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Bentwood Fitzroy, Fitzroy, AU-VIC

Bentwood Fitzroy

3.6
3.6
115 reviews
$A40 and under
Breakfast
Bentwood occupies a a large corner site on Fitzroy's leafy Napier Street. The spacious cafe seats 115 people and is filled with natural light.

Please note we are experiencing a high volume of reservations for Mothers Day. If you are having trouble booking, we have space for walk ins!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $A40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Breakfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 7:00 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sun 7:30 am–4:00 pm Sat 7:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9419 1614
  • Payment Options
    Contactless Payment
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Bentwood by name, bentwood by nature; eponymous blonde-wood chairs pair with rust-coloured interior finishing for a softer side to the exposed-brick warehouse shell. Brunch runs all day and expect Melbourne cafe standards done exceptionally well.
  • Area
    Fitzroy
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Leicester St/Brunswick St Tram Stop
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

Experiences

  • Bentwood Bottomless Brunch

    A$70.00 per person

    16 Sept 2023 - 16 Mar 2024
    Feast on delicious food and sip to you heart content on a selection of boozy, sparkly, funky beverages for $70! Each bottomless booking is 90 minutes and features a fun selection of cocktails in collaboration with our friends at 78 Degrees, as well as a meal and a side per guest. Had one too many last night? We've got you with a virgin bottomless package for $45.
    Bentwood Bottomless Brunch photo

What 115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.3Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

115 Reviews
  1. LochieA

    WA

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An incredible little gem nestled below an apartment building. It had a very “chic” vibe and the staff go above and beyond. The food was great - would definitely recommend the spring salad. Overall, a great spot and would definitely come back again.

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  2. KatieC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My sister and I went here for brunch yesterday arvo. We were really hungry so we used the QR code to order all of our food and drinks. 20 minutes later someone came over to take our order. Luckily we had already ordered within a few minutes of us sitting down. I believe they were understaffed. It was so awkward watching them all walk around looking clueless. One of them, I believe looked like the floor manager was working overtime, she was trying to cover all areas while the waitress & barista weren’t up to par. We saw 5 groups (not an exaggeration) people get up and leave. There was a table of 6 ppl who left and they had been sitting there longer than us! My sister and I order the spring salad w poached chicken. I lost count how long we had waited for it. We spent most of our time people watching. The barista came over and brought us the salad & it didn’t have the chicken. They asked ‘did you want me to take it back then?’ I agreed because I paid for it. We both had. It was so awkward because my sister and I are both from Hospo backgrounds and we could tell there were gaps. We wanted to get up and be of help if we could have. The barista was barely behind the machine while we were dining. 3 tables surrounding us had gotten up to ask for help or some type of service. It was such a awkward and helpless situation. The chef in the kitchen was on his phone heaps (we had hoped he was requesting back up of some kind). Props to the floor manager with strawberry blonde hair who was running around like crazy. However, Coffee is always delicious from Inglewood. Sadly, the coffee can’t make up for the lack of service, atmosphere and quality we didn’t receive.

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  3. NikkiP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible- was always our go to, always a great standard. We had terrible service, mediocre food and not the same vibe. Did I say terrible service!?

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  4. NicholasC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful little cafe to visit on a Sunday morning before the crowds start coming in and it starts getting noisy around 10:30am. The coffee roast used by Bentwood is excellent. A friend of mine had an Oat latte while I had a skinny latte, and both tasted incredible.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The chicken schnitzel roll and fries were bland. We ordered coffees but the waiter seemed to have forgotten to put our order through. After waiting over 20 minutes and seeing others order after us get their coffee, we had to advise the waiter who was very apologetic and arranged for our coffees to be made straight away.

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  6. NadineC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The natural light at Bentwood is a dream. A beautiful space to relax with friends over coffee.

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  7. GillW

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not sure what has changed but sadly our last two meals at Bentwood have been disappointing. The meal was very slow and quite disappointing when it arrived. For example, the eggs were rubbery and overcooked. No runny yolks. Service is poor. Coffee is still good though.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately the service wasn’t great, and there wasn’t a lot of people there. Food was average as well.

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  9. Richie

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    vibrant venue great menu options food and service is always good

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  10. Freddie

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Bentwood has been a favourite for a few years now. However, the past couple of times we’ve eaten in have been disappointing to say the least. Table service is abysmal- we had to go up to the counter a number of times to find a staff member to take our orders, and then again to order extra drinks. This is such a shame. One person cannot wait on all the tables while a second makes beverages and runs the bar. Takeaway orders appear to take priority over in-house diners. Management appear to be running this former gem into the ground. It’s embarrassing to take friends along to this iconic place when table service is non-existent.

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  11. JiaZ

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We ordered and the staff somehow forgot our order. We waited for the coffees and food for more than an hour.

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  12. DavidM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the food and the feel of the place

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  13. KurtB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a booking for Sunday 11.45 and when we arrived we were shown the outside area as they didn't have space for the 3 pax I booked for. We left as a result as I cleared booked for a table indoors as I had a child with us and there was no explanation as to why we couldnt be seated inside other than they had earlier bookings which didnt make any sense.....

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  14. Emma

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous atmosphere and delicious food! We loved it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible customer service. Our table had to give our order 3 times, to 3 different people and still waited over 30mins just for coffee. Even then our orders continue to come out wrong.

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  16. EmmaS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Decor was a bit tired and worn out, bathrooms messy and overall a bit disappointing

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  17. Nick

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great brunch. Fantastic food! Staff are welcoming! Great vibe. Look forward to going again.

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  18. Catherine

    Melbourne

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Busy café so make a booking which you can make on the day. Some staff were in training so they looked like deer in the headlights. The chilli scrambled eggs were a bit sloppy. The sourdough that it was on wasn't very genuine and seemed like a packaged baguette. We upsold ourselves with potato rosti which was like a fishy bread which had gross taste to eat. The genuine chai late was nice well the second one was frothed up with nutmeg or ginger on top so it was delicious.

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  19. TMWazza

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was not great and the coffee was very expensive

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  20. ironbunz

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bright and airy, good food and a solid batch brew coffee. Friendly staff who were genuinely helpful. Refreshing change to the disinterested hipster you can sometimes get.

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  21. Paulw

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely little location for breakfast. Friendly funky and upbeat. Highly recommended

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  22. MarieK

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cosy but bright Fitzroy cafe on a wet Melbourne day, with the waiter giving us the best, warm table. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt and the food was delicious! A great place for a quiet coffee, a long, chatty lunch, or a group get- together.

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  23. AdamP

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and Service even on a busy day like Mothers Day.

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  24. JohannaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing and service was great once we got our table. Despite booking 3 weeks earlier for 6, they had our booking done for two people so we had to wait while they tried to move things around. We ended up taking a table out the front.

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  25. Chir

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Even though Bentwood has a very good ambience and sitting, our experience did not meet our expectations. Even though we had a prior booking, we were sited outside in the courtyard with little to no ambience. The table was not comfortable due to its positioning, and it was extremely wobbly. The service was not very good either. Once we arrived, we had to work extra to get their attention, and even then, we had to long before we were finally seated. They forgot to give us our cutlery with food and even forgot the extras we ordered with our dish. One of these things is no big deal, but as a whole, it felt like there was no attention to detail. Disappointing because we were very much hoping to find a new regular spot.

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  26. MauriceH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall experience was mixed. Had to get waiters attention to take our order. Whilst my friend enjoyed the eggplant caponata, my eggs Benny wasn't good. The pork shoulder was so dry it was inedible. And whatever spices were used in the dish didn't complement the eggs. The waffle was the highlight of the dish. A regular eggs Benedict would have been more enjoyable.

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  27. EmmaF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great brunch spot! Would definitely recommend making a booking. The service was a bit slow and there was an error with our order, but the food was delicious and the space is lovely. Would definitely visit again!

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  28. Cuzina01

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The caponata eggplant was delicious. Good value for money.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have dined here happily many tines before but food was disappointing today- bacon serves were small - not generous at all and not eve a full ration. Not good value for money.Was really disappointed.. scrambled eggs were also overcooked.

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  30. Pablo

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived at a time when most tables were empty and a few of the staff seemed to be enjoying themselves, chatting away near us. Food for 3 out of 4 came out at the same time, while the fourth person had to wait for theirs. It took a painful amount of time to get the attention of someone to order an extra coffee. The quality and flavor of food was very bland.

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  31. Elizabeth

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great brunch spot

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  32. AnnaB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, coffee & service. Highly recommend for your next 'catch up".

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great team and amazing food and coffee

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  34. JENNYR

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely time in this beautiful space. Service was great, to the point they let us stay past their closing time as we had a great catch up after years not seeing each other because of Covid.

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  35. Zaherk

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was great and I will highly recommend this place to my friends and family

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The porridge was so hot I couldn’t touch the bowl or eat it. Even after waiting 20 mins I only managed to eat a quarter.

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  37. NicoleA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Family went on Boxing Day and it was below average dining. We were located at a table right next to the kitchen when other tables were available. It took a long time for our orders to come out. Glasses we were given for water and drinks were boiling hot and no ice to cool them down. We were given warm water to drink which was unpleasant. Food was ok but it took too long especially when paying a surcharge due to Boxing Day. Manager did provide free coffees to our table and was probably embarrassed by the service. Staff member at coffee machine was on her phone and not making customers are priority. Suggest this cafe steps up the service otherwise they won’t last in such a competitive area. Disappointing experience and unlikely to return.

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  38. LetitiaS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dining experience. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend.

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  39. AnnT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We made a booking and saw multiple people without reservations being seated. Overpriced. Eggs were not poached. They also forgot some of our order which we had to remind them about.

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  40. Rach

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great once we were finally seated. Booked a table about 3 weeks in advance but weren’t seated for 40mins after our reservation, with little acknowledgment of this fact.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Bentwood Fitzroy offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9419 1614.

Bentwood Fitzroy is rated 3.6 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bentwood Fitzroy

237 Napier St, Fitzroy, AU-VIC 3065

Additional information

  • Area
    Fitzroy
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 7:00 am–4:00 pm Fri, Sun 7:30 am–4:00 pm Sat 7:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $A40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Leicester St/Brunswick St Tram Stop
  • Payment Options
    Contactless Payment
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • Phone number
    (03) 9419 1614
  • Catering
    Bentwood by name, bentwood by nature; eponymous blonde-wood chairs pair with rust-coloured interior finishing for a softer side to the exposed-brick warehouse shell. Brunch runs all day and expect Melbourne cafe standards done exceptionally well.
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