Locanda Restaurant & Bar

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111 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian

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About

Locanda Restaurant; located in the theatre precinct in the heart of Melbourne is famous not only for it’s fantastic location and decor, but a menu created using the best of Victorian and Australian produce.

The team at Locanda is led by Executive Chef Paul Griffiths who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over 15 years in the industry. From the Palazzo Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast, Australia to The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, USA, Paul continues to impress with his culinary skills and creative flair.

Locanda Restaurant features a spacious dining room surrounded by floor to ceiling glass wine cellars, two private dining areas and the relaxed Locanda Bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Australian, European
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Hours of operation
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Monday - Sunday
Breakfast: 6.30am - 10.30am
Lunch: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Bar: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Kitchen closes at 10pm
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Phone number
(03) 9635 1246
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Griffiths
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Private party facilities
Locanda Private Dining is famous for its incredible location and décor, set in the heart of the theatre precinct. The menu is designed by Head Chef Paul Griffiths using the best of Victorian and Australian produce. Featuring two private dining spaces, catering for groups of 6 guests to 110 guests.
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Private party contact
Locanda Private Dining: (03) 9635 1228
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Little Bourke Street
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Parking details
Secure Carpark located underneath Locanda Restaurant & Bar
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Public transit
400m from Parliament Station
Tram no.s 86 & 96 on Bourke Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really liked that they gave you a menu with a selection of meats at price and then below was a list of some lovely side dish but the price of the side was covered in the price of the meat.
We had the lamb rack and the duck both where perfectly cook.

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Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food & atmosphere before the theatre.

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Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food.. Had a nice family meal before a show good value.

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Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We ordered the pre- theatre dinner, was not much variety for vegetarians, for entrée I had the tomato soup and it was very spicy, the sister ordered the pork belly which she enjoyed, for mains all I could order was the vegetarian tasting plate and so did my sister, well the bun for the mini burger must have been made in the stone age it was very hard and disgusting, the pasta not very flavoursome, the chick pea concoction very bland and the fritters no flavour whatsoever. The sides were bad.

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Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant & food.

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Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pre show dinner. Fantastic meal in the time needed to get to the theatre. Big thumbs up

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Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We have gone to Locanda on a few occasions. It has delivered as an outstanding experience until recently. Our last time was disappointing, but decided to give it another go. We now wish we hadn’t. The food had dropped a level. It’s acceptable and edible, but you expect a lot more than that from top restaurant when your paying $250 for a couple. Maybe the Chef lost interest or passion for the place and needs a new venue.Locanda was in my top 5 gems of Melbourne, not anytime soon.

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Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On arrival our host attempted to locate a better table. We didn't ask or even think about where we might be seated. It was just something that was thought about for us and I was taken by their thoughtfulness.
We enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner of 2 courses (3 courses are available as well). We were served fast but not rushed. Everything was flowing from drinks, to courses to clearing away and the bill.
The next morning we enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast.
Locanda - we will be back!

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Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu small but something for everyone. Great wine and beer menu. Service very good. Staff professional, friendly and accommodating.

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Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I found this place on my Entertainment Book app - it had good reviews. The menu looked interesting as did the wine list. Disappointed to find that it was basically rather pub like with the wide screen tv on one side of the restaurant which was set up like a public bar. Consequently, the ambiance was not that great. We were seated in the restaurant section but could still hear the noise from the bar area. The food was acceptable but nothing special.

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Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

My husband's steak was over cooked and barely edible. Pumpkin was nice. My steak was nice. Chips were completely inedible. Tasted like they had been fried 2x. My desert, an apple pie - the pies in the frozen isle at the supermarket are likely to be of better quality. The entre - pork belly was the highlight of the meal.
The bill of $180 did most definitely not reflect the quality of the food. In my opinion it is on the same quality level as franchises such as TGIF.

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Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We were disappointed we seem to sitting in a walkway even though we booked well ahead of our date. The service was slow and poor, waitresses leaning across in front of our person. Forgot one of our sides and no offer of compensation. Very noisy environment where we were.

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Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We had the pre theatre menu (group of 8) Great value. Staff were very friendly and accommodating.

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Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner prior to going to the theatre and found the staff to be extremely friendly, our food was delivered promtly and in a timely manner for us to get to the theatre on time.
All our food was delicious and beautifully served by friendly staff.

We will be back and would highly recommend it to others.

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Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There for pre show dinner
Ideal location
Relaxed and romantic setting
A grade quality food.
Service exceptional
Reasonable price and value
Quantity was above value for what you pay .
Noticed that there was a choice of dining . We dined restaraunt dinner but bar/lounge meals were adequate as well

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Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Steak was good but the Chicken Schnitzel was just average

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Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for pre show dining.
Staff recommended the best way to enjoy our meal in time before heading out to The Princess Theatre.
Great wine choices, beautifully presented food which tasted wonderful and very friendly and professional staff.
I will definatly go agiain for dinner.

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Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleasantly surprised with the care and attention we were given before and during our meal and the food was delicious. Also loved the opportunity to complete our meal after the show that we went to see. We will definitely be back!

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Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Booked table for 12:15pm arrived 12pm places order 12:10 waited till 1:15pm for meal. This is for 3 people only and only one other table with patrons. Then asked for dessert menu another 10 mins wait for someone to clear the table and bring dessert menu. Then few mins of wait to place order. Asked how long will it take. We were told 10 mins. Wait way too long for 3 mains to arrive, one tortellini, one schnitzel and one fish and chips. Felt like we were dumped in the corner and forgotten

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Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and seven guests were very happy with the friendly service and level of food. Only one friend's steak was undercooked but all in all the food was fantastic.

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Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Waiting staff twice brought wrong drink to table. Just dont think they listened to the roder, probably due to inexperience.
Had the smoked tomato soup. The smokeing totally overpowered the soup...all you could really taste was the smoke. Give the soup a miss. Stekas , on the other hand were nicely cooked to order, if a little over-charred.

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Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service! Upon arrival we were greeted and seated promptly for our two course pre-show dinner. Our waitress was amazing with my dietary requirements – not only am I fructose intolerant but being pregnant wipes off more of the menu. Every question I had was no drama and the kitchen were very observant and went out of their way to ensure I got to eat what I wanted and it was cooked specifically for my needs. I would highly recommend dining here for anyone with or without dietary require

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Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service

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Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Close proximity to the theatres was a massive plus. Set menu is good value with lots of choice.

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Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very impressed with the food and service. We had bookings for the theatre and everything went perfectly.

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Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Booked and arrived early for pretheatre lunch.After my entreaties lunch arrived 10 minutes before curtain. Food was only passable and clearly preprepared from bought in produce. Venue is clearly poorly managed and understaffed. We could not finish our meal. Other diners who had arrived even earlier also complained to us giving the same reasons. Locanda needs to get its act together. But for us ...NEVER AGAIN.

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Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent quality food at a reasonable price.

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Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant spot with comfortable semi private seating (booths) and good food/wine. Waiters friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed it and my company.

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Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Near to theatres. Food very ordinary. Overpriced for the limited pre-theatre selection

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Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went there for Mother’s Day buffet lunch May 2018 food was very nice staff seemed like they weren’t interested in making Mother’s Day Special,was given a looked like week old bouquet of flowers had to pay extra if you wanted to drink more than water.
The cooks behind the scene were fabulous and friendly Not so with the floor STAFF.

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Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a pretheatre venue, Locanda was excellent. Our waitress was brilliant in organising the menu selections to our requirements and assisting in selection of dishes to accommodate the time factor. Some interesting flavour combinations and we were happy with the wine selection available. We would certainly come back again under similar circumstances (i.e. dinner and a show.

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Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Prompt friendly service, asked about time requirements or limitations at the start of service
Great cocktails and wine list
Food was quick yet well paced
Style of meal was elegantly simple highlighting the product being ordered
Definitely will return and recommend
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Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We went to this restaurant as it was touting "Italian". It was across the road from the theatre we were going to.
Except for my steak the food was barely passable. the hamburger was not attractive as it cam to the table and did not look any better as my husband picked bits out of the middle of it. The steak was good but it was just a steak....no salad, not sides save for chips. The club sandwich had okay fillings but the bread seemed to have been lightly toasted but with no colour.

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Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had lunch before going to a show across the road. $45.00 for 2 course. Main and dessert both very nice, quick service. We will definitely do it again next show we go to.

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Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was great, had a really lovely evening. Highly recommended

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Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for pre theatre dinner. The menu selection was varied and not too confusing. The servings were generous and flavoursome- in particular the steak and the chicken were well cooked. Our friend had the duck which she said was very tasty. Would highly recommend and return.

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Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great central spot for theatre goers looking for a lunch or dinner before show , make sure you let them know you are going to a show as food service was a little slow but well worth the wait

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Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre theatre meal requested and provided with time to spare. An early diner discount of $10 per person. Busy with pre theatre and after work crowd. Lively high vib adjacent bar, but didn't intrude. Good food, reasonable service and value for money.

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Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and the food looked and tasted awesome. The steak just melted in your mouth. The location is great for theatres or shows. We came back after the show for some great cocktails.

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Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Booked on-line for Sunday Pre-Show lunch at 12:00 and left Comment that I needed to be out by 12:50. We arrived at noon and were shown to a table for two by a very pleasant staff. Chose 2-course option as good value. Order taken within 5 min.and 1st course served by 20 past. Steak was large and cooked to perfection. Caesar Salad not so good. Time now 12:30. We had to leave without Dessert course, as not served by 12:50. Not good! Had to return after show for dessert and coffee. Can only improve.

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