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Il Tempo

#513 of 4,198 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Melbourne CBD
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Shop 8/ 250 Flinders Street | (Enter via Degraves Street), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9663 7522
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Il Tempo means Its The Right Time.... To visit us and experience our...
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...
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  • 41
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A great choice

Friends suggested Il Tempo in Degraves Lane as a perfect place for a catch up and it turned out to be a great choice. The menu offered something for everyone in our party - from fish, to pasta and pizza. We selected a Pinot grit from the wine list because there was some issue with their supplier... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
mrswills1
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Perth, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We came here on a Sunday night when the Moomba Festival was on so we were happy to get a table for a group of us. We sat outside so that we could enjoy the evening air and people watch while we ate. We were offered garlic bread to start and our meal order taken. Well our meals turned up... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The service and food were terrible. Horrible coffee which the waitress spilt. The scrambled eggs were inedible. The waitress leaned over my plate of food whilst I was eating to clear my coffee cup. It was bad enough that she leaned over my plate of food, to add insult to the situation, she didn't even say excuse me. First time... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We tried the place today, Staff was just not interested in serving us. After 15 minutes without being asked for drinks or food we left. The restaurant was basically empty, five other tables were taken. So can't be the overly busy staff. Good that there was a way better restaurant just on the other side of the alley... Can't recommend... More 

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Perth, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Friends suggested Il Tempo in Degraves Lane as a perfect place for a catch up and it turned out to be a great choice. The menu offered something for everyone in our party - from fish, to pasta and pizza. We selected a Pinot grit from the wine list because there was some issue with their supplier which limited the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Stopped here a for quick breakfast. Was about the only place on Degraves Street I could get a seat at. Food was good, coffee was excellent. Staff were friendly. I'd definitely go back!!

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Shelburne, Ontario
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I agee with others. Staff were disinterested. Didn't seem to care to much. No smiles. Food was descent but not over the top.

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Great breakfast. Bloody Mary was 7/10 and great. Benedict and omelette super tasty. Even better value for money if you have an Entertainment Card. Great find.

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Alexandra
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

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.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shop 8/ 250 Flinders Street | (Enter via Degraves Street), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Melbourne CBD
  • Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9663 7522

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 27
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

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...

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?