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Central Business District
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177-183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 96633316
07:00 - 07:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 07:00
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Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Authentic Greek food at a decent price, but we expected more. The souvlaki was tasty but tough. All portions were large - plenty to share.

Thank dt43147
Canberra, Australia
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wait staff upstairs were unpleasant early in the sitting. Later, maybe could see why as they were seriously understaffed. Being coming from interstate for years and have been disappointed the last two visits. Meat was fatty and grisouly, and the homemade mousakka was oily, which could not be finished. Won't be back again.

Thank mickmack1957
Herzlia, Israel
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190 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose Stalactites at the recommendation of the taxi driver and did not regret. The Greek menu is quite diversified and they even had a special cooked food list. Almost everything that you expect at a Greek restaurant out of Greece was there and some more. The lines at the entry show that the locals know and appreciate the place.... More 

Thank Dan R
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food. Service. Atmosphere. A must do place for food when in melbourne. The traditional souvlaki was fantastic.

Thank Andrew V
Leigh, NZ
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressed with the service & atmosphere on a very busy night in the middle of the Australian Open Tennis, where many visitors were present. Friendly, speedy service and very reasonably priced. A wide range of specials, at a reasonable price as well as the main menu. The lemon chicken entree was ample for a main. Our very traditional male... More 

Thank Wenz21Leigh_NZ
Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here twice during my week in Melbourne because I enjoyed the food very much. The restaurant is unique with Stalactites coming down from the ceiling (hence the name) and the ambiance although fairly loud is fun. I wouldn't advise coming here for a quiet, romantic meal, but if you are looking for a casual mid-priced restaurant with solid... More 

Thank ReenyL
Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All our food was beautifully cooked and presented and we enjoyed it so much we returned for a second time a few days later. There are Greek restaurants and real Greek restaurants and this place definitely falls under the latter heading. The ceiling is also good for a smile too.

Thank robroy18
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner for my birthday - place was packed! Got a table quickly, ordered quickly. Then it went downhill. They forgot our drinks, we had to remind them twice. It took about 30 mins to get us a beer and a juice. To be fair they didn't charge us for the drinks. Then they gave our meals to another... More 

Thank EStephens
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cook is a greek lady who has been there for 35 years. They are open 24/7. The food is very greek and they have lots to choose from. The greek salad and souvlaki are very nice. Staff is friendly - slightly busy on a Saturday, but still okay service.

Thank Charlotte R
Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stalactites is a Melbourne institution. It has been there as long as I can remember. It is always busy and serrves reliable Greek style food at reasonable prices. Also does take - away. It's name comes from the cave like ceiling which is a curiosity.

Thank Tom T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 07:00
07:00 - 07:00
07:00 - 07:00
07:00 - 07:00
07:00 - 07:00
07:00 - 07:00
07:00 - 07:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177-183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 96633316

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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