Donnini's

4.7
294 reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Donnini's is a generational Italian eatery with a sincere focus on handmade pasta, real food, generous hospitality & well sourced wines.

Family owned and operated DONNINI'S relaxed atmosphere and honest approach to traditional cooking provides the perfect environment for family get-togethers, intimate dinners and business lunches alike.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 294 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FKah
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Fantastic food, friendly and professional service. Highly recommend the focaccia!

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NicW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best venue in Melbourne. Incredible food and exemplary service.

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FeraL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little restaurant, have been going here for years.

Service has always been outstanding and the food, pasta of course amazing as always.

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robertt
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food , great service, relaxed atmosphere, will definitely go again

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed it all!

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Mitch
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal and fantastic service from Ricardo.

Great night with superb pasta

JH
JaquelineH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donnini's ia my favorite pasta restaurant. The food is always good. The service is excellent.

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DianeMelb
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely pasta and desserts. Staff were all very friendly but probably under staffed?

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DeirdreC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pasta is always fresh and delicate, with a variety of sauces t o choose from. Wait staff are professional and the ambience is good, always with a friendly welcome.

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Lenny
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was such a joy to be out to dinner after the lockdown. Donnini's was friendly and relaxed and our two dishes were very good. So glad we chose to go there!

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Davis
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was as excellent as was expected.

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FionaB
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a wonderful place to dine
Thank you Donnini’s

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Koala
4 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always superb. Donnini’s is my regular go to in Lygon Street. Never disappoints.

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Robert
7 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. The noise level was a bit more than I am comfortable with but we managed.

Have been to the restaurant before and will be very happy to come again.

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Daisy
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistent with their beautiful silky pasta and other menu items. Welcoming staff, great table service, but not intrusive. It’s my favourite.

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JohnB
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We have been to Doninis in the past, but nevertheless it was very nice with
Friendly service. The food was very nice with good size serves.

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PaulN
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, great food, casual atmosphere and great coffee!

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josefs
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

staff were very cheerful and dishes were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Was a lovely experience and we had a great waiter. Can’t remember his name but he told us he was studying marine biology so we would appreciate if you could pass this feedback on as he was awesome 😊
Pinot Gris and cheeses were superb - especially the onion jam 👌

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Justin
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

Food was good, not amazing, but solid. The service was friendly and good. The problem was the ambient noise level was way too high. Everything in the place is hard, so the sound just reverberates. When my guest and I were sitting one foot apart (both with perfect hearing) and we could not hear each other it was not a pleasing experience. A restaurant needs some ambience; but not so much that a conversation requires lip reading.

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NigelB
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and efficient service by staff who know the menu and can offer advice.

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stevena
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been going to Donnini’s for years. The service and food is always excellent. This time was no different. It’s my favourite restaurant in Lygon Street. And one of my favourite restaurants generally.

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vipDemiT
15 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience for a family reunited after many months apart due to Covid.

The staff were so welcoming, attentive and knowledgable about their products. Being a Sunday, we were fortunate enough to also have on offer (beyond the already extensive menu) the Porchetta and Lasagna specials. A few of us opted for the specials, whilst we also had other main menu items as well as a variety of starters to share amongst the eight of us.

You could taste the freshness and quality in all of the dishes we were served. The pasta portions were huge - and that was the small size!

We all had a wonderful experience from beginning to end and will definitely visit again in the future and recommend the restaurant to friends who are travelling to Melbourne.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

👌🏼 Very friendly and knowledgeable waiter hosted us. Great experience!
Caio

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Barbara
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good quality Italian food with delicious fresh ingredients. We had a wonderful waitress from Sardinia. The staff were all very friendly. The pasta is homemade.

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Emma
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious traditional pasta and fresh salad bursting with flavour- I was still thinking about my meal the next day. Thanks for a lovely evening. Highly recommend this restaurant and I will be returning.

WJ
WowJ
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic restaurant, the best Italian food I have ever had, and I’ve travelled the world including Italy.
Most amazing home made and crafted pasta, outstanding staff including our host Vic, nice work everyone.
The whole dining experience was outstanding, don’t miss Donnini in this lifetime. It maybe in heaven, I was there on Saturday night !

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MichaelP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service - we'll be back again!

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Found this restaurant on Google and it lived up to its rating. The homemade pasta was delicious and the staff were very friendly.

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GiuliaB
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The unsung hero of Lygon St. Authentic, top quality pasta. Tortelli di ricotta is sublime. Try the tris for a taste of everything. Covaccino to start. Buon appetito.

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fionag
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We all enjoyed our evening and our food choices.pleased we could talk without having to shout
Thank you

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KerryT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Servic was outstanding- very attentive without being intrusive. Food was absolutely amazing - we had the calamari, focaccia and prawn linguine- very generous servings and delicious. Would highly recommend.

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JL92
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My absolute favourite Italian restaurant!! Highly recommend! Amazing food, service and atmosphere!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful evening a very relaxed night, wonderful pasta so light and delicious. The staff very attentive ensuring you well looked after. Looking for to returning soon.

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DebbieL
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great welcome amazing food never had to poor wine or watey

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IanH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The pasta here is always fresh and prepared imaginatively with a range of interesting accompaniments. The quality of all the meals is high and the service friendly and attentive. This is one of Lygon Street’s best known eateries with a reputation for quality. Prices are reasonable for food and service of this quality.

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SueJ
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service we go fairly regularly the tri pasta is amazing and a favourite. Although we didn’t have it this time the tiramisu is delicious 🤤.
Highly recommend!!!!

PM
PaulM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still the best pasta in Melbourne! Excellent house wines and a great mix of non-pasta dishes (Calamari!!)

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CarmelF
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Quite good Italian style food.
Veal piadina entre was exceptional!

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Thelittlestlola
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, amazing fresh pasta, and attentive wait staff who where there to help when required, but let you enjoy your meal. Thoroughly recommend if you enjoy good, fresh Italian food in a bright and cheerful environment.

FAQs

Donnini's offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9347 3128.

Donnini's is rated 4.7 stars by 294 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.