King & Godfree

4.2
50 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.

Experiences

  • K&G Deli Set Menu for Groups

    A$40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    All groups of 9 and above are required to dine from our $40 per person set menu. A four course shared progression of Italy's greatest hits. Dietary requirements can be accommodated for with advanced notice.
  • Mother's Day Set Menu

    A$55.00 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    Spoil Mum this Mother's Day with a special set menu at King and Godfree. Three courses designed to share, we'll even include a box of Koko Black Chocolates for Mum on arrival. All dietaries can be accommodated for with advanced notice. Our a la carte menu will not be available on the day.
What 50 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahE
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, great service and food. King and Godfrey’s make the best Aperol Spitzers in Melbourne.

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JennyD
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

I would have preferred to donate money to the restaurant rather than feel like a fool to pay $39 for ONE dry crumbed veal cutlet. My 20 year old son was still hungry. My husband's pasta main of Bucatini amatriciana, guanciale, chili was a disappointing kid's size. He was still hungry. The lasagne and eggplant parma were nice. The arancini, calamari and octopus entrees we shared were reasonably priced but nothing special to eat. I was so looking forward to Easter Sunday lunch here but was so disappointed.

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victoriah
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

While we had a lovely time, on a day that wasn't very busy our drinks didn't arrive until our food had been delivered and we had to ask for them. Then one of our dishes didn't arrive until we asked after everything else. We also had to ask for water on a few occasions. While the service was pleasant the servers themselves were a little offhand.

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TerenceG
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Disappointed. Entre and main course arrived at the same time. Entre was cold (bruscheta and over priced) and main course (Lasagne) was not hot.

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MikeS
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Beautiful lightly battered calamari, toothsome chargrilled octopus and nicely presented salad. Good value wines by the glass.

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IsiB
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Staff were so friendly a d helpful. The food hearty, great quality and tasty. Authentic Italian. A great all rounder. Classy Lygon St Italian deli atmosphere. Can’t fault it!

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MonikaK
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The opening up of the seating area was good.
Some staff were confused with table delivery of drinks & food. Also received meals for 3 and had to wait for the 4th meal.
Luv anchovies but dish not good valve, otherwise food delicious.

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Anonymous
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall excellent, we were outside as such the heaters were over powering

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MichaelJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Modern, noisy venue but visually appealing. Quite attentive floor staff, of which there are many, but very slow wine service which was disappointing. The food was reasonable but not exceptional in amy way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Unfortunately we had 1hr and 40 minutes only as need to get to a show. Took ages to even get a drink at first and just as long to order food.
Entrees came out with one item missing, but then a big gap and no mains. Had to ask 2 separate waitresses to look into it. 2nd was helpful and got the meal coming. We made it to the show just as the first word was spoken.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful outdoor seating on a warm evening. The service drinks and food were all great!

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12na
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The setting and food were lovely, unfortunately the waitress seemed angry and inconvenienced by the diners.

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Tracwin
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Used to come here a lot pre 2020 lockdowns. Completely understand that many businesses have been seriously affected by covid and some have struggled to keep going -so happy to support through patronage and even modest price increases. This place, however, is now serving significantly smaller portions, the menu options have changed, the quality is not what it was, and some of the drinks are literally half the size for the same price. The Happy Hour has been abolished and from my recent visits have taken the vibe with it. So, I reckon if I were K & G I'd be rethinking strategy as I'm definitely, after giving it a few goes now, no longer in a hurry to return and my 20 something daughters who loved to pop in even less inclined now. The manager (I assume) could also do with a short course in customer service. Really disappointed as it's been one of my favourite places for a while. Hope they find a way to recapture what they've lost.

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Lily
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was terrible. We had the longest delays between each individuals food being brought out. For a table of four, two of the guests had finished eating their meals before the other meals came out for the remaining two. No one apologised for the delay, just kept insisting that it would be two more minutes until it was out. It was more like 30 minutes.

The food was not great. We had the fish of the day which was $38 and was a tiny piece of fish and some lettuce. The minestrone was the consistency of water with a few chopped up bits of vegetables. There was no pasta inside which is typical of minestrone.

I've been a few times to K&G and I think it is consistently getting worse.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Yummy food but the pasta was tiny for the price it was! Bit disappointing because we had a great time otherwise

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Eamon
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff and amazing interior however the food available at lunch was a bit flavourless and underwhelming. There weren’t as many options available in the restaurant as there were advertised online. If there was more flavour in the food then it’d be a 10/10.

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LouisaP
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Great food and ambiance. Wait staff were a little too attentive, hovering and asking to remove plates that still had food on them - several times.

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DamianW
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

I had dined in King and Godfree in the previous week and found that was a complete contrast to this week. The previous week, service was excellent. This week, we were left with our menus and had to ask more than one staff member to take our order. The previous week we had water served when we arrived and then staff topped up our glasses. This week I had to ask for water! They were never refilled! When our meals arrived we had no cutlery. The staff member who brought our meal actually commented, “hasn’t anyone brought you cutlery?”It was a disappointing dining experience. I may come back given previous good experience. But I had hoped it would be a lovely outing for an older friend and was seriously let down on this occasion.

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MoniqueC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

food portions were extremely small for what the price and tables are extremely small

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great friendly service & wonderful food.
We’ll definitely be back...

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was good from the Cotoletta to the lasagna and pasta. The drinks were fantastic too, especially the limoncello. We will be back for a sandwich at lunchtime

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The web site was difficult to ,make a booking quite confusing but got there in the end.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Dining outside in cold and very windy conditions, heater not put on though they said it would be. We were offered blankets. Food was disappointing - delicious anchovy bruschetta, but overcooked and unremarkable lasagne. We couldn’t wait for our dinner to be over due to the weather and no heater!

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NimM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Understandably it was at Christmas time, however the service was very very slow and took over an hour for three meals to arrive. The wine was brought out straight away though.

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SHARRONM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the best lunch at K&G. Our waiter was the best, so helpful and he was right about his suggestions of what to eat. All delicious. The wine was so good also. Thank you 🙏🏻

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JenG
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Was lovely, though we were outside and it was cold with the wind. Need protection and/or heating. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked a table in the deli for lunch with one of my best friend’s, to celebrate her birthday. We shared a few small plates - plain focaccia, arancini, calamari and prosciutto for a light lunch, which we washed down with Aperol Spritz and finished with cannoli. Everything was delicious - thank you!

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sandyf
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food quality is great but felt the menu was a bit limited in choice

The service was ok and no complaints in general but I feel could have been more engaging

The description of dishes wasn’t great and there was confusion on one of the meals served ie we expected bruschetta but received anchovies

Decor is ok but seems to lack something to be extra special

For Xmas period didn’t feel that xmasy and customers could be offered something small for free as appreciation and to celebrate

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AnthonyF
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Enjoyed the food, suggest you leave bottle of water on table.
Had to always ask for a refill of the glass.

Would certainly retruen.

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Will
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We were outside with quite a bit of traffic noise. Food was very good, small serves, and very good service. A bit over priced but bearable.

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Topcat
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A nice simple menu, easy to decide. We shared arancini, octopus and calamari - all delicious. With a green salad, plus asparagus, very fresh and delicious. Also coffee was good and I tried an Italian white wine which I enjoyed (it came recommended). Also enjoyed the in-house shopping, buying some dips, olives, pates, pesto's and a Pan dei Siori to take home. Many thanks to all

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Skys
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

The server forgot 2-3 items from our order over our dining period and did not apologise or offer anything as a result.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic evening, great wine recommendations and excellent service.

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AgostinoG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It's my favourite place to eat and have great coffee.

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louisec
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The food was okay, and the service is quite abrupt.

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AngelaB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu selection , delicious authentic Italian cuisine, super service, would definitely recommend.

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lauraM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great vib. waiters were lovel. will definitely go back

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Dominique
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, incredible service, very much enjoyed our al fresco dining experience! Will be back again!

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Francesca
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wine and fabulous cosmopolitan atmosphere. Terrific informed and accommodating staff who made the lunch effortless and enjoyable. A pleasure to come out of lock down for!

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MaryS
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

I enjoyed sitting outside on a balmy evening however the menu was underwhelming. I was interested in a tuna salad and was informed that the tuna was out of a tin - WTF!!!
I ended up having an eggplant parmagiana which was delicious but was very small and charged main-serve price. (The waiter did also agree that it was an unusually small serve!)
I do not usually write reviews but I was disappointed.

FAQs

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

King & Godfree is rated 4.2 stars by 50 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.