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Caffe e Cucina

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581 Chapel Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
(03) 9827 4139
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 100
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Not quite as wonderful as we hoped

This Italian restaurant has been here since 1988, and is a bit of a legend in Melbourne, but we did not think it warrants that reputation. Yes, the food was good, but the menu is rather exotic, and some of the great Italian standards are not there. I still like a great cannelloni or lasagne, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Chris15570
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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193 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

This Italian restaurant has been here since 1988, and is a bit of a legend in Melbourne, but we did not think it warrants that reputation. Yes, the food was good, but the menu is rather exotic, and some of the great Italian standards are not there. I still like a great cannelloni or lasagne, but neither are listed. Small... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

10 of us came here for my sisters 70th birthday . On a saterday for lunch.. The food was perfect and we all thought the service was so attentive .. It has been a while since I had dinner there. Am really happy to say will be back for sure

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We had dinner there, I think it was good but I wouldn't say "great". The positives, entrees were beautiful, the pasta was good too, dessert was excellent, especially my tiramisu, loved the presentation and best flavour. The negatives, wine is definitely too exi, and the cod in the canelloni was chewy, for a $35ish dish, you expect it to be... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We quickly saw why this restaurant was recommended to us, by friends living in the area. All the staff speak in Italian to each other.. it's like you've walked in the door and hopped off a plane in Italy. Old-worldly soft lighting and darkly-stained wood panels line the walls. The service is excellent and attentive. "Semi" fine dining without any... More 

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CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Richard, thank you so much for taking some time to write this lovely review and share your opinion here on Tripadvisor! Your beautiful words are much appreciated! We love to hear you and your wife enjoyed your meals, wines and the atmosphere here at Cucina. It's our aim to always try and do our best to give our diners... More 

Australia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Cant say I have ever eaten here, however, the coffee is excellent. Best in South Yarra, and possibly Melbourne. That said, the service can be VERY pretentious at times... I have been here at least 50 times, and can say that the majority of the time, I have to laugh at how "staged" and pretentious the service is. PS- A... More 

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Stawell, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

As soon as you walk into this beautiful place you feel like you are in Italy. The food was superb we had beef carpaccio and pesto ravioli...... Absolutely amazing. Lets talk about the waiters... They are gorgeous the speak in Italian and sing in Italian and it was a blissful experience service and all of the above 50 times over.... More 

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CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Charlene, thank you so much for taking some time to review Caffe' e Cucina! Your lovely words have been greatly appreciated! Receiving such positive feedback is the best reward for our work! I am glad you liked the food and the atmosphere of the place, and once again felt as if you were in Italy! That's exactly what we... More 

Shanghai, China
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This Italian Restaurant in Chapel Street, Melbourne provides excellent, authentic Italian Food! A wide selection of very tasteful Antipasti, the Calamari Sant` Andrea are obviously the outstanding highlight. Followed by an excellent choice of homemade pastas, some of the specials you can find on the blackboard. Tortelli Cinque Terre and dal 1988 (opening date of the Restaurant?) ...Linguine di Mare... More 

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CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Customer, thank you so much for taking some time to provide your feedback here on Tripadvisor. We are delighted you enjoyed your dining experience with us, and it's always a pleasure to hear that our diners have had a good time at Caffe' e Cucina! Your words of appreciation will be a further incentive for our team to keep... More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Went here for dinner for the second time since Dec14. The service is attentive, décor is atmospheric and cosy. Wine list is good with numerous wines from Australia and Europe (mostly Italian) Good selection of local and international cold beers, which is handy when it's a warm evening. The repartee between the waiters when singing along to an Italian crooner... More 

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CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Terry, thank you so much for taking some time to write your lovely review! We are always delighted to read these words of appreciation! We are glad to have confirmed the positive opinion you had the first time, and happy you enjoyed the food, wine and the atmosphere of the place. We work hard every day to keep it... More 

Havelock North, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We had been told of this restaurant and came across it by accident after meeting friends for the day. The staff were amazing as was the food and wine choices. It was only chatting to friends after that they informed us that it is Melbourne's best and most celebrated Italian restaurant. Expensive, but fabulous!

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CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Penny, thank you so much for spending some time to leave a lovely review here on Tripadvisor! We are always delighted when our customers enjoy the 'Italian experience'!! Our waiters are constantly working really hard to provide an excellent service and to keep it to the high standards we are known for. Your words of appreciation mean a lot... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If your after an intimate dinning experience, look no further. This is my 3rd visit to Caffe e Cucina in the last 6 months and I expect to return many times into the future. I would however recommend booking ahead, as tables can be scarce after 7:30pm. Whilst seating and tables are "cosy", this I believe all adds to the... More 

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CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Warren, thank you so much for spending some time to write this lovely and detailed review! We really appreciate our customers' feedback on Social Media, as it is so important nowadays for all our future diners! We hope to see you again soon at Caffe' e Cucina! A presto e Grazie mille :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 581 Chapel Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: (03) 9827 4139

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?