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Universal Restaurant

141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 4393
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“schnitzel” (20 reviews)
“pasta” (21 reviews)
“coleslaw” (8 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
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Reviews (207)
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1 - 10 of 207 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we came, it"s almost full, we have to wait a few minutes to sit,but it's worthy,the food was good; pizza and pasta delicious, good ambience,nice place for family.

Thank BJNugraha
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are regulars at this place and keep coming back for one thing - Chicken Parma. The serving size is more than enough for the biggest appetite and I really like the italian style coleslaw with a vinegar dressing. And at $14 it is really...More

Thank Glen405
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

People queue up in this place. The more we were drone to try it. As what they say if a restaurant is full it must be good. We had Chicken parmagiana and meat lovers pizza. Serving size is quite generous. An order of any meal...More

Thank JoJo T
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I came here with my wife and she had a great pasta dish. I chose the same thing I had last time, the chicken parmigiana. However, I left the extras off this time as they're not really needed. Your food is plenty big enough and...More

Thank BagmanNZ
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Food wise Your spoilt for choice in Melbourne haha, so it's so hard to choose but i got to admit i went to the place where it was the busiest just this once seeing as i had my locations to eat at :)!! It was...More

Thank oooppppaaaa
Reviewed 2 April 2017

large meals, fresh ingredients lots of choice very busy restaurant and lots of choice of seating, maybe sit inside next time due to smoking outside

Thank Leanne J
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We had some very average meals around Lygon Street in Carlton until we came across the Universal Rest. 139 Lygon St.. It all started with the lovely girl greeting us at the door, all the staff were professionals at doing there job and the food...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We went on a Friday night and got to the restaurant just after 6.15pm. There were already quite a few inside and the lineup for tables was only small. We were seated in about 10 minutes after our arrival and the service from staff commenced...More

Thank mego75
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch to this cosy sidewalk restaurant and were very pleased. The mussels in the creamy white wine sauce was perfect and the service was good. Try the garlic giabatta on the side, and make sure to soak them in the fantastic sauce!

Thank Bastian S
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

First restaurant after landing because of good reviews. Where to begin... It was before the dinner rush so the place had 3 tables. We sat ourselves down inside after 2 waitresses looked and walked past us. After looking at the menu for awhile we proceeded...More

1  Thank MiRu K
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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A Group of 12 -1 4 would like to book a long table or a separate room for dinner this Saturday night around 7.30. Do you have a table or room for us Is it BYOG Richard
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.
Do we need reservation?
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 4393
  • 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.