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“Huge Meals - Great gluten free options” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Universal Restaurant

Universal Restaurant
Ranked #226 of 3,851 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
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.
Edgeworth
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Huge Meals - Great gluten free options”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

I ate here three times whilst on a recent trip to Melbourne. The food was really good and there was plenty of gluten free options.
The meals are very large and excellent value for money

Visited July 2014
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Anna Bay
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“One of our favourites when in Melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

We always visit Universal at least once when in Melbourne. The food is fantastic. A favourite is the $14 Parma, absolutely huge and delicious. I personally love the Spaghetti Marinara, entree size though as the main serve is so big. Great, friendly and prompt service.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hobart, Australia
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Prompt service and well priced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Garlic Pizza for entree and Large Pizza for mains which filled the table. Very fresh and great service. Chicken Schnitzels are huge. Even if there is a line up it will be worth the wait.

Visited June 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food, great value!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Just had dinner there. Food was very good and affordable. Had the chicken parmigiana and it could have easily been shared among two people. My spouse had pizza and it was well garnished and delicious. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Melbourne.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Magnificent in every way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

My new husband and I celebrated our marriage with 30 guests in the upstairs function room at the Universal Restaurant yesterday. The whole experience was absolutely marvellous!

We booked on short notice as the original venue we had booked cancelled. With two weeks before our wedding, Danielle (the functions manager) accepted our booking and well and truly hit the ground running.

We were able to very quickly confirm menus (our guests dietary requirements were no problem at all) and the night before our wedding, we dropped our cake, table decs etc off to the restaurant.

When we arrived for our wedding lunch everything looked absolutely beautiful! Danielle and her team did an amazing job setting it all up. We had provided a seating plan and nothing was too much trouble to accommodate. I really can't sing the praises of Danielle and her team enough.

Of course, the main event of any restaurant is the food and I have to say, it was absolutely divine. We had a set menu of a gnocci or braised lamb for entrée and a chicken or steak dish for main (our wedding cake was served for dessert). The meals were sensational! Everyone commented on how lovely the meals were and also the size of the meals was terrific. There was definitely no one leaving hungry!

My husband and I had never eaten at Universal Restaurant before (we live in Bendigo and had decided to marry in Melbourne) but it will be certainly be a regular stop on our future visits to Melbourne from now on.

Thank you again to everyone at Universal Restaurant!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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