Ciao Cielo

4.6
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142 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian

Glamour and sophistication combine at Ciao Cielo in Port Melbourne, where you can experience authentic Italian recipes that take advantage of locally-sourced produce and ingredients. Start out your meal with a series of appetizers including gnocchi, arancini or seafood options such as calamari and scallops.

Main dishes at Ciao Cielo include lamb, steak and fish of the day. Aged cheese and homemade sauces make the perfect finishing touches that set the restaurant apart from others. Pair your meal with a wine or cocktail to refresh your palate. If you really like the food, try visiting Ciao Cielo on special occasions such as Mother's Day, to enjoy a two- or three-course meal that combines the most popular dishes.

What 142 People Are Saying
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4.7
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B
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice environment and lovely service. Good attention to detail. Yet like most Australian restaurants, very overpriced ($35 mains)

Rainbow trout was great, but being served in a large wrap of baking paper meant I got oil everywhere... all over the table.... when trying to unwrap the meal. Noted that most side dishes were also arriving drenched in excessive amounts of oil. That said, food good quality, but overpriced.

M
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A beautifully designed small restaurant with very good authentic Italian Cuisine. The service was very kind and attentive. Small portions, could be a little bit more ( ... because it's so delicious).

K
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great, the service and recommendations of our waiter were excellent. Our waiter also knew when to interrupt and when to leave us alone. He was very good. Very enjoyable.

JS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Amazing food, vibe, surrounding. Service wasn't great I think they need more staff for busy nights, took 15 minutes to be offered a drink after arriving and had to keep trying to get the waiters attention for drinks/food throughout the night. For fine dining would expect better service to match the outstanding food.

BN
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is perfection, dishes are balanced and exquisitely executed. Charming atmosphere.

V
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal, as vegetarians we weren’t sure what to expect, can vouch for it being a great couples dinner. Sorry we didnt leave a tip, the service definitely warranted it, but my wife and I ate so much delicious food we ended up eating into the money we’d have used to tip. Ordered seconds of the dessert (ricotta cake) and loads of other food. Figured the least we could do is write a good review. Will definitely be returning. Also the ambiance was fantastic. Well done to the restaurant for creating perfect service, food, atmosphere!

A
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite local restaurant. Great food and service and some great beer and wines to choose from. A great setting inside the old courthouse.

CA
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ciao Cielo provides an intimate fine dining experience for couples or groups. The food is sensational and the service is attentive and caring. Great wine list to choose from if that is what you want.

JD
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The venue in the old church is fabulous......reminiscent of old Italian village.Service was friendly and happy.Food was great.We dine out twice a week , trying many places , often only once .But Ciao Cielo is now a regular.Looking forward to taking friends to share the enjoyment.

KR
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. A delight to look at, absolutely delicious food and the service is outstanding. Definitely one for when you want to spoil yourself/your loved ones!

RK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Christian and the team took care of us!

V
Tasmania
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed a delicious meal indoors on a Monday afternoon, when many local restaurants are closed. The food was excellent as was the service. We were the only indoor diners enjoying the cosy open fire, which is not a reflection on the establishment but more likely people not knowing it is open for lunch on a Monday.

RZ
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great restaurant with excellent food and the best service I have experienced in Melbourne so far.

MH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We always love coming back to Ciao Cielo. It has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years.

J
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recommended by my friend who is a wine writer, for their wine pairings. I don’t drink wine but I am a fine dining veteran and was delighted with my meal which I chose after the menu had been carefully explained to me by a knowledgeable and patient waiter. We were a party of seven, each of us complimentary about our dinners and pleased with the $530 bill (two courses with drinks for seven).

SA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by the decor of the restaurant, which is light and airy but atmospheric. The bar on one side of the main dining area is very impressive. The menu featured some interesting dishes with sufficient choice without spreading the kitchen too thin. The wine list was diverse and fair value. Our waitress helped me choose a glass of very nice Italian red to go with my Sardinian Goat Leg main course.
Overall the service was friendly, timely and helpful. WE enjoyed our Sunday lunch immensely, and had no complaints.

JD
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Love the building and the way they have set up Ciao.Good location when we are going to and from city functions.This was our third visit and we will definitely return.Service from the lovely Marion made the night a delight.I don't believe there is a 10/10 anything in this life , but Ciao are well over a 9....!!

D
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

The eating experience was good, the food was as it should be and as I was hoping for, all four diners enjoyed their meals.
Only problem was the table server, I think he is a little too old for table service, he came across as grumpy, couldn’t be bothered to listen, hurry up and order, clearing plates before table had finished.
Like he was having his mid life crisis at work.
Then when I paid, his first words were “ will sir be tipping tonight?”
Normally I do $50 tips, when asked nothing for you “sir”
Dragon 8888

M
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this gorgeous restaurant, everything about it is wonderful.

CT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful building, lovely a warm on a cold winter's night, food always good and service was excellent, never had an empty glass and the food came a good intervals.

JE
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Ciao Cielo for lunch and it was lovely and quiet. Maybe for dinner when the place was full it may be a bit noisier.
We could not fault the food nor the staff, excellent service. Extensive choice of wines.
We will definitely be back

JM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thought the food was exceptional. We started with the meat and cheese board - excellent. We each had pasta dishes and all were excellent. Very nice wine list and good service.

JM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambience. So in love with this place and can't wait to come back again!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. The whole family was raving about the food for days after. Everything was perfect- great food, professional, friendly service and a beautiful setting.

MS
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service was excellent. Have to go back - there are dishes on the menu that I simply have to try.

MH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We have eaten at Ciao Cielo many times and we were never disappointed. So lat night was another lovely experience. Our friends who have not eaten at Ciao Cielo before were most impressed. I must say my 12 hour slow cooked pork neck was sensational...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Nick was an excellent server with good knowledge of the menu. He engaged really well with the guests. He constantly topped up glasses and saw to the requirements of all guests.
Food was outstanding quality with good quantity.
Broad range of Italian and Australian wines.
We were a large group and all guests were really impressed with this restaurant.
Very highly recommended.

LT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic in every way! We will definitely be back!

DB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A great night out good food, wine and ambiance. Waitress was fantastic. A little disappointing that were specifically asked if we would like to make a 'tip" and having the waiter hover over us as we competed the payment - not the best way to end an otherwise fine anniversary outing.

SM
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome inventive food yet again on this business dinner occasion, great service (as always), very good wine list (try the Italian White Wine Verdicchio) and the vibe of that dining room just always make dining there memorable.

JB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The menu is large enough to accomodate all tastes and preferences. Everything we ordered was delicious. However, the tables are close together and I didn't entirely enjoy the evening as the people on the table next to us were constantly listening to our conversation and this made it quite uncomfortable.

SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pretty space, waiter who really knew the menu and wine list. Some lovely flavours. Pity the fire wasn’t burning on a cold day (March, so might be a seasonal thing)

SM
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pasta special that my wife had on Friday 29th was the best pasta dish she’s ever had (and she’s a pasta fanatic). It was simply sublime. The food just keeps getting better which is saying something for how high the bar has been at Ciao Cielo for such a long time.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent, fresh food served in a beautiful space. One of the best in Port Melbourne.

FH
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are always impeccable. We have been several times now and never come away not happy and fully satisfied.

SM
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always, always a great night out at Ciao Cielo and A’s is the norm these days, it was rocking outside with the fine weather on Saturday night.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and experience as usual.

VT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Port Melbourne serving beautiful Italian food and great wines.

RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have eaten at Ciao Cielo (and its more casual section Ciao Cucina) several times now and can report that this is the sort of Italian restaurant that everyone needs in their neighbourhood. The menu is quite simple but ingredient driven in the best Italian tradition, and everything is prepared with a great deal of love and attention. Even a simple steak here is something else. Pizzas are great. The Tiramisu is sublime. The service fun and friendly. The winelist well chosen and impressive. Very highly recommended by me.

SC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an outstanding lunch, and a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. We can't wait to come back.