Donnini's

4.6
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182 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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HM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We were a party of four on a relatively busy Sunday night. One of our orders was recorded incorrectly, so it had to be re-ordered after the other meals were presented. It was delivered as quickly as possible after that. All of us enjoyed our meals (the late one - calamari - was the standout). The food prices seem to be fair for the quality and quantity, but the wine is expensive in terms of mark-ups on ordinary labels/vintages. However, this seems to be standard in higher quality restaurants in Carlton. The room has a lot of hard surfaces, so is a bit noisy, but at least they do not insist on playing music to make it worse. The service was enthusiastic and prompt (but - as above - not entirely accurate).

DQ
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational food with incredible depth and balanced flavours served by friendly and attentive staff. We sat outside and enjoyed the ambience full Italian experience.

G
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was excellent, a great restaurant to take interstate friends to.

MH
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, great service as always and just a great atmosphere with well spaced tables.

BO
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service out standing did not disappoint
Thank you

PM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a terrific dining experience - pasta that cannot be beaten anywhere in Melbourne

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been 3 years in a row for our wedding anniversary and every time it’s a great experience. Great service and the food is amazing!

LB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food delicious as always and staff very professional. Only downside was we had to send 2 lasagne dishes back to the kitchen because they were cold, but apart from that, everything else fabulous. Highly recommended

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

It simply is just a fabulous restaurant for any occasion! We love it!

PC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The three pasta dish we had for a shared entree was superb.
My chicken rissoles on mash potatoes with a tomato based sauce was very good.
Others enjoyed the calami.
Our red wine selection was enjoyable and complimented the food. A bit pricey.
Service was good with regular filling up of water glasses which was appreciated.

BH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

There were a range of choices for mains and the staff were extremely accommodating with our grandchildren - a most enjoyable Saturday lunch with off street carp parking in the nearby Clock Tower development, accessed off Drummond St. The service and advice from the staff were excellent.

AS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh and delicious pasta & great wine with impeccable service to match. Return every time i'm in Melbourne

c
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE, WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR NIGHT

AK
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing pasta and lovely people. Can't wait to go there again.

s
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The food is good but menu is limited to pasta only. I leave the shop with half satisfied and end up having a big desert in Brunetti next door. I can only recommend this restaurent to those who is crazy about pasta (but nothing else).

RV
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cannot fault a thing. Service was fantastic, Marko, as well as the rest of the staff were the souls of courtesy. Fantastic emphasis on quality ingredients. Wait times between ordering and actual receiving the food was barely noticeable.

As someone who lives interstate, I’ll make it a mission to visit Doninni’s every time I’m in Melbourne. 10/10!

AL
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Donnini's Tri de paste is still as good as ever. Over 30 years they have retained their reputation for good Italian food.

One area for improvement, the cake in the Tiramisu was dry and not up to their normal high standard.

N
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Forgot my bag on leaving and considerate waiter quickly ran onto the street and promptly returned my bag. Extra special service.

C
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Welcoming and friendly atmosphere- staff very attentive and helpful- a very enjoyable experience and first visit to a Lygon Street restaurant so will definitely return when next in Melbourne

A
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The source for the Gnnochi was really sour, and I could still taste the raw flour flavour in each gnnochi.

C
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to Donninis regularly for many years. Especially in Carlton but also back in the 90’s to their restaurant on the Pier in Cairns when we lived up there. Living more recently for ten years in Northcote, regular visits to Lygon St became a real treat, a mid-morning coffee, some relaxed shopping and then a wonderful lunch at Donninis was a regular outing. Most recently, last weekend we met old friends for dinner and all agreed it was as good as ever. The zucchini ripieni were delicious, my chicken livers sublime and all the dishes declared delicious. Their own nero D’avola red was so good, the guys drank two bottles! Didn’t see Marco this time but the warm reception and good service continue in his absence. Grazie for a warm ambience on a cold Melbourne night!

TH
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

The food wasn't value for money at all. We spent more than $150 for 4 entree size mains, drank only water (no coffee no wine), no dessert and two not that tasty apetizers???? The stuffed zuchinni which cost $8 per piece (only the size of a baby quke cucumber) didn't even taste nice at all.. we were disappointed n left looking for more food at other restaurants. The only saving grace was the service provided by the waitress who served us as she was really pleasant.

AM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A tremendously warm Italian dining experience. The friendly table service certainly sets this restaurant apart from others. Our table were all complimentary of the fresh pasta and would all return for another serve in the future.

CH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We always drop in for lunch or dinner at Donnini's when in Melbourne, and we have been for years.
The food, service and staff are outstanding!

GC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely evening. The food was beautiful and the service was great. Used to go to Donnini's 20 years ago and it is still just as good.

L
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we’ve had for a long time. Simply a fantastic restaurant.

WJ
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best pasta I have ever had, other offerings on menu outstanding.
Don’t miss this place if in Melbourne.

ED
Melbourne / VIC
44 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hums with the quiet confidence of a team that knows that good food and service, equate to a good night out for its patrons!

KB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not enough choices on Menu
Nothing for kids
Not really family friendly

R
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A go to for us on a lazy Sunday for a great pasta experience. Missed the mark this time unfortunately.
The pasta ragu came out as a bolognaise sauce which was disappointing and the gnocchi pomodoro was
lacking in seasoning and overcooked. Maybe an of day, will be back

SG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, good service. Reasonably priced. Would recommend

RG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the linguine with prawns and chilli. The entree size was plenty and the prawns were fresh, juicy and plentiful. The tiramisu was delicious and the Italian vermintino complemented the main brilliantly. Our waitress for very attentive and pleasant. I would certainly come back.

LR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would thoroughly recommend Donnini's for a large group. From the time we walked into the restaurant, and throughout the entire evening, our family party of nine was treated beautifully by the most attentive and professional staff. We were given a large table at the back of the restaurant where we could hear each other perfectly, even with the restaurant at full capacity. The honest, high-quality Italian meals and wine left us all feeling very satisfied and happy. Thank you for a memorable evening, Donnini's!

EB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb traditional Northern Italian with a modern twist. Mouth-watering selections (and specials), great wine choices, attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for a special ocassion or a catch up with friends. Will definitely come back!

ED
Melbourne / VIC
44 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On Saturday night, Donnini's was full to overflowing - a testament to the loyal clientele that return again and again for the great fresh and delicious food and wine! Oh right - that's us! Our meal was as usual delicious and we had a lovely evening - thanks again to the crew at Donnini's!

DM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Simply the best pasta in Melbourne. Great food, service is top notch. Highly recommended.

EM
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place. The food is always amazing and the service is always on point.
I always go there when I come to Melbourne

JC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Very authentic. Thankyou.

GT
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We encouraged friends that were also visiting Melbourne to join us for dinner and they were reluctant but came along and enjoyed the meal and everything about the occasion.

CD
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The pasta dishes we had were extremely fresh and very tasty. The coffee was very good. The atmosphere was pleasant, the restaurant was spacious and was not too crowded. This was a Sunday evening.