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Local cuisine, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Housed in an elegant triple-fronted Victorian terrace,past the bohemian enclave of Melbourne’s famous ‘Brunswick Street’offering seasonal contemporary Australian cuisine and professional hospitality since 1994. Awarded a minimum of 1 hat in the coveted “Age Good Food Guide” every year since 1996.
USD 15 - USD 70
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Australian, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Superb dining experience, waiters are excellent and food is just divine! A perfect dining experience.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 1 August 2021

Usually here for a lunch, so for a change here for dinner. The raw fish entree presentation was stunning, the duck for main was perfectly cooked and had great flavor. The lemon dessert was very pleasant. Will definitely be back again.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 30 April 2021

It had been about a ten year gap since going and it was great to return. I selected Matteo's as a welcome break from shared dish dining which I'm getting pretty fatigued with. Here's what I loved: - Knowledgeable and attentive service - Minimal noise...levels, even at capacity - Great range of vegetarian/vegan dishes - Extensive wine list that's very well priced All courses were enjoyed, but dessert was a stand out. There was a yuzu gelato dessert which didn't sound like much but boy was it amazing, and looked stunning. A few people in the party were a little confused with the range of menus (e.g. tasting, a la carte etc) but I found it easy enough to navigate. I was really glad to be back and hopefully it won't be as long between visits next time.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 26 April 2021

Excellent venue. The decor is welcoming, great atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and professional, and attentive without being intrusive - very impressed. The food was amazing - prepared to perfection and delicious. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 13 April 2021 via mobile

Fantastic service as soon as you walk in door. We had the set menu which was absolutely amazing but way too much food for me, lucky the boys ate everything left over. Beautiful restaurant, really can’t fault it.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 11 March 2021 via mobile

Oyster with finger lime to start - excellent Citron dessert to finish - excellent Everything else on tasting menu very disappointing - deep fried over salted agnolotti under cooked At this price best avoided

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 28 January 2021

We returned for another visit to this great restaurant, having been many times especially for birthdays & with foreign guests ( that is of course pre COVID !) This time we had the usual great culinary offering & friendly, professional service. The downside ? The...website continues to offer corkage for BYO at $20, but we were charged $30. The explanation ? “It’s been increased recently “. We would expect that published prices to the marketplace should be current & accurate. This one let the side down somewhat, but still has us offering a full 5 points as overall rating.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 21 December 2020 via mobile

Excellent service and delicious food that is reminiscent of a master painting. The choice for vegetarian was good. I had the lovely zucchini flowers for entree and mushroom & comte pithivier for main with a side salad. There are a good selection of wine and...cocktails to complete the experience. They have staggered times for dining and we never felt rushed. Very friendly waiters.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 23 November 2020

Last time we visited the menu was French with Asian influences. Menu is now nominally Italian but with strong French influence. Food read better on the menu than executed on the plate...again.. Came across, in the end as heavy, old fashioned and graceless. The Vitello...was a muddy mess, the deep-fried Zucchini flower entree failed to cohere as a dish -though the individual elements were all good. The Mushroom& Comte pithivier likewise flat and dull and a chore to finish. Dry and stodgy side of chips didn't help. My Western Plains pork belly ‘porchetta’| eggplant caponata | rillettes croquette the most successful of the dishes on the day but let down by under seasoned pork and almost inedible, under cooked and stringy veg. A la Carte Menu overall struck us as overly heavy for the time of year, not helped by the set 2/3 course format, forcing a choice of entree and main where l would have preferred to mix and match say; three entrees.... Gets us to the pricing. Asking 2 courses $75–3 courses$98 plus $10 per side needed to get a starch and/or greens on the plate is right up there. High end pricing needs precise, well executed food to match- a clear fail. It's a lovely room, the service was adequate, the wine list fairly priced, but note that BYO is now $30. Bottom line though, for the not inconsiderable price, there are better options out there.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 17 November 2020 via mobile

So great to be back at Matteo’s for lunch today. If anything the food is better than before lockdown. Chef Rhys has taken it up a notch or two. Preparation, plating, presentation all superb. Great ideas deliciously delivered. We were fortunate enough to be able...to bring some sensational and rare wines to enjoy with our food (BYO welcome,$30 corkage per bottle). Excellent glassware and attentive service. Staff were as usual polite and professional. Matteo was at his best - consummate host. Can’t wait fir next time.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Matteo's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5