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Carlton Espresso

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Lygon Street
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326 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
+61 3 9347 8482
07:00 - 21:30
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Sun 08:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Went in for the Custard Bombolone and was not disappointed. It was perhaps the best custard I have had. The pastry was good too.

Thank classicchch
Antwerp, Belgium
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512 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Since more than 15 years we visit our daughter and Melbourne. This place in Carlton is our absolute favourite ! Our numero uno for drinks, latte, aperol spritz and italian food !

Thank Hugo H
Hong Kong, China
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104 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We had dinner here on a cool September evening. Between the 2 of us we ordered the small sampler board of cold meat and cheese, a spaghetti dish and the black rice with pinenuts, etc. Those 3 dishes, together with the bread and 2 glasses of wine, were just right. Staff were friendly and informative and the food was delivered... More 

Thank OlddogHK
Warragul, Australia
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171 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We arrived very late after the theatre and yet DOC Espresso was still open and smoking' ! Even after what must have been a very busy day staff were still ON and happy to engage. The food is rustic Italian - no pretensions here - good honest cooking with bags of flavour. We were in , fed ,and out in... More 

Thank Nyall G
Antwerp, Belgium
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512 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Every time we come to Carlton we have a coffee or a meal at D.O.C. . We already visit this place for 14 years, since our daughter lives in Melbourne. We like to sit outside and to watch the passegiata. The service is very friendly and we appreciate the italian way of live. We came here too on a saturday... More 

Thank Hugo H
Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

This family restaurant is fabulous for all ages. Guaranteed fresh and delicious food..smooth service and relaxed yet noisy atmosphere.

Thank mira l
Canberra, Australia
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613 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015

The waitress last night was super busy as the place was crowded (why isn't there more competition in this St??) so maybe it wasn't her fault that she seemed stressed & was impatient?? The pasta with "peas & broadbeans" hardly had anything green in it & definitely no broadbeans. Before I ordered, we asked the same waitress a bit about... More 

Thank NotMolly
Ahmedabad, India
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135 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 464 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Nice bar food here with some good drinks options. Each drink order came with a small board of tapas style foods which were decent. It's nice that you can go to the deli next door and order some food to be brought over as well.

5 Thank Nirz33
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Nothing beats Carlton Espresso and its alimentary next door for the real deal. The staff are happy and funny and chaotic and work like hell. The food and wine, with quintessential Italian pride in generosity and service, is very good. They serve excellent antipasti with drinks. There are no cliches here. They are the bench mark for a very good... More 

1 Thank calyps013
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

I travel a long way to go to CARLTON ESPRESSO, it is a unique place and the best place for coffee or a light meal and you can even enjoy an excellent dish of pasta "al dente" just like in Italy. The atmosphere is friendly and the waiters are very welcoming, they make you feel at home. I cannot stay... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 326 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9347 8482

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lygon Street

Neighbourhood Profile
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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