Carlucci’s Restaurant on James Street in Templestowe is a lively restaurant, cafe and bar that serves up spectacular Italian food to the Melbourne masses. Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner you’ll be well looked after at Carlucci’s. The menu includes the obligatory glorious coffee and cake that you’d expect of a refined Italian eatery, as well as steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, desserts, ice cream, smoothies and more. On top of that there’s a full bar with a host of different spirits, wines and cocktails to keep their guests well watered while enjoy all the delicious food!
Fans of Italian food will simply love Carlucci’s Restaurant on James Street in Melbourne’s Templestowe district. It’s got an inventive food offering that takes classic Italian recipes and combines them with locally-sourced, fresh and organic produce to make fantastic dishes suitable for meat-lovers, veggies, vegans and people on gluten-free diets. Open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, cakes, ice cream or coffee you’ll always find an excuse to pay a visit to Carlucci’s Restaurant in Templestowe, Melbourne.
If you’re heading to Carlucci’s Restaurant for breakfast or brunch you can expect dishes such as bacon and egg focaccia, salmon Benedict with homemade Hollandaise sauce and berry pancakes with vanilla ice cream. For lunch, the food consists of antipasto plates, bruschetta, lots of seafood, pasta, risottos, and more. In terms of dinner you can expect delectable dishes such as fresh calamari, garlic prawns, veal schnitzel and high-quality pizzas. Want some insider knowledge? The seasonal specials at Carlucci’s Restaurant change regularly so make sure you ask your server what’s on offer before you pick what to eat! As you can tell, this is a buzzing spot so we highly recommend booking in advance to nab a table ahead of the crowds.
We had 23 adults, many over 65 years old and a toddler in a highchair. We shared starters, most had just an entree sized pasta.............which were still huge, delicious and well priced. Carlucci's staff kindly cut up some of their small cakes for us to share. I brought bottles of wine from my late husband's collection The corkage charge was a modest $5 per bottle. The service was impeccable on a public holiday .......with a fairly full restaurant.
The food was excellent and generous. Prices were reasonable and the service was great. Our waitress Toni was outstanding - friendly, helpful and professional. We will be back.
I have eaten both lunch and dinner at Carluccis over many years. I have never been disappointed with the food or service. Well done. Cheers Libby Forrest
Great food, great service. Would highly recommend the linguini marinara. It's one of the best I have tasted in our local area for a long time.
We're regulars at Carlucci's Restaurant, we enjoy the meals and the special service, the waiter comes around the table a few times making sure everyone is happy with their meals, if they need anything else also it is Not a bother to bring an extra plate to share for the children or a glass or a straw to make it a bit more special for them. Yesterday the waitress only learned at the time she delivered our shared tiramisu that there was a B'day person at the table and she immediately brought a candle and lit it . Wonderful gesture. Couldn't be happier. We will keep coming and enjoying the wonderful flavours of the Carlucci's Restaurant. Many many thanks. Kindest regards Eva Gyenes
The best feature was the staff. They seemed to genuinely care about and desired to improve our experience at Carlucci's. Coming close behind the excellent staff was the food, which was delicious, the right temperature, well presented, and there was a large variety of Mediterranean inspired food to choose from. The restaurant was clean and inviting. The other customers were pleasant, appeared to be enjoying themselves, and their joyous discourse added to my experience. Importantly, there was no cigarette smoke to contend with. The price was within my range of expectation. A recurring problem in venues such as this is the noise. Conversation required a raised voice, and given the delightful nature of the company I shared this experience with, there was lots of conversation, leading to a sore throat the next day. But Carlucci's is far from alone in where this is concerned, and it did not dominate my experience. A recommendable restaurant.
Great local restaurant, great for a quick bite or a get together with friends. There is a great selection of food with daily specials and the parmas are HUGE - enough for 2 people! Great Value There is only one downside and that is the parking in this area which is not a fault of the restaurant but the parking inspectors are red hot in this area and this always puts us off dining in Templestowe.
An excellent night. Food was lovely and catered for various dietary needs. We requested a quiet table if possible and were given a great spot! Separate bills for each person was fantastic, avoiding the nightmare of trying to work out a large bill for 10 people at the end of the night. So friendly and helpful. Thank you. We've already decided to return in February for our next get together.
The food was good, but the service was pretty poor. There seemed to be plenty of staff around, however only 2 waitresses on the floor, covering inside and outside. The waitress's attitudes were pretty lacklustre. There didn't seem to be any system to the table service. We had to attract their attention to be seated. We had to try to attract their attention after we finished lunch to order coffee. The waitress that came to took our order looked down her nose at us, it felt like we were inconveniencing her. Overall we weren't particularly happy with the experience. Not sure that we would go there again.
Had a great time at Carlucci's. Food was good and service was good. Sadly, my experience was ruined right at the end as we were walking out. I stopped to let my friend through the door as she was holding a baby, and quickly got a shove from another waiter (one who had not served us) who got impatient waiting behind me and walked through the other door whilst saying "if I wait for you, I'll be waiting all day". This was really rude and unnecessary, and I feel it put a real dampener on my experience. Not totally sure whether I'll come back.