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Bossa Nova Cafe, Carlton, AU-VIC

Bossa Nova Cafe

4.8
4.8
146 Reviews
$40 and under
Brazilian
Looking for an authentic Brazilian restaurant or just tired of poached eggs & avo on toast?

No matter what you are looking for, at Bossa Nova Café we take pride in serving real Brazilian Food that will take you straight to Brazil after your first bite.

From the lovely beats of Bossa Nova to the quirky & colourful decoration, Bossa Nova's experience was inspired by the most diverse aspects of our culture, to bring Melbournians to Brazil and the Brazilian soul to Melbourne.

Stop by to say Olá, don't leave without trying our truly delicious coffee and delight yourself with the best of the Brazilian Cuisine.

We will be happy to have you in our casa.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Brazilian, Latin American, Contemporary Latin
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9078 2410
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Carlton
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Close to tram lines 1, 8 and 96
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine

What 146 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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146 Reviews
  1. Abigail

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was lovely and the people so welcoming. We learnt lot about Brazilian food from the owner and was a happy find.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, great service, very warm and friendly. Lovely atmosphere. Probably the best Brazilian restaurant I have ever been to!

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  3. Anna

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious, attentive service and fantastic value for food. I haven’t tried much Brazilian cuisine before, but this is setting a high barometer!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Brazilian restaurant in Melbourne, amazing food

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  5. Carol

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place with great Brazilian food, made me miss home even more!

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  6. Jodie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice casual vibe. Delicious traditional brazillian menu. It's quite small but the host is very friendly and made us feel welcome.

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  7. Ferjos

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at BNC. The live music is an experience to celebrate.

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  8. StephenC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Helpful staff, great service and great food. Would go back

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  9. FridaLouis

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great authentic Brazilian food and really friendly attentive staff. Felt at home. Fabulous live acoustic Bossa Nova guitarist. Good value. Great night.

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  10. HeathT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great, traditional Brazilian menu combined with good coffee, engaging service, reasonable prices and an ambience relaxado, Bossa Nova is Melbourne's own portal to Brazil.

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  11. Courtney

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great music, staff, and food! The decor is also really nice.

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  12. JuliaE

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible!! Loved the food variety and the meal itself was amazing. I had the steak with chimichurri and it was so delicious! Can’t wait to come back

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  13. MonReP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our fave in Melbourne 😊 Absolutely love this place!

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  14. Family

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience, great food and exceptional service :)

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  15. PaulaF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have the best experience at Bossa Nova cafe. The food is beyond amazing and the customer service is very friendly and welcoming. I always go back whenever I can.

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  16. Alberto

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food was great and I can eat all the cheesy bread!

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  17. ErickJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend the place. Food and services were amazing.

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  18. MarianaA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bossa Nova café is an amazing place to eat and feel home specially if you are Brazilians. Delicious food!!!

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  19. ShirlV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The lack of table service to me means a drop in the quality, the waiters barely talk to people these days as you order through the QR Code. It’s always a bit cold inside as they keep the back door open and it creates a draught. Food was great as usual, awesome live music on some weekend nights and the vibe is always quite energetic.

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  20. siddharthaD

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very Busy in a good way. Upbeat staff, Authentic taste of Brazil!

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  21. LuisB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, good service and great music. Little gem in Carlton

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  22. StevanB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wholesome, humble and flavoursome food, decent portions, nice place, be going again.

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  23. Nicomon

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was the best Brazilian restaurant! Steak was soo juicy and perfectly cooked. Most of the dishes was cheap and reasonable price

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  24. LocalDiner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Interesting cuisine, food portion was fine, taste ok. We dined outdoors hence cannot comment about the indoor experience. 3 stars because the outdoor dining space was just a bit too cramped. Our table was small; other patrons were knocking over our glasses of water trying to get past, we had to grab our food and glasses as the waiter tried to get past to serve other tables and when it came to our food being served, there just wasn't enough space for the waiter to stand and serve our food:- we had to take it off them. First world problems really but it just took a star off the experience.

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  25. NikkiL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and quick service. Workers incredibly kind and friendly. Option to sit inside or outside (near the dj). Will come back and definitely recommend

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  26. Pierre

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great vibe at Bossa Nova and it’s good to see some new things on the menu. Obrigado!

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  27. AdrianaD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, good service, lovely staff… Friendly place and good music ♥️

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  28. EryH

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Brazilian food in Melbourne and great service! Highly recommended and will definitely be back again and again 💛

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  29. MURILOO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muito bom atendimento e a comida. Recomendo para todos amigos.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came with friends. Beautiful food and portions were great. Meat fell off the bone. Dessert is scrumptious. Staff were hospitable. Tight space to manoeuvre: not sure if pram friendly. Suggest dim lighting options for mood setting for patrons? Enjoyed it. Would come again. Thanks!

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  31. ThaisB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I liked the food, the people are polite and nice

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  32. Claudia

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It is not just about the food, that is always yummy, but also the good vibes that this place releases whe you are there. They always make me feel really welcome.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone is so friendly. Food is really good. Reasonable price. Highly recommend

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  34. jasonh

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic traditional brazilian food.. packed with flavour. Cocktails are great. very cosy and friendly atmosphere.. great place.. i will definitely be back

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  35. CristianeS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Brazilian food in Melbourne. I really recommend this place.

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  36. Bruna2030

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the ‘bolinhos de bacalhau’ and ‘ casquinha de siri’ as starters. For the main course we savoured the ‘camarão na moranga’. For dessert, ‘pão de mel’ and ‘bombocado’. Everything was well presented and delicious. The service was efficient and friendly. I bought a few snacks to take back home. I will return and would highly recommend if you want to explore different and tasty flavours.

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  37. Dands

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bossa Nova is great, the food and the music, the service, always a good time out. I'm a regular now. The hot sauce is a must try!

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  38. AliC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I love Brazilian food and was so excited to get some Vegan feijoada. Place was packed, and I can see why cause the food was souped yummy. If your not a fan of dinning when it’s busy then I’d contact them ahead of time to find out when it’s quieter. But I didn’t mind. Love the food and live the chilled samba music played in the background. Muito obrigada.

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  39. ClarissaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the visit as always, thank you Gabriel and team. Dessert was the highlight.

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  40. Fern

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good, it is like a home away from home. They also sell Brazilian products.

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Bossa Nova Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

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156 Elgin St, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Carlton
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Brazilian, Latin American, Contemporary Latin
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Close to tram lines 1, 8 and 96
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine
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