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Lava in Balaclava

219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in as I am new to the area and am trying out the local eateries. I had the Winter Parma special which was Any of the Parmas on the menu with a glass of wine for $15.00. The serving was so large that...More

Thank Marti B
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Loved everything about Lava on my first visit. The menu delicious - hard to select one brekky dish - great coffee. Choice of big wooden share tables or smaller intimate tables. Casual, friendly service. My sweet potato scrambled eggs were amazing. My partner's bagels with...More

Thank LyndaC966
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

We had great yummy burgers and some of the best sweet potato chops ever! Service was really good and friendly and cute tables and chairs outside. Great for dog owners and a sunny day. Menu looks great, will be back to try the brekkie!

Thank Wendy L
Reviewed April 2, 2018

After our walk my friend and I stopped by to have some lunch as we had never been there before but always looked inviting with the vibrant outdoor colors and huge opened windows.. I opted for the smashed avo with goats cheese with poached eggs...More

Thank Deborah H
Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

I have been coming here for years and I am consistently met with friendly faces and consistently great customer service. The food is so good every time. I don’t even live in this area anymore but I often make the journey to this cafe because...More

Thank karlamhendy
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a groupon voucher, however we were treated in a welcoming manner. Food plentiful and fresh and tasty. Freshly made apple juice Great! Staff very friendly.

Thank BettyM16
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

we visited for a family breakfast. The food was good however the service really let the down. My husband on more than one occasion had to break them away from the staff conversations at the bar to ask for coffee then water. The waitress on...More

Thank JDVM
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

This Cafe is in a busy enough spot in a place called Balaclava which is a sub suburb of St Kilda not too far from the beach very close to a station the ambience inside is great the seating the papers and all that fantastic...More

Thank rob m
Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

I visited Lava on Balaclava on a Sunday afternoon for a family lunch. The staff greeted us upon arrival & were very friendly. The food was nice & well priced & breakfast is served all day. They also have high chairs & a kids menu....More

Thank Anna N
Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

We have visited here a few times as it's one of our local eateries, the food has always been excellent, lots of food options, friendly staff and great service.

Thank Mark S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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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