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Lava in Balaclava

219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Lynda M
Reviewed 15 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 3 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
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Lava in Balaclava is casual with a pleasant atmosphere. Food was great, wonderful eastern flavours and very reasonably priced for the quality and size of serves. Staff were very pleasant and professional. We will definitely go back.

Thank yzat181
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Amaizing restaurant, nice and testy food, great atmosphere ,friendly and very profession staff. We have great time and have bought another deal for friend of my already again .I could suggest to everybody visit this place.

Thank mayam349
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Looked busy, always a good sign, so popped in and glad we did. Very friendly service and a good range of foods on menu to suit most tastes. I opted for a scrambled egg, bacon and caramelised onion wrapped in a roti (flat bread) and...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We went to this restaurant for a late lunch. The menu is vast and caters for vegan and gluten free. There is all day breakfast with a very good variety. I had the chicken and spinach and bean gnocchi. It was very tasty and a...More

Thank Kath M
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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 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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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