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Agostino, Carlton, AU-VIC

Agostino

4.3
4.3
249 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
A wine bar, store and cellar in the heart of Carlton.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–11:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9347 1619

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • Agostino Chef's Selection

    A$95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    All groups of 9 and above are required to dine from our daily chef's selection. A four course progression of our favourite dishes designed for the table to share. Dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

What 249 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Innovative

  • Inner City North

    Innovative

  • Inner City North

    Great for fine wines

  • Inner City North

    Romantic

  • Inner City North

    Italian

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  1. ND

    NigeeeeeD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good and bad. Bad - took a long time for the food to come out. The pasta felt undercooked and they mistook our order so we received a dish we didn't order and didn't get what we did order. Good - they did give us a surprise for the ocassion. Overall - ok, you do pay a lot for the meal so you should expect good quality food delivered in a reasonable amount of time. And we received ok quality food in a unreasonable amount of time.
  2. AC

    AlliC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delightful surprise! My friend and I met for Friday night dinner and enjoyed everything. The service was exceptionally attentive and just right. We ordered the chef selection and the plates of deliciousness kept on coming. Certainly worth every cent. Treat yourself!
  3. KM

    KylieM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Lovely setting - unfortunately probably one staff member short - but that is the unfortunate reality of hospitality at the moment- the staff who attended us were pleasant. Other people have commented on the pasta serving sizes - they are appropriately priced for serving size and after entree they were perfect portions. Whilst being portioned appropriately - I don’t think they were made with much care or attention - mine pappardelle with prawns and zucchini was cold pasta which was chewy and thick with a smattering of prawn bits and what in distant past may have been zucchini Dessert was terrific I would go again
  4. KK

    KellyK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and the food was incredible… the risotto was out of this world!!
  5. r

    robbies

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Tuna tatare just tasted of olive oil & not fresh Spaghetti under cooked & chilli had zero heat (even asked for extra chilli). octopus was ok, good char but not quite cooked perfectly
  6. c

    cadbury

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service and atmosphere were impeccable. Salt and pepper grinders at the table would have been nice – the burrata especially would have been elevated with a little salt. On that note, the prosciutto, melon and gnocco fritto was nice, but would have been incredible with twice as much melon, less prosciutto, a harder/more significantly cured prosciutto that is sharper and less creamy (maybe even a jamon), and no parmesan. Otherwise the food was brilliant. The asparagus was especially amazing.
  7. L

    Luke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, even on a Saturay evening in Cup week, was really appreciated.
  8. MC

    MarisaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! The waitress was so informative and explained all the dishes so well. Food was really good and reasonably priced
  9. CZ

    CarmelZ

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Well after looking forward to our visit we were disappointed by the lack of attention and professionalism shown by the staff. Although friendly we had to wait a long time for service and ask for menus. This was not the only problem, ordering shared entrees for our group of four we were only given two out of the five dishes and then told our mains were being prepared. On our order docket the other undelivered dishes were listed. I complained about the lack of follow through on the order and staff were apologetic but seriously we and a couple next to us were overlooked whereas the attention was given to some neighbouring tables. The few dishes and mains we had were nice enough but nothing worthy of a return visit. My husband did not get his second ordered drink either. A shame as our husbands are named Agostino and it was our chief reason to visit, but we will not go again. I truly hope the management address these issues it is not fair to customers to be diregarded.
  10. ND

    NaDa

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The two stars is to recognise the newly commencing waiter we had. It was his first day but he was more attentive and gave his best efforts to servicing us than his counterpart who was practically rushing to throw our plates onto our tables so she could head elsewhere. She was also the same person who told us to come back to the resultant as we were a little early and they still needed to set up, a fair comment if that meant once we arrived on time our table would be ready however this was not the case. The new waiter had to apologetically scramble to have our table ready. Unfortunately his service would not be enough to return or save an overall disappointing experience.
  11. A

    Aymurph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Agostino. Food was delicious, service was outstanding. We will definitely be returning!
  12. A

    Alexa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    A bit disappointing actually. We regretted opting for the chefs selection for $75pp. We left hungry after 3 small plates, only 1 pasta and an bit of a boring desert. We're wondering if something was forgotten as we would have definitely been better off if we just ordered off the menu....
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant surprise… thought we’d booked into bistro nextdoor. Lovely waitress, obliging sommelier, terrific menu and fab winelist. Ci ritorneremo!
  14. CM

    CarolynM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening to kickoff our corporate awards. The food, service & ambience were fabulous! I would highly recommend & can't wait to go back again. C:-)
  15. S

    Sarah

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and excellent service. Also a very nice wine list.
  16. MK

    MelindaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great dinner at Agostino’s. Food was absolutely delicious and the service was outstanding.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining in & we are very impressed. Staff was very knowledgeable of wine details & food was a smaller portion but very filling & decadent. Would definitely recommend for date night or an intimate gathering
  18. c

    chrisw

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We were underwhelmed by the choices on the menu and found the small dishes we chose uninteresting. The pasta (rabbit) was very rich and even though we were sharing we were unable to finish it. We have eaten at Agostino before and had memories of meals more enjoyed. The wine list (by the glass) is disappointing. Being an Italian restaurant we would have expected more Italian wines to chose from. We like Clare Vally Riesling but can drink it anywhere. The highlighted Italian wine was $22 per glass. It's just too big a price. The service was somewhat robotic and we waited a long time to settle our bill while the staff was washing glasses and setting tables right next to us! We eventually had to ask. We had a late booking and maybe that's why the restaurant was pretty empty. But the result was an absence of ambience.
  19. B

    Brittsa

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very cool setting in the cellar with some light jazz. Food and wine list was very nice. Waiters could have been a bit more available at times but were pleasant and engaging. Can recommend for a night out with friends.
  20. O

    Oldie

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    The food was delicious . There was a couple of musicians which made conversation more difficult — might want to check this before dining here
  21. KG

    KGil

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great venue. Loved the intimate space with live jazz.
  22. CA

    CristianA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. 5 stars. Will be going back.
  23. LG

    LizzieG

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I have been here before and it was excellent. The empty restaurant on a Sunday lunch should have been a good sign something is off. Single waitress with minimal knowledge of food or wine. Starters okay, the Blue Eye fish of the day was way over cooked and had no flavour at all, the other dishes okay. The polenta side was a real miss. Was not pleased at the end having spent high $800's for lunch and received the 10% Sunday surcharge to be asked if I wanted to leave a tip. Here is my tip now maybe give this one a wide birth until they get it right again.
  24. B

    Belle

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Late Night Records was fantastic! The perfect balance of amazing food and drinks paired with vibey tunes in a super cool space!
  25. FD

    FionaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The foot was delicious and the wine also was excellent.
  26. MC

    MaddieC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Groovy cellar environment, great wine list, food was tasty but definitely not the best Italian on Lygon St.
  27. GB

    GinaB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Unfortunately the food was very disappointing and we ended up leaving. We are regulars and believe this was out of the ordinary and the waitress was very understanding.
  28. TR

    TonyR

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food and ambience was great, but service was brisk - just not pleasant nor up to par with the rest of the experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational Italian food, the Risotto was amazing. The waitress was also able to recommend an amazing bottle of wine which complimented our meals perfectly. We will definitely come back
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tasmania

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    We were really looking forward to this evening, especially with the added bonus of the live music, which was really great. However, the service was not at the level that the restaurant is promoting itself to be. While I appreciate that there are significant staff shortages, the price point for the food and drinks demands far better service. I’m sorry to say I won’t be returning, or recommending.
  31. KH

    KHanhDd

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    The Risotto was like a bottle of salt, we couldnt even down two spoon of it.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great service. Calm atmosphere
  33. M

    Martini

    Victoria

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Very over priced meal for what it was, basic Italian fare with a wine list worthy of a top class establishment at over the top prices which completely put us off from the get go. We chose the cheapest wine we could find for about $78 which was probably worth about $20 on a good day among a wine list which went into the thousand dollar range - for a pasta restaurant with a one page menu! I would never return and would suggest you steer well clear unless they up their game and drop their prices.
  34. KG

    KGil

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    The setting is fantastic although the lighting was a little high for a jazz environment. The musicians were good although the volume was a little low. We felt some subtle amplification would have helped to fill the room and create more atmosphere as the guitar and clarinet we had didn't quite fill the space enough. We would definitely come back and recommend to friends.
  35. NL

    NLoki

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience1
    Service was alright but food was subpar. Uncooked pasta and overly salty food. We left our mains untouched and the waitress was lovely throughout but didn’t bother to check. Wouldn’t eat at the restaurant again.
  36. BP

    BryanP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We were really looking forward to eating here, but to our great surprise and disappointment my Ravioli was very ordinary (4 pillows only for a Main), was not cooked properly (still crunchy around outside) and my wife's Crayfish Pasta special was completely tasteless and the pasta very under-cooked. I ate mine as I was hungry, but my wife couldn't eat any of hers at all. When our plates were cleared we told the waitress of our disappointment (which was evident from my wife's full plate) and subsequently (after keeping us waiting for 10 mins) she told us that she had deducted the cost of my Ravioli from the Bill. Given it was my wife's Crayfish Pasta that remained uneaten, the costs of it should be been deducted (but because it was $48 and much more expensive than my Ravioli) the Crayfish Pasta $48 cost remained on our Bill. A blatantly cynical money-grabbing demonstration (whilst forsaking customer service and satisfaction) that prompted us to quickly pay and leave the Restaurant, whilst resolving to broadcast our experience to all and sundry.
  37. V

    Vana

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Service was awkward and long. The food wasn’t right. Everything we had was either flavourless or extremely oily. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.
  38. NL

    NatashaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Lovely atmosphere and location. Food was all very tasty but without the explanation of the menu from the waiter we were left very confused about what to order. The food definitely felt well priced but without good service it felt lacking something.
  39. GB

    GeoB

    Tasmania

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food at Agostino is lovely and accompanied with a fantastic wine list
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb as was the service! Highly recommended !

FAQs

Agostino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9347 1619.

Agostino is rated 4.3 stars by 249 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Agostino

293—297 Lygon St, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carlton

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–11:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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