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“Too good for the average diner...”

Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar
Ranked #35 of 4,106 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Too good for the average diner...”
Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

I have visited Il Bacaro over 50 times over the last 7 years. Never have I been disappointed. These are the "safest hands" on the stellar Melbourne dining scene. But leave it to the regulars, who love the place. This is too good for the average diner!

  • Visited September 2013
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“Fantastic food, Superb Value and Great Customer service”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

This little place on Little Collins st is one of Melbourne hidden gems and certainly is a must visit.
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The customer service was great - the waiter were all well presented, very informative and friendly and most importantly only had to be asked for something once and it was brought to you.

It has fantastic ambience and really is a lovely place to dine at, it has a touch of New York to it with its dimmed lights and gatsby type music playing softly in the backround.

The quality of food is some of the best i've ever experienced, portions size as exactly spot on so you're not left feeling hungry or too full where the food is lost on you. Presentation was sensational and it really did taste exquisite.

This place really is great value for money, i cannot fault it at all, all the dishes were immaculate, well valued and presented.

Do yourself a favour and visit.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Nicholasbuckle123
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A true gem in Melbourne”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Tucked away on little Collins street, this little Italian restaurant is filled with an amazing atmosphere and service to match.
We have been back numerous times for one dish in particular... Moreton Bay Bug pasta. I was tempted to order it for entree and main once it's that phenomenal.
But the entrees without fail every single time have not failed to deliver - the mix of flavours always spot on and delicious.
The wine list is extensive and the sommelier always has had amazing suggestions.
Love it, highly recommend it!

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Diamondsinchampagne
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“True class”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

After hearing rave reviews from many friends I finally got to go to Il Bacaro with a good friend of mine. We booked a table for lunch and stayed for a good while, thoroughly enjoying the food, wine and service.

I started with the Jerusalem Artichoke and my friend had the Venison Carpaccio. My artichoke came with a scallop in ribbons and a wonderful pickled mussel. Both dishes were so beautiful in such different ways.

My friend then had the Moreton Bay Bug Spaghetti, which had the classic clean and simple flavours of Italian cooking that I love. The Bugs were lovely and Juicy.

Then I had the duck, and my friend the Suckling Pork. Again, both were to die for. I have never had such beautifully cooked duck before, the skin just melted in my mouth.

We finished by sharing the Agave Cheesecake which was the highlight for me (just!). It came with fairy floss, honeycomb, violet ice cream and popping rocks. A truly unique dish that I will come back for.

The staff were very helpful with wine recommendations. We chose to have a different glass with each course and all were delicious and well matched. It was a wonderful way to spend a relaxed afternoon, and we both felt that the value for money was outstanding, considering the expertise that was apparent in every aspect of our time there.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Sofiaflorence
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Manila
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Tucked away in the quiet end of Lt. Collins”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

If you are on the lookout for a quiet place with a very intimate ambiance, this restaurant is worth the try. Bookings are essential because the seats are limited, and there are also a few bar chairs. Servings are well plated and not as sizeable as other restaurants. No complains about the taste and it is evident that food is well prepared, flavours are not compromised as ingredients are not taken for granted. Waiters seem to frown a bit on sharing food as it is certainly not a family style place. Dining is on the pricey side. I am a bit underwhelmed considering the reviews I've read.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank tan_del_MNL
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