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Lava in Balaclava

219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow I have been loyal customer for years. This restaurant offers impressive choice of food and drinks. Friendly staff assist in any way they can

Thank Ms B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband had great eggs but my child and I had chips and fish / chicken. Both looked store bought, tasted store bought and were very underwhelming.

Thank Jade I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Presentation plus .... great ambiance too. It's always a joy driving to Balaclava, far/longer due to the traffic but 9/10 I'll find a "new" great meals or coffee somewhere and tonight's dinner is no different. Eclectic and rustic looking cafe/restaurant with a few touches of...More

Thank Jeffrie T
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Best breakfast in town, food was sensational & our waitress was fun, friendly & accommodating of all requests .....will definitely be going back again

Thank RissHicks
Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

We probably shouldn't have been surprised, but Lava looks like a fairly simple cafe (a little funky). But it's got a really broad menu with some amazing options, and attentive staff who'll help with 'what's good today'. My wife had an amazing pepper salmon fillet...More

Thank Brad P
Reviewed January 16, 2017

Breakfast options are great and so is the coffee. Nice friendly service and good options for kids. Will be back.

Thank gdrg0023
Reviewed January 9, 2017

Day NINE of my trip from Perth to Melbourne and I start to move West from Noble Park to St Kilda. Before checking I meet someone for lunch at Lava in Balaclava. I had chosen it for its diverse menu and booked online. When we...More

Thank pducane
Reviewed December 20, 2016

This café is set in the midst of Carlisle St. Great friendly staff with an extensive menu. Regular spot for me and tried most things on the menu and not once disappointed. Keep up the good work guys.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed November 24, 2016

After moving to the area, we decided to look around for our first lunch. This place looked nice so we decided to give it a try. Honestly, we were a little let down to find out the onion rings didn't have real onion chunks in...More

Thank Isha B
Reviewed October 26, 2016

There was a group of 13 of us around the big table at the front, and we really enjoyed our visit. My food was great, and the others seemed very happy with theirs. My friend and I shared the plate of eggplant parmigiana and the...More

Thank Lorraine B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9527 2205
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