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“Unbelievably good service, wonderful food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Balzari - CLOSED

Balzari
Price range: $34 - $34
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Lygon Street
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Lygon Street
Melbourne
Level Contributor
32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Unbelievably good service, wonderful food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

My family and I had dinner to celebrate my birthday. It was a Tuesday and so the restaurant was quiet. The waitress met us with smile. The restaurant is well appointed and decorated in white and dark shades, making for a very nice dining experience. The food was excellent, with a very interesting choice in both the entrees, pastas and mains. The quality and presentation was of a very high and wonderful standard, and reasonably priced for this standard.

But what stood out was the service. The waitress was a font of knowledge on the selections in the smallish but well selected wine list, particularly the Italian reds which we were considering. She was also a delight, attentive without being intrusive.

All in all it a great experience and we will certainly be returning.

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English first
Australia
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Very Ordinary, wouldn't go back.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2010

We dined here and were sceptical being in Lygon st ( Famous for terrible food), but had heard some postive reviews. I guess if you compared it to the supermarket pasta, boiled veggies and steak restaurants nearby, it may seem a cut above. However, at $32 for some sliced sausage on a watery, boiled to within an inch of it's life cabbge bed, it is a waste of money. To think that you could be eating at Cutler & Co for only $5-$7 a main more, and they are poles appart. I have no idea how this restaurant was awarded a chefs hat. Spongy chewy gnocchi with prawns. Staff don't engage with customer, just put the food infront of you with no commentary. Didn't even bother giving feedback..they cater to a particular audience..who don't care about food.

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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Interesting Italian food and excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2009

My main complaint about Italian restaurants is that the menus are always the same! Not so at Balzari which (apparently) specialises in north eastern Italian food. If you are after pasta carbonara you had best go elsewhere!

We had a really lovely meal: interesting food, good wine, attentive service. Our food order was messed up but they sorted it out and made sure we weren't on a schedule. On the whole, our waiter was excellent and we thought the meal was fantastic value for money.

We would return without hesitation.

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Melbourne, Vic. Australia
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461 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Quality and care”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2008

Carlton is not known for its quality restaurants. Most European restaurants there produce formulaic supermarket quality product. Balzari is different and it is an exception. Though the premises are pleasantly informal, the food quality and care in preparation and presentation are superior to all other offerings in Lygon Street.

Whilst the menu and wine list are not overly extensive, you can always rely on well cooked quality produce and product being served. The staff also know what they are doing and you will not get a spruiker trying to drag you in off the street.

This place is highly underrated.

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“The food is quite nice, but the food took quite a while to arrive.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2007

The food is quite nice, but the food took quite a while to arrive.

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