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Abacus Bar & Kitchen

Average price $45
8/10
361 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Very good
8/10
based on 361 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :7.7/10
Service :8/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    9.5/10

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

  2. Edan T.
    Edan T.
    • 16 reviews
    7.5/10

    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.

  3. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews
    7.75/10

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

  4. A A.
    A A.
    • 255 reviews
    6/10

    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.

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews
    5/10

    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.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews
    8.5/10

    Amazing food and beautiful atmosphere!

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 301 reviews
    8/10

    Food is delicious but I would appreciate more varieties.

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews
    8/10

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

  9. Jiayue X.
    Jiayue X.
    • one review
    10/10

    Thank you the fork 50%off deal

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 287 reviews
    8.75/10

    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.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews
    8.5/10

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

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 299 reviews
    7.75/10

    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!

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 246 reviews
    8/10

    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.

  14. Kiran H.
    Kiran H.
    • 34 reviews
    8/10

    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...

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 288 reviews
    8.25/10

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

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 264 reviews
    8/10

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

  17. Jackie L.
    Jackie L.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    Food was beautifully plated and delicious!

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews
    9.5/10

    Consistently great service from the majority of the staff throughout the night. Although one of our meals didn't arrive, service made up for it. Special mention to JC, the accommodating bartender. Excellent food - from entree to dessert.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 274 reviews
    8.75/10

    The service was very efficient.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews
    8/10

    Food was really good, but portions felt a little on the small side. The weekend surcharge isn’t very appealing. Thanks for offering the 50% off food bill though, it was a great deal an awesome night overall.

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How to get to the restaurant

383 Chapel Street, 3141, South Yarra, 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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