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“Well worth it”

Lupino Bistro and Bar
Ranked #85 of 4,024 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Melbourne, Australia
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Lunch here on a Friday is full of regular guests. The atmosphere is vibrant, the service excellent and 'front of house' welcoming you as a long lost friend. It's busy and bustling. The food is simple and really well prepared. The wine list is good and supports the menu really well

  • Visited April 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“My favourite restaurant in Melbourne”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

A couple of years ago when visiting Melbourne my husband and I discovered Lupino, tucked away near one of the main areas for restaurants, but not quite in it. Indeed, one could walk past and not notice Lupino, except for the lovely aromas seeping out. Now we go there whenever we're in Melbourne, usually more than once and have taken friends there on several occasions. We've never been disappointed.

The food selections, variety and quality are outstanding - a relatively small menu, but it changes with the seasons and there is always something for everyone. I had a fantastic veal dish on Friday night and, tonight (Sunday) I plan to go back and have it again before I leave town. When I took my vegetarian friend there, she had several choices available. When I feel like a pizza, Lupin is also the place to go - but not if you're looking for an 'Aussie' or a 'Hawaiian'. Lupino's pizzas are luscious and different. Try, for example, their gorgonzola and leak pizza. (One word of warning on the pizzas: they're big. Share one between two or plan on a doggie bag.) There is a good wine list with a number of interesting and not run-of-the-mill selections, with a reasonable range of wines available by the glass. The wine pricing is fair.

Service is excellent. Staff are well trained and we've not noticed much staff turnover, so I can only imagine that's its a good place to work too, which is a mark in its favour.

After all these rave remarks, the thing that I really, really like about Lupino is that they take relatively late bookings - up to about 9:45 and possibly later. When I've flown into Melbourne early too mid-evening, it's great to find a really good restaurant that doesn't turn me away because they want to close their kitchen.

  • Visited March 2014
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Queenscliff, Australia
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83 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A Great Discovery”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were staying at the Windsor which is just around the corner and someone recommended it to us. We walked passed it at first because I dont believe there is any signage but dont let this put you off.
We arrived with no booking and every table was full at 6.30. We were seated at the bar to order a drink and before it arrived tehy had a table ready for us.
The food was delicious and a great choice on the menu. Couldnt fault it and so glad we found it.

  • Visited December 2013
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244 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I went to this restaurant twice during our stay In Melbourne. We saw it was recommended by Trip Advisor and were not at all disappointed. We were impressed by the variety of dishes that we have not normally found outside Italy. Each of the dishes was well presented and tasty. The staff were attentive, friendly and helpful. The dining experience was excellent and although not cheap was good value for money. For 3 courses plus olives to start, with a good bottle of Chianti and tip, it was 90 Australian dollars per head - but well worth it. If we were in Melbourne for longer we would certainly go again.

Visited March 2014
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Perth, Australia
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Lupino is an outstanding restaurant, which in a city that has so many outstanding restaurants, is saying something. The food is as authentic as you could possibly get - it was just like eating at my Italian mother-in-law's table. We couldn't go past the Vitello tonnato, and the carpaccio. The polpetta are exquisite and the veal pappardelle is bursting with honest flavour. The place is understandably busy, but the service didn't faulter at all. Chatting to the Chef at the end of the night was also great. Do yourself a favour - put Lupino on your eating wish list!

Visited February 2014
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