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Ciao Cielo

115 Bay St, 3207 Port Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price $75

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Meet the Chef

Bryan started his apprenticeship at 17 with the River Seafood Grill restaurant in Southgate, then finished his apprenticeship at Walters Wine Bar with renowned chef Ryan Clift. Following that he worked at the Stokehouse upstairs for the period they had two hats. He did a brief stint at St Andrews in Brighton before taking the helm as head chef at A la Greque where he spent three years before extensively travelling Europe on a gastronomic tour for 18 months before opening Ciao Cielo, 8 years ago.

Restaurant menu

Chef Bryan Nelson
  • Average price $75
    Special request
  • American express Welcome
2 course MINIMUM from full Ciao Cucina menu
Choose either antipasti or dessert to have with your main choice
3 course from full Ciao Cucina menu
Go the whole hog with anitpasti, main and dessert
Snacks / Bites additional from
Olives / Anchovies / Garlic & Cheese Foccacia

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Ratings & Reviews


based on 126 reviews
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Quality of food :9.8/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :9.6/10
  1. Jenny D.
    Jenny D.
    • 17 reviews

    We had a very enjoyable evening. Atmosphere is lovely on a cold night with the fire going in the corner. Food was excellent and staff very helpful

  2. Lisa H.
    Lisa H.
    • one review

    We celebrated my partners birthday, I loved everything about this restaurant! Customer service was amazing, food was delicious, every little detail about this place was beautiful. I will definitely come back

  3. Debbie B.
    Debbie B.
    • one review

    A beautifully restored old courthouse giving character both inside and out. We were welcomed and settled with calm efficiency. The menu offered well described, region-specific choices for the very hungry or lighter appetites - reflecting wonderful Italianicity. The wine list boasted an interesting local and imported range. Hard to choose, but we chose well. Must go back.

  4. Camelia T.
    Camelia T.
    • one review

    From the moment we walked in we were enchanted. High ceilings with beautiful decor creates a lovely atmosphere, staff was friendly and food amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

  5. Melissa B.
    Melissa B.
    • 3 reviews

    Great experience great food great service...ill be back!

  6. Morgana L.
    Morgana L.
    • one review

    The place was amazing, good energy and warm place and people. Recommend!!! ????????????????????????????????

  7. Helen S.
    Helen S.
    • 2 reviews

    An evening at Ciao Cielo never disappoints!! Sublime service, amazing food, fabulous wine selection. One of our favourites!! Just go!! You won’t be disappointed either!

  8. Yawen H.
    Yawen H.
    • 6 reviews

    The place is very commercial, it’s reflected on all staff quick movement, with lots of mistakes. It’s really good comfort food, but definitely not fine dinning,

  9. Bryan P.
    Bryan P.
    • one review

    Fantastic dinner. Staff were welcoming and attentive. The venue and atmosphere was excellent. Food was superb - just make sure you save space for dessert! Highly recommend!

  10. Bianca D.
    Bianca D.
    • 3 reviews

    Great menu, friendly service, lovely building, good for a special occasion or romantic dinner. Outside looked nice too. Specials were excellent

  11. Peggy K.
    Peggy K.
    • one review

    Food was superb! Tarragon dressing salad, chicken liver pate and garlic cheese pizza were divine!!

  12. Josh P.
    Josh P.
    • one review

    We loved coming here when the restaurant was in its previous form and we were so happy when the food quality was on point again. Great atmosphere and location. Will be back.

  13. Fiona P.
    Fiona P.
    • one review

    What an incredible restaurant - wonderful ambience, knowledgeable and welcoming staff - and the food is amazing. One of the best dining experiences ever! Even though we had a long lunch, with a friend that we rarely see, at no time were we made feel as though we needed to hurry up. Waiter knew best wines to accompany meal! One word - superb!

  14. Jennifer H.
    Jennifer H.
    • 17 reviews

    Attentive service and the waiter was very helpful.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 279 reviews

    Attentive service and nice atmosphere

  16. Sharon Y.
    Sharon Y.
    • 91 reviews

    Really good food and service as usual!

  17. Ray E.
    Ray E.
    • one review

    An excellent lunch and great cosy Aron cold day

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 284 reviews

    It was very nice. Good service. Thank you for having us.

  19. Catherine E.
    Catherine E.
    • one review

    Our waiter was great and i requested a table near the fire and got the best table so was happy

  20. Maria S.
    Maria S.
    • one review

    Lovely open fire. Creative Italian food. Really nice decor and ambiance. Slightly pricey. Enjoyed the afternoon where we took our time and weren’t hurried along. Worth a try

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How to get to the restaurant

115 Bay St, 3207, Port Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Public transport

Tram 109 to Port Melbourne; Bus 234 to Garden City (Port Melbourne)

Directions to get there

Located on corner of Bay and Graham Streets, Port Melbourne

Melbourne City, Port Melbourne, Port Phillip

About the restaurant

Ciao Cielo set in the surrounds of the stunning old Port Melbourne Courthouse, recently undergone a multimillion dollar makeover, portraying the classical heritage of this iconic building.

Showcasing contemporary Italian cuisine whilst paying homage to provincial techniques. Owner Kate and Chef Bryan Nelson regularly travel around Italy, drawing inspiration from the country’s old and ever new and exciting evolving landscape of ideas and tradition.

Hello Friends

In uncertain times as these, it is hard to plan ahead. We have increased our already meticulous cleaning policies to guarantee a fully sanitised environment for both our staff and our guests. Our tables have halved in the restaurant and doubled in size offering a super luxurious experience and maintaining social distance from other guests. So please continue to make bookings.

For those staying at home, we are offering a full menu for takeaway with easy pick-up instructions so you don’t even have to leave your car if you can’t. We’ll also be offering free delivery in and around Port Melbourne. All you need to do is call and we are here to help. Please check out the new takeaway menu on our website or you can call us to order on (03) 9676 9938

We hope to survive this sad time and keep all our staff employed and safe even if this means our kitchen is only operating to serve you in your homes, this support will keep our chefs and front of house staff working and our lights on. We are eternally grateful to Port Melbourne and close surrounds, and for all the love you have shown us for the last 10 years.


Kate and Bryan


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