Great atmosphere with very reasonable price. Except there were a group of reckless people having high-tea kind of thing and speaks quite loudly. Before and after they were there, it was the greatest dining experience I have ever had.
Food was terrific and service was outstanding; helpful, friendly but professional. Ambience is good in that the Intercontinental provides a stunning backdrop for the restaurant and it is quiet; tables are well spaced and you can genuinely enjoy a conversation without straining over loud piped music and have a laugh without feeling that you are imposing on the adjoining tables' enjoyment. Only minor negative was that it was a bit chilly. It is indeed a very big space and perhaps it is a challenge to heat effectively but our group certainly needed to keep jackets/cardigans on.
Lovely evening though.
We had a lovely experience ordering the Harry Potter Menu... really magical, we went back a couple of nights later to do it all over again.... service is absolutely outstanding and the food came out hot and on time... we will be back if we come back to Melbourne again.... the cocktails are lovely too....
Our group were delighted with our wonderful afternoon at Alluvial. Everything was perfect.
Steak was tough and grizzle ++. In spite of telling them we are going to theatre to see Harry Potter, the service was poor and had to leave before finishing the dinner. When I reminded the waiter about the coffees which we ordered over 15 minutes beforehand, he then went to put the order. We had to leave and we just made in time.
We really enjoyed our high tea experience the food was good the staff were excellent and we were not rushed .enjoyed our champagne cocktail that was a little fun to begin with. The interior of the building is very interesting to look at.
Service was particularly attentive and our party of six adults and six children were made to feel welcome. Our vegan and dairy-free people’s requirements were amicably catered to.
Very attentive and polished service, with lovely canapés, and excellent new cocktails.
My daughter and I enjoyed the delicious Harry Potter pre theatre menu . Looked and tasted amazing!
My mum and I had a delightful high tea at Alluvial. The service was impeccable from the get go - a lovely welcome and introduction from our waitress including instructions for the deconstructed champagne cocktail which was delicious. The savouries, main meal, scones and desserts were all delicious and very filling. This is definitely equivalent to a lunch rather than a small afternoon tea. It’s a beautiful space and a lot of care has clearly gone into the menu and presentation. Beautiful for a special occasion (as it’s not cheap, but it is good value), would highly recommend!
Staff very informative, food enjoyable lacked wow factor ,sad to see the venue wasn't busy,
is that normal? Overall we did have a pleasant afternoon.
Such a delightful venue, and excellent food. The staff went out of their way to look after us and make this such a special day. Thank you!
Booked a table. Waved for service but staff just pottered cleaning tables in their own world. 45 min later requested a coffee. The waitress asked if we were having breakfast and we said no (based on lack of service) and just wanted a coffee. It all seemed too difficult to explain or expect. Very disappointed as there were hardly any customers either.
We really enjoyed our visit to Alluvial. Beautiful atmosphere and very friendly, helpful staff. We went for the Theatrical Pre-Theatre, Harry Potter themed dining experience, but there was a mix up with our booking. Making a reservation online didn't seem to inform them we wanted the Harry Potter dinner so the kitchen was unprepared for us. However they were very happy to still make it happen, it just meant waiting 10-15 minutes longer which was not a problem at all. And it was absolutely worth it! The meal was delicious from start to finish and such fun, with the smoke under the cloche for our main and the melting of the chocolate orb for dessert. If you're a Harry Potter fan, I definitely recommend this experience while it's available. We're very, very appreciative of the staff who were willing to still make our night happen as planned. It was brilliant.
What an experience loved everything about the place.The service was excellent food was fabulous. Totally enjoyed the whole experience 👏👏
Has a mouse walking around when we have our valentine's dinner. How is this possible?
A lovely romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
Beautiful surroundings, nice tables restful and calming to be in, great service attention, meals came out very quickly. Would like to see a few more choices on the menu but the food that was served was excellent.
The lady serving in the bar provided excellent service throughout. Every time I have been there she has been so customer oriented. Additionally, seating in the restaurant was comfortable and the food was very tasty.
Loved it all, all the staff were exceptional, especially the lady who served us for high tea
Will be back,
The 4 course was amazing, wine, etc.... loved the vanilla&berry tea
The setting of the restuarant, surrounding was lovely, relaxing perfect for an lazy sunday afternoon high tea.
Well-served, well-cooked, and a little mistakably twisted. Loved it, anyway.
Spent our anniversary at Alluvial, and it was probably one of the best restaurants we have been to. Food was exceptional, especially the beef sirloin. Services was in high quality. Atmosphere was so romanatic, if you are looking for a quiet place to dine with your love ones, this place is a star. Compared to other $$$$restaurant, I would say Alluvial is very high value of cost.
Quite a find. The impeccable service was unassuming- a rarity to find nowadays. Best poached eggs I have had in a long, long while. This is one of those establishment that no one would tire of visiting. Outstanding!
45 mins wait for food and when I asked waiter she said another five minutes, then food came out after 10 mins so totally 55 mins wait, people came after us they served in 15 mins, how does that work? And there are only 4 table full not busy at all, what a joke Quantity is too less according to price, poor service, ruin my first date
My wife and I very much enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Staff were fantastic; meals delicious; quiet and enjoyable atmosphere. A great place to go.
Celebrated our 45th. Anniversary with high tea at the “Clarke sisters” and I have to say it was absolutely delightful, from the champagne cocktail to all the different dishes that were brought out, could not fault anything. Had a delightful waiter (Gary) attend to our needs, who explained everything very specifically and basically all the staff were super friendly. Have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone.
There were few guests and not having been to the Rialto for many years I was shocked by how scruffy it looked. The blonde leather chairs in the bar are had tears and the floor was scuffed. There were artificial flowers and the glorious cobblestones had been covered over. That being said the young maitre’d was lovely and the wait staff efficient and self-effacing. So I do hope the streetscape can be restored bringing the singular atmosphere back.
Fantastic service with very attentive staff, and excellent food. An overall great experience!
My first ever experience at Alluvial was amazing. I experienced the Clarke Sisters High Tea with two friends for my birthday and thought the entire setup of the High Tea was unique and memorable. The service was attentive - Garrick was a superstar and very sweet bringing me a special dessert to celebrate my birthday. Could not recommend highly enough to anyone else.
I had a birthday dinner here on a monday night. The restaurant was quiet, and the staff was extremely patient and accomodating. Great service and great food. Very romantic ambience and setting. Highly recommended for special occasions and date nights!
My experience was offset by being stood up by my date, but I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. I was surprised by the cost of the sparkling water I was offered though. Will definitely go back.
Fantastic food and the service was impeccable. We felt very well looked after :)
As my wife and I were one of three tables occupied, the ambience wasn’t one that you’d go back for. The waitress did her best to keep our glasses full.
When the food arrived, it looked well cooked, however the mash that my wife had was like soup and cold, the meat was cooked well and just warm. My meal was supposed to be accompanied with truss tomatoes, only one on the plate mmmmmmm. The side dish of broccolini didn’t take long to go cold.
The desserts were as described on the menu and very tasty.
Would probably look elsewhere in the future.
I have experienced many high teas and this would be the worst. Sitting at a table that is just an add-on area to the main dining, absolutely no soul or ambiance. The table almost adjoining had a cloth and remained unset which gives the feeling we are just a limb on a tree. Food - terrible. The roll with the crab - the roll completely overwhelmed the filling. Bagel almost indigestible. Chicken sandwich - just one tiny finger of bread with a peel of cucumber with something under it to keep the cucumber from falling off. Not a sandwich. Where were the chicken and cucumber sandwiches. Beef and cheese and chutney was the other option. Dessert trolley - was made to feel you could not have more than one slice. Why not have a mini taste selection rather than large slices. There was just one piece of food per person per level where other experiences offer multiple choices per level. Value for money 0.
Loved the ceremony of the high tea and lovely group at next table. Was very full when we left. Scones were sensational.
We decided to celebrate Mother's Day at Alluvial and had the most wonderful time. The staff and service were exceptional. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and the food was superb. We would highly recommend this venue and will definitely go there again.
We were very happy with the service, when we needed something someone was there to serve us, but the wait staff were not in our faces and left us to talk and enjoy the lovely food.
We loved that the service was almost one on one because there weren't many people dining.
It was a beautiful Mothers Day experience!
The Clark Sisters High Tea was amazing! Brilliant, friendly service, and incredibly delicious food in abundance with a wide variety of tastes to please all! My mum had a wonderful birthday! Thank you!
From the moment we arrived we were made feel special. We have been to many of Melbourne's finest high teas and Clarke Sisters Tea Party is in a league of its own.
Service was impeccable and the food was delectable. The only suggestion we had is that the beef/cheese ribbon sandwich lets down the quality of everything else.
We will most definitely be returning
The food was great overall ; everyone had polished their plates! The only feedback is that there appears to be a very limited selection of vegetarian/vegan dishes available on the menu.