly... More 

Thank Sonnie_dee
Timmins, Canada
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337 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a lot of restaurants on Hardware Lane. We were happy we chose this one. I had delicious lamb shanks & my wife had a tasty chicken dish. The food could have been served a little hotter. Recommended.

Thank Barry L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 27
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 - 58 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9600 1697

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighbourhood Profile
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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