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Pellegrini's Espresso Bar


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner


USD 13 - USD 18
Diner, Italian, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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All reviews granita lasagna apple strudel buttered bread cake salad melbourne institution italian cafe great coffee great pasta bar stools top end bourke street love this place quick meal quick service nonna
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Today we visited this icon of Melbourne... Amazingly this has been a coffee shop since 1954... and the gent working this morning was happy to share some of it's history. Leo and Vildo Pellegrini sold the business in 1974 to Italian migrants Nino Pangrazio and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Crystalline4u
Reviewed 5 days ago

Recommended by our hotel porter , this was an experience not just a meal out. We were made very welcome and ate a delicious meal with fellow diners in the kitchen as we watched the delicious meals being prepared. Wouldn’t have missed it for the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Sue W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great service - just stopped in for an excellent coffee, iced chocolate, and very special mixed juice. Can't wait to go back to try the pasta and very yummy looking desserts!

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank VickiBChch
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Still the best of its type in Melbourne offering truly Italian style pasta dishes and fine coffee. Been in business now for 64 years . Nives served and cooked our tubular spaghetti bolognese. Did a great job. The parmesan & cracked black pepper over the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TrevorPowis
Reviewed 1 week ago

a Melbourne icon well worth the visit the coffee is amazing, the service and conversation is excellent.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 369tanyas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve eaten at Pellegrini‘s many of times, the service the food is always exceptional I had the lasagne, coffee and a juice excellent always recommend their food.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ross M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never been here before, but being an iconic melbourne cafe I thought I would try it. Simple menu board with fast order service. The food is classic and tasty. Service is also classic italian. nice to visit and see the tradition still running.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Aussieguy71
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every visit to this little restaurant is an experience. Great atmosphere, totally different way of doing things - and great food! We simply had two lasagnes, couple of bread rolls and juices (their special home-made variety) and enjoyed every mouthful. This place will always be...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank KandTCanberra
Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

We stumbled upon this traditional Italian pasta bar and were glad we found this hidden gem. It has a feel like the same family has run the restaurant with an unchanged recipe for decades. The special gnocchi bolognese was out of this world; fresh and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank joshbM3039PZ
Reviewed 11 January 2019

If you like homemade Itallian cooking this is a place that you cannot missed. Their lasagna, spaggetti, and minestrone soup just out of this world, and a great espresso after.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Diana A
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Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place
to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place
simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude
a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration
over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on
Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes
such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your
money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving
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Simon A
23 February 2017|
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Response from jaydk59 | Reviewed this property |
Most seating is at the bars, I am not sure they take bookings.
Simon A
22 February 2017|
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Response from 753ryanr | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe bookings are available. Its a very fluid atmosphere. You walk in, are seated on the benches and stools. Just ask the staff what specials or what is good to eat that day and they will recommend.
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