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Ginger Olive | Restaurant and Grill

Restaurant Bar Cafe Cocktail bar Event venue Barbecue restaurant Steak house Asador Asian fusion restaurant

One of the Top rated Asadors in Melbourne


Shop 2/38 Manchester Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia



+61 435 889 768

Price rating

$$ $$

Rating on Google Maps

4.60 (634 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Friday: 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 8:30 PM

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  • 5/5 Al S. 7 months ago on Google • 257 reviews
    I was glad to have lunch here and with a group of 8 people on a Friday. The restaurant is not very large so would recommend making a reservation. The downside to this is that you will need a credit card to book. They serve western dishes but Asian inspired. Lots of steaks and ribs on the menu and platters to share! A few pasta dishes too which looked really delicious. We ordered the Melange Seafood Platter for 2 people. It was delicious, fresh and not overcooked. I am keen to come back and try the meat platter and pork ribs! The service was warm, friendly and attentive without being annoying.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jay 1 year ago on Google
    My aunt celebrated her birthday here last night and it was absolutely wonderful! Service was impeccable. Servers were attentive without being obtrusive. The owner checked on us multiple times as well, to ensure all was well. The food was beyond incredible. I highly recommend the Ginger Olive Platter and the Sweet Ending dessert platter. We loved everything! Will gladly visit again.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Steve C. 11 months ago on Google
    Luckily, we stumbled on this little gem looking for a place to eat on our last night in Melbourne. Wow. 10 minutes after we were seated they were fully booked four the night. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic, I'm so happy! We ordered the Ginger Olive platter. It was amazing. All food was prepped and served at piping hot temps all together, great work! Buckets of flavour, service with a smile, what more could you ask for! I'll be back for sure.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Wayne J. 1 year ago on Google
    We found this little gem down an alley of Flinders lane. WOW the mixed grill plate was amazing. The service from the young man followed up by the owners was exceptional. When in fabulous Melbourne this is a must do.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Linda S. 1 year ago on Google
    Found another hidden gem in Melbourne CBD! We were looking for a place to have dinner and glad we came here. We ordered the signature platter dish (the ginger olive platter), and it was so worth it. Great place and good service. Definitely recommended :D
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Keven L. 2 months ago on Google • 290 reviews New
    Great BBQ and well suited for a nice occasion. The ginger olive platter was fantastic, especially the succulent slow cooked beef rib, and nothing disappointed. The mango and strawberry romanoff was nice and light in flavour, not too sweet. Although it was an amazing dining experience, nothing stood out well enough to make it memorable. Expect to spend ~$60 per person.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 MazCal 4 months ago on Google • 244 reviews
    Decided to dine here after reading the rave reviews. Very nice restaurant in Manchester Lane, good lay out with outdoor dining. The service was great, good variety of dishes to choose from - being a lover of eggplant I thought I’d try the eggplant dish, I was a very disappointed as I found a very very thin layer of eggplant surrounded by a very very thick layer of overcooked bread crumbs, could hardly see or taste the eggplant at all, nonetheless the curry sauce & veggies served alongside were good. My husband had the reef & beef which he thought - the beef rib was a little tough, barramundi was dry, average battered prawns with a regular salad, definitely not worth the price we paid. Lovely atmosphere!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Aaron S. 2 years ago on Google
    Definitely a 4.5 star if I could. The service is very friendly, attentive and accommodating. The value for money is amazing! Great food and amazing flavours. Side salads and salads are beautiful, different and flavoursome. Good drinks menu that has cocktails, wine, beer, spirits and more, you won't miss out here. No complaints at all just missed half a star as it wasn't the wow I expected. Definitely worth a try. Great job ginger olive!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Alex L. 5 months ago on Google • 450 reviews
    A nice and cosy restaurant run by a family. Service was exceptional and professional. The seafood platter was generous with many sea food varieties and well presented. Had the wagyu steak, which was OK. The dessert platter, which has a variety of options that suited us very well, was a stand out. Well done to the Ginger Olive team.

  • 4/5 Rob D. 4 months ago on Google • 71 reviews
    I was expecting more and found the food not up to the standard I was expecting. We both ordered steak (Porterhouse and Fillet) with one being rare and the other medium. The rare was medium and the medium well-done. For the price we found them chewy and a little tough. The starter was nice and the best thing was the tomato relish with the steak. The saving grace for us was the service where they were always ready to please and make sure you are happy. With so many restaurants in Melbourne would I eat here again. Maybe not.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 K F C. 2 months ago on Google • 242 reviews New
    I chose this restaurant because it is a high-ranked one. The price is higher and thus I would expect more. I ordered a ginger olive platter for 2 persons so I can try a variety of foods. The prawns and fish are good. However, the ‘slow cooked’ beef is not up to the standard and it is really tough and we can’t finish. The BBQ chicken is thin and dry and the pork is so so. In general, the service is good, but the seat arrangement is not generous for those with some bags (even it is only 30-40% occupied) The environment is quite noisy and the seats are slightly close.

  • 5/5 Kelly w. 5 months ago on Google • 9 reviews
    Lady boss was very nice to put us indoors though we did not make a reservation, it was a cold night and she was very accommodating. The camaraderie amongst service crew was great, they were energetic, prompt and full of smiles. Food was great especially the slow-roasted beef ribs, you won’t need a knife to cut the piece up, effortless and melts in your mouth. For first timers, try the ginger olive platter for 2. Sweet potato fries are a must have and if u have space for more, go for the deserts! Will be back again! 🤩
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 chen v. 2 months ago on Google • 8 reviews New
    This is the only restaurant i visited twice during my 7 days holiday in Melbourne. The owner and staff are very friendly. The 1st time we ordered Seafood Linguine, Chicken, mushroom & Pancetta Luguine, BBQ free range chicken and BBQ baby black pork ribs for dinner. The ribs are very good. the children love the cheesy chicken mushroom linguine. the sea food linguine serving is generous. The 2nd time we went for luch and tried seafood Linguine in olive oil based and the original cream based, salmon and barramundi. Also got the sweet ending platter. Both the fish is very good, there is no smell at all. Simply put it, i dont need to use the lemon. the dessert platter is fanastic (just look at the foto. i highly revoomend it.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Kerryn H. 3 months ago on Google • 6 reviews New
    Such gorgeous service and delicious food. We loved every moment of our evening. Make sure you leave time to savour each dish as the flavours are divine 🤩
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 yoke yee t. 1 year ago on Google
    Had a lovely dinner with hubby & daughter yesterday. Ordered the BBQ platter and ravioli to share. Must say they were delicious. My only peeve was that it was noisy as the place inside was rather small. Should have sat outside instead.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Chanika C. 1 year ago on Google
    The best grilled plate in Melbourne! We had the bbq sharing plate and sweet potatoes as a side dish. The portion was generous and price is great. Lovely and cosy restaurant I will revisit again
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Judy K. 1 year ago on Google
    Lunch special $19.90 was adequate. Barramundi, mango salad & Chicken Parma & chips. Parma was least enjoyed, dry, not nice flavour. Barramundi was nice, but small, sitting on lots of salad. Was tasty, but mainly cabbage. Too much. Service was friendly, and attentive.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sarah B. 1 year ago on Google
    Top quality! Loved the meat and dessert platters for the whole family. Very tasty, will come again. Staff were very friendly, accommodating and explained every dish.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sarah T. 1 year ago on Google
    Enjoyed an amazing meal at Ginger Olive in the city (Shop 2/38 Manchester Ln, Melbourne). The food was amazing, the service was spot on and it had a lovely intimate vibe. We ordered one of the signature platters “Ginger Olive Platter for 2”, every bite was perfect. If you’re looking for a wonderful dining experience, give this a go!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Clyte S. 1 year ago on Google
    The platter 2 was so delicious, we love how the slow cooked beef was done and the taste of grilled chicken was great. Excellent service for all the staff members, made an extra effort to check on us on a busy saturday dinner night. I will definitely bring my family here on their holiday in Melbourne.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Betty D. 1 year ago on Google
    Love this place. The food was delicious. The sweets were divine. Our waiter was great. Highly recommend. It is a very small place so would suggest to book table in advance.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Michael C. 8 months ago on Google
    Down a side street not far from Flinders St station. Had an early dinner here before attending a show at the nearby Athenaeum Theatre. Warm welcome even though we arrived early for our booking. Attentive, friendly and quick service. Really enjoyed the high quality food. Desert was a real treat. Would return.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Durdashi N. 1 year ago on Google
    The place was nice and our servers were all lovely! The food had great flavour but the lamb ribs we ordered were very chewy and we couldn't eat much of it. Would recommend trying but just skip the lamb and get the other meats which looked delicious!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Norman C. 10 months ago on Google
    First time dining here. 5:45pm reservation, and the place was already fairly crowded. Popular! Carbonara was really good - not oily and eggy. Scotch fillet cooked beautifully, but could've done with a bit more seasoning. The red wine jus was a bit runny, but full of flavour. Ribs and snag were delicious - tender, great flavour. Very quick and friendly service. Good range of drinks, including mocktails. Not the cheapest, but worth it. Definitely go.

  • 3/5 Jo S. 2 years ago on Google
    Came for their lunch deal - selected items for $15. I ordered the Napolitana pasta (olive oil, garlic, tomato, herbs) with parmesan cheese on top. It was simple and served quickly. I'd like to come back to try their other food items. Super friendly staff!

  • 5/5 Judy W. 5 months ago on Google
    I can't fault anything. My friend and I shared 3 starters and each were amazing. The service staff were super attentive and we felt really welcomed. Excellent margaritas too 😊

  • 5/5 eclair5912 9 months ago on Google
    Great service tonight we came early for our reservation and seated early for our booking time. Waiter was exceptionally attentive but let me just take you to the menu served......was really tasty was like every thought was taken to give an amazing tasteful feeling of every dish. The different meat cooked on platter was cooked soo well, the sweet potato chips cooked to perfect oh did I mention the meat again just amazing😅. If we had more time we would have finished off with dessert platter but didn't get there...there always a next time. Definitely book in advance you won't regret it.

  • 5/5 Chris C. 9 months ago on Google
    Been coming here every couple weeks for work lunch, food is always delectable and with beautiful flavours. The service though is what elevates this restaurant. The staff are the pinnacle of exceptional service. Always incredibly friendly, accommodating and with the nicest smile. Highly recommend.

  • 4/5 Ormy A. 7 months ago on Google
    Great and beyond expectation service!! The food is superb. We had Ginger Olive signature platter for 2 with sweet potatoes fries. All goods!! Come for lunch - the vibe is private and nice!

  • 5/5 Carrisa G. 11 months ago on Google
    We had great service from the owner and the young man who serves us. It was such an amazing experience because we literally came blind. Foods are amazing and worth the price. Highly recommended

  • 5/5 Joe Z. 3 years ago on Google
    Wow, stumbled across this restaurant and glad we did. Great service from friendly staff and amazing food. Got the signature platter to share with a few sides and every dish was, cooked to perfection with amazing flavors. Well priced, small place with a nice atmosphere, would recommend you book. Highly recommend and will definitely be back, thank you for a wonderful evening.

  • 5/5 Alessandra B. 2 years ago on Google
    Ginger Olive is a hidden gem. Restaurant is small and cozy! Staff are very friendly and attentive. Food is delicious and platers have a great size. Truly recommend the ginger olive share platers and the beef bbq. Great value for money! I will come back.

  • 5/5 Ford S. 2 years ago on Google
    Amazing food, amazing staff! xD Highly recommend to anyone travelling from interstate or locals. Will return here next time I'm down from Queensland for sure.

  • 5/5 Crissy NOT C. 2 years ago on Google
    We dined before the VIC lockdown 5.0. This restaurant in Melbourne is located in the middle of CBD. The food was so yummy and delish especially the BBQ. The sweet potato was also yummers. The service is great! The only downside is small space and no Rice!

  • 5/5 Joanne L. 2 years ago on Google
    Food was so delicious and the service was fantastic. A great little find. We will definitely be back. Also suggest you try the Brûlée and Mango Crepe.

  • 5/5 Carolyn H. 3 years ago on Google
    Amazing little find, fantastic food, wonderful friendly staff

  • 5/5 Frank H. 2 years ago on Google
    Wouldn't have expected a restaurant like Ginger Olive in this lane. Stands out in the quality of food and friendliness of services provided. Also excellent price - value ratio. If you wish to experience great food (manly meat, but also vegetarian options) in a very friendly atmosphere, Ginger Olive is a choice not to be missed.

  • 5/5 Tamara de O. 2 years ago on Google
    One of the best restaurants that I have been in Melbourne. Just amazing about everything (waiting, staff, food, environment)!

  • 5/5 Candice Elle R. 2 years ago on Google
    The family and I had a wonderful time and experience at the Ginger Olive this evening. We shared two lots of the platters and they were delicious and beautifully presented. Thank you for the great service and great food.

  • 5/5 Kirti S. 2 years ago on Google
    Great customer service. Delicious food Will definitely be back

  • 5/5 Nikki W. 2 years ago on Google
    Can't recommend this restaurant enough! Food and staff were amazing! Very accommodating for us with our one year old. Also a great range of food. Being one vegan, a vegetarian and a meat eater it's hard to find places where we can all enjoy the food but I highly recommend the vegan pasta and Udon noodles and my partner loved the rib eye We will definitely be back when we stay in the city next ☺️

  • 5/5 Kylie M. 2 years ago on Google
    My partner and i ate here last Saturday night before a comedy show, we found this close by on the internet. Cosy and intimate, we ate early (530pm) so only a few other tables came in after us. The gentleman serving us was very hospitable and helpful with questions. The mocktails were delicious, we thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the flavour combinations were super tasty, would definatly recommend and return. Thank you

  • 5/5 Rowena A. 2 years ago on Google
    Excellent service, the staff are so attentive. Delicious food and good portions. Will definitely come back again.

  • 5/5 Raquel G. 1 year ago on Google
    We really enjoyed our dinner tonight! Great service and fantastic food, and thank you so much to friendly staff giving me space with my baby and Pram

  • 5/5 Mangoyi M. 11 months ago on Google
    The food was ABSOLUTELY amazing! Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. Even the salad was tasty! Our waiter, Ryan, was super attentive and even went above and beyond in making mg friend's birthday special. We are so grateful. The owner also came to check on our table. It's a hidden gem.

  • 5/5 Star E. 5 months ago on Google • 2 reviews
    Found this place with all the high reviews and it definitely delivered! perfect range of meats,seafood and sides. great spot if your looking for somewhere nice for dinner or lunch! The service was a 10/10 will definitely be coming back again

  • 5/5 Christine G. 1 month ago on Google • 1 review New
    We have been to this restaurant twice already and will be back again! Not only is the environment a classy but relaxing vibe in itself but the food is absolutely mouth-watering. My boyfriend and I shared a beautiful seafood platter which we demolished in seconds and have also tried the ribeye and tenderloin steaks which were delicious. I am always on the search for a good piña colada and Ginger Olive did not disappoint. Even though it was not specifically on their drinks menu, the staff went out of their way to make little adjustments to an already existing cocktail to give me the piña colada that I have been longing for. The customer service was second to none. A special mention to Kyle, Ryan and Sophia. It was the friendliness and excellent customer service that made our experience that so much better! Thank you so much! 👏

Call +61 435 889 768 Open on Google Maps


  • Parking
    • ✓️ Paid parking lot
    • ✓️ Paid street parking
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Debit cards
    • ✓️ Credit cards
    • ✓️ NFC mobile payments
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Beer
    • ✓️ Wine
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Cocktails
    • ✓️ Halal food
    • ✓️ Hard liquor
    • ✓️ Small plates
    • ✓️ Vegan options
    • ✓️ Healthy options
    • ✓️ Late-night food
    • ✓️ Vegetarian options
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible seating
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible entrance
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible restroom
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Dessert
    • ✓️ Seating
    • ✓️ Catering
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✓️ Takeout
    • ✗ Delivery
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating


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