We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carlton Espresso

326 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 8482
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good48%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
18 Mar 2017
5 Feb 2017
“Our favourite in Carlton !”
Opens in 1 min
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe
$$ - $$$
326 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (32)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 29 reviews

Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

Went in for the Custard Bombolone and was not disappointed. It was perhaps the best custard I have had. The pastry was good too.

Thank classicchch
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

Since more than 15 years we visit our daughter and Melbourne. This place in Carlton is our absolute favourite ! Our numero uno for drinks, latte, aperol spritz and italian food !

Thank Hugo H
Reviewed September 17, 2016

We had dinner here on a cool September evening. Between the 2 of us we ordered the small sampler board of cold meat and cheese, a spaghetti dish and the black rice with pinenuts, etc. Those 3 dishes, together with the bread and 2 glasses...More

Thank OlddogHK
Reviewed June 16, 2016

We arrived very late after the theatre and yet DOC Espresso was still open and smoking' ! Even after what must have been a very busy day staff were still ON and happy to engage. The food is rustic Italian - no pretensions here -...More

Thank Nyall G
Reviewed March 22, 2016

Every time we come to Carlton we have a coffee or a meal at D.O.C. . We already visit this place for 14 years, since our daughter lives in Melbourne. We like to sit outside and to watch the passegiata. The service is very friendly...More

Thank Hugo H
Reviewed January 15, 2016

This family restaurant is fabulous for all ages. Guaranteed fresh and delicious food..smooth service and relaxed yet noisy atmosphere.

Thank mira l
Reviewed November 15, 2015

The waitress last night was super busy as the place was crowded (why isn't there more competition in this St??) so maybe it wasn't her fault that she seemed stressed & was impatient?? The pasta with "peas & broadbeans" hardly had anything green in it...More

Thank NotMolly
Reviewed October 11, 2015

Nice bar food here with some good drinks options. Each drink order came with a small board of tapas style foods which were decent. It's nice that you can go to the deli next door and order some food to be brought over as well.

5  Thank Nirz33
Reviewed September 28, 2015

Nothing beats Carlton Espresso and its alimentary next door for the real deal. The staff are happy and funny and chaotic and work like hell. The food and wine, with quintessential Italian pride in generosity and service, is very good. They serve excellent antipasti with...More

1  Thank calyps013
Reviewed June 30, 2015

I travel a long way to go to CARLTON ESPRESSO, it is a unique place and the best place for coffee or a light meal and you can even enjoy an excellent dish of pasta "al dente" just like in Italy. The atmosphere is friendly...More

Thank 922general
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 163 hotels in Melbourne
Carlton Clocktower Apartments
89 reviews
.14 km away
Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel
437 reviews
.20 km away
Lygon Lodge Carlton
154 reviews
.30 km away
Rydges on Swanston Melbourne
482 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Pidapipo Gelateria
208 reviews
.10 km away
Donnini's Restaurant
231 reviews
.03 km away
571 reviews
.10 km away
Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant
199 reviews
.06 km away
Nearby Attractions
Lygon Street
1,004 reviews
.22 km away
Carlton Gardens
83 reviews
.52 km away
University of Melbourne
21 reviews
.36 km away
The Ian Potter Museum of Art
42 reviews
.31 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Carlton Espresso staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 326 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 8482
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing