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64 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, Victoria 3461, Australia
(03) 5348 4345
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The real Italian Atmosphere

I would say that this dainty old Italian Restaurant is more about the atmosphere. It feels like a movie scene. We were the only ones there. We sat out the back under the vines in the alfresco. Overgrown gardens, old and rickety tables and chairs. They have a couple of ponies. It feels as if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2014
Alisha H
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English first
Croydon, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I don't know how this restaurant exists - terrible service, and worse food. Dried out and tasteless, tepid vegetable lasagna. Burnt and stale garlic bread, Soup that tasted like tinned soup. One of our party ordered Rose wine which tasted and looked like watered down port. Rude staff who became aggressive when we complained about waiting over an hour for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This could be a really lovely place however the food and service need uber improvement. Meals took over an hour, 3 bulky male staff acted as stand over bullies which was intimidating and the meals were bland, inauthentic and not a reflection of northern Italian dishes.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This family run restaurant has a warm and genuine atmosphere complimented by tasty food. Not a slick establishment (if that's what you're after) but has charm in bucket loads. Everyone was friendly and the grandmother gave a very interesting historical talk. We all enjoyed our evening immensely! And even had a bit of a dance to some old Italian tunes!

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Not everyone will appreciate Lucinis. If you want impersonal slick dining go somewhere else. Lucinis is warm, friendly, casual_ if you want to feel part of an Italian family meal with good wholesome food then book in. Atmospheric and enjoyable rather than polished and impersonal.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I would say that this dainty old Italian Restaurant is more about the atmosphere. It feels like a movie scene. We were the only ones there. We sat out the back under the vines in the alfresco. Overgrown gardens, old and rickety tables and chairs. They have a couple of ponies. It feels as if you have been welcomed into... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Whilst we appreciated the period nature of the building and it's history. We were pretty disappointed with the quality of the food, the meals are no longer uthentic Italian dishes. All the pasta is packet pasta, and has been precooked and frozen. It really is such a shame for this unique place that purports to make traditional Italian food. As... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stopped for lunch at Lucini's on returning from Hepburn Springs to Daylesford and I am glad we did. The food was fabulous. We tried the spaghetti Bolognese and Minestrone with rosemary balls. Both dishes were spectacular. More importantly we met the owner Maria Viola who gave us a personal run down re the history of The Old Macaroni Factory... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Lucini's is much more than a pasta restaurant. It's pretty good food, but it is also a journey through the history of one Italian family in Australia. Maria Viola,the owner of the business gives a personal account of her family and the the old macaroni factory that the restaurant is in. It adds to the experience in a very special... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Couldn't be any happier, excellent food, cheap prices, home made cooking, homely feel and great service.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Hepburn Springs and Daylesford areas are known for their great food and produce and I can honestly say there are some great restaurants and cafes. This isn't one of them. I had the special seafood fettucine at $24 for a bowl. The seafood was 6 small pieces of calimari and a couple of canned mussels and tiny prawns in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 64 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, Victoria 3461, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Hepburn Springs
  • Phone Number: (03) 5348 4345

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

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