Cafe Latte

4.4
58 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Cafe Latte in Hawksburn Village was founded by Luca Lorusso 25 years ago. The restaurant has since become a staple for locals and regulars alike, who delight in its modern Pugliese cuisine showcasing Luca's passion for his hometown.

Cafe Latte is ideal in winter for a hearty pasta ragu and cosy atmosphere and perfect on a Summers day, bringing seafood and fresh produce to the forefront. Open from morning to late at night you can ensure to be welcomed and exposed to our tasty menu.

Our location on Malvern road makes it easy to get to as trams are right on the doorstep and we have restaurant parking along with street parking.
What 58 People Are Saying
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PH
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely cosy restaurant with professional attentive staff. Good wine selection and not over the top on wine by the glass. Fish was fresh and very flavoursome but a tad on the expensive side give the small piece of fish that was served.

V
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Cafe Latte is a place I love to go: it feels good, you can have a great conversation, convient location and great food.

However, three things have changed over the years. 1. Hours, they appear to no longer open for breakfast 2. Chai, they no longer offer Chai Latte in their drinks selection 3. Service, and this is the important element, some of the waiting staff are dismissive, surly and they just don’t make you feel welcome. (and this wasn’t the newer staff).

Our dining experience was great this week ... except right at the end when the service element played an abrupt negative role turning a great night into one with an unnecessary crappy end.

So ... I’d say give it a go but be wary of the Service attitude and if you get rushed out some of that ... don’t go back because it means our experience has become common practice.

GB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We ordered Gnocci which was so salty that it was unenjoyable. We also ordered veal scallopine which was very good. Service was good and we were given a free drink each because of the poor quality of the gnocci, but it di not compensate for the failure with the food

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

This was really disappointing. Cafe Latte was once great but the service was lacklustre and the food overpriced.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The staff usually so helpful and pleasant clearly had a problem. The service was painfully slow the meals took over an hour to be served and the restaurant was half empty. The food was delicious except for one dish the veal, it arrived 10 minutes after the rest of the meals, clearly forgotten and unfortunately over cooked to the consistency of rubber.
I’m sorry to say a less then impressive experience.

BD
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I enjoyed taking my daughter for this wonderful Italian experience. Comparibly the 'France Soir/Bistro Thierry' experience for Italian cuisine

RL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cafe Latte ois an excellent Hawksburn restaurant serving classical Italian food. The antipasto plate is great value, the Veal is beautiful with a great sauce & the pasta dishes are varied & excellent
Service is great & the wine list covers excellent Italian wines

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at caffe latte for a birthday they were extremely accommodating and made a special request risotto for the birthday girl.

MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great authentic Italian food and wines. Wonderful staff. Don’t let the name put you off. This a great restaurant not a cafe.

CG
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and nice relaxed Monday locals pasta night with BYO option :)

SM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant - just how I remembered!! Ambience, gorgeous staff, and amazing food!

m
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a pleasure to go to. The service and the food were simply stunning. We are happy to recommend and go back again

n
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and waiting staff excellent. Very busy with a great atmosphere.

y
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

lovely restaurant very Italian nice ambience and great food

GT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

All meals were good but one main course did not come until everyone else had finished theirs ? Why

3
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great lunch with friends. Will definitely go again.

JG
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been a regular for about 15 years and have always enjoyed Luca and his team’s hospitality. Dined here last week with a business colleague and Id have to say best meal I’ve enjoyed here - Red Emperor - fish of the day was absolutely delicious. Service as fabulous as well. Thanks guys!
Jen Galvin-Rowley

DW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious long lunch with great service...we will be back!

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely meal in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting. Fabulous service and delicious food.

DH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were met warmly at the door and the warmth continued throughout the night. Great service from Aristotle, great food and a terrific night. Will return soon.

AL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and good service.
Italian wine list but waitress was knowledgeable and helpful in her suggestions.

k
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I found the restaurant to be very noisy. Table next with 3 men who were very unrespectful for other diners. They were talking very loud.
The service was slow and food did not have taste and was not hot.
I asked questions of waiter and he could not understand English and kept speaking Italian words and I didn't know what he was talking about.
I have been coming to this restaurant for years and I was very disappointed overall.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

A lack of soy milk is not only odd but disappointing for a restaurant of this standard.

KA
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food and lovely ambience ..... wine list very pricey. Overall a great night.

RR
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was Ok to pretty good. No issues with the attentive waiters. No-one seemed to know about the wines, ie the tasting notes or even having tried them which was surprising and disappointing. Management needs to invest more in education of their staff.

k
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Really rude service and overpriced. So disappointing I used to really love it there.

RL
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Pasta, good value Italian wines, great friendly service, relaxed Bistro/cafe atmosphere

MS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience and together with our 2 guests ex England we enjoyed the night.
Service was great with good drinks options. Entrées & Mains outstanding but for all 4 of us (who ordered 4 different selections) Desserts were (to put it politely) underwhelming and disappointing. Which spoilt the otherwise high quality evening!
For a 'not cheap' fine dining experience that is how the final assessment for Food was 3/5 ad Overall 4/5 (instead of 5/5).

FO
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable night with delicious food and great service. We sat for a long time and did not feel we were being rushed out or ignored. Highly recommend.

KG
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Café Latte is one of 'locals'. Good for any time of the day and can always be assured of a warm welcome and interesting food.

HM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A local favourite. Consistent good food and ambience.

ES
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the second time we have visited Cafe Latte & it certainly won’t be the last. The service is impeccable and the wait staff extremely attentive. The wine list is extensive & the cuisine well presented and delicious. I could not recommend more highly.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Disappointing. Did not like the food at all. The wine list being only Italian was a detraction. It was very noisy and difficult to hear conversation on our table of 4.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always great food and friendly staff. It is always busy and was pretty full when I dined there. It isn't quite but has a good vibe and atmosphere. I will definitely be returning soon. I booked through the opentable app which was very easy and straight forward.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food was ok but nothing special. Bit dissappointed.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good menu, delicious meals and attentive service. Would go again

SP
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been amazing for over 20 years - very hard to do. A delicious lunch - thankyou.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good vibe at Café Latte.

Great little piece Italy in Melbourne.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This Resteraunt ,has good service and nice easy food .a good wine list and nice atmosphere .
The only thing is that the food can be slightly cold on arrival at table

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambiance and staff lovely. We all chose different pasta however rather disappointing. Not much flavour and very small serving of seafood to pasta.

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