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King & Godfree, Carlton, AU-VIC

King & Godfree

3.8
3.8
169 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

7:00 pm


Booked 7 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.
  • Limited Menu

    Multiple dates available
    From 3:00pm-5:00pm we offer a limited menu consisting of delicious selection of antipasti and dessert.

What 169 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
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Inner City North

    Brunch

  • Inner City North

    Lunch

  • Inner City North

    Italian

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  1. K

    Katie

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    The QR system showed there were no pastas available- the staff then fixed that We asked for vegan options and were told to look at the online menu - the meal that was ordered turned up with Parmesan cheese all over it The staff seemed reluctant to talk to us at all and just told us to use the app The chicken took much longer than 20 minutes The music was just a bit loud and the lights a bit too bright to have any pleasant ambiance.
  2. N

    Nogo

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Very disappointing.Used to be a terrific spot for lunch. Now, over priced, average quality with no service
  3. ND

    NeilD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great location, great ambiance, great food and great service.
  4. TG

    TonyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    First choice from menu was unavailable. QR code ordering was clunky and impersonal. Pasta portion was rather modest. Quite noisy. Better options in Lygon St
  5. JN

    JoanneN

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfect place for an informal dinner, great set up. A bit on the pricey side, otherwise great
  6. O

    Outnabout

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Online ordering is the pits. Just give me a waiter. Especially when paying 10% surcharge for Sunday.
  7. BO

    BernadetteO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived and no one mentioned that we had to order at the counter or via scanning at the table. Service was terrible - no one came to our table once throughout the evening. food was basic - focaccia was tough and cold - couldn't eat it. Premises was cold. We asked to be moved from where we seated when we arrived and then we were put in the deli section of the premises. So disappointing because when you walk past it has a great look but will definitely not be returning.
  8. AD

    AlessiaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I ordered a minestrone which unfortunately came with a snail inside. I did bring it to the wait staff awareness but he didn’t do anything to compensate. Very disappointed
  9. s

    stevek

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was my first time dining and the experience was great, all the staff were fantastic, it was easy to order, and the food was above expectations and quick.
  10. BL

    BrianL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian food, friendly staff. What more do you need!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. RS

    RogS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    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
  23. 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.
  24. 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 !!!!
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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?
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. E

    Elizabeth

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! The lunch here is never disappointing

FAQs

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

King & Godfree is rated 3.8 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 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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