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“Magnificent in every way!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Universal Restaurant

Universal Restaurant
Ranked #232 of 3,850 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
Description: Established in 1969 Universal Italian Restaurant and Function Venue has flourished to become one of Melbourne's leading casual dining restaurants and first class function and events venue. ~A La Carte~ Universal prides itself on offering a widely diverse menu while maintaining an authentic Italian cooking style. Using only the freshest ingredients, we offer our customers substantial meals at an affordable price. Along with traditional dishes, Universal's menu features an assortment of top Australian steaks, fresh seafood, BBQ ribs and an ever growing selection of desserts made in house daily. A La Carte reservations and school groups are welcomed. ~Private Functions~ Located 2 blocks from the CBD, Universal's private function venue is the perfect location for all celebratory events, including engagement parties, birthdays, and corporate functions. Accommodating private functions from 20 to 60 people, with marble bar, designer interior and heated balcony. Universal also offers complimentary secured car parks for your convenience. Universal prides itself on organising personalised boutique functions.
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Magnificent in every way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

My new husband and I celebrated our marriage with 30 guests in the upstairs function room at the Universal Restaurant yesterday. The whole experience was absolutely marvellous!

We booked on short notice as the original venue we had booked cancelled. With two weeks before our wedding, Danielle (the functions manager) accepted our booking and well and truly hit the ground running.

We were able to very quickly confirm menus (our guests dietary requirements were no problem at all) and the night before our wedding, we dropped our cake, table decs etc off to the restaurant.

When we arrived for our wedding lunch everything looked absolutely beautiful! Danielle and her team did an amazing job setting it all up. We had provided a seating plan and nothing was too much trouble to accommodate. I really can't sing the praises of Danielle and her team enough.

Of course, the main event of any restaurant is the food and I have to say, it was absolutely divine. We had a set menu of a gnocci or braised lamb for entrée and a chicken or steak dish for main (our wedding cake was served for dessert). The meals were sensational! Everyone commented on how lovely the meals were and also the size of the meals was terrific. There was definitely no one leaving hungry!

My husband and I had never eaten at Universal Restaurant before (we live in Bendigo and had decided to marry in Melbourne) but it will be certainly be a regular stop on our future visits to Melbourne from now on.

Thank you again to everyone at Universal Restaurant!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nicole H
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Perth, Australia
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Just like Italy ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

Beautiful food and great service, do you need anything else?
The bruschetta entree, meatballs, pizza and pays mains are all top quality.
If you are in the area make sure this one is on the list.

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Thank Perth26_59
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Toowoomba
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Outstanding Meals, Great Size and Super Value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

The meals here were amazing. We took our hungry teenage son out for dinner and wow!
The Chicken Parmigiana huge! The Ribs - Huge!
We could not fault the meals or the service. If you are looking for good value and a great atmosphere, then this is the place for you.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JodefromQld
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Perth
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152 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Amazing value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

We had dinner there and could not finish our meals. Some of the dishes could be shared between two people. There is a happy hr as well. Recommended,

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank liemPerth
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Auckland
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

My partner and I went along Lygon ST and decided to call into this restaurant as it seemed quite popular. It was busy but the staff were quick to take orders and we did not have to wait too long for our food. The portions were very generous. I am glad I did not have a starter as I couldn't finish my spag bol as it was! My partner had the chicken parmigiana and the portion of chicken was massive. The other food being served around us looked good. Would def go again

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hutch_auckland
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