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136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4930 7799
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (52 reviews)
“tiramisu” (17 reviews)
“linguine” (10 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Luigi and family supplied great authentic Italian food plus he entertained us with 2 songs in Italian with his amazing voice. Will certainly return soon, can not understand previous unfavourable review so just concentrate on the positive ones you will not be disappointed.

Thank Merls1011
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Discovered Lillino last trip and wanted to go again this holiday. Top scallop dish with limoncello, superb fritto misto, main of prawn pasta and a Sardinian honey pastry dessert. The dessert was excellent and unique. Enjoyed with their estate sparkling white, red and dessert wines....More

Thank JGqld1945
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mediocre food , not a smile in the house / would not return and unfortunately it was recommended , gluten free bases for pizzas were not made on site , overcharged on our bill - lucky we checked it Wait staff were miserable and unhelpful...More

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

Wendy, I don't understand the reason why you have written this negative review, your first one as well, wow, did you want to make yourself look good in front of your friends perhaps? I don't know. The food served to your table (by the waitress...More

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply stunning food! There were 13 on our table and every single person raved about the food and we all go to restaurants regularly in Melbourne! We were treated to the mesmerising voice of the owner as he serenaded a birthday girl on the next...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...More

1  Thank Cassandra M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 22 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank kazdaz007
Reviewed 17 April 2017 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...More

1  Thank Greg I
Reviewed 13 April 2017 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.More

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...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

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....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.

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Wendy K
respond to owners response
23 May 2017|
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Response from Wendy K | Reviewed this property |
It was very disappointing to read the owners response, instead of an apology, he felt it necessary to attack me. I expressed the concerns of our entire group and we went to his establishment on recommendation, which was... More
Ana A
Is it possible to stay on your property when grape picking and pressing time is on ?
6 March 2015|
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Response from Luigi P | Property representative |
Dear Ana, the answer is no Accommodation at St Clements Estate or at Lillino' The whole of Talga road is full of great places were to stay. We are just a boutique vineyard and a great restaurant . Thanks for your enquiry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$28
Brunch, 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, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
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
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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)