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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Sardinian, Southern-Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Chapel Street
1.6 km from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Authentic and delicious. When a restaurant gets a degustation meal right, it is truely an amazing experience. Da Noi delivers, the food was beautiful, every course, so was the bread and the wines by the glass were great.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

Great food not large servings but tasty and very filling - we bought the wine by the glass and it was excellent- decor Is Italian mini farm house . We were made very welcome by all the staff. We looking forward to the suckling pig...next visitMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 June 2023

We had a very special night at Da Noi ! The service ensured by Anis and Ariana was top level and they surely did know what they were doing. Very professional and friendly! It is our new go to restaurant ! Please try it’s so...worth it 🥰More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 24 May 2023

Da Noi is one of the best under rated Melbourne restaurants. Stunning service, Sicilian food and great wines Organic food designed by a skilled and creative Sicilian chef. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. Hurley Vineyard

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023

Great venue but overpriced, average food and disappointing sneaky tactics. Positives: - Great setting - Polite and attentive waiter Negatives: - Overpriced +++ - Average food - Sneaky tactics At no point were we given a menu. - When asked for our choice of wine...they were hesitant to hand over the menu but instead planned to describe the wines and leave it up to themselves - Likewise with the food, no menu and the waiter laughed when we asked if they had one explaining they did a degustation menu which we were then forced into (thinking there was no other choice) - At no point was pricing shown or mentioned either by staff or on the website. Food was consistently poor quality being $150 pp and easily something you could produce at home with the total menu consisting of: - a single dry slice of focaccia with no butter/oil/vinegar - 1 oyster covered in ?iced squash ?! - Cured salmon (Very nice) - Pasta (The star but not outstanding) - Lamb on mash potato --> 'salad' consisting of oily lettuce, cucumber and carrot (Which came after we finished the lamb) --> random basket of bread with no butter/oil/vinegar (Which came after salad) - Sorbet, - Chocolate coconut (not sure it was made in house) Overall, the service was polite and you leave full but we felt they employed underhand tactics to ensure you spend as much as possible. The food was underwhelming and significantly overpriced. The venue has a great, homely atmosphere but was it worth +$350 for 2... In our opinion absolutely not.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 4 February 2023

There is no menu, so the cook just makes something for you - taking any dietary restrictions into account. It was delicious from start to finish. Just the vegetarian option of the main dish could have been more imaginative than serving a rather obligatory melanzane...alla parmigiana. Staff was very attentive, bit not overly attentive. Lovely, delicious evening, but rather pricy, so certainly not for every day.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 14 February 2022 via mobile

Da Noi is no longer BYO. Since when? Who knows? It has ALWAYS allowed BYO. This new information is surprising given that there is no indication of the change of policy on the website or Facebook page, that we could find. We only found out...tonight when we arrived for our long anticipated 39th wedding anniversary dinner … at one of our favourite restaurants … with one of our favourite Grande Marque champagnes. Living in NSW, my wife and I are not frequent diners at Da Noi. However, for more than 15 years we have dined here every time we visit Melbourne (except when our booking was COVID-cancelled in 2021)! This makes Da Noi’s response when we walked through the door a mix of embarrassing, confusing and insulting. As we were shown our table we were told that Da Noi did not allow BYO. A bit embarrassing, standing inside the restaurant with wine in hand. The reason? “Because the high quality of the food and excellent wine list meant that BYO was not appropriate!” I was confused. “Do you mean that in the past your food wasn’t high quality and your wine list wasn’t excellent?” The response? “I’ll speak to the owner. He sometimes allows a special wine.” The insult? After a 10 minute wait the staff member returned and asked if we’d like still or sparkling water. “What about allowing us to drink our wine?” “Oh, yes. He said you could. Corkage will be $45.” Now, I know Mr Porcu owns Da Noi and can charge whatever he likes. At the same time, I know when someone is trying to “have a lend”/offend/punish/insult so we responded in kind … we left and will not be returning. So sad!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 10 February 2022

The food and wine here is excellent. However on our visit on a Wednesday night the service went from attentive to offhand. During our main course a group of well-to-do regulars arrived and the two waitstaff immediately spent their time serving them, to our detriment....Our completed main course plates were left on the table and over 40 minutes passed before we received our first dessert and only because one of our party requested it by getting up and asking the waiter, who was still busy chatting away with his mates. We then had to get up from the table a second time to ask for our second dessert. No coffee was offered. A $150-per-head restaurant should have better service than this. We left feeling offended at having to pay for no service. We certainly won't return. Sad.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 15 November 2021

Went with two friends for dinner. Going by the favourable reviews below, we must have gone on a bad night or Da Noi have not picked up their game post-pandemic. The nibbles and desserts in the fixed menu at around $100 pp were OK (some...very good) but the main consisted of simple suckling pig, roast potatoes, and a plain salad of various leaves with some grated carrot on top - farmhouse dining.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 26 June 2021

Although paying around 90pp for a two course dinner with wine, my friend and I had very disappointing dining experience. The food was the biggest disappointment. Not one thing stood out as exceptionally tasty. The salami board was the best thing served (which required no...cooking). Portions were tiny but you won’t mind since the flavours are bland. The wait staff ‘hard sell’ the degustation from the moment to sit down (think gym membership selling tactics). Made us feel uncomfortable when we asked for a la carte menu. This started the experience badly in the first 5 minutes. Cute setting, although very cramped and you can’t help but overhear nearby conversations all night. Would I chose this again over any solid Italian place in south yarra like cafe e cucina? No. Save your evening and go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 7 March 2021

We were warmly greeted upon arrival and shown to our upstairs table. We were there to celebrate my wife's birthday so it was a special evening. Unfortunately the restaurant seems to care more about income generation than clients levels of comfort and enjoyment.Let me explain....The waitrons placed at a table near ours a couple with a very small child , could not have been more than 18 months old who screamed at the top of it's lungs incessantly and the parents thought that was cute. Neither my wife nor I as well as another couple at the other upstairs table who kept covering their ears with their hands thought it was cute. It finally got to the point where we could tolerate it no longer and asked to be moved downstairs. The father of the child then took umbrage that I was upset that his kid was screaming and got into a verbal confrontation with me. My question to the restaurant is , this is dinner time, for adults, what were they thinking in encouraging small screaming children into their restaurant for, maybe for lunch , at a push but not dinner. My question to the parents is just how selfish are you, and inconsiderate. This is not a cheap restaurant, it has degustation menu's....this was not a Mc Donalds. The food was good, the evening was destroyed....we will not go back to a money grabbing establishment like this.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 14 December 2020

This was a first date, and a brilliant choice! I had read an article about Da Noi some time ago, promptly forgot the name, but was thrilled to come across a screen shot on my phone. The service was brilliant from the moment we walked...in the door. The wait staff were all so incredibly accommodating and attentive. I personally love that there is no food menu (I suffer from crippling food envy), so was more than happy to accept the invite to experience the degustation. The decor included pictures from the farm, of the family, and gave a great sense of what they have worked hard to achieve. All six courses were incredible (Sydney Oysters with Gin and tonic sorbet, marinated King Fish tartar in a cold pea soup, creamy spaghetti log with white truffle atop a dark chocolate crumble, Suckling pig with accompaniments - their signature dish, a passionfruit dessert which was made of pure magic, and a peach dish). I have already made plans to return with a friend!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 26 November 2020 via mobile

Very very tasty and beautifully presented food. Affordable and a lovely waitress serving us. Very knowledgeable and sweet ♥️. Will return again and again

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 5 March 2020 via mobile

Ate here last night with friends we had the degustation and it was great. The front of house staff are friendly and knowledgeable. It's genuine "elegant rustic " farm to the plate food.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

This was one of the truest incredible dining experiences. The food was outstanding, every course was amazing. Beautifully presented, fresh, interesting and exciting dishes. The service was first class, each dish described in detail. A truly fantastic experience. Highly recommend. Feel very luck to have...eaten at this super restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Im from Sydney and was there earlier in the year the owner is Pietro Porcu and I am not aware if management has changed. Pietro is from Sardinia Italy and is a very good friend of Sydney Chef and Sardinian born Giovanni... More
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