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Caterina's Cucina e Bar

9.9/10
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Basement, 221 Queen Street, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price $95

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1.5m social distancing
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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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Swordfish
Spaghetti with prawns
Figs, gorgonzola and prosciutto
So[a coada
Baccala mantecato, scallops, sarde in saor
Crema bruciata
Moreton bay bugs noodles

+5

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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.9/10
based on 223 reviews
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Quality of food :9.9/10
Service :9.8/10
Setting :9.8/10
  1. Carol H.
    Carol H.
    • one review
    10/10

    I have been dining at Caterina's Cucina e Bar for about 25 years and throughout that time the commitment to excellence in food and service has never varied. Delicious authentic Italian food, one of the best wine lists in Melbourne, in a charming and stylish basement away from all the cares at street level! Run don't walk ....

  2. John p.
    John p.
    • 16 reviews
    10/10

    this is an excellent diner...its a lovely dining room in a cellar room with excellent staff who are very attentive...the menu is extensive with plenty of specials as options..great experience

  3. Katrina I.
    Katrina I.
    • one review
    10/10

    Exceptional service at this beautiful little restaurant. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Staff attentive. Served by Caterina herself. Expensive but well worth it. Will definitely return.

  4. Renato C.
    Renato C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Food was exceptional in flavour, presentation and authenticity also backed up with professional and knowledgeable service, we all loved the experience and will be back

  5. Michael D.
    Michael D.
    • one review
    9/10

    Have been wanting to come here for a while. Very authentic delicious Italian food. Excellent pastas. Good wine list. Only downside is the restaurant is a bit noisy. Will definitely return.

  6. Rosemary J.
    Rosemary J.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Always perfect. The food is out of this world good. If you want to be transported to a great restaurant in Italy there's no need to book a flight, just eat here!

  7. Hay Lam Y.
    Hay Lam Y.
    • one review
    10/10

    Caterina's is a home from home, and simply makes us so welcomed, and we feel as if we have been friends for ever. the food is sublime home cooking. Did not need to be a special occasion to spend our afternoon here, for Caterina to make it special.

  8. Liana M.
    Liana M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Catarina is just lovely, polite and welcoming. All of the staff were amazing, they didn't linger, but were present when needed. The food serving sizes were very generous and delicious. We were spoilt for choice

  9. Steve H.
    Steve H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Amazing food and service; like being transported back to a village in Italy with attentive wait staff that are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. A huge wine selection that matches their outstanding selection of delicious food. We had a lovely meal and I would not hesitate to recommend Catarina’s 100% and would unhesitatingly give 10/10.

  10. Debbie S.
    Debbie S.
    • one review
    10/10

    I have dined here many times, the food and service are always consistent. Staff were attentive. The ambience is truly Italian! They were happy to adjust the menu to serve three people sharing the entrees. One of my favourite CDB restaurants.

  11. Paul V.
    Paul V.
    • one review
    10/10

    The ambience created by Caterina herself, and her well-trained staff is a great foundation for the delicious and interesting dishes offered by the most professional and tuned-in staff. We had the pleasure of our third visit to Caterina's Bar and Cucina to celebrate a special occasion, and felt surrounded by a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere. Grazie Caterina!

  12. Kathryn e.
    Kathryn e.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    The restaurant was a little hard to find but such a hidden gem! The food was inventive but with authentic flavours. Wine list was excellent. Staff were warm and friendly. Only downside was when it came time to leave they were so busy they took ages to get our bill ready.

  13. Jeff B.
    Jeff B.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Great little restaurant with vivacious friendly staff serving excellent food and interacting with clients at appropriate levels of intimacy. Caterina is a powerhouse and exudes hospitality.

  14. NOEL L.
    NOEL L.
    • one review
    10/10

    The restaurant is as it has always been an icon of food excellence. Caterina is a hostess of charm ,knowledge and a wonderful people manager : both staff and clients . One always feels special .The staff are knowledgeable and helpful ,at once attentive and respectful and committed to the excellence of the establishment. However as always the food is both a delight and a revelation and the wine list superb.I bring interstate and international friends to Caetrina's for the total experience of food, ambience and service . No one has ever been disappointed and all have become instant converts to the special experience that is Caterina's. Noel Lethborg

  15. Caroline  C.
    Caroline C.
    • one review
    9/10

    Consistently good. Comprehensive menu, daily specials and authentic Italian restaurant which has a great ambience despite the Covid wall in the middle of the restaurant. It is Caterina and her crew that keeps us coming back for now 25+ years. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a slice of genuine Italy buried underground in CBD Melbourne.

  16. Peter L.
    Peter L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Caterina’s was everything we’d hoped for and more. Fantastic service, delicious food, and exemplary hospitality. This is how you do it! Thank you Caterina & your Staff!????????❤️

  17. David C.
    David C.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    great meal

  18. ALEX M.
    ALEX M.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    I have dined at Caterina's many times for both business and pleasure. It is an institution that never disappoints. The food is stellar and has something to surprise even the most seasoned cognoscenti of Italian food. The wine list is equally impressive. Forget the menu and order from the long list of specials delivered rapid fire by Caterina or her team. It certainly isn't cheap but that is not to say it isn't good value. The only real let down.... it doesn't open for dinner.

  19. Owain S.
    Owain S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    A great restaurant that continues to deliver - don't bother with the menu, as the daily specials are always excellent. A good wine list with plenty of Italian options.

  20. Frank G.
    Frank G.
    • one review
    10/10

    Have been meaning to go for a long time. Never got around to it. Finally decided and it didn’t disappoint. Food so full of taste. Good ambiance. Service magnificent.

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More information

Opening time

Monday to Friday.

Closed on public holidays.

Closed for 3 weeks during Christmas.

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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