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166 Lygon St,
Carlton VIC

Licensed Cafes & Licensed Informal Restaurants

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Il Gambero Pizza (medium)

Went there with 4 other uni friends for a nice relaxing night. We were greeted with exceptional service, waiters and waitresses were all super friendly, the vibe the setting gave out was if a relaxed and casual nature with different seating arrangements from proper tables and chairs to bar lounges against the wall. Parking was reasonably easy with many side streets however there were no trams running down. Food was excellent and well within a uni student's budget. Serving size was generous and was served promptly. We had the - Il Gambero pizza which had prawns on it, AMAZING! - Il Gambero pasta which had a spicy kick to it - Chicken Romana which was cooked to perfection, juicy as! Overall i highly recommend this place if you're looking for a place on Lygon to eat!

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Wonderful Meal

Overall the food was fantastic. There were 5 of us dining. We started with the Calamari and Scallops for entree. The scallops were overawed by the Mornay dressing. The calamari was beautiful. Next there were 3 pizzas, all were excellent. Fettuccine Princess. Sauce was amazing, but it lacked enough prawns. I had 3. Menu online also stated Tiger Prawns, restaurant menu stated prawns. Not sure if they were tiger prawns. Veal Cotaletta was delicious, but needed a sauce. For Dessert we had Sticky Date Pudding, Chocolate mousse, and Marracino. All beautifully presented and tasty. Sticky date was the winner of the 3. Mousse was very nice but a tad rich even for my chocoholic taste buds. All meals were beautifully presented and the decor was very modern and tasteful. Even though we didn't book we were able to get a table quite early in the evening. Will return again to try some more dishes.

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There is nothing special about this restaurant. The food was average. http://crushingonfood.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/il-gambero-on-park.html

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IL Gambero Overview

For more than 40 years, IL Gambero has been an icon of Lygon Street, an Italian restaurant that remains a favourite in Melbourne’s famous dining precinct. Revamped yet maintaining the rusticity of a traditional Italian eatery, IL Gambero’s large outdoor tables, set against the vibrant green tiling are instantly inviting, while the interior boasts a compilation of exposed brick, round textured glass lampshades and dark furnishings, paired with the modern touch of large glass windows. Authentic pizza, pasta, old classics and new flavour combinations grace an impressive dining menu, featuring dishes like risotto marinara with clams, mussels, prawns, calamari, scallops, olive oil, garlic and Napoli sauce. Meat lovers won’t go past grilled eye fillet with pepper, mushroom or blue vein sauce.

Best Known For

Grilled Seafood Platter for Two: fried calamari, mussels casserola, oysters Sicilian, oysters natural, fish, Moreton Bay bugs, prawn and scallop skewers and fresh prawns, resting on an Italian salad and served with golden fries.

IL Gambero Functions

Caters for up to 180 Guests
  Wedding, Conference, Corporate Function, Dinner Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Engagement Party
  Finger Food, Cocktails, Canapes, Buffets, Set Menu, Banquets
The Il Gambero on the Park function room is one of Lygon Street’s most desirable entertainment spaces. We specialise in birthday parties, engagements, sporting club dinners, Christmas parties and christenings. Directly opposite Argyle Square, our balcony glass doors and wall give your guests uninterrupted views of the park. When the weather is right we can retract the roof, converting the room into Carlton’s only open air rooftop terrace.

IL Gambero Chef

Mark Bettiol

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Opening Hours

Mon11:30 - 15:00
Mon17:00 - 22:00
Tues11:30 - 15:00
Tues17:00 - 22:00
Wed11:30 - 15:00
Wed17:00 - 22:00
Thur11:30 - 15:00
Thur17:00 - 22:00
Fri11:30 - 15:00
Fri17:00 - 23:00
Sat11:30 - 15:00
Sat17:00 - 23:00
Sun11:30 - 22:30

Features & Facilities

Seats: 120

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fully Licensed
  • BYO (Wine Only)
  • Private Dining
  • Functions
  • Alfresco Dining
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Takeaway
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Child Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Payments Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • EftPos