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Caffe e Cucina

#193 of 3,024 Restaurants in Melbourne
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581 Chapel Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
+61 3 9827 4139
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
My little piece of Italy

It had been years since I had lunch here and when this restaurant first opened there were no bookings and it was so popular there was always a queue to get in. On a whim one weekday my friend and I decided to stop there for lunch before the movies - so we were early. We both had to have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It had been years since I had lunch here and when this restaurant first opened there were no bookings and it was so popular there was always a queue to get in. On a whim one weekday my friend and I decided to stop there for lunch before the movies - so we were early. We both had to have... More 

Thank Squinert
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of young Italian males speaking Italian or heavily accented English. With memories of a superb dish at Italy 1, I ordered the Carpaccio di manzo beef. It came with 'parmesan ice cream' which was a gross dome of a butter & parmesan puree. which overpowered the (already tasteless) beef. The Crudo di Salmone e Rana Prescatrice (thinly sliced monk... More 

Thank Trish M
Wodonga, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One wonders how so many good reviews appeared on TripAdvisor. Perhaps South Yarra residents cook at home so rarely that they have forgotten what fresh well cooked food tastes like. I dined with my partner and all four dishes were poor. It all looks promising on entering. Old Italian atmosphere. All smart looking Italian male staff speaking the lingo. But... More 

1 Thank Stephen C
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Stephen, Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant on Tripadvisor. We do appreciate when our diners share their feedback, be it positive or negative, and actively engage with us. However, your review left us all a little disappointed and upset. We are truly sorry that you didn’t enjoy your dining experience at Caffe e Cucina, although we... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I organised a dinner for 65 people and the staff were so accommodating and then on the day it increased to be 75. The staff were very pleasant to deal with and made the night very enjoyable. Roberta was fabulous and thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Amazing food, great service and amazing staff tots recommend if you are in Melbourne... More 

Thank Cassandra C
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Cassandra, thank you very much for sharing your 'Caffe e Cucina' experience! We are all delighted you and the other guests enjoyed the food, wine and service. We have all put a lot of effort in organizing the event and trying to make it perfect. This wouldn't have been possible without your help and assistance and I am glad... More 

Level Contributor
71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This used to be my go to venue when I visited Melbourne for Italian Food, however, after a couple of ordinary meals in recent years, I hadn't returned until a friend suggested we go there. I was buoyed by the fact that the restaurant was packed on arrival and still retained it's original atmosphere. I was quickly brought back to... More 

Thank OceanAnt
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We made a booking on Monday night for the following Friday night, and while it was quite booked up, managed to score a table at 6pm. When we arrived, the restaurant was rather quite, which was perfect for our anniversary dinner that we had planned. We were greeted at the door by a charming waiter who sat us quickly and... More 

Thank Julia C
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Julia, thank you so much for taking some time to write this beautiful and detailed review of our restaurant. It is such a pleasure to read your lovely words! We are all glad you both enjoyed your 'Caffe e Cucina' experience, especially on such a special night! We always do our utmost to make every single diner happy and... More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We were visiting our son in South Yarra and wanted to find a nice restaurant nearby for dinner. Once again, TripAdvisor came to the rescue. Caffe e Cucina was a only short walk from his apartment and we were made to feel welcome by the moody atmosphereand friendly waiters. However, the delicious food was the star. We were extremely impressed... More 

Thank Shellymitch2705
Sydney, Australia
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Well after a very hectic and long day in Melbourne we came upon Caffe E Cucina and boy are we gald we did from the attentive and wonderful wait staff to the wonderful food and wine. We simply had a great night out at this restuarant. We love our italian food and the this one of the best we have... More 

Thank Stephen W
Clonmel, Ireland
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Lovely authentic italian which serve amazingly tasty pastas and risotto s in a charming little restaurant by professional friendly staff...a yes all round!

Thank Phil B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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372 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Our first visit to the Chapel Street this time in Melbourne and we were recommended to try out this small, seemingly family owned restaurant.Small interior, very reminiscent of an Italian eatery in Italy, we really enjoyed the witty quirky service, made all the more entertaining by the mix of Italian accents, all with a good dose of humour. Now, the... 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: +61 3 9827 4139

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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