We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Shop 8/ 250 Flinders Street | (Enter via Degraves Street), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9663 7522
Improve this listing
Ranked #332 of 4,140 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $27
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Il Tempo means Its The Right Time.... To visit us and experience our casual Italian cafe with the friendliest, most courteous staff in Melbourne. Established in 2000 and conveniently located in Degraves Street, just across from Flinders Street Station. Whether you choose to dine outside (Alfresco) or inside the European style bistro, Il Tempo cannot be beaten for authentic Italian cuisine, reasonable prices and a fun ambience. Yes, the cozy, dimly lit atmosphere makes it difficult to want to leave and head home after dinner, but luckily, we are opened late.. So we suggest you sit back and relax and slowly sip that wonderful Chianti from our extensive wine list. Or maybe we will tempt you with one of our famous desserts...
Write a Review

97 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Went here as rated in Tripadviser... But not over the moon about food. Was tasty but not incredibly flavoursome. I had gnocchi with veal, was quite heavy with little sauce. Others a risotto which he said was ok, a penne dish and a beef ... Can't remember what it was called as not that memorable. Would probably choose elsewhere again...... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We always eat at Il Tempo whenever we visit Melbourne and our last visit was a terrible disappointment! The menu seems to have shrunk, prices increased, the staff are disinterested at best, the food is just average. Ordered lasagne and marinara and both were ok. Desserts were interesting - I had the dessert of the day which turned out to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

They make the best creamiest coffee we have ever had anywhere! A must try! The staff were very friendly and if only for the coffee I hoghly recommend a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ballarat, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Just a wonderful experience - visited for the 2nd time last night - excellent advice/service, attention to detail, food fabulous. This is not an "upper class" restaurant but a relaxed atmosphere - a place I will continue to visit

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
343 reviews 343 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Seven of us had booked for dinner and as we were allocated a table on the mezzanine level (indoors) and the restaurant wasn't busy we did not feel crowded (which can be a problem in Degraves Street). We had main courses -- duck, pork, fish, pasta -- with green salads, and all were reasonably good. The recommended wine was suitable.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The fish was tasty but so small it was a starter size. The only way to know it was a main was the price of $31! The pasta was tasty but had to hunt for the bolognaise sauce.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a more than adequate breakfast option (among many dozens in the area). Service was polite and efficient, food good but nothing exceptional. Not really sure why some of the Tripadvisor reviews are so gushy.Does have a big plus in slightly more spacious seating arrangements than some of the other eateries in Degraves Street.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We came to breakfast for two days in a row, since we loved this place so much. The coffee is great, the food very good, their sweets look inviting and their taste matches their looks. The staff is friendly and attentive.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Cute little restaurant near Flinders Street Station. Staff were friendly and inviting. Food was great. Steak was cooked to perfection. Lasagna was good. But after tasting steak wished I'd ordered that to.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Selby, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Lovely Italian on Degraves Street. Sat down and asked for just coffee which was no problem for the friendly staff. But then, just had to try the tiramisu which was lovely. Italian menu looks great. We are not bin Melbourne long enough to return, but would recommend that others visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Il Tempo also viewed

Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria

Been to Il Tempo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Il Tempo

Address: Shop 8/ 250 Flinders Street | (Enter via Degraves Street), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9663 7522
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Melbourne CBD
Average Prices: USD 12 - 27
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Il Tempo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?