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Il Gambero

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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Australian, Italian
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 24 April 2021 via mobile

Being a Friday and passing a hundred Asian restaurants we stumbled on this fine restaurant A table was found and the service and food was great Not to noisy and look forward to returning.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 February 2021 via mobile

Average pizza, slightly overpriced but nice ambience and very friendly service. Good for when visiting the area

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 24 January 2021

Our group had the upstairs area which was spacious. Some of our guests were late, hence we had to wait a while for the food. The meals were excellent, although not big. The tiramisu was excellent and staff were friendly. Will be returning.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 28 November 2020 via mobile

We were very excited to dine in lygon street and expected beautiful Italian food but unfortunately it was quite average. We didn’t finish the pizza because it was so cheesy and salty, and didn’t resemble the fresh margarita we expected. The pasta was gluggy with...Parmesan dominating the flavour. Our particular waitress was lovely, however we had to ask for water after our meal and a lemon lime bitters was out of a bottle. Such a shame, we won’t be returning.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 23 November 2020

We went last Saturday night and had a booking for 10 people. It was very busy (inside) and obviously very popular and we were right next to another table of 10. Not sure if the Covid-19 restrictions were being adhered to but we were so...happy to be catching up with friends that we hadn’t seen for so long so we weren’t bothered by this. Our waiter was very patient as we spent time in conversations with our friends ‘catching up’ before finally ordering and the atmosphere was great. I had the ‘princess’ entre pasta and not sure if I really liked it because of the flavour or because I was so hungry (but it was nice) and my husband had the ‘mark’s special’ pizza which he polished off very quickly. Everyone seemed happy with their food. We had ordered garlic and herb focaccia for the table to begin with, but the food was being delivered before the focaccia (in all fairness we were asked if we still wanted it, but in the end we declined so they did the right thing by us). This place is definitely worth checking out, and we would go again, but perhaps during the week rather than on a weekend which might result in it being less busy now that we can get out and about again. Do do give this place a go.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 10 July 2020 via mobile

We went for a family dinner and were very happy. The service was great, the staff were very welcoming and friendly. It was warm and clean and they observed social distancing. They were very welcoming to our children and went out of their way to...answer questions and recommend dishes. The food was great, the kids loved their pizza! The finished off and asked for more. "It was delicious " " It was magnificent " & "I love their pizza ", "when can we come back?" Were their comments. We had the chicken breats, it was fresh, tasty and a great serving size. The potato pizza was thin based, full of authentic flavour. This place is in a great location, with parking near by. We really enjoyed our meal and experience and can't wait to go back again.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 28 June 2020

The aromas emanating from the kitchen were wonderful so we had high expectations and we weren’t disappointed. We both had the chicken breast with avocado and cashews. It came with perfectly cooked vegetables and the sauce was delicious. Good size meal. I then had the...panna cotta. This was also delicious, looked beautiful and had the perfect wobble. Friendly and efficient service. Thanks to all for a memorable dining experience.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 10 April 2020

I was looking forward to a great pizza, but unfortunately mine was underwhelming. Topping somewhat bland, crust a bit soft. Friendly service.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 8 March 2020 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch while visiting Melbourne for the women’s T20 World Cup final. We both ordered Pizzas (One Mexican and one Gambero). Both were very good. The two medium pizzas were sufficient. Two coffees to follow were also excellent. An enjoyable experience.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 8 March 2020

Yep, do this, really good quality Italian food. We were a party of five and made various selections from the menu and they were all excellent. Pizza dishes or the great selection of pasta dishes, we all gave this Lygon Street restaurant a huge tick....Service was great, the elfresco not squashed in and good food. Will definitely be back as a family get together. And not harsh on the wallet.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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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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Yes, Il Gambero offers takeaway services.

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Il Gambero is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4