Quality cafe dining doesn’t get much better than this in Melbourne’s CBD. Elegant yet unpretentious, Little Billy serves up exquisite food – with an emphasis on healthy eating and carefully sourced ingredients – to go along with top-shelf coffee, an impressive wine list, craft beers and other drinks. The Billy Group of eateries is well regarded around Melbourne for their innovative cuisine and this William Street iteration is no exception, so be sure to book a table in advance if you’re hoping to taste what modern Australian cafe fare can be at its best.
When you sit down to a dish at Little Billy, you get the feeling you’re eating somewhere that thinks a bit outside the box. The names are familiar – Thai beef salad, cheeseburger, open lamb souvlaki, steak sandwich and the like – but there are a few hints that this suave cafe on William Street in Melbourne’s CBD take standard cafe menus not as a guide but as an invitation to create and innovate. At Little Billy, the starkest point of difference from other Melbourne cafes is the ingredients – a dedication to paddock-to-table eating sees some of the brightest, freshest, most flavoursome and healthy local produce appearing on the plate.
Still, anybody in Melbourne can throw a bunch of quality ingredients on a plate, but Little Billy even do this part with style. The presentation is superb, and with the sleek interior design and refined atmosphere of this William Street space Little Billy could just as well suit an important business lunch in the CBD as it could a casual cafe brunch. Besides choosing what to eat from among the slew of photo-worthy and mouthwatering options, the hardest thing about Little Billy is catching them at a quiet time, so reservations are strongly advised at all times.
Meals were great, always prompt service. The only major feedback I would give is to put some noise insulation on the roof, as the restaurant can get very loud - hampering the social/catch up vibe you would hope for going for lunch with your colleagues.
Food and service always of a high quality. Regularly eat lunch here and the Monday to Wednesday $20 lunch special with a drink is great value
Very pleasant. Staff very helpful and being there for lunch was great as everything was served in a very timely manner. Everyone enjoyed their meals too. Thank you.
As a group of 8 we could have felt rushed however this was not the case. We had a fun evening. Excellent food and service ... again!
I have often walked passed and wondered what Little Billy was all about. I found it's a welcoming bar and restaurant with a great menu, great prices and the staff are friendly, combined this made lunch an amazing experience. Highly recommended and will return.
Amazing coffee . Great place to catch up with friends or go for a bite to eat! The food was tasty and staff were very kind . Thanks Little Billy's
Little Billy is great value, friendly staff and quick service. Love the express lunch options. Good atmosphere too, reasonably new with funky, modern décor. Will dine there again.
The food was great. Little Billy is really busy on a Friday, so the wait for our meals was a little longer than expected, but definitely worth the wait!
Better than expected. The portions were quite large. We ordered the calamari which was crunchy on the outside but still very tender inside, the marinated chicken salad was amazingly good, and salmon was cooked almost to perfection with a good sized portion of salad. It felt like we had 4 mains between the two of us.
Went for Friday lunch with work colleague. It was my first visit to Lt. Billy. To start, we've had to move our table in the corner as there was not much space to sit around it. The place was really busy so expected delays in service however we've had to wait for about 50 minutes with apologies from the staff before our simple lunch dishes (chicken parma and burger) had been served. Food was alright though. This place is not going to be on my favourites list.