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136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4930 7799
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (37 reviews)
“tiramisu” (20 reviews)
“suckling pig” (8 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

This was our first visit to Lillino's, which was recommended by several sources. The food and staff were wonderful, and certainly met expectations. But the vibe from the signs and notices was abrasive and off-putting. Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing that stood out,...More

Thank Chill987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved it. First time there. That gnocci is sooooooo good. All of our food was delicious in fact we were swapping foods across plates as everyone wanted to try snippets of others. I would highly recommend. We will be back!

Thank ozzodeano
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loveliest meal by default....the restaurant we were planning on going to was full. We were able to get a table and enjoyed beautiful food in a warm restaurant. Friendly and knowledgeable staff made for a great night. Finished with raspberry semifreddo...definitely going back for round...More

Thank Arat1970
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my boyfriend have been here three times now when visiting from Sydney. The food here is so incredibly good. Everything is so fresh and tasty! The wine and desserts are also incredible. The staff are super helpful and friendly. On our second time...More

1  Thank Kristie S
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We returned to the hunter to go to Lillino’s again after an amazing first visit. They are still just as good! Amazing food, well educated and friendly staff. We enjoyed a margherita pizza, gnocchi al pomodoro and Luigi’s linguine as well as a tiramisu for...More

Thank Ash_a_b_1989
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Authentic Italian food at a reasonable price. The waitress was very helpful ,explain specials well and attended to our needs subtlely.

Thank bkrefel
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

We like to frequent all kind of restaurants. Mostly in The Netherlands (where we live) and in France (where we have a second home). Australie have good restaurants. From de Italian restaurants Lillino's is one of the best. Delicious flavours, nicely cooked and just enough....More

Thank Havik123
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

My partner and I went to Lillino's restaurant on a Friday night. Despite the wait (the place was busy and we didn't have a booking) we were very happy with the food and beer we ordered and staff was nice and friendly. I'm definitely coming...More

Thank Skorpkat
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Food tasted delicious and pretty venue, however a couple things brought the whole experience down: 1. We asked to have a small taste of 2 different wines with dinner so we could decide which one to buy. We were told no thats not possible. I...More

1  Thank Nicola T
Luigi P, Owner at Lillino, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

I promised myself not to reply to any TripAdvisor reviews, sorry I need to answer this one. Nicola, my waitress did what she’s instructed to do and it doesn’t matter if is two or twentytwo. A copy of the children document is attached for you...More

Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We travelled here from the Crowne Plaza and had the most wonderful dinner!! Everything was great - the view, the wine, the food and the service! Highly recommend it!!

Thank Linz_macd
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Neeraj T
18 April 2018|
Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but I would think an outside table would be made available. Perhaps ring!
22 July 2017|
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Response from Granville T | Reviewed this property |
Yes the children will be very welcome. The staff are particularly friendly.
Wendy K
23 May 2017|
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Response from Wendy K | Reviewed this property |
It was very disappointing to read the owners response, instead of an apology, he felt it necessary to attack me. I expressed the concerns of our entire group and we went to his establishment on recommendation, which was... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 Talga Rd, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Rothbury
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4930 7799
  • E-mail
Located in the Lovedale area. St Clements Estate is extremely private and offers an extensive range of wines all produced from our estate. We are also excited to have opened the doors to Lillino's Italian/Pizza restaurant in June 2011.We welcome you to the most authentic and best Italian restaurant in the Hunter Valley Region. Offering some of the finest cuisine with one of the best views in the Hunter.Come on in today, sit back, relax and let us introduce you to a culinary journey without comparison. Grilled Sardinian pecorino drizzled with honey, Spaghetti with sea urchin and homemade Mussel Bottarga, Kurunjones, succulent Suckling Pig, salted crust Burramundi, steam mussels and a variety of other dishes from our ever changing menu. OPENING HOURS:We are open for Lunch from Thursday to Monday from 12pm - 3pm(No pizza's on Thursday lunch)Dinner from 6pm to late Thursday to Monday(closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays)
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