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Cafe Notturno

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Lygon Street
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177-179 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 8286
06:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 02:00
Fri 06:00 - 04:00
Sat 06:00 - 05:00
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place used to be great good food at anytime of the day or night. It has now been taken over and has gone downhill. try the place next door.

Thank Antony L
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cafe Notturno took our booking of 25 when we turned away by another restuarant because they don't do bookings over 12 on Saturday nights. Well it was a stroke of luck. The management and staff were so accommodating and had everyone organized when my sister and I got back from picking the birthday cake up. Staff were friendly and well... More 

Thank Karl B
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good Italian coffee & it was lovely to see almond milk on the menu. Where i come from, this is rare. But that's as good as it got. The waitress was lovely but clueless and couldn't really understand us or the menu. Husband ordered Atlantic eggs. Poached eggs were under cooked. .. still had egg white oozing out. He ordered... More 

1 Thank RPN7775
1 review
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Don't try their food! Buy a frozen meal from Coles, Woolworth, etc. and put it in a microwave. Believe me it tastes a lot better than the food here!

Thank Ibrahim A
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here and enjoyed the food. Alla matriciana with gnocchi was full of flavour and hit the spot, the best I've had in Lygon Street for years. Bolognese was similar. I'm looking forward to visiting again.

Thank Marsman351
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We went there on Good Friday. It's Lucy to find this one as many other restaurants closed due to holiday. Their price is pretty reasonable compare to the restaurants in that area. We ordered cafe, pizza and pasta. I like cafe and pasta but the hot salami pizza, too salty to eat!

Thank Runing Y
Howlong, Australia
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

we ordered a pizza and pasta dish and both meals were great. staff were really friendly they even gave my daughter some dough to play with which she thought was amazing she had a huge smile on her face. We walked out full with left overs to take back to the hotel and were surprised at the price which was... More 

Thank Naomi M
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Eggplant Chips! Egg plant chips! can't stress enough!! If you have never tried eggplant chips, Pleeeaaasseee go!

Thank Lee W
Melbourne, Australia
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116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Dining on Lygon St comes with its challenges, there's so many restaurants pitched at the tourists who hit this busy street in Carlton. It can get a bit cheap and nasty, especially the restaurants with spruikers but not Cafe Notturno. Cafe Notturno is a decent Italian restaurant, it's genuine Italian food at reasonable prices for inner city Melbourne. The service... More 

Thank CoffeeLovingCat
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180 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We ordered the mixed seafood which was straight out of the supermarket freezer. It was very greasy and was not fresh at all and not cooked very well. Maybe we should have stuck to something more traditional Italian. Service was ok but nothing special.Would have to improve before we go back.

Thank Robbo44Melbourne

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 05:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177-179 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 8286

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lygon Street

Neighbourhood Profile
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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