The Dispensary


Average price A$75

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based on 136 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Warren J.
    Warren J.
    • one review

    Great service, great wine and even better food. Was there on my own, so staff talked with me about both the food and the wine, without being to "in my face" Best bloody mary

  2. Anne-Marie T.
    Anne-Marie T.
    • one review

    The food is always interesting in flavour and texture, and beautifully presented. There is a selection of small plates if you just want to graze, from scallop ceviche to crispy tofu (my pick of the night) and onto bao and gyoza. There are also larger plates if you're after a main course. The beverage list is a draw card - they have many interesting and unique wines and spirits, they do cocktails well, and they know their stuff and will guide you to places you might no take yourself. The service here is always excellent, even when they're busy. I occasionally try other restaurants in Bendigo but I keep coming back here.

  3. Ewa P.
    Ewa P.
    • 3 reviews

    Always enjoy good service, delicious food and great cocktails. Lovely atmosphere on a warm night sitting in the laneway - feels very cosmopolitan

  4. Bridget O.
    Bridget O.
    • one review

    Delicious food, the portion sizes were a good size so you could try a bit of everything but without being too full. Very relaxing, stylish space and friendly staff

  5. Veronica M.
    Veronica M.
    • one review

    Quaint setting, in quiet, quirky lane way. Good choice of dishes, cooked to high standard. Good service, but could be improved with hot plates so meals don't go cold so quickly. Smokers pollution drifting down from top of lane very unpleasant. Music choice blah.

  6. Elise C.
    Elise C.
    • one review

    The Dispensary looked after us so we'll. After breaking a glass and having to call an ambulance for my grandfather, the staff looked after us so so we'll. Been here multiple times and the food, decor and service is fantastic.

  7. Amanda J.
    Amanda J.
    • one review

    Loved my Whisky Sour cocktail served with style, and the food...so good and beautifully presented. Delightful experience as always, thank you.

  8. sue H.
    sue H.
    • one review

    This is a modern relaxed venue with good food and expansive drinks list. Service was excellent and friendly. Quite a limited main course menu with a red meat slant. Menu on line was different to what was there on the night which was disappointing. However we will return.

  9. Andrew J.
    Andrew J.
    • one review

    One of Bendigos best and still going strong. Very strong wine list by the glass, casual yet professional. Please make sure you book though, it can be very busy even through the week.

  10. Andrea S.
    Andrea S.
    • one review

    Great service, great food great place

  11. Dianne P.
    Dianne P.
    • one review

    Food was excellent, and the staff so attentive. We had a birthday celebration and our waiter was so helpful with drinks food and our birthday cake.....even starting the song.

  12. Rebecca J.
    Rebecca J.
    • one review

    Fantastic menu with adventurous taste combinations. Excellent wine and cocktail menu. Friendly and professional service

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 284 reviews

    The best dining experience in Bendigo. I tell all of my friends.

  14. Matt M.
    Matt M.
    • 69 reviews

    Still benchmark in Bendigo - or anywhere. Incredible value for thoughtful food. Fascinating drinks, across the range. Intuitive, friendly service. Approachable by anyone - they read their customers well, and never condescend. Frankly I think they have not only kept up their standards and motivations - they have now outstripped their city competitors in this niche. Book, go, ask them for advice and tell them what you like (or don't) - they will look after you warmly.

  15. Tony W.
    Tony W.
    • 24 reviews

    A fabulous small eatery & bar. The food is amazing, so so good - well thought out, well cooked and all from a tiny kitchen. The winelist is comprehensive and the have an enormous variety of beers & whiskies. The cocktails are good, too. If in Bendigo, a must visit.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews

    Great place for excellent food and ambience

  17. Fiona S.
    Fiona S.
    • one review

    Fantastic meal and service. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to go back

  18. Ennis B.
    Ennis B.
    • one review

    A very good restaurant. Enjoyed the food and service. It was however very noisy.

  19. Stefany G.
    Stefany G.
    • one review

    Loved this place - will definitely be back

  20. Donna B.
    Donna B.
    • one review

    Great service, friendly and helpful. Delicious food - not an extensive menu, but the bao buns and french onion soup were highlights! Scrumptious desserts! Excellent wine and spirits lists, and host was able to make up cocktails as requested.

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How to get to the restaurant

9 Chancery Lane, 3550, Bendigo (VIC), Australia, RestaurantAddress

About the restaurant

Heading to Bendigo or passing through? Don’t leave without a visit to The Dispensary. Hidden down Central Victoria's hippest laneway is where you’ll find this little piece of bat & restaurant gold. Dine here and you will be richly rewarded, with mind blowing dishes and an excessive drinks list. Just what everyone wants!

Although small and intimate, The Dispensary offers the widest range of drink choices in the region featuring over 100 craft beers, 80 single malt whiskies, 70 gins, 50 cocktails & much more.There are a range of tastes, small grazing and large plates, sides and cheeses to choose from, so you definitely won’t go hungry. Go get some gold diners!

Best dish: Pork Belly Choya Chinese Bao, fried enoki, hoisin mayo, chilli oil



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