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Universal Italian Restaurant & Function Value

139-141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (41 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
139-141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Restaurant at Lygon street in Carlton Victoria, few kms away from the cbd, big tasty plates, one special plate Chiken Parma, is wonderful

Thank Santiago Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1. Food average. Tried pasta bolognese, lamb burger. 2. Spacious but always crowded. 3. Price slightly cheaper than other Italian restaurants around. 4. Outside seating available.

Thank Tamzid F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The famous Lygon (Italian) street offers really good food and it is located in Carlton, a suburb close to the CBD. Universal is well known for: Chicken Parma to share (AUD14) and Carbonara (AUD 19,90). Coke AUD 4,80. If you are able to choose your...More

Thank Andrea P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location. Great service. Great quality and very generous portions. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Good job :)

Thank Lauro S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very popular place with nice decor and atmosphere but the food is very average The chicken Parma chip option attracts so many people If you are looking for quality stay away but if you want to save money it is your place

Thank LucioMassimo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What gets better? Great pizza with a large soda for just $10. The lunch menu is extensive and a good value for quality food with friendly servers. It is also fun to see how some people can devour the huge chicken parmas! Get there early...More

Thank archi2m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent meal on a nice day alfresco. The tortellini soup was really good. The broth was made in house and the pasta was perfectly cooked and the stuffing delicious. I had the rib steak special served with mashed potatoes and it was...More

Thank 606KennyG
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What can be say,the food was s excellence. Service was fantastic. Price of food very reasonable worth paying for.

Thank bubble202
Reviewed 10 December 2017

What a wonderful surprise this was for us. Everything we ordered was of the highest quality, huge portion servings, with the only fault being an eye fillet steak not cooked correctly. A request for Medium cooked should not come out merely seared on the outside...More

3  Thank AndyJenni
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The place is a must try because food serving is huge and delicious. We even had to take away because just cant finish the portion. Oyster Kirpatrick is very delicious. Must try and not far away from CBD, Swanston St.

Thank Funnybones0002
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated
over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the
place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to
the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who
started their day with a local espresso. They are
gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this
Little Italy which has something for everyone.
Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way
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21 November 2016|
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Response from blukav | Reviewed this property |
They do not take bookings, but you will easily be able to seat 12-14. They have doubled the size of the venue so the wait will be no less than 10-15 minutes.
10 November 2016|
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Response from myebelle | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I believe they don't take reservations. I know the few times I've been, they have refused reservations, and we waited till there was a table available. In saying that, we have always been there in a big group... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139-141 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: 93474393
  • E-mail
Established in 1969 Universal Italian Restaurant and Function Venue has flourished to become one of Melbourne's leading casual dining restaurants and first class function and events venue. ~A La Carte~ Universal prides itself on offering a widely diverse menu while maintaining an authentic Italian cooking style. Using only the freshest ingredients, we offer our customers substantial meals at an affordable price. Along with traditional dishes, Universal's menu features an assortment of top Australian steaks, fresh seafood, BBQ ribs and an ever growing selection of desserts made in house daily. A La Carte reservations and school groups are welcomed. ~Private Functions~ Located 2 blocks from the CBD, Universal's private function venue is the perfect location for all celebratory events, including engagement parties, birthdays, and corporate functions. Accommodating private functions from 20 to 60 people, with marble bar, designer interior and heated balcony. Universal also offers complimentary secured car parks for your convenience. Universal prides itself on organising personalised boutique functions.
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