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Caffe e Cucina

#118 of 3,325 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Chapel Street
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581 Chapel St, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
+61 3 9827 4139
12:00 - 23:00
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Have been living abroad for more than a decade and had the opportunity to eat here on two occasions last week. It never fails to please. Simple menu freshly prepared, good range of wines and great coffee. What more can one ask for... more seats downstairs perhaps!

Thank 795johni
Melbourne, Australia
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170 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You seldom in Melbourne come across an establishment where the staff is rude, dismissive and treats customers with contempt. From cold coffee, flat proscecco, stinking mussels on the pasta It would be hard to find a more unpleasant experience. It's a pity as many things are nice about the place. The staff and service is not one of them. The... More 

Thank Henryadams1
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our favourite places to eat in Melbourne. The waiters are excellent, the space is atmospheric and its an authentic italian experience. They have the best calamari around - pasta is always perfect and specials keep the menu fresh. Lots to love here.

Thank TopTipTravelQueen
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a night out recently and it was the first time I had dined here, having wanted to for years. The three of us shared the bruschetta of the day, which was lovely. We all had pasta for mains. My two friends dishes were lovely (gnocci and the ravioli special). I had the linguine di mare. I must say... More 

Thank Gavshellmia
Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

strong eye appeal, good looking restaurant that we were looking forward to yet we were very disappointed from the moment we walked in. The greeting was abrupt, though we were happy to get a table for 2 on a holiday night, and from the moment we sat down the service was rushed, insincere, pushy and we felt they purposely up-sold... More 

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Perth, Australia
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374 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely love this truly Italian restaurant. I always try and dine here when visiting Melbourne as I just love the food and the service. Try the seafood pasta - divine. The Italian speaking wait staff are charming and know their Italian food and wine.

Thank Aussies10
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Aussies10, thank you so much for your 5-star review :) We are flattered to be your Melbourne favourite whenever you're in town! We couldn't be happier :) It is great to hear you enjoyed another dining experience at Cucina, with our food, wines and service. Thanks for the comment regarding the staff - we put extreme focus on the... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Mostly these days when you leave a restauarant you feel pretty satisfied and have eaten everything. Here, it's like going to an Italian family home: if you ate everything you wouldn't be able to move! Had the "dining exoerience"" of 3 courses with matching wines which started with a substantial dish of tasty and melt in your mouth crumbed calamari... More 

Thank Firsttimecruiser52
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear Firsttimecruiser52, thank you very much for taking the time to review our restaurant. It is always a pleasure to get such positive vibes from a diner! "Caffe e Cucina dining experience" is definitely recommended for first time visitors or simply when you don't feel like choosing and want us to do it for you. We are very happy that... More 

London, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The wonderful staff at the Olsen Hotel sent us along here, and we are eternally grateful as it was superb. Quite hard to find (well if you are tired and don't have the address) but as soon as we arrive, just looking at the plates made us feel welcome. Staff were so lovely, warm and helpful. The food was sublime.... More 

Thank TheFrankster
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear TheFrankster, thank you so much for posting this wonderful review of our restaurant. We are glad to have met your expectations as they are always higher when a place comes recommended. It is great to hear you had a pleasant dining experience with us and enjoyed what we have to offer. We work very hard to always keep the... More 

Adelaide, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

A very friendly Italian place. I arrived without a reservation but was felt very welcome with great attention. Food is authentic, pasta al dente. After dinner cocktail is awesome. Recommended if you are South Of Yarra in Melbourne.

Thank bar0ssa
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear bar0ssa, thank you so much for your lovely words. It fills us with joy when our diners feel happy and satisfied with our food, drinks and service. We are delighted to hear you had a pleasant experience with us and hope to be welcoming you again soon. Grazie mille e a presto :) More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Simply couldn't wait to get stuck into the menu. It's not often you get to try Swordfish Carpaccio, Restaurant was packed and the service was faultless. This restaurant made our stay in Melbourne most memorable, well done!

Thank jamada2016
CaffeeCucina, Manager at Caffe e Cucina, responded to this review

Dear jamada2016, thank you so much for reviewing our restaurant. We are delighted to hear you had a great dining experience with us and appreciated the food offerings, service and atmosphere of the place. We are so happy we were able to make your stay in Melbourne a special one and we hope to see you again when you're here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 581 Chapel St, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Chapel Street
  • Neighbourhood: Chapel Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9827 4139

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Staying in Chapel Street

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Chapel Street
Seek and ye shall find! Prahran is a treasure hunter’s paradise of vintage stores, upscale boutiques and emporiums. Chapel Street is a one-stop shop with specialty stores selling just about everything. The famous Chapel Street Bazaar has so many curious and vintage knick-knacks that you will feel as if you're in a huge and busy museum. By contrast, at the northern end of Chapel Street, South Yarra and Windsor cater to high-end designer labels and exclusive boutiques. The community flocks to Prahran’s organic markets as a Saturday ritual, while art and film students leaf through vinyl LPs on Greville Street. The gay community also has a strong presence here. Prahran’s heritage buildings like the Reads Emporium and Prahan arcade offer a grand sense of scale and history. No matter your interest, come feel the pulse of one of Melbourne’s most loved precincts.
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