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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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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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Pasta with crab was one of today’s specials and was delicious
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Reviews

9.8/10
Excellent412 reviews
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Food

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  • Jessica J.
    Jessica J.

    30 June 20221 review

    9/10

    Classic service, simple food executed with a degree of finesse you only get with old school dining.

  • ROSS i.
    ROSS i.

    30 June 20221 review

    10/10
  • Arnoldus M.
    Arnoldus M.

    29 June 202213 reviews

    10/10

    One of the great business long lunch restaurants in Melbourne. Great for any occasion, fantastic owner and Italian staff who make every occasion special.

  • Nicholas P.
    Nicholas P.

    21 June 20221 review

    10/10

    Been wanting to come here for such a long time. Excellent food, excellent and friendly service. What a restaurant!! Thank you Caterina and team!

  • Julian M.
    Julian M.

    17 June 20221 review

    8.5/10
  • Greg E.
    Greg E.

    2 June 20221 review

    10/10

    Excellent meal . Menu and service is first rate. One of Melbournes best restaurants.

  • Antonietta D.
    Antonietta D.

    1 June 202217 reviews

    9.5/10

    We had a great experience the food and service was excellent. We would recommend to family and friends.

  • Daryl W.
    Daryl W.

    31 May 20222 reviews

    10/10
  • Eleanor D.
    Eleanor D.

    4 May 20221 review

    10/10

    A beautiful restaurant with amazing food, great service welcoming staff and a warm ambiance. We thought we were in Italy. We absolutely loved it and can’t wait to return. Thanks Caterina and staff.

  • Bob N.

    19 April 20223 reviews

    9.5/10
  • Bora Y.

    19 April 20221 review

    9.5/10
  • Roger R.
    Roger R.

    14 April 20222 reviews

    10/10

    This restaurant continues to be run by one of the warmest most capable restauraters in the city of Melbourne. You are always greeted with the warmest of smiles and an extraordinary menu!

  • Mario K.

    13 April 20222 reviews

    10/10

    The service was excellent and the atmosphere was great.The food quality and presentation was first class would highly recommend.

  • Sebastian G.

    13 April 20221 review

    10/10

    It is always a privilege to dine at Caterina's. I always feel special. It is always hard to bypass the many specials of the day. Lovely attentive service.

  • Tess F.

    11 April 20221 review

    10/10

    Traditional Italian trattoria feel. Beautiful and well beautiful portioned food and attentive service. Great selection of wines. Perfect for a business meeting or special gathering.

  • Scott C.
    Scott C.

    5 April 20221 review

    10/10

    A fantastic lunch, food, wine and service were exemplary.

  • Peter M.

    1 April 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Just a great place to eat. Always friendly, attentive, and delicious.

  • Andrew Ng

    21 March 20221 review

    10/10

    Amazing service, food, wine list. Among the best Italian dining experiences we have had the privilege of enjoying during our trip to Australia.

  • Richard W.

    28 February 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Delivers an authentic traditional Italian cuisine experience.

  • Jessica P.

    14 February 20221 review

    9/10
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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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