Restaurant - Caterina's Cucina e Bar, Melbourne (VIC)
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Caterina's Cucina e Bar

Basement, 221 Queen Street, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)
Average price $95


Caterina's Cucina e Bar

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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
Dietary optionsDairy Free, Gluten free
Gambe d'anitra, tortellone ripieno, salsa di lampascione al balsamico
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
Today’s oven baked meat braise, with semolina dumplings and crispy leeks
Paillard di pollo, torta di zucca e porri, un wafer di polenta
Char grilled chicken breast rubbed with lemon, sage & chilli, with a baked pumpkin & leek custard torte

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Caterina's Cucina e Bar, Melbourne (VIC)
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Caterina's Cucina e Bar, Melbourne (VIC)
Caterina's Cucina e Bar, Melbourne (VIC)



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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Short waiting time
Moderate noise level
  • James r.1 review

    3 November 2023


    Amazing Italian venue that is one of the great dinning experiences of Melbourne for the last 28 years.

  • Elisa S.5 reviews

    1 November 2023


    Ciao Caterina &Team, Lunch was amazing on Wednesday.The gnocchi were light and fluffy as my mum and I make them same as the chef ????‍???? makes them. True ltalian authentic food,the flavours were delicious ????. Came about 10 years ago,Food was incredible then and still the same now.The staff were lovely and helpful. A extensive wine ???? menu and my favourite wine was Auntsfield from Nz, only by the bottle now. Grazie Caterina &Team Caterina Ciao Elisa


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  • Don M.2 reviews

    25 October 2023


    Excellent Service - friendly staff - high quality food - highly recommended.

  • Penny D.1 review

    6 September 2023


    First visit post Covid and needless to say, Caterina and team, failed to disappoint! Soooo happy to still have this gem to go to!!

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    Natasha S.1 review

    6 September 2023


    Excellent Italian cuisine and great selection of alcohol. Really polished service and lovely fit-out. Ambience was great but it can get a little noisy during lunch hour.

  • John K.1 review

    5 September 2023


    One of my favourites, if not my most favourite Italian. Its the attention to detail that stands out for me. if there is anyone considering going to Caterina's for lunch then just do it, you will not be disappointed.

  • Denis M.2 reviews

    5 September 2023


    Always great food and service at Caterinas. The specials are always a delight. Great place for lunch

  • Vic T.1 review

    1 September 2023


    Caterina's never fails to delight the taste buds. The food is always magical and Caterina and her staff are great hosts with an eye for detail Must try Melbourne lunch institution. I will be back as soon as possible.

  • Liz B.1 review

    31 August 2023


    Cannot fault it! Definitely worth a visit

  • Dom C.1 review

    25 August 2023


    Caterina's has been one of my favourite restaurants for many years now, the food, service and wine list are all amazing, how she manages to maintain that level of consistency over such a long period of time is a credit to her and her team, it never disappoints.

  • Don M.2 reviews

    24 August 2023


    I have been to Caterina's a number of times and it never fails to deliver polite and informative service and excellent quality meals. I would recommend that if you haven't tried it - do so - it will enhance your day immeasurably!

  • Maree M.1 review

    23 August 2023


    Beautiful day spent with great food wine and friends

  • MALCOLM E.4 reviews

    18 August 2023


    Simply the best!

  • Nadia C.6 reviews

    14 August 2023


    This restaurant has an excellent feel. Staff were very welcoming. The menue was extensive and there is something to appeal to all taste buds. Although a lunch time dining spot and was quite busy, the noise level was minimum so we did not have trance our voices Food served with care and very, very, good. Also generous serves. Will definitely return.

  • Frank P.1 review

    10 July 2023


    Great venue with great service and delicious meals. Well done to all. Definitely be back again.

  • Nathalia S.3 reviews

    8 June 2023


    The best lunch spot in Melbourne

  • sarah c.1 review

    6 June 2023


    The best lunch restaurant in Melbourne, incredible Italian food, superb wait staff and an ambience that makes you feel you are in Italy. Love this place, very special

  • Beverley P.5 reviews

    8 May 2023


    Caterina's Cucina E Bar is truly is one of the finer Melbourne dining experiences. Caterina's is where good food combines with theatre and diligence to produce a grand performance each and every time.

  • Milena M.2 reviews

    28 April 2023


    An outstanding restaurant experience - highly professional staff, superb selection of Mediterranean meals exceptionally well prepared, warm and friendly ambience. Can't wait to return - often!

  • John P.1 review

    26 April 2023


    A delightfully authentic experience of cosy ambience, great attentive service, and a wide selection specials and standard menu items. My first visit, apparently this is much loved destination, I can see why.

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How to get to the restaurant

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

Additional information

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

Please note that a 5% service fee will apply for parties greater than 5


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