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“Great food at a great price”

Universal Restaurant
Ranked #213 of 4,060 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Lygon Street
Description: Established in 1969 Universal Italian Restaurant and Function Venue has flourished to become one of Melbourne's leading casual dining restaurants and first class function and events venue. ~A La Carte~ Universal prides itself on offering a widely diverse menu while maintaining an authentic Italian cooking style. Using only the freshest ingredients, we offer our customers substantial meals at an affordable price. Along with traditional dishes, Universal's menu features an assortment of top Australian steaks, fresh seafood, BBQ ribs and an ever growing selection of desserts made in house daily. A La Carte reservations and school groups are welcomed. ~Private Functions~ Located 2 blocks from the CBD, Universal's private function venue is the perfect location for all celebratory events, including engagement parties, birthdays, and corporate functions. Accommodating private functions from 20 to 60 people, with marble bar, designer interior and heated balcony. Universal also offers complimentary secured car parks for your convenience. Universal prides itself on organising personalised boutique functions.
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food at a great price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We ate here with our son one night, wish we had found it sooner. we had a large pizza between two people and our son had the $14 chicken parmi - amazing amount of food for the price. As i said wish we had found it sooner - could not fault service or quality of food. We will be back.

Visited September 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An unexpected surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

We decided to eat at this restaurant at lunchtime for no other reason than it looked quite nice as we were walking past (and it had more patrons than the Italian restaurant beside it). What surprise it was. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the menu offers a great range to choose from and the wine list, while not expansive, had a choice of all the popular blends.

We chose the BBQ meats sharing plate for two. Seriously, this could feed 4 people for lunch. We didn't eat anything for the rest of the day. And they have not substituted quantity for quality. Everything was extremely tasty. We chose the Italian Sangiovese to have with lunch and it was excellent.

Although we didn't eat it ourselves, a number of people around us had the Chicken Parmigiana for $14. And, even though it was absolutely massive, all of them ate every bit of it, which would suggest that it was delicious.

We would certainly visit this restaurant again if we were in the area.

  • Visited January 2012
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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

enjoyed the food very much nice to have fresh pasta when so many restaurants these days do not make there own.

Visited January 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Very friendly, great service, great food, great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2011

Visited with friends and shared a few dishes among ourselves.
Fresh oysters and seafood. Steak was cooked nicely.
Generous portion size.
Best blood orange granita I've ever had.
Pizza that rivals pizza I've had in Rome, Italy.
Busy but not hectic where service can often be overlooked, which is a good sign people keep coming back.
Sat outside which can get a bit noisy when busier, but shielded from the road noise and foot traffic.

  • Visited December 2010
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240 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Great quality and value steak for a pizza place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2011

Great value. $20 for a yummy steak. Pasta was also good. Good service and similar to other pizza places but the steak stood out

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