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136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4930 7799
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Thu - Mon 18:00 - 21:00
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended this place by a local our first visit and it was a must do to upon return. If you appreciate true Italian food cooked just the way Nonna cooked then you have to visit here. The linguine with prawns is by far the best I have ever eaten ever. Love this place and Luigi the typical Nonno... More 

Thank Cassandra M
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the second time I have visited Lillino and to be honest it's be best Italian Cuisine I have ever tasted. The service is great and the owner personally greets everybody, welcoming them into his resturant. I'm raised Italian, grew up eating Italian and I honestly thought I would never taste food like my mothers again (she has passed).... More 

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Pokolbin, Australia
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We are locals and this is one of our go to places. You can always rely on the service, the food and the great atmosphere (not to mention the views). We had a few friends visiting over Easter, so I was excited to take them here, and they didn't disappoint. If you are in the area - worth a visit.

Thank kazdaz007
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in thinking about some coffee and cake but in the end after looking at the menu we change to sharing a beaut pizza and my wife had a glass of wine. at this stage i can only comment on what was consumed but i can honestly say we weren't disappointed with the quality of the food and wine... More 

Thank Greg I
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't believe my daughter finished all her penne so fast which she normally doesn't finish the plate at all. Lovely staff. But there were no kids menu and the penne for kids was $26.

Thank Leon K
Luigi P, Owner at Lillino, responded to this review

Dear Leon, Thanks for your review, although there is a correction I would like to make, you have been charged $26 for 2 kids Penne Bolognese and that is $13 each not as you said on your review $26. I also would like to point out that, we don't have a children menu because I personally don't believe that children... More 

Byron Bay, Australia
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75 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten here before and was looking forward to my return visit. And I wasn't disappointed. A pleasant ambiance and an excellent meal. The waitress who served me was friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed it so much I went back for lunch the next day. The only complaint I would make is about the way the waiter (who, happily, didn't... More 

Thank PearlPureheart
Luigi P, Owner at Lillino, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, the matter with the waiter in question was addressed, but unfortunately he didn't have any other attire available on that day, hopefully it will not happen again. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely place for lunch, with a view of the vineyards and the friendly beautiful dog barking in the background. The staff were lovely, and very accomodating to my mother and myself who have annoying dietary requirements (who goes out for Italian and can't have onion/ garlic, ME that's who) haha. So we Thankyou very much for that! The... More 

Thank hano20014500
Hunter Valley
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102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Our first time at Lillino and what a pleasant surprise. The view across the Hunter Valley is a great start. We were happy to pay $5 to taste a good selection of St. Clement's wines and chose a 2009 Merlot for lunch. Starters of Sardines (Venetian style) and scallops were generous and a shared pizza and salad fully satisfied us.... More 

Thank grussellt
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

A group of us went to Lilinos no knowing what to expect. But the food was well worth the visit. We were 2 couples. We shared a main as an entree. It was the Ravioli, oh it was so good and reminded me of my mum's (Maltese), that I wished I had had it on my own. Then I had... More 

Thank Wal M
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great tradition Italian food. Fantastic service. with a lovely view and sunset with reasonable prices. Defenatly going back next time we are in the Hunter Valley

Thank Andrew S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$29
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Rothbury
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4930 7799
Located in the Lovedale area. St Clements Estate is extremely private and offers an extensive range of wines all produced from our estate. We are also excited to have opened the doors to Lillino's Italian/Pizza restaurant in June 2011.We welcome you to the most authentic and best Italian restaurant in the Hunter Valley Region. Offering some of the finest cuisine with one of the best views in the Hunter.Come on in today, sit back, relax and let us introduce you to a culinary journey without comparison. Grilled Sardinian pecorino drizzled with honey, Spaghetti with sea urchin and homemade Mussel Bottarga, Kurunjones, succulent Suckling Pig, salted crust Burramundi, steam mussels and a variety of other dishes from our ever changing menu. OPENING HOURS:We are open for Lunch from Thursday to Monday from 12pm - 3pm(No pizza's on Thursday lunch)Dinner from 6pm to late Thursday to Monday(closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays)

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