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Lava in Balaclava

219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
07:00 - 21:00All hours
Italian, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lava in Balaclava is casual with a pleasant atmosphere. Food was great, wonderful eastern flavours and very reasonably priced for the quality and size of serves. Staff were very pleasant and professional. We will definitely go back.

Thank yzat181
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amaizing restaurant, nice and testy food, great atmosphere ,friendly and very profession staff. We have great time and have bought another deal for friend of my already again .I could suggest to everybody visit this place.

Thank mayam349
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Looked busy, always a good sign, so popped in and glad we did. Very friendly service and a good range of foods on menu to suit most tastes. I opted for a scrambled egg, bacon and caramelised onion wrapped in a roti (flat bread) and...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We went to this restaurant for a late lunch. The menu is vast and caters for vegan and gluten free. There is all day breakfast with a very good variety. I had the chicken and spinach and bean gnocchi. It was very tasty and a...More

Thank Kath M
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Wow I have been loyal customer for years. This restaurant offers impressive choice of food and drinks. Friendly staff assist in any way they can

Thank Ms B
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

My husband had great eggs but my child and I had chips and fish / chicken. Both looked store bought, tasted store bought and were very underwhelming.

Thank Jade I
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Presentation plus .... great ambiance too. It's always a joy driving to Balaclava, far/longer due to the traffic but 9/10 I'll find a "new" great meals or coffee somewhere and tonight's dinner is no different. Eclectic and rustic looking cafe/restaurant with a few touches of...More

Thank Jeffrie T
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Best breakfast in town, food was sensational & our waitress was fun, friendly & accommodating of all requests .....will definitely be going back again

Thank RissHicks
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We probably shouldn't have been surprised, but Lava looks like a fairly simple cafe (a little funky). But it's got a really broad menu with some amazing options, and attentive staff who'll help with 'what's good today'. My wife had an amazing pepper salmon fillet...More

Thank Brad P
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Breakfast options are great and so is the coffee. Nice friendly service and good options for kids. Will be back.

Thank gdrg0023
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9527 2205
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