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Universal Restaurant

#201 of 3,328 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lygon Street
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141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 4393
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We are regulars at this place and keep coming back for one thing - Chicken Parma. The serving size is more than enough for the biggest appetite and I really like the italian style coleslaw with a vinegar dressing. And at $14 it is really good value. We drive for 45 minutes just to eat here. If you come before... More 

Thank Glen405
Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this place specifically for dessert with friends recently. I had their sticky date pudding and my friend had their tiramisu. The pudding was delicious! Melted in my mouth. Oh yes, I need me some of that. I cant personally comment on the tiramisu as I did not taste it but my friend loved hers. Its a very cozy... More 

Thank Chelsea R
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

People queue up in this place. The more we were drone to try it. As what they say if a restaurant is full it must be good. We had Chicken parmagiana and meat lovers pizza. Serving size is quite generous. An order of any meal can be shared by 2 people. You can see that almost every other table, the... More 

Thank JoJo T
Wellington, New Zealand
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566 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here with my wife and she had a great pasta dish. I chose the same thing I had last time, the chicken parmigiana. However, I left the extras off this time as they're not really needed. Your food is plenty big enough and tasty enough as it is. We sat outside on a pleasant summer evening and enjoyed... More 

Thank BagmanNZ
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food wise Your spoilt for choice in Melbourne haha, so it's so hard to choose but i got to admit i went to the place where it was the busiest just this once seeing as i had my locations to eat at :)!! It was probably one of the biggest italian eateries in the street. Im a sucker for when... More 

Thank Billy E
Murchison, Australia
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

large meals, fresh ingredients lots of choice very busy restaurant and lots of choice of seating, maybe sit inside next time due to smoking outside

Thank Leanne J
Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had some very average meals around Lygon Street in Carlton until we came across the Universal Rest. 139 Lygon St.. It all started with the lovely girl greeting us at the door, all the staff were professionals at doing there job and the food was awesome. Looking for a great meal price & quality this is the place to... More 

Thank Peter M
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a Friday night and got to the restaurant just after 6.15pm. There were already quite a few inside and the lineup for tables was only small. We were seated in about 10 minutes after our arrival and the service from staff commenced immediately and was fantastic. The meals..... a very wide selection and I was amazed at... More 

Thank mego75
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch to this cosy sidewalk restaurant and were very pleased. The mussels in the creamy white wine sauce was perfect and the service was good. Try the garlic giabatta on the side, and make sure to soak them in the fantastic sauce!

Thank Bastian S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

First restaurant after landing because of good reviews. Where to begin... It was before the dinner rush so the place had 3 tables. We sat ourselves down inside after 2 waitresses looked and walked past us. After looking at the menu for awhile we proceeded to order with excitement. I ordered a diet coke and the waitress said "Okay. A... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 4393
Established in 1969 Universal Italian Restaurant and Function Venue has flourished to become one of Melbourne's leading casual dining restaurants and first class function and events venue. ~A La Carte~ Universal prides itself on offering a widely diverse menu while maintaining an authentic Italian cooking style. Using only the freshest ingredients, we offer our customers substantial meals at an affordable price. Along with traditional dishes, Universal's menu features an assortment of top Australian steaks, fresh seafood, BBQ ribs and an ever growing selection of desserts made in house daily. A La Carte reservations and school groups are welcomed. ~Private Functions~ Located 2 blocks from the CBD, Universal's private function venue is the perfect location for all celebratory events, including engagement parties, birthdays, and corporate functions. Accommodating private functions from 20 to 60 people, with marble bar, designer interior and heated balcony. Universal also offers complimentary secured car parks for your convenience. Universal prides itself on organising personalised boutique functions.

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Staying in Lygon Street

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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 they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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