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#1,096 of 2,727 Restaurants in Melbourne
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Italian, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

Terrible phone manners. Called to make a simple booking of 3 and the lady that answered was SO RUDE. Can’t imagine she would be any better in person. Definitely do not attend.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

Michelle is the perfect hostess and the Italian food in this restaurant is the best I’ve ever had. Not only is it flavoursome and so very fresh but the portions are generous too !! I love this little restaurant and I always come away feeling...very happy having thoroughly enjoyed myself.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

Over priced food I had a eye fillet they didn’t even ask me how would I like it cooked $49 for this It was rare straight out of the packet No sauces with it It come with mushrooms that over powered the dish My daughter...had a kids pasta that was raw there’s Al dente but this was a joke My son ordered fish Fish was cooked well but over powered bye all the sauce that you couldn’t even taste the fish First time there and last time the worst part was we were out for an early Father’s Day dinner and drove an hour to this place Could have had a better meal closer to home and half the price Ohh a my d to top it off they gave one of how orders to some else What a jokeMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023

We had been to this beautiful restaurant tonight for dinner ! We were had the best meal & fantastic food 😘😘🙏🏻Michelle the owner & her staff were fabulous too! Definitely recommend this to anyone coming to the Mornington peninsula area to visit!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 September 2022 via mobile

Such a nice atmosphere. Friendly staff/owner. My husband would say mediocre food. Coarse pasta and fractionally tasteless marinara ($51). Sadly this second visit may be last. Huge plates with huge serves could suggest quantity over quality. Well priced wine.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Having seen the restaurant on a TV show we decided we had to try it, thank god we did, The Famous Unica Marinara was superb, a must have. Stacked full of seafood including bugs, prawns, calamari and fish it certainly was filling

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 June 2022

The best Italian food I have eaten on the peninsula. Have lived done here foe 6 years and only just discovered this little gem. Guaranteed to be returning the hostess was amazing and the venue exactly what you want for a quite meal. Bravo

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 March 2022 via mobile

Thought I’d ask some friends to come to this night as I had eaten there before and I enjoyed it. What a disappointment the food was. Every dish had the same meat sauce and every dish was runny. Lasagna had only one sheet of pasta....Then there was a sloppy stew, a sloppy tripa etc etc. the waiters did not have any clue what the menu was. Dishes just kept coming out. Desserts on the other hand were amazing. Both my friends said that they had previously walked out on previous dinners. They would’ve better off having only 2 of 3 mains but done properly. Will not be going again.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 7 February 2022

One of the best Italian restaurants. Felt as if we were at a family function with the genuine authenticity and generous portions for the main courses. All pasta was homemade with the gnocchi melting in your mouth. The 'John Dory Fish of the Day' was...infused with vegetables and a tasty tomato based sauce. Deserts were also great with the table agreeing it was the best tiramisu we’d ever tasted. The staff were lovely and very approachable and even took the time to have a friendly chat with the table. Would recommend to anyone as it is the clear standout for a genuine restaurant in the Rye/Rosebud area.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 24 January 2022

We went to dine there on Saturday night and ordered the eye fillet. We were told by the owner that they chef would only cook it rare or medium. I like my steak cooked a little bit more, and as a paying customer I don't...understand how this cannot be done. The owner was very rude and aggressive so we left. This is Rosebud, not some hoity toity 5 star restaurant!!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 23 January 2022 via mobile

Gnocchi Ragu was magnificent and pasta cooked to perfection. Friendly staff. Beautiful old trees in court yard. Found it by accident but would highly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 20 November 2021

Staff were lovely, very attentive friendly and we could not fault the service. Food arrived on large plates and we felt it was overpriced. Lasagne mostly cheese, accompanying salad was rocket and underripe tomato (not truss and tasteless). Fish of the day was John Dory,...it arrived on a large plate with 2 potato’s halved, a sauce which did not seem to match and olives. $37 for this dish. There was an odd smell in the building and one toilet was missing a seat (it was clean though). Hopefully just a bad night.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 5 November 2021 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service. Table out the front is perfect on a warm night. Relaxed environment and our son could run around and explore the garden. Staff were great. Both meals were excellent

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 June 2021 via mobile

Mediocre quality food, average serving sizes, inflated prices ($52 for pasta marinara). Charged 5 star fine dining prices but seated on wooden bench seats and served by staff in a very casual manner. The menu pricing is mismatched to the standard of the restaurant. If...the menu was half the price, I would have given a 3/5. Doubt we will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 31 March 2021

My son took my husband and myself for my birthday today. What used to be a magnificent marina was bland according to my husband. I had John Dory and thought the same. My son had pub standard calamari and a bruschetta made of just tomato...and grated garlic with dried basil sprinkled on top.I felt bad as my son paid for it all...and it was expensive. I saw so many negative reviews for the place but, given our earlier experience, I thought I’d give it a go. Never again. Positive was the service by the waitresses. I don’t believe they have the chef working for them any longer; he produced wonderful food.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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