Where to Eat in Hawthorn: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 28, 2017 Darleen Reid

Discover the best restaurant in Hawthorn, Australia including Centonove, Choi's, Italy 1 At Camberwell, Ocha, Samurai, Bistro Thierry, Lulo, Fiorelli, The Grand Richmond, Bouzy Rouge
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1. Centonove

109 Cotham Rd, Kew, Boroondara, Victoria 3101, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9817 6468
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Centonove

Reviewed By BrooksieG - Melbourne, Australia

There’s a touch of quality about everything at Centanove and it’s probably a cut above most other restaurants around Kew, particularly if you’re looking for something a little more elegant for that special night out. Service is first class, the wine list is varied and the food, including the yummy bread, absolutely fresh.

2. Choi's

186 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9818 2299
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Choi's

Reviewed By Kerrie K - Melbourne, Australia

Called in late without a booking but as always was made to feel most welcome. Unbelievable wine list all prices and choices. Superb peking duck and roast duck with perfectly cooked steamed rice. Faultless friendly service. Highly recommend this oldie but goodie

3. Italy 1 At Camberwell

823 Burke Rd, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$290 +61 3 9804 0944
Excellent
40%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Italy 1 At Camberwell

Freshness, brightness, vigour – this is what has been injected into Burke Road’s well known Italy 1 Camberwell - with a little bit of the old. Now owned by two very energetic and enthusiastic owners, one being the previous head chef, Italy 1 Camberwell has been reborn into a modern Italian café with the freshest seasonal produce. Offering simple, well executed food with strong flavours and distinct personality in an uncomplicated and relaxed atmosphere. Let our friendly, attentive staff tend to your needs while the kitchen whisks your tastebuds on a flavoursome journey of Italian inspired creations.

Reviewed By Ronald M - Melbourne

The menu selections are excellent, particularly their risottos, whether it be mushroom or the seafood variety using flu swimmer crab. Cannot you praise the calamari to highly, it is a beautiful concoction. I have always enjoyed the freshness of the food in this restaurant it is delightful succulent and always quality. My wife particularly enjoyed the Kris Pinot Grigio - clean and crisp, great for a hot day. Waiter service is excellent very attentive, supportive and personable. We particularly congratulate Keaton for his service he did a great job today we dined. All in all, we both praise this restaurant it is a great place to go and enjoy a first-class meal. Thoroughly recommended to anyone, as described above and you will enjoy the experience. It is somewhat expensive, but it is fine dining after all, and it is worth paying that little extra for great quality and great surroundings.

4. Ocha

3 Church St | Near Corner of Barkers Road, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9853 6002
Excellent
54%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 174 reviews

Ocha

Reviewed By Sunseekers8910 - Melbourne, Victoria

We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience, with the most amazing food and service. Perfect for a special occasion or just a quiet dinner for two or a small group gathering. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about the food and provide great suggestions for your table. BYO wine is great and the corkage of $7.50 pp is very reasonable.

5. Samurai

804 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122, Australia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$181 - HK$714 +61 3 9819 4858
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Samurai

Reviewed By melbgirl123 - Melbourne, Australia

This place is really small so fills up quickly. Food is okay and price is okay, not as good as the reviews say. There are lots of better and similar priced japanese restaurants around, but i guess their clientele are swinburne students who tend not to be too fussy eateers. Their takeaway menu costs more than dine in.

6. Bistro Thierry

511 Malvern Rd, Toorak, Stonnington, Victoria 3142, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$306 - HK$306 +61 3 9824 0888
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 406 reviews

Bistro Thierry

Enjoy the ambience of a night in a buzzing French bistro in Melbourne without the jet lag. We aim to make your experience completely enjoyable.

Reviewed By Greg S

This restaurant runs like a well oiled machine, lovely warm efficient service, a great wine list and magnificent food. Loved it, authentic. We have eaten in many of the French restaurants in Melbourne, I think I like the one the best. We were celebrating a...MoreWe are delighted to hear you enjoyed your BT experience. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal so it is great to learn this has been achieved on this occasion. We look forward to welcoming you back. Merci beaucoup!

7. Lulo

798 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122, Australia (Formerly LULO Restaurante - Bar de Vino) Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$298 +61 3 9818 8321
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Lulo

A unique Latin-American dining experience in the heart of Hawthorn. Lulo offers a broad range of South American-inspired dishes designed as share-plates for you to enjoy with friends and family. Sip on cocktails at the bar or experience our boutique wine list.

Reviewed By Michelle T - Melbourne, Australia

Very happy dinner , we have been there for drinks and also dinner ! Very warm cosy & welcoming restaurant ! Great menu , beautiful food , each serve quiet generous to me it's good price for every dish ! I was surprised When the...MoreThank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's always a great pleasure to hear that you had a wonderful time here at Lulo. We look forward to having you in again soon!

8. Fiorelli

209 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$188 - HK$738 +61 3 9882 0222
Excellent
47%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Fiorelli

Reviewed By FunTimes030 - Melbourne, Australia

Very good, well established Italian restaurant opposite the Rivoli cinema. Wonderful art deco décor. Somewhat limited menu (a good thing) plus specials. Well-priced, very good home cooking along with straightforward service. The special of the day, pan-fried snapper, was delicious. Recommended for very good food and service.

9. The Grand Richmond

333 Burnley Street, Richmond, Yarra, Victoria 3121, Australia Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available Italian, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$63 - HK$604 +61 3 9429 2530
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 328 reviews

The Grand Richmond

The Grand has been voted on numerous occasions the Best Pub Dining Room in Australia. It is also currently the Only Pub in Australia to have been awarded a coveted Age Good Food Guide Chefs Hat (12 times). Long being regarded as an Institution of The Melbourne Dining scene it's combination of Fine dining Italian Restaurant, casual fun Pub bar, cracking beer garden and beautiful new private dining rooms brings a uniquely Melbourne offering for both travelers and locals alike.

Reviewed By Belka2014 - Melbourne, Australia

I thought overall it was a nice experience-reasonably good atmosphere for couples and smaller groups. The service was attentive.
I would describe the menu as a mixture of traditional Italian dishes with dishes that aimed to introduce a bit of a modern Australian twist. Both entrees we ordered were seafood. I found the scallops a bit overcooked. This was a shame as they suppose to be the star of the dish. The second entree dish was sashimi-like swordfish carpaccio. That entree was much more enjoyable & technically better executed.
For the first main, we ordered a pasta (rabbit) that was typically a Northern Italian dish. The pasta was cooked perfectly. It had the traditional taste & presentation. The second main was the duck cooked in a traditional Italian way. The simple presentation reminded of a home cooking. The taste of the duck and the souse were great, but as a whole, the dish was lacking in presentation. A half duck floating in a dark colored liquid? Would look good in a trattoria ... so is it? Judging by the prices it’s not!
The desert (the peach) on the other hand - had a great presentation, but failed to impress with its the combination of flavours. Too much was going on on the plate and some of the elements didn’t make much sense. I think that some of the traditional Italian Deserts would match the Grand’s menu much better.
An extensive wine list including good international wines but ONLY if you buy by bottle. However, very little choice - if ordered by glass.
Overall, good but not great. Definitely overpriced for what it is and not a good value for money.

10. Bouzy Rouge

470 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Yarra, Victoria 3121, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$47 - HK$196 +61 3 9429 4348
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Bouzy Rouge

Bouzy Rouge Richmond, Mediterranean inspired cuisine. We have an extensive tapas and main course menu designed to share.Extensive wine list. Express lunch Monday to Saturday from $15 to $20. With a Private function space upstairs and all weather courtyard, we cater for small intimate dinners to large canape functions. Happy Hour 7 days a week 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Come join us for your next lunch or dinner.

Reviewed By Tania O

Love the atmosphere, service and wine list at this restaurant. The food was great however I did find the two paella dishes tasty but a little overdone. We tried many dishes on the menu, the lamb was just beautiful. I would recommend this restaurant, perhaps...MoreThank you Tania for taking the time to write an honest appraisal of what we do, we hope next time you come back we nail the paella for you.

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