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4.9 /6 Excellent 85 Reviews

Bluetrain

Southbank Café $$$$ +100
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About Bluetrain

Please note that the minimum number of guests for online reservation is 7 people and that tables will only be held for 15 minutes after your reservation time.

Bluetrain Cafe has reopened and is bigger and better than ever. Found on the upper level of Southgate Complex directly in the heart of Melbourne’s South Bank, Bluetrain is one of the city’s most exciting dining establishments, even featuring galleries with rotating art exhibits and events. Something of a legend among city-dwellers, Bluetrain Cafe has served local foodies for over twenty years now, and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 23:00
Bluetrain, Southgate Complex, Upper Level Shop UR3, 3006 Southbank

Further Information

As Melbourne’s meeting place, Bluetrain Cafe has a serious reputation to live up to. Never disappointing, this amazing dining establishment is striking both in its appearance and in the cuisine on offer. From pizzas to chargrilled specialities, Bluetrain Cafe’s menu features some of the city’s very best cuisine. The location at the Southgate Complex in Melbourne’s South Bank is stunning, and the bar offers 16 taps of craft beer and an extensive menu of wines and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. A place for everyone, Bluetrain opens its diverse clientele with open arms, thereby creating an atmosphere that’s buzzing with life and energy.

Chef Jay Sinclair isn’t messing around in the kitchen – his Australian fusion cuisine is some of the best that Melbourne has to offer. When dining at this superlative South Bank CBD cafe, you’ll want to start off with tasting plates featuring delights such as marinated kangaroo fillet, sesame crusted seared tuna, chicken karaage and crispy-skin duck breast salad. There are many choices when it comes to mains, including the cajun pulled pork burger, the country-style roast duck risotto, crumbed veal cotoletta and freshly baked pizzas with gourmet toppings like spiced pumpkin, sun-dried tomatoes and marinated prawns among others. Bluetrain also features an excellent kids’ menu with sophisticated options like crumbed veal schnitzel, ham & pineapple pizza and linguine napoli, so bring the little foodies along. This is truly the people’s cafe – booking ahead will ensure a table at this bustling, busy local cafe.

View Food and Beverage Set Menu Options

Available for larger group functions. Ideal for groups of 12 guests or more. Food is designed for sharing to facilitate for a communal dining experience.

View Main Menu

Operates Monday through Sunday 11am until Late

View Dessert Menu

Our range of house-made desserts. We also have a selection of individual cakes available on display daily that are served with cream or ice-cream.

View Drink Menu

Our everyday drinks menu. Bluetrain offers a happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday in our bar area exclusively. 2 for 1 cocktails run from 5pm on Thursday evenings.

View Children's Menu

Our option for under 12s.

CHEF'S CHOICE

85 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 85 Reviews
Noise: average
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
17.09.2017 15:05

The staff there were very friendly and even though there was a slight mix up with an order the staff were happy to help sort it out without any issues. We will be back

1 review so far 6
17.09.2017 13:51

Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Good food! Child friendly too! Despite being packed we could all heaar each other and engage in conversations. Attentive and friendly staff.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2017 09:01

Took the kids and had a great meal, everybody was happy. The classic Dahl was perfect, kids shared a lot of smaller dishes and explored some things they would not normally have.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2017 18:56

The seating, service and food was great. Good wine selection. I highly recommend the pork belly. The blue train handled our large group booking with ease despite other large tables already there.

1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 07:53

Thank you so much to our amazing waiter, I'm sorry I don't know your name but you could see my child was struggling last night, she was crying, overtired and struggling with dinner, it was her bday and you were so patient and non judgmental with her... We appreciated this so much as you cant tell to look at her but she is Autistic and struggles with social situations.. I wish I knew your name so we could thank you! Dinner was amazing and service was even better! Thanks you for salvaging her bday and making us feel at ease.. Blue train is extremely family friendly and can't recommend highly enough! Many thanks!!!

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 21:03

Last night we enjoyed a delicious meal at Bluetrain. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. Bluetrain is a very good option for a pre theatre meal in the south bank area.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 12:16

Good experience overall but to be fussy, here are some comments. Good atmosphere, albeit on average, with noise level, a bit difficult to have conversations. Coffee was acceptable but not memorable. Fish (barramundi) dish was good in terms of presentation but taste wasn't a feature. Kifler potatoes were a touch on the hard side. Food prices are good and reasonable. Regular water re-fills without having to ask are good. Despite this, I still like the restaurant.

1 review so far 5
22.05.2017 01:52

Wednesday dinner for two people. Entrees, mains and drinks enjoyed. I had dumplings as entree and a wood-fired pizza as main and both were absolutely delicious. My friend had the vegetarian fritters to start and risotto as a main and he enjoyed both and the kitchen were accommodating with his dietary requests. I was surprised at how big the venue was… an enjoyable dinner experience :)

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 09:38

We had booked a group of 28 and was told that we'll need to be at two tables next to each other, which was fine but it ended being 3 tables so it did dampen the social interaction quite a bit for me. Other than that the food was tasty, well presented and of good quality. Service was efficient despite being a busy night for them.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 23:10

Everything was perfect. We were a table of ten with three of us having our birthday on the night. Service was great. Food too. Everyone was happy. The only thing I would love to change is the noise level...but even that wasn't too bad compared to many other places. Thanks for a great night

1 review so far 5
11.10.2016 16:50

I had a lovely lunch at Blue Train last weekend. My pasta dish was delicious and glass of White Sheep Sauvignon Blanc was enjoyable which l will definitely order again. The customer service was quick and professional. Always a great place to visit for a bite to each when you are on your way to the NGV and the Melbourne Art Centre.

1 review so far 5
09.04.2017 21:00

You're paying for quality rather than quantity - the servings are not huge but are delicious! We recommend the lamb backstrap but suggest you give the sautéed greens a miss. The prawn dumplings are great if you can tolerate chilli, and the pasta ragout is filling. Food came out fairly quickly so it's a solid choice for pre-show dining.

1 review so far 5
03.09.2017 19:27

i was there as part of a group and we all had a great time and a great meal. the only little thing wrong was that my steak was a bit over cooked - instead of medium rare, there was no rare only medium. besides that a great day had by all. would recommend that you give it ago.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2017 09:03

Delicious food, quick service and nice staff. Really enjoyed the experience and the process to book was very easy and straightforward. The staff member advised us it was going to get busy so that we may want to order quickly so we don't experience delays.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 10:10

Good food, friendly service in a great location. Background music was a little loud for easy conversation within a group of 8 on a big table, but otherwise ..excellent. 10/10 to the staff...attentive & friendly ...but seemed to be a little under pressure as the place filled with customers.

1 review so far 5
05.04.2017 13:45

Our experience was good. We booked for 7 adults, a high chair and place for a pram, however when we arrived our group had changed to 5, so that was accommodated quickly. There was no high chair or place for a pram tho. All in all a good experience.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 09:14

Great levels of service and food was amazing. Much quieter on the outside balcony so that you can talk easier with friends. Waiter was great at leaving us until we called him so that we could catch up with friends.

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27.02.2017 08:39

Menu heavily advertised as gluten free. After arriving we found out the gluten free options weren't suitable for people with celiac. Disclaimers such as "may contain traces of gluten" weren't anywhere on the menu and this would've made a huge difference. If we had seen this disclaimer on the online menu, we wouldn't have booked. I know they're tapping into this 'low gluten/gluten free' trend however they're misleading people with serious gluten allergies such as celiac. Staff mentioned customers have made numerous complaints about this. Sauce ingredients were pre-packaged store bought, not made from scratch in-house, not really good enough for the prices they were charging. Staff did their best given the circumstances. Unfortunately won't be going back.

1 review so far 6
04.11.2016 20:16

A good variety on the menu, from a small snack to a substantial meal; and all beautifully cooked and presented at reasonable prices. Attentive staff (without being constantly at your elbow) and nice timing between drinks and courses

1 review so far 5
04.04.2017 17:56

Good food - there will be something for everybody. Busy restaurant. Can be difficult to attract the attention of the wait staff - they need to be trained to scan the tables around them as they walk past to see whether diners may want something.