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About Thirty Eight Chairs - South Yarra

Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra, is all about those special, high-end evenings full of fresh, authentic Italian fare. Owned and operated by passionate restaurateur Gino Forlano, Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra is quintessential Italian dining at its very best. The name comes from the simple fact that originally there was indeed only 38 chairs in the restaurant and while this number has increased as the years go by, the same level of intimacy remains. The vibe is relaxed yet vibrant and the menu is designed around fresh, homemade pasta – don’t miss the signature pasta with duck ragout! Located on Bond Street, this Melbourne dining haven fills up very quickly so reservations are essential to avoid disappointment.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 10:00 pm


Thirty Eight Chairs - South Yarra
4A Bond Street, South Yarra
Melbourne 3141

Menu Highlights



Antipasto Vegano

Trio of cold vegetable antipasto(daily selection)


Skewered lamb with white bean hummus & lemon

Frittura di Paranza

Shallow fried seafood of whitebait, soft shell crab & white fish

More about Thirty Eight Chairs - South Yarra, South Yarra

Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra was the very beginning of this iconic Melbourne Italian institution and since 2012 has been a must for lovers of good food, company and wine. Inspired by his Italian heritage, Gino Forlano brings la dolce vita in more ways than one to this family-friendly, sophisticated restaurant on Bond Street. You’ll find an array of dishes, mostly centered around fresh, homemade pasta made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. We love kicking an evening off at Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra with a dozen freshly shucked oysters; caponata di Melanzane oven baked eggplant topped with caciocavallo cheese, Napoli sauce and basil and Il Classico 24-month aged and cured Parma ham served with creamy burrata cheese.

Then, things at Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra get even more interesting. As we mentioned, the duck ragout is a must-try and comes in the form of macaroni topped with slow-cooked duck, porcini mushrooms and shaved pecorino cheese. We also love the gnocchi topped with goat cheese, mushrooms and white truffle oil and the linguine with pea puree, scampi, mussels, clams, scallops, shrimps, garlic and chilli. Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra truly is a slice of Italy in the heart of Melbourne so book a table and head to Bond Street. It’s not possible to be disappointed here. Buon Appetito!

49 Thirty Eight Chairs - South Yarra Reviews

49 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
carmen T.a month ago · 1 review

Wonderful!! Fab food delicious cocktails excellent service! Highly recommend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Bob R.a month ago · 2 reviews

Great service and food I am a regular and it never disappoints ,constant changing of the special always gives you new options,one of my favourites

Georgia H.a month ago · 1 review

Best Italian food ever. The yellow fin tuna was amazing and the calamari was out of this world! Cosy and intimate, the staff were beyond helpful. Fantastic experience.