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Ilona Staller

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282 Carlisle St, Balaclava, Port Phillip, Victoria 3183, Australia
+61 3 9534 0488
08:00 - 13:00
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Sun 08:00 - 01:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 01:00
Sat 08:00 - 13:00
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Sydney, Australia
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202 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

simple menu but tasty and clean fresh menu ... very good service and very good easy to have meal with kids...

Thank mabudo_likes_travel
Melbourne, Australia
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123 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's not often that you get high quality Italian style service at a suburban restaurant - but we got it here. Additionally the food and wines were also superb. My standouts were the Lamb PappaDella and the caramel creme broule - both exceptional. It's not cheap when you include 2 bottles of wine and cocktails but it was excellent value... More 

Thank Mike H
Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service of this restaurant is first class. We had the barramundi fish and also the eye fillet steak, The meals all came out together and well timed as i had my steak med/well presentation was great,The interior of this venue is very smart being in an old CBA bank which was art deco era.The waitress was well rewarded for... More 

1 Thank John A
Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Anything deco and I am there and the building this restaurant is in is superb. Our waitress was great, attentive and helpful and all three of our meals delicious. It may have just been the night but children being allowed to run round the restaurant playing chase made it a happy but unrelaxing place to eat dinner earlier on. Thus... More 

Thank helan1
Melbourne, Australia
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555 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice restaurant. Stopped here for an impromptu dinner with local fans of the restaurant. I had the beef cheeks which were absolutely superb. The serve was extraordinarily generous and well composed. Best of all, it was exceptionally tasty. (A bouquet too for the excellent Brussel sprouts, a great vegetable in my view.). The wine list was good and the... More 

Thank TwoSheds57
London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

The food and service were excellent in this attractive, comfortable restaurant. The barramundi fish and accompanying vegetables were 1st class and so was the dessert that my husband and I shared. They regularly change the menu.

1 Thank sdee101
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Loved it. Group of 6. Croquettes and beestings to share. Very tasty. If you are going soon.. At the moment they have a pork belly main that is to die for on the specials menu. See picture. Plus chocolate licorice dessert also on specials menu was out of this world.

Thank Excessbags
Melbourne, Australia
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Had dinner with another couple. Service was excellent and knowledgable. Wine list was small but perfect. Enjoyed the expanded pasta and risotto menu. The specials were different to the standard menu which seems to be a forgotten art. Barramundi was perfectly cooked and the duck was tender tasty and succulent. Great fur couples or families.

Thank Lisa and Ken M
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have been here before and really enjoyed the experience. We went the other night for a dinner for two and decided to just have some entrees as 'tapas'. Every dish was a disappointment. The eggplant had a sauce that was tasteless, the meatballs were mushy and had the same tasteless tomato sauce, the beestings were undercooked, and the croquettes... More 

1 Thank fehutch
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The food was delectable and the service very fine. I would go back for a casual dining experience with a funky vibe.

Thank debbiesr1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Australian, Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 282 Carlisle St, Balaclava, Port Phillip, Victoria 3183, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  Balaclava
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9534 0488

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