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“Good food terrible ambience”
Review of Bottega

Ranked #134 of 4,116 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $36
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Located on Bourke Hill in Melbourne’s Little Italy, Bottega’s cosy, welcoming ambience, plush leather seats and soft lighting, has made it a long time favourite haunt for CBD diners. In the heart of Melbourne’s theatre precinct, Bottega serves some of Melbourne's best contemporary Italian food. The menu is extensive and well chosen and is combined with a passionate and ever growing wine list.Bottega also takes functions seriously with dedicated menus and private rooms catering for intimate dinners, or parties up to 65 guests. Bottega is open for lunch Monday-Friday and Dinner Monday-Saturday.
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good food terrible ambience”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Lovely food but terrible lighting. Dim central strips. Not dim in a romantic way more like a "can't read the menu" way!

Visited April 2014
Thank judith l
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the best dinner I've ever had!!”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Great food! Great service!great wine and lovely atmosphere!
Went there on a Thursday night with a friend we had honey smoked turkey, the strozzapreti pasta and gnocchi, a porterhouse steak with a Tuscan wine..it was delicious, the staff kitchen included was fast and efficient. Really happy about it.

1 Thank Luca B
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Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Good food and wine but overpriced”
Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner at this restaurant. My wife started with a fritto misto followed by braised beef cheeks. These were both really tasty. I started with a turkey salad with an excellent dressing. My main course was a fish risotto, also both dishes were well presented and tasted delicious. With 3 glasses of local Shiraz the bill with tip came to 180 Australian dollars. This was rather expensive even though the quality was pretty good. The waiters were friendly and the atmosphere excellent. The relatively large numbers of vacant tables probably reflected the overpricing.

Visited February 2014
Thank CriticP
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Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nice food & dining”
Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

The Restaurant was talked up by my colleagues who took me to dinner on a work trip. The service was great. A great private room upstairs which was a nice touch, not having to compete with the whole restaurant to talk. The Beef Cheeks were tasty & tender! Slightly overpriced in my books for value for money.

Thank ChapmanSar
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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,001 reviews
497 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 536 helpful votes
“Nothing special but perhaps December 'party time' is a bad time to eat here.”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Friends chose this place for convenience to our hotel. None of us had tried it before. It turned out to be average in every way and seemed to me an Australian/Italian restaurant like so many in this city of apparently Italian restaurants. Being a few weeks before Christmas the time of the year meant it was busy and full with office groups preparing for the holiday to come. Perhaps that is why the service and the kitchen struggled a bit. But there was nothing memorable except our own company.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Kirkcaldylad
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