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dined on Fri, 15 Mar 2019

We've been to The Gem a few times now, and every time has been excellent. The BBQ first and foremost, as well as the attentive, friendly service, plus the bonus of live music in the bar area and the quirky western and rockabilly ambience, make this a perfect spot for events like a family birthday party (upstairs), or dinner with friends (meat sweats/food coma guaranteed). Every time we eat there, we say "We need to come back here more often ... and eat slightly less," which is a great sign.

dined on Sun, 20 Jan 2019

This isn’t my first time here and it won’t be my last! Great pub and the best Texas bbq around!
Hello Susan, Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Gem and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Have a wonderful day from the team at The Gem. :)
Restaurant The Gem Bar & Dining Room responded on Mon, 21 Jan 2019

dined on Fri, 21 Jun 2019

A firm favourite for our family and friends. Great BBQ and sides and awesome vibe.

dined on Fri, 7 Jun 2019

the eggplant burger & cauliflower cheese were AMAZING

dined on Wed, 29 May 2019

Great meats from the smoker

dined on Wed, 8 May 2019

We had a group of 9 friends catching up. Our server was amazing, she remembered everyone's orders, remembered peoples drinks, was managing our table and all other tables all by herself and she did a fantastic job. 100% would dine here again.

dined on Sun, 5 May 2019

We ordered the pitmaster sharing platter and it was great. Delicious and plentiful.
Howdy Amanda, Thank you so much for Dining at the Gem. We will let the Chefs know how much you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to having you back in no time! Many Thanks The Team at The Gem Bar
Restaurant The Gem Bar & Dining Room responded on Tue, 7 May 2019

dined on Tue, 2 Apr 2019

My chicken was well over cooked but the potato gems were amazing. Glad we tried and while the stuff were amazing, won’t be coming back.

dined on Sun, 31 Mar 2019

Tasty food, good music and great service!

dined on Fri, 22 Mar 2019

Food was great and service was excellent. Would definitely go back
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About The Gem Bar & Dining Room

Unpretentious dude food Way before the American style BBQ or ‘dude food’ became a ‘thing’ there was Gem Bar and Dining, who imported a custom made klose pit from Houston, Texas to ensure they were delivering the most authentic Southern style cuisine. This unpretentious and customer focused venue has gained a reputation for serving up some of the best low and slow BBQ food in Melbourne. Since opening in 2012 the Gem has been attracting diners for birthday bashes, family get togethers and quick mid week meals. Remaining true to the classic pub staples, the Gem dishes up things like sliders, Southern fried chicken, BBQ meats and sides, as well as steak and other pub classics like beer battered fish and chips. Whether you’re a carnivore or vegetarian, the folk at Gem Bar will have something to suit. Be sure to check out their specials and deals like ‘The Gem Birthday special’ whereby if you dine with 10 or more people the birthday boy eats free. As if that’s not enough, you can also catch live gigs here too.

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