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Caterina's Cucina E Bar

#316 of 3,168 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Central Business District
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221 Queen St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9670 8488
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It has been several years since I've visited this place and now I'm asking myself why I left it so long? From the moment you walk down the stairs you are welcomed like an old friend. Caterina has been running this Melbourne establishment for 21 years now. She knows her stuff. Beautiful decor make sure you take the time to... More 

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Mt Eliza, Australia
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here almost weekly for several years when I was still working and loved everything about the place. My last visit was for my retirement lunch six years ago so, I was delighted when friends suggested that we meet there for a Thursday lunch. We decided to make a bigger visit of it with an overnight stay at the... More 

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Thank gwegwy
Warragul, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Wonderful staff and food! Makes you feel like you are in Italy. Really Aunthetic, would recommend everyone to visit :)))))))))))))

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Thank esisjulia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We were fortunate to have our work Christmas lunch here today and it was scrumptious. The food is incredible - so tasty - full of flavour and so fresh. The staff are wonderful, so friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful day - a great way to finish the year.

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Thank Sharon S
Melbourne, Australia
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123 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Wonderful food, great service, extensive wine list make for a long lunch. Caterina most welcoming to colleague who was long time customer. We both chose from the specials list which was helpfully explained. Sorrenberg Gamay was the wine of choice excellent. If goat is on the menu - recommended. Highly recommended for lunch - but take your time and enjoy... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Love the food staff decor & charismatic owner Caterina who is so welcoming & memorizes her extensive specials menu. The restaurant is very busy but staff are professional & cater to everyone's needs. A must to visit at lunch, always serving fabulous italian food & wine. The best italian restaurant in Melbourne . Thank- you Caterina & staff.

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Thank florou
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

It has been many years since we had lunch at Caterina's and we were pleasantly surprised to see that not much has changed over the years. Excellent food and service. All the daily specials are clearly articulated without any notes, all memorised and described in detail. I had artichoke soup followed by Moreton bay bug pasta, both were flavoursome and... More 

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Thank EamonV
Melbourne
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Booked a table for 12:30pm on a week day. Greeted and seated by friendly staff. We appeared to be invisible to the waiting staff, as guests who had arrived after us were being served, leaving us behind. At 1:08pm our order was finally taken. We were going to order entrees, mains, coffee and dessert, but due to the time taken... More 

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1 Thank dani563
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I went there on a business meeting and was greeted at the door and felt like I walked into a different world! The staff were so lovely and accommodating. Caterina came to our table and spent her time going through the menu - wow what a memory!! The food was divine!! We have the artichokes, lasagne - that was with... More 

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Thank Sandra M
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

So you head to Melbourne and read the Qantas mag about where to go. You get the obvious - restaurants at the Crown, St Kilda establishments - blah. You ask smart people in Melbourne about the best luncheon restaurant in the CBD and you will quickly learn about this place. Forget the menu - the extensive list of daily specials... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Queen St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9670 8488

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

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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