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“Great desserts.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Luna Bistro

La Luna Bistro
320 Rathdowne Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3054, Australia
(03) 9349 4888
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Ranked #17 of 3,675 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Melbourne
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great desserts.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Went for Mother's Day dinner. Upon ordering they had run out of the ribs special, so we had to settle for the stuffed chicken breast. That was less than ordinary, it lacked flavor and was dry. The pork roast was beautiful, no complaints there. Flounder was undercooked as the flash was raw in some sections to the point where blood was evident. The best meal was the burger, juicy and very tasty. Finally because our main meal was delayed, the waitress was gracious enough to give us a range of desserts on the house, and they were amazing. Could not fault them!
Forgot to mention the entree of mushroom gnocchi, they were beautiful and light, and the mushroom sauce was great.
Overall it was a great evening, and the waitress was wonderful. We managed to see Adrian breeze by twice, but given his notoriety he should actually take the time to say "hi" to all of his guests. It's simple courtesy.

Visited May 2015
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Casual atmosphere but fabulous food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I've wanted to dine at La Luna for quite a while as I love chef Adrian Richardson. I wasn't disappointed, the food was fabulous as was the service for the most part. It is a very small venue & the tables are crammed so hence it's very noisy, not for a romantic interlude but we were okay with that. Our dessert took quite a while to arrive, I think it was forgotten so we were the last to leave the restaurant and it was a little uncomfortable trying to enjoy & savour our dessert with wait staff packing up around us.

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Melbourne, Australia
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152 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Wow! Just the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Dined here last Saturday night as a 70th birthday celebration, and there were approximately 30 people and all agreed this was one of the best restaurants they have been to.
The staff were excellent and had a calmness about them, when serving a group of this size. You did not notice them, they were very attentive.
The food was simply the best, and our host had La Luna set a special menu for the night which suited all the guests. We had a choice of entrees , mains and desserts, and this pleased everybody. The steaks were tender to the last mouthful, as was the duck, fish and all the other meals. The decadent tasty plate for dessert was excellent.
We occupied a private room upstairs and I would highly recommend this as a place to celebrate a very special occasion.
There is plenty of parking near here, so don't be put off by the Carlton location.
It is a restaurant you will want to go back to.

  • Visited May 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Meat Lovers Sensation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

La Luna is now a Melbourne institution and deservedly so!
We went to La Luna last night on a work visit to Melbourne from Sydney. We have been there many times before and I just have to say that the service and the food are still to die for.
We shared the tasting plate of the home made small goods. This was a fantastic introduction to what La Luna is all about- delightful meat!
I had the Roast pork, crackling, Caponata (eggplant, celery, capers, olives, roast garlic). The tastes were sensational.
My wife had the fish special being a sand whiting in a vine leaf.
All in all beautiful food.

  • Visited April 2015
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Love this restaurant !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Our family celebrated a 70th birthday at La Luna with dinner on a Friday evening. Although the restaurant was packed and we had a reservation, we arrived early but the restaurant staff went out of their way to ensure we could sit at the bar with a glass of wine until our table was ready. The food was awesome, the service impeccable and the whole experience was incredible. We'll be back as everyone declared it our favourite restaurant in Melbourne !

  • Visited April 2015
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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