Fitzroy Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Fitzroy

January 7, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Discover the best restaurant in Fitzroy, Australia including Scopri, Il Cantuccio, Matteo's, The Vegie Bar, Longrain, Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar, The Fitz Cafe, Anada, Cutler & Co, Naked for Satan
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1. Scopri

191 Nicholson St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9347 8252
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 713 reviews

Scopri

Reviewed By Matteo B - Roma,Italia

Fourth time here and not one disappointment. The food is great, another level in comparison to any other restaurant in Melbourne. The service fantastic and professional with some of the best Italians in Australia. The owner is a careful and caring person, always there, for anything you need. If I could I would come back tomorrow

2. Il Cantuccio

209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$243 +61 3 9347 9959
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Il Cantuccio

Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.

Reviewed By alanwillconsult - Marbella, Spain

Just arrived in Melbourne and went to trendy Carlton, not sure what to expect from this Italian restaurant. It didn't start off well, There was only a half portion of Cannelloni left for me, my partner had the last full portion. I has happy to have only the half portion with a salad. Lori the owner was distraught that there was not enough for a full portion for me.So she offered me any alternative I wanted, didn't"charge for the salad, offered us both a sweet and a liquor. I then asked if she could order a taxi for us, she went outside to get a taxi, because were difficult to obtain she even offerd the taxi driver a coffee to take us back to our hotel. Talk about going the extra mile. By the way the Cannelloni was great.

3. Matteo's

533 Brunswick St, North Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3068, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$165 - HK$738 +61 3 9481 1177
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Matteo's

Housed in an elegant triple-fronted Victorian Terrace,past the bohemian enclave of Melbourne’s famous ‘Brunswick Street’offering seasonal contemporary Australian cuisine and professional hospitality since 1994.Awarded a minimum of 1 hat in the coveted “Age Good Food Guide” every year since 1996.

Reviewed By Miffy E

For our wedding reception in October 2017 we chose Matteo's - we've always loved our experiences there, and measure all our culiinary experiences by this establishment. With only 30 of us, we booked the Venetian room, and as it was lunch on Saturday, they opened just for us and we had the place to ourselves, so our best man could serenade us with his acoustic guitar.
We had asked for our guests to be greeted with a glass of bubbly, a beer or soft drink on arrival, and we were pleased to find that they had opened the back room for guests to mingle before being seated - we hadn't expected this!
The Venetian room itself was laid out beautifully, and one of our guests reported "this is the best food I've ever had at a wedding!" Service was attentive but not intrusive; the courses came out at perfect intervals; it had been no problem at all to modify the menu to remove all nuts (to cater to our guest with a nut allergy); instead of either the drinks package or open wine list, it was no problem for us to give a short list of 5 wines for our guests to choose from; in short, nothing was too big an ask.
We have already returned with a smaller group of 6 on Christmas Eve, and we will continue returning to Matteo's to celebrate our special occasions. We could not recommend this place more. If you haven't been, you must go soon!

4. The Vegie Bar

380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$94 - HK$118 +61 3 9417 6935
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 790 reviews

The Vegie Bar

Reviewed By DrPhillipAndrews - Melbourne Victoria Australia.

I had visited this the Vegi bar many years ago and had enjoyed my experience much so decided to take some friends there to enjoy the atmosphere and the interesting dishes that they had on the menu.
This cafe now restaurant had changed significantly since my last visit and I left 2 hours later feeling a little deflated and disappointed.
There was a very long wait to be seated even though I had called through earlier to make a booking.
Once seated it at least 20 minutes before our orders were taken.
The meals finally arrived and were incorrect so two plates had to be recorded and represented which took another 30 minutes to arrive.
Had to remind the rushed waitress that our drinks had been forgotten also.
The fare was ok but nothing special.
Our table was then ready for another booking so we were hurried along.
So decided to order coffee after we had been asked to leave our table.
Take away was the only option so we ordered 3 coffees which prolonged my agony still waiting and waiting-Coffee order was incorrect!!! Sugar in 2 of the 3 that was not requested and at nearly $5 each this left a “sour taste in my mouth”
This used to be a incredible alternative cafe/restaurant with friendly staff and quality well priced food.

I really believe the reason behind all these issues and negative reviews from from many other contributors is because the Vegi Bar has enjoyed so much success over time it has become too busy for its own good.
The place is packed and no tables are available and even if you prebook you still have to wait.
Waitresses/Waiters/barstaff are so overwhelmed they cannot keep up and mistakes are made.
Customers are ushered in and out on a timed bases to accomodate more customers.
This cafe/restaurant must enjoy an excellent income generated by the turnover of customers and the price of the fare however the enjoyable dining experience is diminished due to its own success.
Very loud and buzzing atmosphere but friendliness and timing of service has a lot to be desired.
Won’t be back here in hurry as there are many much better establishments within a five minute Stroll of Brunswick Street.
✅✅

5. Longrain

44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$243 - HK$479 +61 3 9653 1600
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 969 reviews

Longrain

Welcome to Longrain, Melbourne. Our menu brings together South East Asian influences with the best Victorian produce. Inspired by the communal eating philosophy of the Asian table, our menu is made up of dishes created for sharing. Large servings and communal tables encourage the spirit of eating together, so you can try each dish as part of a full tasting experience, just as it was intended. The wine and cocktail list is created to work in harmony with the menu's intense and aromatic flavours.

Reviewed By jackirmic - Sydney, Australia

We visited Longrain on a Friday evening around 7.30. We were able to get a seat at the bar which was fine. The bar staff were very attentive taking drinks and food order. They helped us know how much food to order. We had the...MoreThank you for your fantastic review. It is wonderful to read of your Longrain Experience and we hope to welcome you again soon.

6. Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

68-170 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$267 +61 3 9654 6778
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 375 reviews

Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

Reviewed By 301Lake - Los Angeles, California

This intimate restaurant and bar offers authentic northern Italian cuisine in a typically Italian bistro setting, complete with charming, opinionated and helpful waiters. Food preparation and presentation were excellent and not fussy. Cheesecake dessert divine.

7. The Fitz Cafe

347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +61 3 9417 5794
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

The Fitz Cafe

Reviewed By Cracedweller - Canberra, Australia

I've previously enjoyed breakfast at the Fitz.
I went for lunch and decided to have three share plates between the two of us.
We ordered corn fritters, veg spring rolls, and Peking duck.
I estimate that the plates on which the food arrived measured 6cm across. Piled high with lettuce.
The corn fritters were two little balls, and the only share plate approaching value for money thanks to the salmon on top and the filling nature of the fritters.
The veg spring rolls was actually one spring roll cut into three Beatles among lettuce.
The Peking duck share plate had four morsels of duck meat about the size of my thumbnail - they were merely a garnish on top of a pile of lettuce and coriander.
The serving sizes of the food were so small I can't see how anyone in their right mind can call these share plates.
Disappointed.

8. Anada

197 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 9415 6101
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Anada

Reviewed By Larry S

Haven't been for a while and unfortunately the food was hit and miss. We shared a few tapas and some fresh barramundi. The fish was excellent, juicy, salty with a crispy skin. The artichoke was bland and needed a lift, maybe citrus. The scallops were tasty but tiny lost under the breadcrumbs. Standout was the manchego and spinach croquet. Just ok for a late night feed.

9. Cutler & Co

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 9419 4888
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 560 reviews

Cutler & Co

Reviewed By Steve G - Hampshire, UK

The environment is attractive and comfortable, and the tasting menu was excellent, as were the accompanying wines. Service was, for the most part, excellent, except towards the end when we were moved from the dining room to the bar to finish our meal. At that point we seemed to have become lesser people, and the wait for our cheese course was irritating.
It is understandable that a popular restaurant like this should want to maximise their throughput, but if a tasting menu with accompanying flight of wines is on offer, the reservation system should allow enough time for this to be enjoyed. Perhaps the accountants are taking control!

10. Naked for Satan

285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish, Australian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +61 3 9416 2238
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Naked for Satan

Reviewed By Amy_v_Lewis - London, United Kingdom

A fantastic bar with outstanding views. We arrived at about 6pm for post work drinks with my cousin whilst we were in town. We were lucky enough to secure a fabulous table with outstanding views of the city.
Great beer selection and friendly staff. The decor is really cool and great outside space. Would definitely visit again.

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