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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’s recommendations Marcello Mariani

Average price $95 Special request

Scores & Reviews

Excellent
9.4/10
based on 130 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :9.6/10
Service :9.6/10
Setting :9/10
  1. A A.
    A A.
    • 249 reviews
    10/10

    Atmosphere fantastic, a very authentic Italian feel. The general restaurant is suitable for a variety of occasions, and most importantly the food is fantastic!

  2. Christian L.
    Christian L.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Fantastic food and service

  3. A A.
    A A.
    • 278 reviews
    9.5/10

    Caterinas is a landmark restaurant where staff led by Caterina herself provide exceptional service and food of the highest quality. A true Melbourne Gem hidden behind a non descript entry in Queen St. A must for an unparalleled wine and dine experience where your made to feel very welcome.

  4. Peter j.
    Peter j.
    • one review
    10/10

    Welcome, wine, service,food,ambience; all impeccable.

  5. Ian G.
    Ian G.
    • 45 reviews
    8.75/10

    The longest list of specials of any restaurant and authentically Italian; hard to beat! This place is a Melbourne institution and rightly so. Great food; extensive wine list to compliment, discrete setting and personalised, friendly service make it a great venue. Keep it up!

  6. Robert T.
    Robert T.
    • one review
    10/10

    Caterina is the heart and soul of this place. Know to many of her patrons and admired by all. She’s an expert if food and a lovely hostess.

  7. PETER B.
    PETER B.
    • one review
    10/10

    This is an outstanding restaurant for discerning food connoisseurs. The food, wine, service and especially the host, Caterina are fantastic. We have visited numerous times and it is by far our favourite restaurant. Not to be missed under any circumstance.

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 242 reviews
    7.75/10

    the food is good but I wouldn't consider it as spectacular, the service meets the expectation but the special menu is way too long to be verbally informing the diners, also the price is definitely over in considering the quality of the foods. Overall, worthwhile to try but probably not a restaurant that I would return to.

  9. James G.
    James G.
    • one review
    9.75/10

    Great food and exceptional service. Our waitress had exceptional wine knowledge and her recital of the specials was the most impressive we have seen in a long time!

  10. Karl L.
    Karl L.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Just Beautiful!

  11. Mark C.
    Mark C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Absolutely the best lunch restaurant in Melbourne.

  12. Daniel P.
    Daniel P.
    • one review
    10/10

    We really enjoyed our lunch. We were unsure what to get for an entre and the kind staff made a very tasty selection for us. We will definitely go again :)

  13. Antonio N.
    Antonio N.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    Wonderful experience

  14. Fiona C.
    Fiona C.
    • 14 reviews
    10/10

    Caterina's is so well worth experiencing... A hidden treasure in the heart of the City ! My family were hosted by not only beautiful well mannered staff, but Caterina herself. The atmosphere and dining experience was very special. EXCELLENT Northern italian Cuisine ... and the Lemon infused grappa... omg!! So smooth ... I was pleased to celebrate my 50th Birthday at Caterinas Cucina e Bar .. Grazie Mille Caterina XX

  15. Michele D.
    Michele D.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Caterina’s Cucina e Bar is perfection. If you love fine Italian cuisine don’t miss this place for a long lunch. The food is divine and the wine list is extensive. The staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable. Caterina herself is just gorgeous and she extremely passionate about what she does. She somehow manages to visit each table for a chat and to assist you with the extensive menu. I would recommend Caterina’s to anyone who wants to experience the best of the best in fine Italian cuisine.

  16. Janice B.
    Janice B.
    • one review
    10/10

    As always we were treated to culinary delight. Our hostess was amazing and so quick to serve us. The meals were extraordinary and left us speechless. The cuisine is second to none. Please do not bypass Caterina's for your next luncheon in style.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    7/10

    The only criticism I have as that they kept topping up our glass with sparkling water without asking and then charged up $22 for 2 bottles which was quite excessive for 3 people so wasn't happy with that part. But the food was excellent.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 248 reviews
    9.75/10

    A great Melbourne icon

  19. Peter W.
    Peter W.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Outstanding traditional Venetian food.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews
    10/10

    Caterina's is always brilliant. Love dining there.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

Basement, 221 Queen Street, 3000, Melbourne, Australia

Directions to get there

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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