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Universal Italian Restaurant & Function Value

139-141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“schnitzel” (23 reviews)
“pasta” (41 reviews)
“coleslaw” (8 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
139-141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What a wonderful surprise this was for us. Everything we ordered was of the highest quality, huge portion servings, with the only fault being an eye fillet steak not cooked correctly. A request for Medium cooked should not come out merely seared on the outside...More

1  Thank AndyJenni
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is a must try because food serving is huge and delicious. We even had to take away because just cant finish the portion. Oyster Kirpatrick is very delicious. Must try and not far away from CBD, Swanston St.

Thank Funnybones0002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is just something so right about eating food that’s the size of your head (my head is quite bulbous) and this schnitzel is NO exception. So first, and let me say this, the most IMPORTANT aspect of this dish, would have the mushroom sauce....More

Thank lanana29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A busy restaurant. The menu is huge and so are the portions. It pays to be very hungry when eating here. Friendly chef.

Thank gpwilzee1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm going to that place for years now and I love it. The fabulous chicken parma or chicken schnitzel are a must. Huge, delicious and cheap! Enjoy!

Thank Raphaael
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We had chicken parmigiana which was yummy, chips were on the cold side but chicken was perfectly cooked and there was so much I couldn't eat the chips anyway. But $14 was a steal even with surcharge Marinara with a side of broccoli and almonds,...More

Thank Grant G
Reviewed 6 November 2017

I have walked past this place a few times when I have gone to Carlton, and my relatives wanted to come here for dinner, so they made the booking and we came in. I felt like chicken so ordered the schnitzel, from memory the meal...More

Thank Toan N
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

On a quick visit to Melbourne we decided ee had to eat at Lygone st so we quickly picked this place. The 3 of us all enjoyed our meal with the flavours being very good. The prices were very reasonable and overall ee enjoy a...More

Thank Livinlife61
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Yesterday, 22/10/17 me and my girlfriend went to had lunch but the experience was not so good as we had the last time. When we seated, the waitress delayed more than 15 minutes for give to us the menu, or ask if we want order...More

1  Thank Guilherme L
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Our family of 4 stopped here for lunch on a walk down Lygon St what a great spot $10 for a small pizza and a massive glass of soft drink great value you can also have an entrée pasta, or sandwich for a bit more...More

Thank drewbel
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
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21 November 2016|
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Response from blukav | Reviewed this property |
They do not take bookings, but you will easily be able to seat 12-14. They have doubled the size of the venue so the wait will be no less than 10-15 minutes.
10 November 2016|
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Response from myebelle | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I believe they don't take reservations. I know the few times I've been, they have refused reservations, and we waited till there was a table available. In saying that, we have always been there in a big group... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139-141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: 93474393
  • E-mail
Established in 1969 Universal Italian Restaurant and Function Venue has flourished to become one of Melbourne's leading casual dining restaurants and first class function and events venue. ~A La Carte~ Universal prides itself on offering a widely diverse menu while maintaining an authentic Italian cooking style. Using only the freshest ingredients, we offer our customers substantial meals at an affordable price. Along with traditional dishes, Universal's menu features an assortment of top Australian steaks, fresh seafood, BBQ ribs and an ever growing selection of desserts made in house daily. A La Carte reservations and school groups are welcomed. ~Private Functions~ Located 2 blocks from the CBD, Universal's private function venue is the perfect location for all celebratory events, including engagement parties, birthdays, and corporate functions. Accommodating private functions from 20 to 60 people, with marble bar, designer interior and heated balcony. Universal also offers complimentary secured car parks for your convenience. Universal prides itself on organising personalised boutique functions.
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