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Ciao Cielo

4.5
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159 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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured special offers

Select a special offer by choosing a date, time and party size

Ciao Cielo 3 course set menu

Dine in

A$85.00 per order

Prepaid

Starting Oct 19, 2020·Tue-Wed 17:30-20:30, Thu 17:30-21:00, Fri 12:00-13:30 17:30-21:00, Sat 17:30-21:00

Ciao!

Thank you for taking the time to check out our beautiful dining space Ciao Cielo, within the refurbished historic courthouse.

We have devised a set menu that we will be running during the current restrictions.

We do understand that this menu may not be suitable for everyone, please be advised that we are running our normal a la carte menu in Ciao Cucina.

Thanking everyone for your ongoing support.

What 159 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
Service
4.7
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4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HelenT
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant in Port Melbourne. The goat casserole is wonderful. Lovely decor and very professional staff. Excellent for special occasions

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ChloeW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Italian!!!!!!

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MicheleP
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always, Food was superb and the service was impeccable. Cannot fault Ciao Cielo's ... always a pleasurable dining experience !

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very happy with the team as always! Friendly, helpful and happy despite all of the recent challenges. Keep up the great work

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LukeM
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great service , will be back !!

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Excellent
Hong Kong
8 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Italian restaurant with excellent food and service. Try to get a table by the fire. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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PaulineP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place is divine - beautiful classy ambience and the food is so delicious!!!

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NatashaH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous atmosphere with lovely staff. Food was amazing as usual.

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LaurenS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favourite restaurants and they did not disappoint. Great location, amazing food and service.

Leave yourself enough time to find parking.

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LV888
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

This restaurant has a more informal part outside, and then a more formal dining room inside. We dined at the more formal dining room. The room is lovely, however it can be hard to hear others, as we were seated at a large corner table - very difficult for guests sitting opposite one another to converse.

The main standout from the night unfortunately was the lack of service. We constantly had to ask the wait staff and manager for more water, or to top up our wine. Considering the prices this venue is charging, I would be expecting their service levels to be much higher. Food was good, but again not exceptional given the price-point.

Unfortunately we were left disappointed and could not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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BlackL
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

I have an issue with restaurants which place a surcharge on the bill if paying by credit card. I don’t go back to those restaurants or if I do, I pay cash (which is what we did) and the staff forgo a tip. Nobody wins.

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PhilB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding menu and great service in beautiful surroundings

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sarafinlayson
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Was excited to return after having an outstanding meal here last year but it was a huge disappointment. The menu was limited and fussy. I ordered the chicken which was all dark meat - no white meat at all which it probably should be for $34. It came with the most ridiculous accompaniment - “rosemary popcorn” which was 7-8 pieces of plain popcorn with rosemary sprigs on top of them which was the saddest (funniest?) thing I’ve seen in 50 years of dining. The cauliflower side was was hard and dry. The owner of the restaurant was terse and unfriendly. Out of our group of nine not one person thought their meal or service was decent even the ones that always say it “was great”. I’ve referred so many people here based on my last visit but I won’t be back and won’t be recommending again. Such a shame.

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Harriet
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely stunning restaurant , set in a beautiful old building. The food was electric, the wait staff were polite and cheerful and it was fantastic

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StephenO
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure Dining here, from before they moved to this new location to now, always lovely with great food and service, love the place xo

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EmilyT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Ciao Cielo has been a favorite of mine for years! The food is wonderful, the staff is friendly and the venue is beautiful! While a little pricey, the food is consistently delicious and the wine list never a let down. I love their lemoncello martinis and literally every dish on their menu!

The ambience is wonderful, though it can be very noisy. I brought family to dine recently, and my granddad had trouble keeping up with the conversation because he wasn’t able to hear very well. The restaurant building is a wonderful design, complementing the original old building with modern finishes, but making for a noisier atmosphere (which is wonderful if you don’t mind it).

I love this restaurant, and definitely recommend for celebrating a special occasion or for a casual drink!

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SimoneL
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Ciao Cielo was sensational. The food was so delicious and the range was amazing
Will definitely return.

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Britpop
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.

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Mati
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).

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Kathy
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.

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JS123
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.

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BiancaN
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Venkat
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!

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Andrew
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.

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ChristineA
4 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.

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JohnD
Melbourne / VIC
7 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.

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KateR
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!

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

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

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Vonnieats
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.

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RomanaZ
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.

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MahmutH
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.

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Jaxeeee
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).

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StephenA
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.

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JohnD
Melbourne / VIC
7 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....!!

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Dragon8888
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

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Miller
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this gorgeous restaurant, everything about it is wonderful.

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CarolineT
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.

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JennyE
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

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JanM
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.

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JanineM
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!

FAQs

Ciao Cielo offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9646 7697.

Ciao Cielo is rated 4.5 stars by 159 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.