Australian Romantic

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

Average price $45
381 reviews

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $45 Special request
Sydney Rock Oyster
Sourdough Dinner Roll

cultured butter

Portobello Mushroom Fries

malt vinegar, chilli jam

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 381 reviews
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Quality of food :7.7/10
Service :7.7/10
Setting :8.5/10
  1. Danica N.
    Danica N.
    • one review

    This was the last restaurant my partner and I had a meal out before COVID forced all restaurants to stop in house dining. We were welcomed warmly and looked after by the very friendly and attentive staff. The food was fantastic and we’ll be back soon.

  2. Thea N.
    Thea N.
    • one review

    Great setting friendly attentive service and delicious food and coffee Really glad we chose Abacus for my birthday brunch celebration Definitely recommend Only one suggestion- watch how many people you seat on the benches as you can get ‘trapped’

  3. Hiba M.
    Hiba M.
    • one review

    Food was disappointing. Over salted, and generally not a nice combination of flavors in the dishes. It certainly did not live up to the review scores. Service staff were very sincere and helpful though.

  4. Sally K.
    Sally K.
    • one review

    Cool vibes and great dining atmosphere in the heart of Melbourne’s prime shopping precinct Chapel St. From the cocktails to the great service and delicious food, this restaurant provides the full enjoyable dining experience for customers..The portobello mushrooms fries were amazing, slightly salty but so good. You have to try the croquette, delicious crumbed speck and cheese, just melts in your mouth. Last but certainly not least the dessert we ordered ‘white choc mousse, walnuts and gelato with blueberries’ was a slice of sweet heaven!! Overall we had a great time and stayed till closing time, that about sums up a great night out!!.

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews

    fabulous place for breakfast, serving all day breakfast and lunch menu!

  6. Edan T.
    Edan T.
    • 16 reviews

    I’ve had very good steak from Abacus before but on the last occasion it was just ok. The prawns in the pasta were however exceptional.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews

    Great place with a good vibe. Will definitely return for another visit.

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 255 reviews

    Service was good, albeit the staff had clearly been instructed to make the wine pours light on (not a good look). Food was extremely average - out of five dishes only one was cooked nicely. The rest were either ridiculously overspiced, so that it was impossible to taste the main ingredient, or were overcooked/over charred. At $95 per head it was very poor value.

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews

    The venue is stunning, but the food was just average which was disappointing. We did the feed me menu which is “the best of” it began with vegemite hummus, which was terrible, and that signaled the tone for the rest. It just was more like pub quality. The service was amazing and the decor is beautiful.

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews

    Amazing food and beautiful atmosphere!

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 301 reviews

    Food is delicious but I would appreciate more varieties.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews

    The pasta was great though the sauce was a little salty. Overall, worth a try!

  13. Jiayue X.
    Jiayue X.
    • one review

    Thank you the fork 50%off deal

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 287 reviews

    Second time here for dinner! Service much better than last time. Had pasta, steak, cauliflower and oyster. Everything was great except the oysters are much smaller than few days before???? could be a bit overpriced if it’s full price.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews

    Good food, nice atmosphere! Would recommend the pasta for the main.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 299 reviews

    LEt me start by saying that this was my fourth visit here. Admittedly so usually as part of a special deal. But when I review it I do it as though I am paying full price so that its a fair review for those who don't have the opportunity to use thde deals. The food is definintely the highlight. This is not just a regular eatery alogn Chapel St (there are heaps). Who ever mans this kitchen knows their flavours and how to enhance it. The dishes themselves are deceiving but they are all taste bombs. The atmosphere is buzzy and trendy. The noise level is loud enough you don't need to shout. Now the service is a bit of a hit and miss. So why I say that is if you have a service surcharge, I expect exceptional. Forgetting to bring meals, slow woth water how sure what the type of fish of the day are all not aceptable when you are charging service charge. Also the prices are not exactly cheap as a full paying diner. I would definitely love the flavours of this place and the service is courteous enough but for the prices unless I am getting a speical I would really have to think twice and with the service charge that applies all week......hmmmm!

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 246 reviews

    I always enjoy dining here whether it be for brunch or dinner Good food and wine. However this time I felt that the portions were a tad small.

  18. Kiran H.
    Kiran H.
    • 34 reviews

    Highly recommend the lamb shoulder and the cauliflower heart off the winter menu! The croquette starter was nice but very rich - you can really share one between two for a little taster. Service is good as always but they didn't have my favourite wine. The alternative was good though! We had a 50% off voucher which made it very affordable...

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 288 reviews

    Food very well presented. Taste fresh too! Service needs improvement

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 264 reviews

    Classy & spacious fine dining restaurant. Grilled market fish & prawns are delicious! Food is a bit slow to come though.

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How to get to the restaurant

383 Chapel Street, 3141, South Yarra (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne South East, South Yarra

About the restaurant

Abacus Bar and Kitchen stuns on all accounts. Architects EAT turned a Westpac Bank into one of Melbourne’s must-visit institutions on Chapel Street, around the corner from Prahran Market. Putting aside its impressive surrounds, a triage of concrete, timber and marble complemented by potted plants and comfy cushions, you can choose to eat all three square meals here, if you so wish. If you’re looking for a good date spot, it fits the bill perfectly, whatever the time.

Under 7.5-metre ceilings, tuck into Australian classics with a twist for brunch. Ex-Top Paddock chef Chris Connolly pairs bread and butter pudding with lemon curd, maple oats and spring berries. No ordinary avo smash here either – instead, you’ll be served pumpkin croquettes alongside avocado wedges.

Dinner is a tapas affair with a few mains thrown in for good measure. Try the kangaroo carpaccio or the Werribee tomato fondue with roasted chickpeas. Abacus makes a concerted effort to use the freshest ingredients and it shows in every mouthful.

Wines are divided into handy groups, such as light and crisp whites and sparkling, while cocktails are a mix of traditional espresso martinis and the more unusual poached pear rum and strawberry and cognac spritz. Or just head over for a really good brew in the afternoon, book in hand – the restaurant accommodates all moods.



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