Gradi - Crown Melbourne

4.2
774 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Johnny Di Francesco, 2014 World Pizza Champion

Classic Italian cuisine comes to Crown as Gradi brings the flavours of Naples to you with delicious Italian pizza, pasta and seafood.

Gradi's chef and restauranteur Johnny Di Francesco is a master of his craft, recently named the best in the world at The 2014 World Pizza Championships in Parma for his now famous Margherita pizza. Johnny's passion for Italian cuisine draws from traditional Neapolitan techniques, with his family originating from Naples.

Nicknamed Mr. Pizza in his home country, Johnny is well known amongst Australian food lovers for being one of the best in the pizza business.

Johnny's much-loved style of regional cooking is an exciting addition to Crown's culinary offering.
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff attentive and friendly. My only criticism would be the service is slow. Once staff arrive they are attentive and will cater to your needs. The drinks came quickly and the food arrived in a good time frame. Plates were also cleared in a good time frame but trying to track wait staff down inbetween (i.e. to order more drinks) is difficult. They are too busy. Another one or two employees would be perfect.

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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was really slow, with nearly an hour wait for entree after ordering.... took a long time to even place a drinks order.... food was ok, but way over priced.

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Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic! Really enjoyed the meals, would definitely eat here again.
Our waiter wasn’t the best, a bit abrupt, came back several times to confirm our order, and didn’t take time to understand something about my drink which I wanted half sparkling half orange juice... but was charged for a full glass of expensive champagne.
But we had a good time.

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Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Okay so very busy Saturday night but food was very average at best and well below average at worst.
Oysters were dry and not fresh - v. expensive. Tomato salad was best thing we ordered. Lemon in Muslin was about the nicest thing I could say about them. Pizza was below average - soggy base, toppings were not good quality. If this won best pizza in the world what rubbish!! Crust was best bit. Gnocchi was a slight step up from what I could buy in Woolworths in a blah tomato sauce.

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Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I was expecting a high end dining experience, given the description of the restaurant. Unfortunately this was not the case. The food was wonderful however the service was lacking. Time and time again I had to ask for my water glass to be refilled. Either provide bottles of water on the table or be more attentive please. At the end of our meal we were wanting the dessert menu and to order coffee. Waiters passed and finally (after 15 minutes) I had to stop one and ask for the dessert menu.

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Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great ambiance great food and great service.. will definitely come back

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Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Gradi! The food is outstanding as is the service. A little disappointed that the menu has got a lot smaller plus the wine prices have got too expensive

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Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service food was fresh and tasty

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Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit to Gradi, I am based in Perth and have wanted to try the Pizza for ages! I was not disappointed, loved the pizza. Will definitely return when I am next in Melbourne.

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Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best pizza we had in melbourne so far. Excellent service and friendly staffs. Recommended!

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Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hugely disappointed with the soggy pizza . Had waited ages to go here for the Margarita Pizza and was so disappointed - won’t be returning

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Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

If this is a review for both Open Table whom we booked with and Gradi then great.
Firstly, our reservation wasn’t on their system- Open Table’s problem or Gradi’s? This wasn’t actually a problem luckily as they weren’t to busy so they gave us a seat.
The staff are very kind and professional. The restaurant looks clean and very nice.
The problems- They didn’t have what we contacted prior to booking and left un fed after 30 mins travelling to them. Didn’t actually eat here...

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Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service.

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Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would say that it might have been all of the Grand Prix people that they were trying to accommodate but the service was down a bit from what we experienced at the Brunswick restaurant.

Pizza was perfect as always. Can't go past a good Carnivora!!

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Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$36 pasta mains and $27 pizzas are a bit of a stretch. Happy to pay that for the award winning margarita but the pizza came out sloppy - still VERY tasty though. The service was warm, hospitable and balanced between present and giving of space.

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Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Gradi encapsulates exactly what casual fine-dining is - 'casual' with a touch of class.

The food is great quality and are the perfect portions to make sure you leave perfectly full. Our waitress was very accommodating and tried to make the night special for us.

It does get quite busy so it isn't hard for the person on the next table to know your life story. However, overall it was a great night with great food.

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Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality food and very friendly and helpful staff.
I definitely recommend to others. but the prices are a little too much for the quantity served.

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Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The pizza is overrated, there are many places in Melbourne which make a better, great authentic Italian pizza. The sauce was so soggy and made the pizza sloppy in five minutes. Otherwise, Gradi is good. The service was great and the pasta is nice. The carbonara has an overwhelming flavour of the guancale fat which was a real pity. But the mushroom papardelle was great.

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Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pizza was really what we went for cause it was also close to casino and near our hotel.... Pizza was excellent and authentic... But overall cost of meal was a little expensive... But overall satisfied

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Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Staff were very awesome on both getting your food and drinks whenever you wanted. Right up close so you can see your food being prepared. People might look at the menu and go $30 for a pizza but it is two meals I got through half of it and got to take the other home home.
Overall would recommend this to any Italian food lovers

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Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, really good service. Noisey so a bit hard to hear others in our party of four.

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Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great
Service was fast which is what we needed on the night however you can feel to rushed if you want to stay for a while.
It is very noisy and hard to talk at your table.

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Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Felt very rushed and not good level of service. The food tasted like it was rushed too

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Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Service was great pizza was wet and the seafood was very dry

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Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch.
Best Arancini and Calamari ever eaten.

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Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Gradi.

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Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely dinner, great recommendations from staff! Food was delicious!

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Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was good at the start when it was not busy but once it got busy we did not get served for 40 minutes, despite many waiters and waitresses passing us by

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Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a gorgeous waitress who was very warm and welcoming she looked after us very well and had no problems answering our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed a tasty pizza and easy the best gnocchi I have ever had. Great portion sizes and a lovely environment to enjoy a special night out.

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Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was extremely welcoming and professional and attentive. The food was reliably great. What more do you need.

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Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing, won't be back.

$41 dollars is to too much for Mussles, so i ordered the Fish mixed Grill $49, scallops, prawns, fish - all of it was well below par.


Restaurants like these at Crown have turned into tourist traps. Much better food in quality and price only a suburb away eg. Sth Melb, Albert Park & Port Melb.

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Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

unfortunately it was extremely loud and not as pleasant as we have experienced before

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Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Pizza’s are AMAZING!!

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Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were so friendly and helpful

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Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go there for pizza when in Melbourne every second year. Never disappointed. Wine list bit more expensive than others.

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Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love attending Gradi for dinner as we feel like we are never disappointed in any facet of the experience.
Great food , great wine & exemplary service combine to make dinner at Gradi fantastic

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Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the fourth time we've dined and everytime Gradi delivers fantastic service and amazing food!

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Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience.

Service was excellent and good great.

The gnocchi is still the best in town says my mum - only nonna could do better.

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Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it here

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Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with fantastic food and friendly staff.

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