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Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
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68-170 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9654 6778
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Thumbs up across the board I had heard plenty about this Melbourne institution and it did not disappoint. The spaghettini with bugs was sublime the suckling pig was delightful. The wine list was generous and enabled the wines to pair up easily. Closed the night off with the Panna Cotta and a strong espresso. The staff were helpful and very... More 

Thank Mark S
Darwin, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my absolute favourite restaurant that I visit whenever I am back in my home town. Il Bacaro never disappoints. Real Italian food and fine dining without all the pretence. Wonderful, knowledgable staff who genuinely love what they do and know their food and wine. This place won't disappoint.

Thank Jane K
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make your reservations early to avoid disappointment. Early sittings are always taken on a Saturday night. This is a fine dining experience in busy Melbourne. The rest of the world may be in a recession, the other Australian states can have their oil & gas or mining booms, Melbourne is in the midst of a DINING boom. The ambience is... More 

Thank Sundance-M
Havelock North, New Zealand
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had only just arrived in Melbourne for our first ever visit to the city and we're looking for somewhere close to done. Lucky us il Bacaro was just up the street from our hotel and they were kind enough to offer us a dinning at the bar option on a very busy night for them. The... More 

Thank Sgmay
Santo, Vanuatu
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A faultless experience (food, decor, service, atmosphere) . The fresh pasta dishes were truly excellent , packed with flavors, the wine list impeccable and the service very frienly. Highly recommended.

Thank Dom2011
Brisbane, Australia
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180 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had not been to this restaurant before and chose it from a dining out guide. It was a great choice. The food was excellent as was the Italian Cortese white wine we chose.I enjoyed my kingfish crudo and the main of spaghettini with Moreton Bay bugs. The service was efficient and very friendly. The only slight negatives were the... More 

Thank Alan S
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Great restaurant and a staple in Melbourne. Still serves the best calamari I have ever eaten, just a little small so tables are sparse and Id suggest booking in advance

Thank Uplito
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

My sister-in-law and I have a tradition of going on a double date over Valentine's Day each year with our husbands and this year the location we picked was Il Bacaro. It was PERFECT. Despite being tiny in size, it was not claustrophobic at all and in fact the VIBE was very intimate. The staff were very attentive and knowledgeable.... More 

Thank allthingstatiana
Newcastle, Australia
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101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

What a lovely visit after a few years ,Arrived to be given a great little table out of everybody's way .And a very friendly waiter explained the specials for the night ,We started with Zucchini flowers filled with mint ,ricotta,and pistachio.and Wagyu carpaccio dill mayonnaise,pickled radish,white anchovy and pink peppercorn ,.Both dishes were absolutely stunning .Followed by Pappardelle. Goat rag'u... More 

Thank phillipk8
Wellington, New Zealand
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Visiting Melbourne for the second time in six months, but this was our first visit here, and it was worth it. An intimate and well appointed restaurant that feels very comfortable. The carpaccio was beautifully done and a great starter. I had agnolotti for main and my partner had the Moreton bay bugs, which were both great meals. The service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 34
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 68-170 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9654 6778

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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