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The Dispensary Bendigo

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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$8 - US$31
Contemporary, Australian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked away up a funky little laneway. Four of us enjoyed a fabulous meal here to celebrate our daughter’s birthday. They were heavily booked so we had to have a late start at 8:45pm, but it was worth the wait. The staff were friendly and...attentive, the cocktails wonderful, the wine was quality, the food all amazing. Definitely a special night out.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 23 January 2021 via mobile

There were 16 of us and Finn and his staff ( especially Victor) were sensational. Fab food and service. Highly recommended from the Bagley Bunch.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 23 January 2021 via mobile

When booking I advised that I have intolerance to garlic & onion. I ordered the sirloin steak with a side of green & borlotti beans. My steak arrived with both chive butter & roasted onion; I asked the waiter to return my meal to the...kitchen. I was expecting a fresh meal to be cooked with an alternative offered to the onion etc, but instead the same steak was simply been sliced through & served on a fresh plate. The steak retained the taste of the chives, etc from the butter & there was so much gristle and fat that most of the meat was inedible. Two thirds of my meal was returned & no queries as to why I had not finished my meal. Not worth $62.00 AUD. The bean dish did not arrive; it was later explained that the order had not actually been put through with the main meal order - for which the waiter was apologetic. When advised in advance that a diner cannot eat certain foods, the expectation is that a restaurant offers alternatives, not simply as those items crossed off the menu item or worse, just removed from the returned meal & merely re-plated (with the same tainted steak.) For such an expansive liquor list, which is a feature on the website,they have a very limited cocktail list. A very successful business that does a great trade with formulaic dishes & drinks devised for quick turnover & high profit margin. Don't go on a hot night - the air-conditioning struggles to keep the place comfortably cool.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 14 January 2021 via mobile

We had a great night! Lovely vibe in the place, great beer list, and Victor was a standout waiter! Wish this place was closer to home

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 18 December 2020

We really enjoyed our lunch experience at The Dispensary yesterday, the team aspires to provide "fun, relaxed yet professional & knowledgeable service along with an atmosphere to match" They hit the mark perfectly, we opted for two small dishes each rather than a main, the...presentation and flavour combinations were impressive.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 29 November 2020 via mobile

Had a booking for 3 for a friends birthday and I had asked them to arrange a cake for her. Food was gorgeously presented and came out in good time. The wine was great and the staff were amazing: friendly and very attentive. The food...was great but my only criticism would be that it was all a bit salty.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 21 November 2020 via mobile

We struck the dispensary on a beautiful Bendigo night making sitting in the busy lane way a treat. The wait staff were knowledgeable and made the night a lot of fun. Great wine and food had by all. Would definitely put this on a return...itinerary.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 13 July 2020

My partner and I are from Melbourne and ate here before we had to return home for lockdown. What made this place so amazing was everything, the simple decor, the passionate staff and the DELICIOUS food. Every single meal and drink that came out to...us was served to the highest of quality, taste and pride. The staff / chef / owner take pride in everything they bring to your table. As my partner said in his review, The manager/owner has enthusiasm and passion for his business, and shows it from the moment you walk in. He is truly a dying breed in the restaurant world. We have promised to return back to Bendigo after these 6 weeks of lockdown and we plan to be true to our word. Thank you for the best meal I have had in years.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 10 July 2020 via mobile

Well worth a visit, Finn the owner is a star. You should go. Very knowlegable and the food matched!!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 11 May 2020

Partner and I came across this cozy bar hidden away in a lane way only a short walk from the shamrock hotel on where we stayed at. The staff were very friendly from the time we waited at the front of the restaurant and the...time we left. They were very informative of their menu and beer selection. I had the black Angus eye fillet which was cooked perfectly (Rare-Medium), partner had the chicken bao buns which see liked a lot. We didn't have to wait too long to receive our meals. Will definitely come back when next in town. (We dined in when customers were still allowed in restaurants)More

Date of visit: March 2020
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