Ciao Cielo

4.5
70 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
  • Good for Anniversaries

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.

Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
We're open noon - 3pm
6pm- Late
Tues-Sat.
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Phone number
(03) 9646 7697
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Bryan Nelson
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Private Party Facilities
Exclusivity available for 20 to 40 people. Please contact the restaurant directly.
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Private Party Contact
Kate: (03) 9645 1568
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Graham Street
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Parking Details
Street Parking on Bay Street, Graham Street & Liardet Street.
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Public Transit
109 Tram - Graham Street Stop.
234 Bus
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Special Events & Promotions
Spoil the special mothers in your life with an intimate Italian lunch at Ciao Cielo. This year we’ve put together a delicious family focused modern Italian menu, sure to please the most discerning of diners. Mum will be treated to a glass of sparkling prosecco on arrival, then a choice of two courses or three.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 70 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.5
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RG
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I heard about your restaurant on the Postcards TV show.
I was absolutely glad I made a dinner booking and had incredible food with great service.
Will go again for sure.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Poor service, cold and lack lustre wait staff. The experience was in no way inviting. Will not be returning.

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M
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Wonderful building
Two small servings of spaghetti with crab and one glass of Prosecco – $90 Tasted good, but too pricey. Unlikely to return

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SP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great evening at Ciao Cielo with friendly staff and a great menu :)

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GH
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food and atmosphere. Can highly recommend

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DM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great local restaurant in a lovely refit building.

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R
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our meal was extremely good. The wait staff were top class. A truly top class venue. We will be back.

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B
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

My Squidink linguine sauce was lacking seafood flavour, was a bit bland. Perhaps more clams would have improved the taste.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Pricing was way over the top the 300gm Porterhouse steak was A$52.00 and it only came with jus and mustard. The supposed Roasted duck fat potatoes, were pale white and greasy not a sign of any roasting, we asked for them to be cooked more to crisp them up and remove the greasy smear of duck fat. They did crisp them up, I suspect a quick dip in the deep fryer.

Calamari was well cooked.

My Goat Stew was ok, but just a stew dumped in a bowl, the polenta dumplings were excellent.

There are better options in Bay street, such as Dalmatino which is where I will be heading next time when in Port Melb.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful, tasty meal. Attention to detail. Beautifully presented, packed with fresh flavors. Staff friendly and attentive. Love the new building. We had such a lovely evening. Thank you

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JH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food, good service, alway enjoyable, special, romantic, good value and fun. Please just take the head rest off the new blue bench seat, as would be alot more comfortable. Thanks guys!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding, staff were lovely and the setting was good. Tables are a bit close together for my liking as you could hear everything the other diners were talking about. The waiters were really friendly and helpful. All the dishes we had were tasty and well presented. Would definitely recommend.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner at the 'new' Ciao Cielo was a delight. The new venue is superb (and warm) and is matched by the food and the service.

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PL
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Overall a good experience, bread serving was odd, a piece of thinly sliced which seemed like from an ordinary packet slice of bread - small thing but needs improving.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first time in the new venue. Ambiance is great and the food was as good as ever.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, food was delicious, wine beautiful and our whole night was perfect.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been a customer for a while, and was the first visit to the new location... wow! The decor & ambience matched the, as always, delicious food. Thank you guys, impressed the pants off my guests 😁

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AM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent new site for this well loved local restaurant. Looking forward to trying the new Pizza Pasta bar.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We loved the original restaurant vibe on Bay Street. Small, intimate, cosy, authentic Italian with white table cloths, comfortable seating, exceptional food and service. We were worried about the move to the new site on the corner of Graham street but loved the staff and food so we gave it a try for Mum's birthday.

Some of the original staff are still there and working hard, one of the new staff members who served us was fantastic, she knew the menu inside out and upside down. She described in great detail some of the items we needed help with and I'm delighted to report the food hasn't changed. Everything we ate and drank was the same fabulous quality.

The atmosphere was very different, it's loud! The tables are fairly close together, the table cloths have gone and the seats (in the middle of the restaurant) are not as comfortable but if you want an energetic vibe for a group of friends this is a good option.

Thank you Ciao Cielo, we'll be back.

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RD
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational
Keep it up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DG
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere is amazing and so welcoming and so are the staff. The food is also quite delicious

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DN
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Tried it out for a quiet birthday date. Excellent food, very good service, enjoyable ambience in a lovely old building, quiet and conversation-friendly. We would definitely go back, and take special friends there.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service was very bad, we were totally ignored when we arrived, I had to find the coat rack and hang my coat up, the maître d was in the way, she did not offer to take my coat and she didn’t move aside for me to get to the coat rack. She laughed and said “oh you were invisible there for a moment”.
Spanner crab spaghetti - the pasta was not fresh and the crab must have been waved over the top of the bowl. Gnocchi was a strange concoction of parsnip and apple, the apple was in huge chunks and looked like it was used as a filler to make the dish look for substantial. Only one of our group ordered dessert, the tiramisu was served from a larger bowl at the table, we couldn’t believe it when the waiter almost threw a huge spoonful onto the plate with a splatter - It was sickly sweet and the sponge had gone watery. One of our party was charged for 2 bottles of sparkling water despite only drinking 2 glasses.
A band set up and started playing half way through our lunch, conversation was impossible, the band were too loud for such a small venue. If I’d known about the band I would never have booked.
No tip for the appalling service, we definitely won’t be going back there again, there are too many other exceptional dining venues in Melbourne to bother with this place.

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DN
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful dinner in this incredible building. Felt like I was sitting in an old European restaurant. Loved it.

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SI
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing venue and menu. Everything we ordered was so tasty and fresh. The cocktail list is impressive and we enjoyed our drinks. Dessert menu could be more varied to cater for dairy free or vegan guests. Ambiance and decor were stunning, and overall a perfect place aside from some waitstaff looking a bit overwhelmed or possibly was their first day.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just amazing food and wine.
The atmosphere is both welcoming and comfortable.
Kate and the staff do an incredible job in making the place just work.

Well done!

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TP
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue and the food was sensational. Still a little on the expensive side, particularly the wine, but is was very good.

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LR
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Ciao Cielo makes undoubtedly great Italian food. Unfortunately that’s where it really ended for us.

The service was shockingly slow, taking almost 3 1/2 hours for a 3 course meal from when we sat down. Ordering cocktails was also a very slow experience indeed.

The venue looks fantastic, the interior visually also stunning. The major drawback being it was very noisy with so many tables being in a small space. It was an echo chamber. We had to physically move the tables to stand up. They really needed to remove 2 or 3 tables to improve the noise, service and access.

The food was delicious, well presented, and the wait staff were friendly and attentive when they were available.

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P
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Disappointing. Food was good but not great. Service was terrible. Renovation of this amazing building is disappointingly amateurish. Overall felt unprofessional.
Our table was late, which is bad when your only allowed a 6/6.30 or 8.30 booking - I don't want to be eating dinner after 9pm thanks.
W were seated in a small room at the back. To get to our table we were led 'behind' the main bar counter and over a taped down electrical cable running across the floor - couldn't easily get through the front of the bar because tables are too close together.
So we didn't get the ambience of the main room, were too hot next to the fireplace and one chair was on the end of the table, almost in a doorway constantly getting 'brushed past'.
The table layout was such that the waiter couldn't reach 2 out of 5 people, so we were constantly having to pass things to him. He got the dessert order wrong. There was some sort of cream under the ice-cream bowls which ended up on our table and never got cleaned. Clearing of dishes was abysmal.
Only go here if you're after neighbourhood quality Italian and don't mind poor service.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always loved Ciao Cielo in its previous venue and the new venue is even better. Everything we love about Ciao Cielo is still there, wonderful food, good wines, great service, friendly and lovely atmosphere and the list goes on.

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M
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant food, gorgeous surrounds, one of those restaurants and local businesses you really want to support. Congratulations team!

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B
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was great . Was a lovely place to have a catch-up with friends and enjoy a few glasses of wine and amazing food for sharing.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

All the quality of the old Ciao Cielo, great food and service now in a spectacularly renovated historical court house. Now clearly the best dining Xperience in Port Melbourne

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous authentic Italian with excellent wine selection. gorgeous old building with so much charm and atmosphere. Food was exceptional.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The new reopened restaurant was just lovely. The decor , food and service were all wonderful.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I booked a table for 11 people, we are all local mums and everyone was very impressed. We had a long table down the middle of the room with one end close to the fire which made it a perfect temperature.
Food was delicious. I shared the T-Bone with 3 others and we had 4 sides, Blue Cheese Cauliflower, Broccolini, Fries and Roast Potatoes. All good size to share and none was leftover. If you were hungry I would suggest sharing the T-Bone with 2 people but it was enough for us with the extra sides. Most had dessert and all loved what they ordered. I had the Bomb Alaska which was yum. We were well looked after even though the restaurant was packed. We had a great night, thank you!

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g
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food is good as usual seems to be teething problems with new facility and new staff.

Raw Tuna dish was a letdown as there was a tendon/filament running through it and this would never be served at a sushi restaurant , sad since the price is 5 times what you would pay for this.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ciao Cielo is superlative in every way. Fantastic service, amazing food and an inspired menu. Everything is awesome - but the chicken liver parfait is really special. Go, you won’t be disappointed!

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GD
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

It was the usual delicious and perfect food that Ciao Ceilo serves but this time in a new fantastic venue. Ciao Celo has found its perfect "home" and my friends and I will certainly be returning. Well done to the Kate, Brian, Christopher and the team. I'm looking forward to lunch in the courtyard as well. Gai

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LD
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic the small space was a let down

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