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Lava in Balaclava

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219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat 07:30 - 21:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow I have been loyal customer for years. This restaurant offers impressive choice of food and drinks. Friendly staff assist in any way they can

Thank Ms B
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband had great eggs but my child and I had chips and fish / chicken. Both looked store bought, tasted store bought and were very underwhelming.

Thank Jade I
Melbourne, Australia
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299 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Presentation plus .... great ambiance too. It's always a joy driving to Balaclava, far/longer due to the traffic but 9/10 I'll find a "new" great meals or coffee somewhere and tonight's dinner is no different. Eclectic and rustic looking cafe/restaurant with a few touches of modernity and art, got to love those large booth with fabric cushion/padding and a Yellow... More 

Thank Jeffrie T
Bendigo, Australia
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Best breakfast in town, food was sensational & our waitress was fun, friendly & accommodating of all requests .....will definitely be going back again

Thank RissHicks
Brighton, Australia
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We probably shouldn't have been surprised, but Lava looks like a fairly simple cafe (a little funky). But it's got a really broad menu with some amazing options, and attentive staff who'll help with 'what's good today'. My wife had an amazing pepper salmon fillet salad with goats cheese & I had the seafood risotto. Great taste, plenty of fresh... More 

Thank Brad P
Canberra, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Breakfast options are great and so is the coffee. Nice friendly service and good options for kids. Will be back.

Thank gdrg0023
Perth, Australia
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Day NINE of my trip from Perth to Melbourne and I start to move West from Noble Park to St Kilda. Before checking I meet someone for lunch at Lava in Balaclava. I had chosen it for its diverse menu and booked online. When we arrived they couldn't find the online booking but as we were about the only people... More 

Thank pducane
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This café is set in the midst of Carlisle St. Great friendly staff with an extensive menu. Regular spot for me and tried most things on the menu and not once disappointed. Keep up the good work guys.

Thank Michael D
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

After moving to the area, we decided to look around for our first lunch. This place looked nice so we decided to give it a try. Honestly, we were a little let down to find out the onion rings didn't have real onion chunks in them - it was more like what you'd get out of a packet. Same with... More 

Thank Isha B
Longwarry, Australia
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98 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

There was a group of 13 of us around the big table at the front, and we really enjoyed our visit. My food was great, and the others seemed very happy with theirs. My friend and I shared the plate of eggplant parmigiana and the dish of baked vegetables, which made a nice combination. The menu contained a good variety... More 

Thank Lorraine B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9527 2205

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?