With its sleek modern furniture, elaborately set tables, professional service and wide-panel windows offering gorgeous evening views from Dorcas Street, Arkibar Cucina looks every bit the elegant, haute-cuisine Melbourne Italian eatery. Looks can be deceiving though, because while South Melbourne’s Arkibar Cucina certainly is first-class, it is by no means stuffy or pretentious. Instead, it’s a family-run, family-friendly Italian restaurant where everybody can feel welcome, comfortable and able to enjoy some simply superb Italian food, much of which is hard to come across anywhere else in Melbourne. The fun starts in the morning, when Arkibar Cucina pump out a range of tasty brekkies, continues through their diverse and delicious lunch menu (always check the daily specials, because that’s often where you find something truly unique) into a dinner service of some of the very best antipasti offerings, Italian mains and decadent desserts to be found in South Melbourne.
The eating experience here is great. Nice presentation, very good execution of the dishes. Our server was helpful and friendly and was and enjoyable part of the dining experience. The challenge is taking in all the specials as they are presented, and deciding which of them you are going to drill down on with the host so you have a sense of what you will be getting. And then there's just the no idea of how much you will be paying for you meal. The introduction of the specials and ordering part of the service, while friendly seemed a little passive-aggressive to me.
Excellent quality food, fresh and great service at a reasonable price Fantastic wine list As a regular I would suggest ordering specials which is always extensive and ignore menu
Excellent food and service from this outstanding Italian family restaurant. We go there regularly and only wish that it was open 7 days per week!
Great Service, nice food, wine was good. pleasant setting. Great special selection. Loved the surprise desert selection. Would be happy to dine again in this rest
Nice atmosphere, good food from a good selection, pleasant and helpful staff, and able to hold a conversation with my friends without having to shout.