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University Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Italian, Pizza, Cafe
257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 2142
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (25 reviews)
“saltimbocca” (2 reviews)
“minestrone” (2 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is packed! Came here for lunch and if is full ... every table inside and outside is taken. The place is buzzing - a happy rendezvous of people both from local and transient visitors. The place is friendly, warm no fuzz - efficient...More

Thank Philip P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I find Lygon Street such a mixed bag of good, bad and mediocre that my expectations of this place were admittedly low. Really happy with the service and the menu options when I went for a weeknight dinner with friends and family. Lovely, solid Italian...More

Thank wendyurquia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Birthday lunch and first time here. Was pleased with the pleasant service from an Irish maid called Rachel. She was courteous and prompt with the service. The only reason I made this 4 stars and not 5 was that this restaurant is NOT disabled friendly....More

Thank Heather W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I eat here often and of late I notice that service has gone downhill and food quality seems to be following it. What was a favourite family place and a regular stop has become hard to favour over other places further north or across the...More

Thank Craig G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well what can I say, amazing food, I had a seafood risotto while my partner had seafood pasta. Yummy. Service was quick, waiters very friendly, will be back

Thank mariachristou_13
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We had a group of 37 without a booking on tuesday night. They put us upstairs, we had our drinks and meals ordered quickly. Of course with a large group, we had staggered delivery of food. I had veal scallopini, which was delicious. Definitely go...More

Thank Maree P
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I recently joined my siblings here for lunch to celebrate my Birthday, when I made the booking I explained it was our bi-monthly "catch up" and asked for a quiet table; without hesitation we were offered a table upstairs. On the day we were the...More

Thank Warren C
Reviewed 7 November 2017

1. Family owners run the place with joy and care 2. Good selection of great Italian niceities 3. Prompt and good service 4. Long established cafe with a reputation.

Thank Murli T
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Lygon Street is always a favourite when dining in Melbourne, and The University Cafe is a great example why. We dined here on a late Saturday evening (around 9 pm) after a fabulous show at the Theatre. Parking was easy with a choice of on-street...More

Thank Jac B
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The song that I heard when I was there was Bachelor Girl's Buses and Trains, which was actually sung by a proud Italian granddaughter in 1997. There were three other memorable songs from the decade of the 1990s, or one which was seriously jigged up...More

Thank Adelaide D
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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Nearby Attractions
Melbourne Museum
3,520 reviews
.57 km away
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.50 km away
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.33 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 2142
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