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Cafe Cavallino

$$ - $$$
Lygon Street
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181-183 Lygon Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9347 5520
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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went for Sunday lunch, the pizza and pasta dishes we ordered were stunning, the homemade pasta was delicious and pizza's great, really enjoyed the food. The service was dreadful. The restaurant was not full but the staff kept looking over us and even with our hands in the air, they would disappear for a chat together outside. We had... More 

Thank Jo R
Wollongong, Australia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We, as a party of six went there on Saturday night and then returned on the Sunday it was so good. The first thing you notice is the attention of the staff. They are so attentive to ensure that you have a great experience. The menu is extensive and there was something for all of us to eat. The boccini... More 

Thank trinitypics2014
Perth, Australia
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to Cafe Cavallino, staff very friendly and helpful and managed to seat our party of 6 in quick time. Food was delicious and very large sizes even though we ordered entree sizes a couple of people still didn't make it to the finish line. Only disappointment was that they sold out of Tiramisu before we got to order... More 

Thank 138alisonmb
Melbourne, Australia
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100 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

My husband and I have been to this restaurant a few times. Mostly the food is quite ok, though service is somewhat lacking. When we went here last week I got an additional charge of 60c for some additional dressing for my Caesar salad, which astounded me as no restaurant I know of has ever charged me for that. I... More 

Thank misterchester12
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

My family and I had dinner on a Saturday night and for most part, the experience was OK. The alla matricianna with gnocchi was well cooked and the sauce was thick. The Hawaiian pizza the kids had tasted good and was not a traditional type of Hawaiian pizza. The desert was huge to say the least so if you have... More 

Thank Marsman351
Panadura, Sri Lanka
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296 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Recommended by my daughter, we went there for dinner. Obviously it should be popular by judging the crowd all alfresco and inside seating were almost full at our time of visit ( just after office hours) Ambiance is usual food street restaurant type . Only difference was that inside decorations were full of Ferrari formula racing memorabilia and footballs. Owner... More 

Thank Prasanna A
Pakenham, Australia
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Came for Sunday lunch. Have been here before and was impressed with the pizzas. Today it was pasta and other mains. Sitting outside the service was average. The food was nice but mine was nothing really spectacular. I had gourmet agnolotti. They were large but the taste wasn't really there. Others with me enjoyed their meals but when asked they... More 

Thank PakeFrankie
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Don't bother. Pasta Napoli was so badly cooked it smelt and tasted off. I am a lover of Italian food and let me tell you this is not a great place. I told the waitress the food was not up to scratch and they looked at me with such anger and finally the chef came out and said the pasta... More 

1 Thank Jackie E
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We had a good meal here on a Sunday evening. Arrived at 1830 and was seated immediately. Lovely waitress and service and not too crammed in as you will find most of the eateries in Lygon St.

Thank Mulloes
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Our friends brought us here for dinner. Fantastic food and atmosphere. Delicious pizza. We had the best best Caprese salad we've ever had at a restaurant. Will definitely come back and next time it's our turn to bring our friends here.

Thank Michael C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181-183 Lygon Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 5520

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lygon Street

Neighbourhood Profile
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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