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Caffe e Cucina

#217 of 4,177 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
South Yarra
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581 Chapel Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
(03) 9827 4139
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 97
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Caffe E Cucina Chapel St - great service and staff, good fine and wine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Terry W
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

After reading the reviews on here I thought we were up for a top notch experience. Sadly disappointed, tables jammed in so tightly that you couldn't move - saw one customer have to ask someone at an adjoining table to stand up so she could get out! Way to dark , could hardly read the menu, air conditioning freezing ,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My fiancé and I were lucky enough to receive a gift voucher for Caffe e Cucina for an engagement present. We used the voucher to have a private balcony dining experience a week before our wedding - and it couldn't have been more perfect! The staff were so warm & friendly, it felt like you were walking into an Italian... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I have been coming there religiously on every trip to Melbourne, for years. Best service and ambience but I liked the previous chef better.

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Brisbane
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Wonderful Italian cuisine and wines. Impeccable service, charming venue. A traditional Italian/mediterranean experience in Melbourne's South Yarra. Highly recommended.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Really overpriced restaurant. In my opinion (as an Italian) is very average in quality of food.Service was really good and professional except for a Inappropriate comment to my partner (in Italian Language) on the way out. No Really "classy " or professional for this kind of venue... Or maybe he didn't know that my first language is Italian..... I' am... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I ate here about 10 months ago and was underwhelmed but I put it down to bad choice and a off night, it happens after all this place has a good name and looks the part! I returned last night with friends. To start we shared a main of calamari just shy of $50.00 it was nice but undersized .... More 

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Perth Western Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We were a group of 20 who had only just met. We were taken to 3 tables upstairs and given great service and food. It was very noisy but thats to be expected with so many people. A good intro to Melbourne and its food culture

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions
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?