Cafe Latte

4.2
47 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
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 47 People Are Saying
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3.8
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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

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n
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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

lovely restaurant very Italian nice ambience and great food

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GT
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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

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Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great lunch with friends. Will definitely go again.

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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

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

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

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R
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.

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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.

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AL
2 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.

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k
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.

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OT
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.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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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.

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k
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.

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RL
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

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MS
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).

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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.

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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.

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HM
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A local favourite. Consistent good food and ambience.

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ES
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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food was ok but nothing special. Bit dissappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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SP
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good vibe at Café Latte.

Great little piece Italy in Melbourne.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 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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JK
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Dined on 19 July 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was an intimate dinner for two - it was her birthday. I neede to ensure that everythign would be right. As always, it was. The dining experience at Cafe Latte was again rewarding. The authenticity of its Pugliese cuisine, the ambience (dimmed lights, serenity and unobtrusive service) and the gorgeous Italian rose (suggested by the waiter) were something to behold. Cafe Latte never disappoints and that's due to its masterful owner, Luca running a tight, yet relaxed restaurant with consistently beautiful food coming out of the kitchen and professional and friendly staff attending to your every need. Do yourself a favour - go!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent. The staff are wonderful. The food is always great, the wine list is good and the staff know what to recommend.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian food and fantastic service. Chefs menu with wine highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were an early booking , 6.30pm, with the threat of being asked to leave at the internet stipulated 7.30. However, the staff dismissed that as "internet talk" and we were able to enjoy a more relaxed evening than expected.

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OT
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Dined on 19 April 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the lunch special again. Excellent food and service as always.

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N
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service. Delicious meal. A very positive experience.

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B
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Looked after so well by our waiter from Malaysia.
So helpful, informed and on the ball. Nothing a problem.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food although a tad pricey. Very tasty indeed. A great Valentines Day dinner. Loved it!

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Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Over all a rather under velmeing experience made the mistake of ordering the de gustation menu ... portions were very tiny given it was meant for two on Valentine's Day dinner (50 grms of fish for two , 1tiny duck breast cut in half for two etc)taste , presentation, selection of courses and flavour below par, service.... finally got the ice I requested after asking 5 times from2 different waiters at the end of the evening ... we were seated next to the bar .... (no exaggeration)
Paid $238 for 2 people ( included two glassses of house wine)went home and made myself a toasted sandwich ..by the way . I am a very small eater ... clearly not a de gustation type restaurant as it showed the en experience for that type of dineiing

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had such a lovely time and the staff are so friendly and helpful in explaining the specials and matching wines.

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OT
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Dined on 23 December 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Caffelatte never disappoints. The food is wonderfully flavoursome but never lacks subtlety. I haven't yet been to Puglia - but I imagine that this is a very good introduction to the region's culinary style.

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