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University Cafe

257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 2142
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good47%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“pasta” (23 reviews)
“saltimbocca” (2 reviews)
“minestrone” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well what can I say, amazing food, I had a seafood risotto while my partner had seafood pasta. Yummy. Service was quick, waiters very friendly, will be back

Thank mariachristou_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a group of 37 without a booking on tuesday night. They put us upstairs, we had our drinks and meals ordered quickly. Of course with a large group, we had staggered delivery of food. I had veal scallopini, which was delicious. Definitely go...More

Thank Maree P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently joined my siblings here for lunch to celebrate my Birthday, when I made the booking I explained it was our bi-monthly "catch up" and asked for a quiet table; without hesitation we were offered a table upstairs. On the day we were the...More

Thank Warren C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1. Family owners run the place with joy and care 2. Good selection of great Italian niceities 3. Prompt and good service 4. Long established cafe with a reputation.

Thank Murli T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lygon Street is always a favourite when dining in Melbourne, and The University Cafe is a great example why. We dined here on a late Saturday evening (around 9 pm) after a fabulous show at the Theatre. Parking was easy with a choice of on-street...More

Thank Jac B
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The song that I heard when I was there was Bachelor Girl's Buses and Trains, which was actually sung by a proud Italian granddaughter in 1997. There were three other memorable songs from the decade of the 1990s, or one which was seriously jigged up...More

Thank Adelaide D
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Dinner here in Lygon Street at this Italian restaurant. Food was lovely but service not very good. Would recommend the Veal Saltimbucca.

1  Thank Positano15
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We mainly go for coffee sitting outside in the sun these days but the food and service are always good. Nice to see all the old Italians chatting together - a little piece of Italy!

Thank AngelinaAustralia
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Visited Melbourne University Cafe for lunch with 6 friends. Asked Paulo to suggest antipasto which turned out to be an excellent choice of delightful meats and accompanied by squid, meatballs and white assorted pizzas. Main I had spaghetti vongole which was cooked to perfection. We...More

1  Thank FredCal
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Enjoyed a delicious lunch in the sun outside, service was great. Meal was beyond yummy. No bruschetta on the menu but the staff were more than happy to create some for us. Followed by freshly made pasta in the form of mouth watering cannelloni with...More

1  Thank SydTravellers3
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 2142
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