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King & Godfree, Carlton, AU-VIC

King & Godfree

3.9
3.9
159 Reviews
$40 and under
Italian
Since 1884 the deli has offered Specialty Italian produce to Carlton and beyond. Dine in for lunch or dinner in the deli or on the corner of Faraday and Lygon St. in Carlton al fresco. Traditional yet playful Italian fare prepared by our talented head chef. Salumi sliced straight from the deli, antipasti, salads and daily specials from the rosticceria. With a full wine list of BYO options available from our bottle shop.

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2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    9am 10pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9347 1619

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Relaxed yet elegant casual Italian dining in the heart of Carlton.

  • Area

    Carlton

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Disembark Lygon & Pigdon St.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • K&G Deli Set Menu for Groups

    $60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    All groups of 9 and above are required to dine from our $60 per person set menu. A four course shared progression of Italy's greatest hits. Dietary requirements can be accommodated for with advanced notice.

What 159 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Inner City North

    Brunch

  • Inner City North

    Lunch

  • Inner City North

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. MA

    MACCA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Not much staff interaction due to ordering and payment via QR The food was excellent - interesting and tasty.
  2. G

    Guest2020

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Admittedly It was fairly busy Saturday night and service after being seated was non existent, dyi service if you needed anything. I helped myself to a few spare plates as we shared a few things and the waitress never returned with the plates. Food did come out very quickly. Have been here a few other times but the food this time was way off the mark. Arancini at $5 each were over cooked not golden. For the price they should be spectacular. The eggplant parmigiana was bland watery and the presentation was charred. The fried calamari pieces were so thin that all you tasted was the batter and coating. The wine was great.
  3. H

    Helmut

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Lasagne was not up the standard from a previous visit. The serving was larger, but it was not delicate or full flavoured. Ordering over iPhone is also off putting as there is no interaction with wait staff. We felt we were in a robotics driven factory. Selection of desserts from the front counter were not that appetisiing.
  4. J

    Joey

    Sunshine Coast

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    I want to recommend this place, but can't. After many attempts eating here, the food is overpriced for good food, nothing special (think pub standard), but more importantly little or no service. Book online (usual), be shown your table, order your food and pay via QR code, have your food plonked infront of you, have it whipped away then walk out. Little of no service except the over zealous clearing of the table as you take your last mouthful. It should have great ambience in a great location with great food, but the complete arrogance of not having any service defeats the purpose of going there.
  5. DM

    DouglasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location in the heart of amazing Carlton. Staff, food, drinks and coffee to die for in all respects. You will not be disappointed when you walk through the front door. Enjoy your experience!
  6. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was sensational, staff were fabulous! Ambience was just what we wanted- great vibes, good mood. We will be back! Great place for good drinks & food!
  7. L

    Liss

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and came so fast. The staff are nice and it’s a nice spot to have dinner and a drink.
  8. l

    laurttaa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Had veal schnizel was raw inside they took it back still was not cook
  9. GO

    GaryO

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Sitting on a long-standing reputation for high quality foods, the move into casual dining is not entirely successful. A limited menu, and overpriced small serves undermines any value. Ordering was flawed with multiple items delivered that were not ordered, and one diner receiving their basic main 30mins after mine. Limited expensive wine options only. Staff were friendly and helpful, but QR ordering removes any real interaction. The pasta was ok but basic, lasagne very nice. Unusual roast meat selections for Italian cuisine Maybe ok for lunch/ coffee
  10. CB

    CarmelB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely just to be dining out. Great venue, good food, nice wine
  11. m

    maryr

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We were early for our 8 pm booking. We ordered by scanning from the table. Even so, our pasta dishes were very slow to arrive and the bread was totally forgotten until we asked for it, When it came, it was impolitely slammed on to the table. First time we have not been satisfied with K & G.
  12. RS

    RogS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Kitchen was clearly Stressed Service was very slow Meals took 1 hr plus to arrive We had eggplant parmigiana which was basically stewed eggplant, if an Italian kitchen can’t do this basic dish….maybe it’s covid? Roast Chicken was good, tad underseasoned,but the condiments mentioned Kasaundi, instead we got ketchup! Maybe it was just a bad night for the kitchen
  13. JT

    JosieT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Casual menu suitable for a informal catch up. Not a fan of automated food ordering, prefer table service.
  14. TO

    TonyO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was good, but menu confusing and wine board out of date. Waitress staff was a bit surly as we wanted to shift table when door into venue was not kept shut - we sat in the patch of a cold evening breeze flowing into the restaurant. Waitress was oblivious to dining comforts as Melbourne gets cold in the evening - so shut the door !!!!
  15. AF

    AnnaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I've eaten here many times, and I've usually found it to be good. Not so this time unfortunately. The online ordering was annoying, as several things were sold out, and this was only shortly after 1pm. Re-ordering was rather cumbersome and time consuming. My chicken was dry and quite bland. However, the fried custard dessert was very good. Overall, it was a disappointing experience, and as it was my suggestion, I felt quite uncomfortable about the fact that the restaurant was below par. It will, however, take more than one bad experience to put me off returning.
  16. LB

    LydiaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Poor service outside, had to ask for cutlery, water, to be served etc.
  17. v

    vickip

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Won’t return after having been there regularly precovid. More like a cafeteria. Giardinera was revolting. Tasted like it had just had vinegar poured over it. Calamari delicious
  18. CB

    CatherineB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitresses was really helpful I booked an inside table and my friend wanted to sit outside which they changed with no fuss. The food was delicious especially the feta rocket and fig salad. We really wanted to compliment the chef.
  19. RR

    RobertR

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience1
    Nothing special and very uninspiring menu and overpriced and limited wine list. Good renovation to an iconic location in Carlton however would not recommend as a special occasion maybe a coffee and cake. Disappointing evening to celebrate 22nd anniversary.
  20. PK

    PamK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Unimpressed with quality of food , found my cotolletta to be bland, really suprised to be honest. friend's pasta size was miserable, salad had no dressing.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Food was great, a little on the blander side.
  22. AV

    AnnaV

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Spacious modern premises with indoor and outdoor seating, authentic reasonably priced food and lovely Bellini cocktails
  23. HB

    HenryB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Qr coding to order food made it difficult to stage courses. Maybe an understaffing issue
  24. PB

    PeterB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food with a minimum of fuss. Friendly staff willing to help. What more do you want?
  25. K

    Kate

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was really bad, QR code menu and waitress could not take an order for a bottle of wine verbally. The counter staff was not impressed with us trying to order verbally either. But the fact that mains came 2 mins after serving starters was really disrespectful.So we ended up with no room on our table and cold mains. A year ago it was a different place with different attitude,sad to see how modernisation of a place can decrease overall quality.
  26. Y

    Yolandi

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Asked for my gnocchi to be served steaming hot. They were almost cold. You pay heavy price for mains which are entree size servings. We had to order extra food because we were still hungry. Drinks over priced. Place is far cry from the 80s when run by valmorbida of old. Suggest you go to Ti Amo for a more satisfying and authentic Italian gastronomic experience. Place looks nice but not something to write home about. Disappointed. Oh, and waited 12 minutes before greeted at door. Two waitresses walked past with ‘one moment/be with you soon’. Guy at bar just stood and chatted to another girl. Frustrating - place was not busy at all (Wednesday night). Was so keen to try this place - long history here for me - not going back.
  27. J

    James

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Great ambience and service but really lacking for a produce and wine oriented restaurant. Wine selection was poor and expensive for what it was - wine was also poorly stored and tasted like it had been open for a while.
  28. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service not up to scratch Food was average not worth the price and portions were really small
  29. SD

    SophiaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always ! King and Godfree doesn’t disappoint with delicious food and drinks.
  30. E

    Elizabeth

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! The lunch here is never disappointing
  31. SB

    SallyB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor range of overpriced food. No waiter service- you have to order and pay on-line while sitting in what is a cafeteria setting. Very disappointing.
  32. T

    Theo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints, a true Carlton institution. Highly recommend for nice food with friends
  33. M

    Margaret

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro style dining. Great food. QR code menu to order meals.
  34. BM

    BryanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The maître d' was as efficient, courteous and prompt as usual. Ambience was pleasant and our meals superb.
  35. DA

    DejanaA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very very over priced for what we ate! Very disappointed
  36. LB

    LitsaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food is always good, as is the ambiance. The concept of ordering via QR code is great in principle, but this is the second time that I've been there and it hasn't worked. told staff member who advised that I could order at the bar. Would be easier if you were told that was an option at the start. Bar staff were busy doing other things and almost seemed annoyed that I went to order at the bar.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Australia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific menu with some delicious dishes and drinks on offer. The staff were fantastic and did a great job of providing a high standard of service despite the challenges of limited staff numbers due to isolation.
  38. LH

    LouiseH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here over the Xmas break. We are older & concerned about Covid, so the outdoor street seating, which is well spaced suits our safety concerns, yet we can still people watch on Lygon. The food and drinks are excellent, especially the fresh fish and Negronis. The honey served with the cheese is also a nice touch. The staff are friendly and helpful. And, the hands free ordering by QR code is simple. Great place to while away summer afternoons. Highly recommend.
  39. ED

    EmilioD

    Melbourne

    62 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We have been coming to K no one to query about any of the dishes. I again flagged down a waiter and she said that we just order and they just bring it out! Ok then! We floundered through the order of Bellinis, entrees and mains - and for considerable time - nothing happened - no drinks; no advice that food would be arriving shortly, nothing! I didn't want to be "that person" to again flag down a staff member, and so eventually it ALL arrived! And I mean ALL! Our Bellinis arrived with hot food and fries, then a few moments later, the cold meats entree, and the balance of the dishes within a short time. It was all jammed onto the table (clearly not designed to have so many dishes at once on it). We were very disappointed at such a slapdash attitude to our meal. While the food was delicious as usual, the execution was very lacking, and we certainly didn't enjoy our experience. We had even missed ordering wine, but we were so distraught with events, that we couldn't be bothered going back on line to order it - after all it may arrive in a paper bag ready to go, by the time we got it! One of our diners commented that we couldn't possibly eat all this at once and said we should take it away! Magically, a take away container appeared at the table! While commendable that staff had overheard, and acted on it - it appears less commendable that they had also overheard our concerns and chose to ignore them. I miss the old K&G!
  40. PB

    PB33

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Preface - we know its hard to find staff, but this is pretty basic stuff. We have tried to support K&G throughout, but this was inexcusable. Problem - 14:45 booking for 7pax outside. We were not informed at any stage of the booking or seating process that your kitchen closed at 15:00. Even your printed menu said "ALL DAY Menu". We went to order menu items via the app (terrible app) which didn't allow us to check out because of "sold out" items which were not marked as "sold out". After wasting time trying to figure out the app, we finally had to go inside to get some service (your staff ignored every attempt to wave at them from the table) and were only then informed that the kitchen had closed. No apology. No explanation. The waitress said that we had plenty of time to order before the kitchen closed, but failed to tell any of the guests of the fact. Very poor form. Solution - communication! At time of booking and when you are being seated for Pete's sake! Pro tip: We would have ordered much more and spent more $$ if there was normal table service. Give people the option of leaving a credit card and running a tab!

FAQs

King & Godfree offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9347 1619.

King & Godfree is rated 3.9 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for King & Godfree

293 - 297 Lygon St Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Additional information

  • Area

    Carlton

  • Hours of Operation

    9am 10pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Disembark Lygon & Pigdon St.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9347 1619

  • Catering

    Relaxed yet elegant casual Italian dining in the heart of Carlton.

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