Melbourne, VIC

This cosy and intimate restaurant in Fitzroy is a favourite among locals for its casual atmosphere and Modern British food. With eclectic artwork lining the walls, a tiny brick courtyard and blackboard specials, The Commoner is a restaurant full of heart and character. Great for groups, the restaurant offers small plates, share plates or large plates.
Opening Times

122 Johnston Street
Tel: +61 3 9415 6876
British, Gluten free available, Middle Eastern
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
The Commoner is small and casual, with a terrazzo floor, bare tables and white moulded chairs, and decor that looks domestically chic. Owner Jo Corrigan, who cooks on Sunday nights, worked for many years in London and learnt about seasonality and freshness from the bright new stars on the scene. Chef Matt Donnelly worked at Moro's in London, picking up on similar ideas only with Middle Eastern influences. The result of the collaboration is great food that's fresh as can be. The menu changes every month according to what's around, so some dishes come and go faster than others and there are daily changing specials.

Breakfast starts at 10am and there are small dishes to nibble at any time of day. The sandwiches after noon are brilliant (try the Jerusalem) and there's a range of small dishes that suffice as first courses for dinner. White anchovies are simple and appetising with roasted red pepper and aioli on crostini. Classic dishes are prepared beautifully; just when you thought you might give up chicken, along comes the Commoner's pan-roasted chook. The day's fish is cooked on a wood fire in the small courtyard, which is open to diners in summer. The wine list is small but well chosen and the cocktails are seriously interesting. So is Sunday night pot luck. Delicious.
Rita Erlich
Bar / Wine Bar
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
122 Johnston Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Justine Schofield on 25/08/2014
Belmont Vineyards, Tasmania for an incredible Pooley Pinot Noir
Justine Schofield on 25/08/2014
A little local restaurant I found with a friend in Venice a few years agos. It was off the beaten track and we had the simplest but the most magnificent meal. Squid ink in spaghetti, followed by a whole sea bass roasted in the wood fired oven which was then silver served at the table, followed by an incredible tiramisu. If only I could remember the name!
HAVE YOU DINED AT The Commoner?Write your review
Best Restaurants of Australia invites your comments on your dining experience.
You are welcome to share your views with our many readers under our conditions of use*
(will be displayed on the site)
(will NOT be displayed on the site)
Currently there are no reviews for this restaurant.
Be the first to share your experience.
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia © de Groots Media 1996 - 2014