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University Cafe

257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 2142
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“pasta” (18 reviews)
“saltimbocca” (2 reviews)
“minestrone” (2 reviews)
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7:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunched with my dauggter. Had an awesome bruschetta....and delicious pasta. Generous servings...Staff friendly and helpful. ..nice atmosphere. ...

Thank Auriol H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for breakfast and the food and prices were good until we noticed one of the servers hygiene habits. She was a brunette with her hair in a pony tail working Sun 21st May and obviously had a cold or similar. She went...More

Thank erryted
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

Why would you put ice in an orange juice, call it freshly squeezed, charge 5$ and have it taste considerably like orange C. Why would you charge 26$ for a chicken Parma, with a salad drenched in balsamic vinegar and chips which taste more like...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Delicious pizza with light crisp bases. Soup to warm a cool Melbourne day. Sometimes the service can be a bit sketchy and they should stop saying "enjoy" when they deliver the food. But overall this place is a gem. Busy, good food great location with...More

Thank flang3053
Reviewed May 6, 2017

Stopped for an evening meal after finding out the history of this restaurant, and delighted to see the founding owner still in attendance fussing around his guests and staff. It was busy, but we only had to wait a short while, and it was worth...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

Went for breakfast on a Sunday morning. We were seated quickly, our order taken promptly and drinks delivered in a good time. However, the food took a long time. We were quite hungry, which didn't help. If in the area I'd go back to give...More

Thank KazNFaz
Reviewed May 4, 2017

4 of us were rudely seated and although not busy were forced to sit at a very small table instead of the 6 seater we first chose. Not told the specials of the day. The minestrone lacked flavour, although was a huge serving.the ravioli was...More

Thank MrsSpider2015
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

Really nice attentive staff, friendly, happy. Pizzas were delicious, lots of desserts to choose from. Reasonably priced. $55 per couple that included 3 pizzas, prosecco, wine, coffees and 2 desserts.

Thank Jenny H
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

I went for a solo breakfast before a movie at Nova. Ordered and waited. Nothing arrived and a table of 2 whom ordered after me received their food. I pointed this out to the waitress who went to follow up. I was told the docket...More

1  Thank monorail29
Reviewed April 28, 2017

4 of us were looking for a light lunch before heading back to Perth, we walked down Lygon St and looked for one with lots of customers and decided to go into this one!......what an experience!! We were warmly greeted by Giancarlo who made us...More

Thank Rose M
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighborhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 2142
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