La Camera Southgate

4.6
37 reviews
$40 and under
Italian
Nestled amongst riverside treetops on Southgate’s mid level, La Camera boasts two balconies with stunning views over The Yarra River and iconic Flinders Street Station. The interior is adorned with vintage black-and-white photographs depicting the history of the family that has owned and operated the restaurant since it opened in 2000. La Camera Southgate offers an array of authentic Italian dishes including unique Roman-style pizzas, authentic Pappardelle Ox Cheek from Trastevere-Rome and by far the most delectable Tiramisu in town. The emphasis is on quality ingredients, and fresh seasonal produce.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 37 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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MassimoM
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Unlike many other self-proclaimed Italian restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was as fantastic as the food, could not fault anything. Was especially impressed with the calamari and porchetta, and the amaretto sour my girlfriend had was great too!

Looking forward to coming back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was absolutely delicious and well priced. Customer service was good. Good with allergies and intolerances

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ElleH
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was good - pretty basic and inoffensive. Service was phenomenal though, staff were knowledgeable and attentive - honestly a credit to the establishment.

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AmyK8
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very conscientious staff, amazing food and a great view. Dinner for two with a drink each and an afogato for under $100. What more could you possibly ask for? So glad to “Let’s Melbourne” at this lovely restaurant.

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SilviaS
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

very nice staff and accomodating, great pizza and Arancini

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ChristineG
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impossibly good, thin, crisp pizza. This is a very inexpensive restaurant, given the quality of the food and service.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

On Wednesday evening 3 of us were greeted by the manager with a remote infra-red thermometer in hand. He courteously asked if we would mind having our temperature measured. We all agreed. We were all found not to have high temperature and thus allowed to continue to our table. Each table had been set a certain distance apart to keep a distance between diners. We were told the restaurant had closed down for 3 hours between lunch and dinner so the staff could clean all surfaces. We were well looked after and impressed with the duty of care for staff & diners the management took under the cloud of the pandemic. I would recommend supporting La Camera to continue to operate. Best wishes Mike.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Centrally situated restaurant with a wide choice of food, and excellent service from the friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite Italian Restaurant in Melbourne CBD👌🏼 Great food! Great service! Great location looking out across the Yarra.

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TracyH
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

This visit to La Camera was disappointing compared to previous occasions. The food was quite average and not worth the prices charged.

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Mick
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Only the 2nd time I have eaten there, this time I introduced Friends to La Camera. We all had a wonderful time. Service is excellent as well as the food. Thank you

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HelenW
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always good. Food is great, staff are really good. The wine list is great too. Never disappoints

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ECCCCC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

Too loud and no air conditioning. Only 55% of me would recommend this place to a friend and I would caveat it with a warning.

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ChristineG
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service and ambiance. Loved sitting on the balcony by the river

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

Customer service/attendance was not good.
The quantity of food is not value for money.

I only went there because I wanted good views.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were well looked after knowing we needed to leave with in a certain timeframe, the staff ensured our meals were delivered promptly.

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islandgirl
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Restaurant is located in Southgate mall. We had a table overlooking the river which was nice. We ordered a pizza and salad which were fair.

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy our luncheon dates at la Camera. Great food and very good value combined wit friendly and courteous service.

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Birgit
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Waiting staff seemed a bit stressed - the restaurant was very noisy, so tricky to have a decent conversation. The food was nice though

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JoanT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Service was great however the meals, one pasta, one risotto were small and with very little substance and poor presentation. Given that the meals were a main the cost $28 _ $34 I thought they were very expensive and not at all memorable. I have patronised La Camera as a pre theatre on several occasions but the last 2 occasions provided disappointing and relatively expensive meals and will mean I will now go elsewhere.

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HeidiT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A great family friendly location and menu. Authentic Italian meals. Great views fr a special occasion if you sit outside.

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Darz
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Dinner with a view! La Camera always delivers on fresh, great tasting food. We had pre-show dinner this time. The wait staff were excellent - recommending menu selections and ensuring everything was delivered to us on time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice place to dine!

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DesC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We went for pre-theatre at Hamer Hall. Pre-booked and traffic was grid locked in city but they saved our table. We ordered Chicken Parmagiana = smokey and salad excellent + Rigatoni.
Both were high quality and tasty. We were gone within the hour - Bit loud but Excellent experience and staff were super. Kudos to LaCamera

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ShirleyB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Booked for a group of friends for pre Anzac day footy match. Service was friendly and welcoming but slow due to short staffing. As we were expected to pay a public holiday surcharge, onus is on the owners to provide sufficient staff. Drinks/food took around 40 minutes to arrive but was delicious when it did come. Balcony table overlooking the river and city was special.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We came pre-theatre for dinner. I have been many times and have never been disappointed with either the food or service. It was timely, the food delicious and generous servings. It’s my favourite pre theatre dinner spot.

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TonyE
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and friendly yet professional service with magnificent river views are the outstanding features of La Camera. We always eat there at least once every time we come to Melbourne. We are always able to linger for as long as we want, no pressure to leave quickly.

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I'm always happy with La Camera, thats why I come so often!

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RHONNID
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This place was a last minute find for us over the busy Easter weekend. After a recommendation from a friend we decided to book a table for Easter Monday evening as we were catching up with friends from the USA, who we had not seen for over 10 years. The staff were amazing, the food very tasty and the view from the balcony of the Yarra and the city was spectacular. Our friends were impressed with the Melbourne hospitality and were delighted that we had had found this place! Thank you La Camera for a fantastic evening. We will be back.

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TAKAMAX
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience1

予約したにも関わらずリバーサイドのベランダ席には座らせてもらえず,店内の中央の席に案内されました。リングイネはショウガ味がきつくて香草も合わなかったです。ポルチーニ茸のリゾットも普通でした。ウェイトレスさんは本当に頑張ってまして好感が持てましたが,レジにいたした店長(中国系?)の態度が横柄で,伝票を持って会計を待っているのにずっと電話してて無視され,電話を切ったと思ったらウェイトレスに怒鳴り散らし始めました。ちょっと接客業としてはNGでしょうね。会計時,クレジットカードの端末を5cm幅くらいの所に置いたら滑り落ちたのですが露骨にいやな顔をされました。もっと起きやすい机を買い直すべきです。その後レシートを「ぴしっ!」っと机に叩きつけるように置かれ目を合わせずTHANK YOU!と・・・・絶句です。リピートはありません。

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This place was very tasty! Good Italian food right along the river. Great for date night!

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Rhys
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my partners birthday, the service was 5 star. Could not have received better service anywhere. And the food was to die for. And when it came to sing the waiters all came out and stood in a line and sung happy birthday
It was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2017
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We bought friends from the US here for dinner. Sadly we had really average food and completely inexperienced staff. It was quite disappointing all round.

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SilviaS
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Until we go the mains the boxes were all checked - service - good, atmosphere - good, drinks - good, entrees - delicious - had the arincini and the bruschetta. Mains - linguine seafood, gnocchi and tortellini. All were generally lacking in flavour, seemed liked they had been in open air (dried on top), lukewarm and the gnocchi were hard. It was a bit of a let down and felt sorry for the staff as they were so good and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

good food, excellent service, highly professional and friendly waiter

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2brews
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

A lively Italian restaurant serving excellent food, lots of groups enjoy this vibrant establishment and it has a regular returning clientele. This day we went we were early for our booking and we were sat close to a group who were enjoying themselves raucously with shrill and loud laughter. If this worries you the staff will attempt to relocate you but it all adds to the atmosphere. We love it here and will be back next time we visit the city.

FAQs

La Camera Southgate offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9699 3600.

La Camera Southgate is rated 4.6 stars by 37 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.