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Milk the Cow - Carlton, Carlton, AU-VIC

Milk the Cow - Carlton

4.5
4.5
480 Reviews
$40 and under
European
Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie is a late night cheese bar located in St Kilda and Carlton, Melbourne. We have over 180 different cheeses from all around the world in our 6-metre long cheese cabinet, expertly curated and cared for by our team of cheesemongers.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Fondue, French
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9348 4771
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • $35 Lunch Boards, includes a glass of wine or beer

    A$35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our $35 Lunch Boards include 2 Cheesemonger's Choice cheeses and accompaniments, along with a glass of select wine or tap beer for a perfect grazing lunch. Available 12pm - 3pm weekdays at Carlton and 12pm - 3pm Fridays at St Kilda.
    $35 Lunch Boards, includes a glass of wine or beer Photo
  • HM Gin X Milk the Cow

    A$65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 17 - May 15, 2024
    Father-daughter duo Gavin & Amy Shaw are on a mission to make everyone a gin lover. In aid of this very worthy mission, we're inviting them to our place for two spirited nights of Gin & Cheese Matching, at our St Kilda and Carlton fromageries. Join us for a guided flight of four of Hillmartin Distillery's award-winning, smooth gins, perfectly paired with four artisan cheeses from our cabinet. Gavin & Amy will talk us personally through their processes and products while our cheese experts lend their knowledge on picking the perfect cheese and gin matches.
    HM Gin X Milk the Cow Photo

What 480 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for fine wines

  • Inner City North

    Innovative

  • Inner City North

    Great for fine wines

480 Reviews
  1. Jose

    Tasmania

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Your Saturday night service charge of 10% is ridiculous and unacceptable. Saturday night is the busiest night of the week and you turned diners away because you were fill. The amount of customers should make up for the Saturday staff surcharge. This should be factored into your cost of sale, not passed on to the customer. On top of this, we were asked to TIP staff, when we'd already paid a mandatory additional 10% for service. This is not the USA. You should not be charging a Saturday surcharge and your staff shouldn't be asking for tips when we're paying an additional 10 per cent. And how hard is it to split bills, especially if it's only two people? I live around the corner, I won't be eating here again or taking guests, it isn't value for money and the surcharges are ridiculous. Our bill was over $200 for four glasses of wine, a farmers board and raclette that didn't meet expectations.

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  2. KerrynH

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, especially raclette. Our waitress was great!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I won’t lie and say that the desert wine flight was my favourite, but everything else was fab! Breaded Camembert & fondue really stood out. I think some of the toast was stale though

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  4. Phoebe

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, lovely staff, would recommend this place for a great date or a catch up with friends

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  5. RebeccaW

    Tasmania

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were looking forward to eating here for months only to be disappointed. The waitress was friendly and took our order. The wine was nice but out of our 4 cheeses only 2 were enjoyable. Overheard the waitress tell the table next to us to let her know if there was cheeses they didn't like and she wouldn't put them on their board. After finishing our wine and cheese we waited abit wondering when our deep fried Camembert would come out. After 20 minutes and no interaction with the waitress we went to pay . She had forgotten all about it and apologised . Though it would have been nice if she had taken something off the bill to make up for it . Very disappointing as we had come from tassie and it was my daughters birthday. Won't be going back

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  6. JohnP

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation via the web site which was easy. When we arrived and were seated the server did a nice job of explaining the menu options. We chose 2 different wine flights with cheese and added a fondue which gave us a nice variety, and was filling. We finished by sharing a desert flight. Very enjoyable, we plan to return.

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  7. MonicaW

    Brisbane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very poor service. Took a long time to order, longer to get drinks, the wrong meals were brought out to us twice, we asked for the menu to order more, they never came back to take our order so after 30 minutes we left. The bill was wrong when we were paying. We had to remind them about what we had (should have kept quiet and not paid). In this area you are spoilt for choice. There are a lot of great cheese places around. Very disappointing.

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  8. JenniA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pairing of wine with cheese was superb, making it a delightful and unique dining experience!

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  9. RobertM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Multiple dishes never arrived + incorrect dish arrived. Very difficult to get the attention of staff. No checkups to see how things were going.

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  10. JillK

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The wine and cheese was enjoyable. Sadly the surly staff spoilt the evening.

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  11. JenniA

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Something a little different and perfect for cheese lovers. Great selection of things to share or enjoy your own tasting flight. We were served by Elliot who made our experience fantastic, great explanation of all that was on offer and a natural, friendly manner. A table of 5 who will all happily return.

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  12. megw

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This is our second visit to "milk the cow" ... First time was an amazing experience and thoroughly enjoyed, so much so we took our friend their for his birthday. Second time there was a big disappointment... we was the only customers in there and service was so slow. Took over 40 mi s to service us our drinks .. once we had drink we waited another 10 mins for bread to go with the cheese. Water glasses were never topped up like previously .. there was no urgency to serve us , And the time frame of waiting for things really couldn't be justified , so put a doner on the experience completely.

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  13. Tere

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You no longer have the savoury crackers. I wonder why that was out of the options with the price we paid. The bread was too much for a light meal. Not everyone likes bread and sweet crackers

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  14. ConM

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the selection of cheeses. Four generous servings of wine. While the wines were a little different to those readily available in Australia, and quite nice, none of them really impressed me. The waitress was terrific. Very knowledgeable on the cheeses and wines. Great atmosphere. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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  15. kellyW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic time had - very knowledgeable staff. Would recommend

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  16. FineWineTan

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a bit loud due to loud guests. The service was great but they were a bit too busy. Why the surcharge? The prices were great minus the surcharge which seems very common now.

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  17. FrancoisS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Quite good! We had two cheese flights and a Camembert. We found the Camembert not very tasty. The service was ok but the waiters looked a bit tired this day and not that friendly thus. Anyway it has very good potential!

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  18. JamieR

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The wine flight was great, and we enjoyed the deep fried Camembert. While the Mac and Cheese fell short on flavor, I recognise that our taste buds may have been overshadowed by the cheese indulgence around it. We had three servers – two were friendly, unfortunately one was quite brusque. Overall, we would go back.

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  19. DeliaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy venue. Beautiful selection of cheeses. Professional & Friendly service. Lovely and well thought out menu.

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  20. CharlesN

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food, great for a casual beverage and light meal. If you don’t like cheese perhaps avoid.

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  21. JenniferP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our second time at Milk the Cow. Throughly enjoyed it.

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  22. Grace

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are a cheese lover,this is a must. Wide selection of cheeses and dishes with cheese. Plus recommendations for the perfect pairing with your drink further enhances the flavours.

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  23. CatherineK

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have had multiple visits, and always an outstanding experience - the quality of cheese, wine, service, and ambience all top notch. A place that is equally suitable for Melburnians, andfff somewhere you can entertain guests from out of town.

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  24. AndrewK

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, great wine and cheese selection and some awesome recommendations for pairings.

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  25. Ragaief

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful cheeses. Perhaps the best my wife and I ever had.

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  26. LeanneG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had two vegans and the vegan camembert was not available for some reason, so that was disappointing, but other than that it was a wonderful experience.

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  27. SallyM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We particularly enjoyed the wait staff. Very friendly and helpful. Thank you

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  28. MeganM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy the restaurant. The service is outstanding along with their knowledge. Will return.

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  29. JohnA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic selection of cheeses and a fondue with wine to match finishing with great coffee. Exceptional service!

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  30. AngelaR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed the experience of eating beautiful cheeses matched with lovely beers. It was a very pleasant lunch.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience :) The explanations was great and the cheese board was sensational

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delish, the atmosphere was calm and sophisticated, and the service was absolutely outstanding.

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  33. Debsy

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The knowledge of the staff is astounding. The pairing of wine to cheese is spot on, totally mouthwatering. This is our favourite spot in Melbourne to come and enjoy wine and cheese!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely spot! Cheese pairings were amazing, staff really know their stuff and the overall atmosphere was bubbly and lively!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional customer service, presentation on cheese and wine. Lovely place to dine. Will definitely return next time in Melbourne. Highly recommend!

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  36. AbbyS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was nice. We had a table of 6 each having a lunch cheese platter. No explanation was given of what cheese we had or what wine to pair it with. Service was lengthy between drinks. We won’t rush back. Plenty of other places that serve good cheese with more interest in their products and quicker with service.

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  37. John

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Too small portions for the cheese and not enough bread. The baked Camembert did not have enough seasoning. Expensive for what you get given the cheese isn’t actually the highest quality.

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  38. SuGar

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at MTC. The service was outstanding. From the moment we walked into the restaurant and continued with the suggestions for tasting and the wine that we drank. Extensive wine list. All delicious all great value. We had Grundlegend fondue, Bitterballen (croquettes), De Lasanis “Mac n Cheese” plus some cornichons, onions. Delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant if you love cheese… and wine. Definitely in the unique category.

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  39. Theatregoer

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately I can’t remember the gentleman’s name who served our cheese but he was both knowledgeable and had a lovely welcoming manner. The cheese was great as always and I loved the wine flight.

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  40. Soph

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The overall experience at Milk the Cow was good. However, I would not recommend the communal table for a birthday celebration.

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FAQs

Milk the Cow - Carlton offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9348 4771.

Milk the Cow - Carlton is rated 4.5 stars by 480 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Milk the Cow - Carlton

323 Lygon Street, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Carlton
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Fondue, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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