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Il Cantuccio

209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 9959
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gnocchi” (32 reviews)
“scaloppine” (6 reviews)
“pollo” (8 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a busy spot with a fairly basic dining room (wood, framed photos, lanterns), and cozy seating. Service is friendly and prompt. There's a nice selection of authentic Italian dishes, including a very good lasagne. Portions are quite large. Very pleasant.

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were walking into Melbourne CBD and noticed a queue outside a place over the road. When we looked closer we saw it was a restaurant. Thinking the food must be good there we decided to try it out for dinner the next night. It...More

1  Thank Janelle M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a family of four (two teenagers) we love this restaurant. Good service, home cooked fresh meals and good prices. Highly recommend!

1  Thank ZTFwse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You won't find such fabulous tasting Italian; with a menu that will please everyone, nor such genuine service than Il Cantuccio. An iconic restaurant on Lygon Street, I think I first went here nearly 30 years ago. It's busy; and noisy; but there service is...More

2  Thank Natstar26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A typical Italian style restaurant Family run with Great Food wine and atmosphere. Decor is welcoming, as are the hosts., Highly recommend a visit.

3  Thank darth9734
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Doesn't inspire visually as a building but the food and service are king and queen...the sauces have that 'hard to find authentic italian flavour' one does not normally get without travelling for a day

1  Thank dogmycat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lygon Street is a Melbourne institution. Italian restaurant after Italian restaurant - and, unfortunately, a lot of them are really touristy with no taste. Not Il Cantuccio! We went here based on TripAdvisor and had the most amazing time. The restaurant is small and cosy...More

2  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say this is possibly the best Italian restaurant food I've eaten outside of Italy. It was outstanding fare. We had spicy meatballs, rigatoni al diavolo, calamari fritti , gnocchi Gorgonzola, pollo asiago and pollo capesanti. All were extremely good. Dare I say...More

2  Thank Moschi1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

what a great place to dine in, best food, lovely service, feels like you are at home with your parents cooking for you.

3  Thank kandelbabs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Intimate yet bustling at the same time. You are made to feel like a welcome guest at the home of a very large Italian family. Service plus and great home style Italian food. Nothing is too much trouble.

2  Thank 445James1962
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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13 January 2017|
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Response from emcee-corn | Property representative |
Yes we are open Tuesday to Sunday nights love to have you here just give us a call and we'll book you in.03 9347 9959.or go to our website and book on line. Ciao Mario.
10 September 2016|
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Response from jiffy2006 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Absolutely.
Teagan C
19 August 2016|
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Response from emcee-corn | Property representative |
HI yes we are BYO and fully licensed with prices starting @30.00 up to $120.00 for Penfolds St Henri. but average prices around $35.00 for great reds and white wine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 9959
  • E-mail
Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.
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