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Milk the Cow - Carlton, Carlton, AU-VIC

Milk the Cow - Carlton

4.5
4.5
483 Reviews
$40 and under
European
Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie is a late night cheese bar located in St Kilda and Carlton, Melbourne. We have over 180 different cheeses from all around the world in our 6-metre long cheese cabinet, expertly curated and cared for by our team of cheesemongers.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Fondue, French
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9348 4771
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • $35 Lunch Boards, includes a glass of wine or beer

    $35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our $35 Lunch Boards include 2 Cheesemonger's Choice cheeses and accompaniments, along with a glass of select wine or tap beer for a perfect grazing lunch. Available 12pm - 3pm weekdays at Carlton and 12pm - 3pm Fridays at St Kilda.
    $35 Lunch Boards, includes a glass of wine or beer photo

What 483 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Innovative

  • Inner City North

    Innovative

  • Inner City North

    Great for fine wines

483 Reviews
  1. DianeT

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love visiting Milk The Cow. Last minute booking meant no tables downstairs, so we got seated upstairs, never knew the area even existed. It felt a little bare for first 10-15 minutes as we were the only 4 guests, but the staff made us welcome, set up a table by the window at our request (warning could be a little cold with windows open, but it was fine). Typically terrific knowledge of the cheese and wine flights, and even the non-alcoholic version provided for a friend who can't drink at the moment, was great - interesting selection, and well presented. Great staff, environment and food/drink selection. Will definitely return, especially now that we know this 'overflow' area is available at weekends. Thank you gentlemen for a lovely evening :)

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We changed our seating from indoors to outdoors with no problem. The waiters were very friendly and helpful. They could identify the wines and cheeses with confidence. I will definitely visit them again.

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  3. LiamM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very knowledgable staff and good experience

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  4. Jose

    Tasmania

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Your Saturday night service charge of 10% is ridiculous and unacceptable. Saturday night is the busiest night of the week and you turned diners away because you were fill. The amount of customers should make up for the Saturday staff surcharge. This should be factored into your cost of sale, not passed on to the customer. On top of this, we were asked to TIP staff, when we'd already paid a mandatory additional 10% for service. This is not the USA. You should not be charging a Saturday surcharge and your staff shouldn't be asking for tips when we're paying an additional 10 per cent. And how hard is it to split bills, especially if it's only two people? I live around the corner, I won't be eating here again or taking guests, it isn't value for money and the surcharges are ridiculous. Our bill was over $200 for four glasses of wine, a farmers board and raclette that didn't meet expectations.

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  5. KerrynH

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, especially raclette. Our waitress was great!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I won’t lie and say that the desert wine flight was my favourite, but everything else was fab! Breaded Camembert & fondue really stood out. I think some of the toast was stale though

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  7. Phoebe

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, lovely staff, would recommend this place for a great date or a catch up with friends

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  8. RebeccaW

    Tasmania

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were looking forward to eating here for months only to be disappointed. The waitress was friendly and took our order. The wine was nice but out of our 4 cheeses only 2 were enjoyable. Overheard the waitress tell the table next to us to let her know if there was cheeses they didn't like and she wouldn't put them on their board. After finishing our wine and cheese we waited abit wondering when our deep fried Camembert would come out. After 20 minutes and no interaction with the waitress we went to pay . She had forgotten all about it and apologised . Though it would have been nice if she had taken something off the bill to make up for it . Very disappointing as we had come from tassie and it was my daughters birthday. Won't be going back

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  9. JohnP

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation via the web site which was easy. When we arrived and were seated the server did a nice job of explaining the menu options. We chose 2 different wine flights with cheese and added a fondue which gave us a nice variety, and was filling. We finished by sharing a desert flight. Very enjoyable, we plan to return.

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  10. MonicaW

    Brisbane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very poor service. Took a long time to order, longer to get drinks, the wrong meals were brought out to us twice, we asked for the menu to order more, they never came back to take our order so after 30 minutes we left. The bill was wrong when we were paying. We had to remind them about what we had (should have kept quiet and not paid). In this area you are spoilt for choice. There are a lot of great cheese places around. Very disappointing.

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  11. JenniA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pairing of wine with cheese was superb, making it a delightful and unique dining experience!

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  12. RobertM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Multiple dishes never arrived + incorrect dish arrived. Very difficult to get the attention of staff. No checkups to see how things were going.

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  13. JillK

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The wine and cheese was enjoyable. Sadly the surly staff spoilt the evening.

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  14. JenniA

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Something a little different and perfect for cheese lovers. Great selection of things to share or enjoy your own tasting flight. We were served by Elliot who made our experience fantastic, great explanation of all that was on offer and a natural, friendly manner. A table of 5 who will all happily return.

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  15. megw

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This is our second visit to "milk the cow" ... First time was an amazing experience and thoroughly enjoyed, so much so we took our friend their for his birthday. Second time there was a big disappointment... we was the only customers in there and service was so slow. Took over 40 mi s to service us our drinks .. once we had drink we waited another 10 mins for bread to go with the cheese. Water glasses were never topped up like previously .. there was no urgency to serve us , And the time frame of waiting for things really couldn't be justified , so put a doner on the experience completely.

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  16. Tere

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You no longer have the savoury crackers. I wonder why that was out of the options with the price we paid. The bread was too much for a light meal. Not everyone likes bread and sweet crackers

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  17. ConM

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the selection of cheeses. Four generous servings of wine. While the wines were a little different to those readily available in Australia, and quite nice, none of them really impressed me. The waitress was terrific. Very knowledgeable on the cheeses and wines. Great atmosphere. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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  18. kellyW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic time had - very knowledgeable staff. Would recommend

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  19. FineWineTan

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a bit loud due to loud guests. The service was great but they were a bit too busy. Why the surcharge? The prices were great minus the surcharge which seems very common now.

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  20. FrancoisS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Quite good! We had two cheese flights and a Camembert. We found the Camembert not very tasty. The service was ok but the waiters looked a bit tired this day and not that friendly thus. Anyway it has very good potential!

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  21. JamieR

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The wine flight was great, and we enjoyed the deep fried Camembert. While the Mac and Cheese fell short on flavor, I recognise that our taste buds may have been overshadowed by the cheese indulgence around it. We had three servers – two were friendly, unfortunately one was quite brusque. Overall, we would go back.

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  22. DeliaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy venue. Beautiful selection of cheeses. Professional & Friendly service. Lovely and well thought out menu.

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  23. CharlesN

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food, great for a casual beverage and light meal. If you don’t like cheese perhaps avoid.

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  24. JenniferP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our second time at Milk the Cow. Throughly enjoyed it.

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  25. Grace

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are a cheese lover,this is a must. Wide selection of cheeses and dishes with cheese. Plus recommendations for the perfect pairing with your drink further enhances the flavours.

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  26. CatherineK

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have had multiple visits, and always an outstanding experience - the quality of cheese, wine, service, and ambience all top notch. A place that is equally suitable for Melburnians, andfff somewhere you can entertain guests from out of town.

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  27. AndrewK

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, great wine and cheese selection and some awesome recommendations for pairings.

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  28. Ragaief

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful cheeses. Perhaps the best my wife and I ever had.

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  29. LeanneG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had two vegans and the vegan camembert was not available for some reason, so that was disappointing, but other than that it was a wonderful experience.

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  30. SallyM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We particularly enjoyed the wait staff. Very friendly and helpful. Thank you

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  31. MeganM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy the restaurant. The service is outstanding along with their knowledge. Will return.

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  32. JohnA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic selection of cheeses and a fondue with wine to match finishing with great coffee. Exceptional service!

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  33. AngelaR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed the experience of eating beautiful cheeses matched with lovely beers. It was a very pleasant lunch.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience :) The explanations was great and the cheese board was sensational

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delish, the atmosphere was calm and sophisticated, and the service was absolutely outstanding.

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  36. Debsy

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The knowledge of the staff is astounding. The pairing of wine to cheese is spot on, totally mouthwatering. This is our favourite spot in Melbourne to come and enjoy wine and cheese!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely spot! Cheese pairings were amazing, staff really know their stuff and the overall atmosphere was bubbly and lively!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional customer service, presentation on cheese and wine. Lovely place to dine. Will definitely return next time in Melbourne. Highly recommend!

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  39. AbbyS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was nice. We had a table of 6 each having a lunch cheese platter. No explanation was given of what cheese we had or what wine to pair it with. Service was lengthy between drinks. We won’t rush back. Plenty of other places that serve good cheese with more interest in their products and quicker with service.

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  40. John

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Too small portions for the cheese and not enough bread. The baked Camembert did not have enough seasoning. Expensive for what you get given the cheese isn’t actually the highest quality.

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FAQs

Milk the Cow - Carlton offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9348 4771.

Milk the Cow - Carlton is rated 4.5 stars by 483 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Milk the Cow - Carlton

323 Lygon Street, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Carlton
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Fondue, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wine
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