Cafe Cavallino

4.2
71 reviews
$40 and under
Italian
Gino Francese opened his first restaurant in 1971 in Melbourne, Australia. The restaurant was an instant success because of its authentic Italian Pizza, Pasta, Seafood, Steak and friendly service. Cafe Cavallino is owned by Gino Francese. Cafe Cavallino will continue serving the same traditional Italian style cuisine that has been done so by the Francese family for the past 43 years. Cafe Cavallino provides one of the largest alfresco seating areas in Melbourne, to give you the true dining experience and atmosphere of Lygon Street. The Cafe Cavallino mission is to continue serving you with the freshest food within the cleanest environment. Gino Francese has built an excellent reputation for his traditional Italian homestyle cuisine and friendly atmosphere that stands strong today.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 71 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.1
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We turned up and restaurant was closed

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Maddi
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They weren’t open but we had made a reservation. Absolutely love this restaurant but very disappointed we weren’t notified.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I dont know why this hasn’t been updated but this restaurant is closed fully. We made a booking and showed up and the whole thing was packed up. Very disappointing as we were relying on the booking

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booking confirmed through opentable nov 6th
Family was so excited only to arrive and resturant was closed

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Mxwc3696
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Extremely poor experience - booking was accepted and confirmed for large party, only to arrive and discover the restaurant in question was actually closed until 11/11/2021 with absolutely no indication of the closure online. Very disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made a booking online and when we got to the restraunt IT WAS CLOSED!! Why take bookings if you are closed? We travelled all the way from Melton only to be completely disappointed.

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GeorgeJ
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food. Great, friendly service. Would dine here again.

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Flipper
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Lovely food, would go back for sure, only staff not that friendly

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Upset
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Unfortunately, the food last night compared to other many memorable evenings was sub ordinary and not up to their usual standard. The dishes presented, some were cold, others the pasta was over-cooked, just not good at all.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Waiters are not friendly food is bland very lazy workers

JM
JohnnyM
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite go to restaurant. I love the minestrone, cardinals & chilli mussels with spaghetti. Located in Lyon st. for that Mediterranean experience.

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tinikap
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

Awful service, no up selling, the most painfully average food, Jesus Christ guys

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vipRuby
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food that's well priced. They don't sell any of the items listed in the "gourmet homemade agnolotti & ravioli" section which they have not removed from the menu yet. Definitely recommend the Italian wines. Serving sizes are very generous if you get the main size.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great night at Cafe Cavallino.

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Briony
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely delicious food and great service! I highly recommend anyone to dine in

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RoniaS
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best. Always happy with food and service

KP
KathyP
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I often dine at the Cafe and enjoy the ambience. I especially like sitting outside so I can people watch and enjoy the fresh air. They have outside heaters which are very warm and great on a cold day.
I highly recommend the cafe to all diners as one of the best in Lygon Street.

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Lucyc
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Service can have a bit more improvement. We always keep coming back.

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wickiq
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful meal. Service was great but one waitress just literally dumped my meal down, said nothing and walked off!!
Disappointing that by 8.00 my main wasn't available and Tiramisu had finished for the night... in an Italian restaurant!!

KT
KellyT
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We all had the lasagna and it was absolutely delicious, it’s always the one dish I always look forward too

RC
RochelleC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was great, unfortunately service was extremely poor! We weren't given an opportunity for anyone to order a second drink and we had to ask them to clear the dirty plates from the table 3 times before it was done.
The staff appeared to be standing at the door talking instead of waiting on the tables.

KC
KarenC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Great food but the service left a lot to be desired. we had a prior booking ... the staff did not know where our table was, they argued about it in front of us then eventually seated us. They then had to move us again to make way for a larger party (there were 5 of us). The staff seemed disinterested and not overly friendly... unsure if this is just a language barrier.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food at a great location. Been coming here regularly for several years with friends. All of us are happy to keep coming back.

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ShaleeR
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They did such an amazing job making it special for our daughters Birthday!

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PhilipR
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Cavallino was exactly what my wife and I were looking for as we were visiting Melbourne and wanted to enjoy a shared grazing style lunch with whichever of our nieces and nephews wanted to join us for lunch. A wonderful time was had by all. The food was great.

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Linds
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Not impressed, stuffed up our booking was told no seats available until I presented the email confirmation then all of a sudden we have a table. Food was very ordinary in taste and appearance.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tastiest delicious Italian food. Relaxing atmosphere and always wonderful service. It’s our family favourite restaurant.

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service !! Interstate travelers with us and they enjoyed it as much as we did.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Not a great experience considering the value for money

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sd007811
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

staff were simply standing around when we were waiting to order, asked for little things (ie: pepper) which were ignored, food was mediocre, went for a birthday dinner, was kind of disappointed as nobody particularly enjoyed their food.

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Justme
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Service amazing food less than average venue too noisy to converse

JM
JohnnyM
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love it there. I love the food, the service & location. Minestrone, Zingara, Marinara or Cardinale or the Chilli Mussel spaghetti! :)

JL
JosephineL
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was pleasant and good value. Staff were tolerant of the antics of the 3-year old in our party. Ideal for families.

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RichardA
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Pizza was delicious
lasagna was plain and Bland I would not order this at this restaurant

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a great place if you're wanting some good Italian dishes or Pizza.
Love this place.....Its a great family run restaurant where the owners are on staff to great you.....
Thanks Gino for a great night.....

CD
ChrisD
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked online and it worked. The staff were friendly and efficient and the food was great. I will be back.

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always a great night when you got to Cafe Cavallino! The food and the service is always amazing and the staff are so kind and friendly

NK
NK87
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service is always so lovely. The owners are amazing and so friendly. Always making you feel welcomed and loved.

RM
RobertM
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Been to this place a few times now......Its in a great area (Lygon St Carlton)
The staff are great.
The owner is very friendly...
The food is good.
My Kids love coming here.
Its a great place for friends catch up.

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Hungryforgoodfood
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Salad and veggies were not fresh, had a really off taste to them, wasn’t a fan of the Parma either

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Cavallino using the Order Online button. Cafe Cavallino also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9347 5520.

Cafe Cavallino is rated 4.2 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.