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Il Cantuccio

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$$ - $$$
Lygon Street
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209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 9959
Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have eaten here for many years, it was my son's favorite restaurant and has wonderful, tasty, true Italian fare.

1 Thank kymmalex
Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always a pleasure, the food is fantastic and the staff are super friendly - looking for first class Italian Food, look no further than Il Cantuccio in Lygon St - can't miss it; has a bluestone facade....

2 Thank David P
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am gluten free and the owners of this restaurant made certain that I was not left out of anything. They gave me polenta cake instead of bread (no charge) and made sure that my pasta was tasty. Nothing was too much trouble and to top it off the food was just delicious and very reasonably priced. Highly recommend it.

1 Thank Leanne45
Melbourne, Australia
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288 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely warm and friendly service, a little slow on taking the order, however the food came out relatively quickly. Complimentary bread oil and balsamic vinegar. No skimping on the serving sizes. Lovely pasta dishes, I had the spaghetti cozze/vongole...so yummy! and finished with the profiteroles....and no I would not share them with anyone they were soooooo good!

1 Thank beaustravels
Perth, Australia
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant in Lygon St, Melbourne. There are so many restaurants to choose from on this street. We where glad we went to this one after looking through the reviews on line..the atmosphere is old world and cosy, especially on a cold winters Melbourne night. The service was perfect. The food was amazing, very authentic and very... More 

1 Thank happytourist2010
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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378 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been a few years since my wife and I dined here. Our last several trips to Melbourne have taken us elsewhere but we are very glad we returned a few nights ago. Still a cosy, old styled, family restaurant, the service as as attentive as possible without being intrusive, the menu has not changed in years, so what... More 

1 Thank Richard T
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff was friendly, food was great and well priced. The bruschetta was plentiful and hearty. My main meal was something I never had before and tasty. Enjoyed my stay here!

1 Thank Jorge D
Sydney, Australia
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186 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not often do you find a reasonably priced restaurant where they bring you water without asking, wine glasses straight away, serve you in a timely way, check all is ok and bring the bill quickly and then bring the Eftpos machine to your table plus serve excellent food! This restaurant does all these things!!

1 Thank elizabethramsay
Melbourne, Australia
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117 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favourite restaurant on Lygon street. Be sure to book as it's popular. What a vibe inside. Warm and cozy. Great ambience and lighting. This is the real deal! The menu is hearty and delicious. We had gnocchi with Gorgonzola and my husband had salmon. Both fabulous!

1 Thank LynchyA
Ulverstone, Australia
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150 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in here for a bite before movie at 9.30. We had no booking but got a seat on the street. Had a beautiful feed - white bait, mussels, pastas. Great service and good value.

1 Thank Tassie_Ross

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $30
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighborhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 9959
Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.

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Staying in Lygon Street

Neighborhood Profile
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighborhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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