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Mama's Canteen, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Mama's Canteen

3.8
3.8
139 Reviews
$40 and under
Egyptian
This fierce Arabic mama cooks – and eats – like she lives. Large!When it comes to her recipes, she kicks it old school. Every one of Mama’s dishes reflects the culinary traditions of her mama, and her mama’s mama.Designed to share family style, her menu is bursting with authentic levant flavours, her methods passed down through generations and perfected over lifetimes.Mama’s place is warm and inviting – a comfortable, modern space that instantly makes guests feel at home.

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2 people

8:00 pm


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0405 100 930
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

139 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tasmania

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible experience. Food was pre-prepared and came to the table cold. Even when we sent it back, it returned luke warm. Service was a shambles - they got our order wrong several times. And the music was so loud we had to yell at each other.

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  2. LillianW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prime location in Fed Square. Great value for delicious authentic middle eastern cuisine! Friendly service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointed in this venue. The food was average at best, the falafel was dry and tasteless. All but one staff member was indifferent and unwelcoming. Friday night and they were packing up before nine o’clock and clearly wanted us out.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner, the restaurant was lovely, in a fantastic position and the staff were friendly and attentive

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  5. SamF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food & location! Shame our server was so disinterested & unhelpful which is why this is rating is lower than the venue deserves The rest of the staff are great & have eaten here before & recommended it to others

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  6. nav8

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Top marks for the fabulous location but we found the food while acceptable, was bland and lacking in taste and the grilled meats were dry, and not the least bit succulent, as they should have been. We didn’t find any pomegranate arils in our fattoush salad despite the enticing menu description. Sad to say, it was an unmemorable meal. The attentive service still couldn’t dispel our disappointment.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Easy venue for a catch up with friends, with lovely food and drinks

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  8. Disney1

    Exclusive

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have had a number of really positive dining experiences here. The food is fantastic, with a large selection on the menu. Their tasting plate is excellent value for 2 or more people. The staff and helpful and friendly, which enhances the experience. Lastly the actual venue is beautiful. Different seating areas over a few levels. I love the upstairs space and it’s excellent for large groups. Outside is lovely too.

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  9. MareeV

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Really enjoyed our dinning at Maama’s Cantena and would highly recommend this restaurant. Staff were more than attentive and the food was very good value for money.

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  10. Gayle

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, excellent food and Fed Square was buzzing.

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  11. phillipT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food good/ tasty but small serves. Quick service, but unfortunately most dishes came in quick succession - as a result some dishes were cold before they could be eaten. Our other disappointment was that on payment we were told “ no split bills” even though the restaurant was pretty quiet at the time. Surely at such times customers can be accomodated. Overall while the food itself is good we’re unlikely to hurry back anytime soon.

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  12. TezzaD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered the banquet, the food was good apart from the falafel which was stale. Our mains never got cleared until we told them we needed to go and to please bring out dessert only to find out they didn't have any dessert left. They reluctantly offered a turkish delight to-go, we declined. No offer of compensation when settling the bill only a comment of "I'll remember you next time". We won't be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and atmosphere at Mamas Canteen. It a great place to eat before a show!

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  14. EWC1

    Portland

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our go to food spot in Fed Square. Very good for pre concert, art center meals. Friendly helpful staff, good food.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a very pleasurable experience, food was amazing and the service equally as good. We will return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Perth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious , service very good. We will be back. Thank you.

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  17. Dubs

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time for 4 of us. We were early so no probs with seating. We chose to sit outside as it was a lovely day, but had to move inside as the wind came up. Staff good with that. Had a shared platter each. Lots of food. Chicken tastiest. Two platters on small tables a bit crowded. Service good.

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  18. gavinl

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food as always. Slight issue upon trying to pay a bill for two family's using two cards. Not sure that should be an issue, especially as leaving a good tip that more than covers any surcharge.

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  19. lesleyF

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our go to when we are in the city. The food is excellent and the young staff are very friendly and helpful and good at their job

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  20. AnnaliseA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Samkeh Harra ive eaten. Crispy fish with a beautiful spicy tahini sauce. No long wait for food or drinks, staff were amazing and friendly. Shisha was great. Thank you!

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  21. AudreyZ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended Mama’s Canteen. Regular returning visitor, food is always fresh and delicious. Great menu variety and can also cater for specific diets including children’s preferences. Attentive wait staff. Venue is clean and stylishly presented. Mo the owner is always incredibly welcoming and makes us feel like we are family returning home to visit.

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  22. SalSays

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and menu is extensive and caters for all. Quick service. Fresh and presented well. Service is excellent...staff are very attentive. They all come over to ask how its all going and to take orders...so you don't really know who is the person looking after you. We ordered dessert but the team member forgot to send to kitchen...maybe distracted with checking in on other tables on the way. Will visit again to try different dishes.

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  23. RickS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good, but we had to wait 40 minutes for it. And the restaurant was not particularly crowded. Wait staff appeared intermittently, as did the food. When I went to the bar to ask where our order was, the person I asked was sceptical until he checked our food order (technically, it was 37 minutes, but I was making a point) when he told me it was coming now. Five minutes later it arrived. So, if you don't have anywhere to be then it will be fine. If you are going on to something else then I would look elsewhere as you will run the risk of missing the start.

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  24. PatM

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have always enjoyed the delicious meals here and always feel welcome. However, the restaurant is a great venue for lively groups but you would need to go elsewhere to have a quiet conversation with a friend.

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  25. GlendaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to all the staff - had a wonderful evening celebrating my niece’s 50th birthday! We were made to feel very welcome and the food was most enjoyable!

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  26. KB86

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food wasn’t great unfortunately. The meat was so dry and the food felt like it was left overs being served the next day. In general the overall presentation and taste just wasn’t there. The drinks weren’t much better with a G&T served as a soda first and then flat tonic water second.

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  27. Letseat

    Victoria

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average - we had open kebabs mixed meats, flat bread with chips & salad. Meat was dry drizzled with commercial dip, chips were luke warm & salad was tiny. Flat bread was commercial & dry. It was clear our food was made in advance …. Unfortunate. Food on other tables looked nice maybe we chose bad from the menu?? Service & cocktails were great. OK place to stop for quick feed before a show etc

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  28. JohnP

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both enjoyed the meal. Service was friendly and efficient.

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  29. JaneT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so packed due to the afl but all the staff we so friendly helpful and fast! It’s the second time for me to get there and I will go again and again! Love the food and the staff!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and the service was excellent. Very convenient to the Arts Centre for pre-show dinner. Will definitely go back!

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  31. Bindi

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Moussaka only had 5 small pieces of eggplant in it and just tasted like tomato sauce. All rice on the table needed seasoning, very bland. Toum and Kibbeh were excellent. Sharwarma lacked seasoning as well. Overall menu reads really well but execution and flavour was not up to standard. Sorry, service was really good and friendly

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  32. GraemeD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Still a good place to eat but overall it has dropped a little since our last visit. We ordered the banquet because we were hungry. It tasted good, but wasn't really a "banquet"!

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  33. Marg

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect location for a relaxing catch up, many delicious choices of sharing plates. Very attentive staff, great for summer and hiding away in winter.

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  34. Lady

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal at mammas canteen. The food was delicious and lots of it. The staff were lovely and very helpful

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  35. Lisa

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service, food arrived barely warm, had to ask twice for water and drinks which took forever, despite them not being busy. The facial expressions and attitude of one of the staff was appalling. It felt like we were putting them out for being there and requesting service. I will not be returning.

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  36. Spark

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were five people, so when we ordered the 4pc Lebanese sausages they gave us 5 without us even asking. The owner also gave is free dessert for giving his restaurant 5 stars on google maps. I’ve never had better service at a restaurant, and the food was great too

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  37. DominikaM

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Wasn’t happy with the service at all waited for over 40 mins with only 2-3 tables were full. When mentioned why we are waiting so long realised that the waiter forgot to enter our food into the computer. Then still waited another 20 mins

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  38. LyndaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for a quick bite before going to ACMI. Excellent service from friendly waitstaff.

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  39. ToniC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed in the dishes we ordered. Cauliflower dish was bland and prawn dish had a mingy amount of tiny prawns and the dish it's self was average.

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  40. AmandaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was friendly and helpful. It was our first time dining at the restaurant and the staff were very helpful in assisting with dishes for our table so we could taste the variety of dishes. All of the dishes arrived and were cleared away promptly. The tables were a bit small for a group of people.

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FAQs

Mama's Canteen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0405 100 930.

Mama's Canteen is rated 3.8 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

8:00 pm


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mama's Canteen

Federation Square (Main Square), Corner of Swanston St and, Flinders St,, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Lebanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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