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219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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07:30 - 21:30
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
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Sat 07:30 - 21:30
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Bendigo, Australia
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Best breakfast in town, food was sensational & our waitress was fun, friendly & accommodating of all requests .....will definitely be going back again

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Thank RissHicks
Brighton, Australia
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We probably shouldn't have been surprised, but Lava looks like a fairly simple cafe (a little funky). But it's got a really broad menu with some amazing options, and attentive staff who'll help with 'what's good today'. My wife had an amazing pepper salmon fillet salad with goats cheese & I had the seafood risotto. Great taste, plenty of fresh... More 

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Thank Brad P
Canberra, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Breakfast options are great and so is the coffee. Nice friendly service and good options for kids. Will be back.

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Thank gdrg0023
Perth, Australia
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102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Day NINE of my trip from Perth to Melbourne and I start to move West from Noble Park to St Kilda. Before checking I meet someone for lunch at Lava in Balaclava. I had chosen it for its diverse menu and booked online. When we arrived they couldn't find the online booking but as we were about the only people... More 

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Thank pducane
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This café is set in the midst of Carlisle St. Great friendly staff with an extensive menu. Regular spot for me and tried most things on the menu and not once disappointed. Keep up the good work guys.

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Thank Michael D
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

After moving to the area, we decided to look around for our first lunch. This place looked nice so we decided to give it a try. Honestly, we were a little let down to find out the onion rings didn't have real onion chunks in them - it was more like what you'd get out of a packet. Same with... More 

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Thank Isha B
Longwarry, Australia
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98 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

There was a group of 13 of us around the big table at the front, and we really enjoyed our visit. My food was great, and the others seemed very happy with theirs. My friend and I shared the plate of eggplant parmigiana and the dish of baked vegetables, which made a nice combination. The menu contained a good variety... More 

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Thank Lorraine B
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is such a little gem. There is a massive table at the front and if you wanted to invite 15 or so people then it is easy to accommodate them. I always love the menu. There is nothing you cannot get on there. But my fave is the Israeli platter for two. Such good value and always delicious. The... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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117 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Recently had the potato rosti with a lovely mix of spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes covered in a tasty dressing. The staff are great, the atmosphere is relaxing and the coffee nice. What more could you want.

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2 Thank Stacey D
Melbourne, Australia
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1,230 reviews
360 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 780 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Menu is extensive - so much to choose from. Prices are competitive - not cheap but what you would expect to pay elsewhere too. Service - laid back and informal. Sometimes too nonchalant. Could be improved. Chilli risotto was heavily creamed - too sickening. Minced lamb shashuka was good. Coffees good. Portion sizes not too small so was good enough... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:30 - 21:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?