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Lava in Balaclava

$$ - $$$Cafe, Italian,
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“risotto” (6 reviews)
“shakshuka” (2 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.All hours
Cafe, Italian, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited here a few times as it's one of our local eateries, the food has always been excellent, lots of food options, friendly staff and great service.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Slowly decomposing due to 1hr10min brekkie wait. 3 of us went to Lava In Balaclava for New Year day breakfast. Everywhere was busy which was understandable. Friendly staff and cool deco. I ordered Israeli Breakfast and my friends had Balaclava breakfast and Mushroom Florentine. Unfortunately...More

Thank DaTravelBuggie
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

$6 for a coffee seemed a bit much esp when ordering multiple coffees. Seems automatically converted to super size plus a healthy surcharge. And skinny dark haired girl tried to short change my $50. Not showing peace and love to local customers.

Thank balaclavalocal
Reviewed 17 December 2017

For a very reasonable price we enjoyed a hearty lunch. The staff were attentive and friendly. There were thirteen of us but we were served very closely together. Really enjoyed my meal.

Thank oldaussieiady
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

The meal was very disappointing asked for items on the side when didn’t happen and then had to wait for a basic thing such as butter to come smashed avo was just mashed avo with a ‘sprinkle’ of mint and so much cheese just dumped...More

Thank bekdegen
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Used a Groupon here. The best cofee, relaxed surroundings. Great value for money with good quality ingredients.

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Great coffee, terrific BLT, good salads, something for everyone. Have been gong here regularly and food is always good.

Thank Lynda M
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this cafe whilst looking for somewhere to eat. What luck. Amazing food with great presentation. The smoothie and crush were also tasty. Very friendly staff and nothing was a problem. Highly recommend.

Thank Droid58
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We went as a party of 5. We shared 2 entree plates, one calamari, the other bread, falafel and hommas. Both were quite small but delicious. Our main courses were again, not big, but good quality and very tasty. One opted for a burger and...More

Thank Christine c
Reviewed 1 October 2017

A family friendly, vegan friendly place that you can enjoy a good coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Thank Hwa W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9527 2205
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