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Caterina's Cucina e Bar

9.8/10
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Basement, 221 Queen Street, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price $95

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1 person per 4 square metres
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Meet the Chef

Marcello Mariani, a northern Italian chef, trained in Treviso & Venice. He worked in London at Harry's Bar & then at the Harkin Hotel, the first Italian Michelin Star in London. He also did a stint in America. He arrived in Melbourne in 2012 & worked in the CBD, specializing in traditional Italian flavours, but also using unique Australian products. Mariani has been head chef at Caterina's Cucina e Bar since 2016. He was awarded the first ever chef's hat for a lunch time only restaurant in 2018.

Restaurant menu

Chef Marcello Mariani
  • Average price $95
Gambe d'anitra, tortellone ripieno, salsa di lampascione al balsamico
$42
Twice cooked duck leg on the bone & a boneless duck leg in ‘crepinette’, a pasta parcel of white cabbage, cured pork cheek & black sesame with whole wild onions in balsamic sauce
Stufato di carne, scelto dello chef, con gnocco alla romana
$39.5
Today’s oven baked meat braise, with semolina dumplings and crispy leeks
Paillard di pollo, torta di zucca e porri, un wafer di polenta
$38.9
Char grilled chicken breast rubbed with lemon, sage & chilli, with a baked pumpkin & leek custard torte

Dietary options

, Gluten free

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Porcetta
Pasta del giorno
Creme brûlee
Rucola grande salad

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Reviews

9.8/10
Excellent306 reviews
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Food

9.8/10

Service

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  • Antonio D.

    18 January 20221 review

    10/10

    Caterina her staff and of course the food absolutely amazing ,if you didn’t know you could be dining in Rome ????????! if you haven’t been it is a must!

  • Jo Ng

    14 December 20211 review

    10/10

    Always good! Food is fantastic, service top notch. Wish they were open weekends and for dinner so that more of my friends and family can enjoy the deliciousness too!

  • Stephen M.

    10 December 20211 review

    10/10
  • ANDREA M.

    9 December 20218 reviews

    10/10

    Food was delicious, ambience is very unique albeit a little noisy with a full house ( which also adds to the atmosphere). Sardines were beautiful & fresh & pasta was delicious.

  • Liz C.

    7 December 20211 review

    10/10

    A post lockdown lunch - could not think of a better place. Meal was delicious and service exceptional. We will be back as soon as we are able in the New Year

  • Rosemary J.

    1 December 20214 reviews

    10/10

    Dreamy food, warm service, great atmosphere. Perfetto!! This beautiful place never, ever disappoints. It's old fashioned in some ways but only in the good ways of great food and hospitality.

  • Antonella V.

    29 November 20211 review

    10/10
  • Natalie J.

    29 November 20211 review

    10/10
  • John W.

    29 November 20211 review

    10/10

    Beautiful food, great atmosphere, this place is a Melbourne Institution. Thank you for having us over for lunch. The fish was cooked beautifully.

  • Carol H.

    29 November 20212 reviews

    10/10

    What a delight to return to a lunch at Caterina's after our months in Covid lockdown! The welcome was warm, the service friendly but professional and the food delicious as always. Grazie!

  • Nathan T.

    25 November 20211 review

    10/10

    This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Everything was flawless - food, wine, service, etc.. Amazing restaurant - can't wait to return.

  • Ken c.

    25 November 20212 reviews

    8/10
  • Terry C.

    24 November 20213 reviews

    10/10

    One word. “Fantastic”

  • Melody B.

    23 November 20211 review

    10/10
  • Victor S.

    23 November 20214 reviews

    10/10

    Wonderful food, service and atmosphere.

  • Helen M.

    18 November 20212 reviews

    10/10
  • JENNIFER F.

    18 November 20214 reviews

    10/10

    It was a wonderful dining experience. The food, service and beautiful restaurant setting were exceptional. A rare gem in Melbourne's restaurant scene.

  • Quincy M.

    16 November 202118 reviews

    9.5/10
  • Kate M.

    16 November 20211 review

    10/10

    We were a party of 6 and all enjoyed every aspect of this dining experience. Staff amazing and food 6* .will definitely return . A beautiful afternoon!!!!

  • Inez C.

    15 November 20215 reviews

    9.5/10

    Food and service always fantastic. Few noisy parties in at the time we went so the noise level was a little high. So just a very small negative. Always a great place.

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How to get to the restaurant

Basement, 221 Queen Street, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

We are located on the corner of Queen Street and Lonsdale Street.

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

About the restaurant

Classy Lunchtime Revelry Descend the stairs to Caterina's Cucina e Bar on Queen Street in Melbourne's bustling CBD and you'll feel like you're a world away. This little enclave is popular with the business crowd, but it's hardly limited to those in suits: it's also frequented by Italian food devotees looking for a little lunchtime revelry. Open for lunch only, Caterina's Cucina e Bar will make you feel like you're in an Italian opera with its marble, vintage mirrors, Venetian masks and formally clothed tables. There's an international wine list with 400 wines plus a dozen or so available by the glass. You'll have no trouble tippling away the afternoon here over a top-notch vino. As for the food, chef Marcello Mariani serves regional Italian dishes that showcase fresh, seasonal produce from local producers. If you're looking to host an event, Caterina's Cucina e Bar caters for corporate functions, private dinners and weddings. It's definitely a class act at Caterina's. Best dish: Porcini mushroom risotto

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