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Il Cantuccio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lygon Street
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209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 9959
Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The taste was divine, the service impeccable, the atmosphere cosy and warm. Very busy place and rightly so, there is so much going for this place, no wonder its been around for years and years.

Thank Rob D
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had a veal dish that was outstanding. My wife and I thought the bruschetta was the best we ever had. Staff was very friendly and accomodating.

Thank Joe R
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Found this nice restaurant in Lygon street last night,mind you we have walked past it many a time and so decided to give it a try.The food was beautiful,really Authentic Italian,calamari as an entree was very tender,the mussels in a broth and the spaghetti marinara as mains were cooked to perfection.The waitress's were warm and friendly but when you walk... More 

Thank gaymillier
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We don't eat Italian all that often but we had to try Il Cantuccio as it was highly recommended. The meals were cooked beautifully, the service was grea, and the dining room really gives you an authentic Italian experience. All the staff were all of Italian heritage and had a fantastic knowledge of the cuisine and wines available. You can... More 

Thank Sutto07
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with a group of wine lovers and the senior waitress made sure we had lovely big wine glasses and took the little ones away. The menu was fairly comprehensive for this style of bistro, and was plentiful tasty and satisfying. Worth a visit thru the bluestone block entrance. As good as any in its style in Lygon street.

Thank mickwelch52
Melbourne, Australia
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125 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this restaurant changed hands some years ago it has remained in the family and the quality has not changed. Tasty well presented food with an excellent selection on the menu.

Thank NJF2014
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I often take friends to this restaurant. We can always rely on this place to produce great-tasting, top quality food. Nothing is ever too much trouble for this husband and wife team - if you feel like something that you can't see on the menu, just ask. The food tastes authentic and is not over-priced. You can... More 

1 Thank Andrea M
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten here several times and never been disappointed. Good tasting food from a great menu. Good friendly service. Terrific atmosphere.

1 Thank Kerry R
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in a hurry to be somewhere by 8pm and Il Cuntuccio greeted us with a table for 3 at 6:30pm on a busy summer Saturday evening. The waiteress was very pleasant and knew we were a fast turnaround. The food was delicious! Will come back again to take it all in slower next time. Thanks for a GREAT... More 

Thank Mulloes
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and good service. We will definitely be back next time we are in Melbourne. Loved the cheese souffle and the Pumpkin ravioli, didn't have room for dessert.

2 Thank BevTonyAuckland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$31
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 9959
Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.

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  • 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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