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Grilled seafood platter for two, with fried calamari, mussel casserole, oysters Sicilian and natural, fish, prawn and scallop skewers, fresh prawns, Italian salad and golden fries.

About IL Gambero

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, 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 windows. Authentic pizza, pasta, classics and new flavour combinations grace an impressive dining menu, featuring dishes like fettuccine with chicken, avocado, pesto, spring onions, dash of cream and Napoli sauce. Pizza lovers can pick up a slice of Sanchez, topped with chorizo, roast capsicum, Spanish onion and fresh chilli.

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Location & Map

166 Lygon Street, Carlton 3053 VIC - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Mon  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM
Tue  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Tue  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM
Wed  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Wed  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM
Thu  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Thu  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM
Fri  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Fri  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM
Sat  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Sat  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM
Sun  11:30:AM - 3:00:PM
Sun  5:00:PM - 9:30:PM

Groups & Functions

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.

  • Up to 180 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Christmas Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Wedding
  • Banquets
  • Buffets
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (3)


I have a wonderful memory from eleven years ago at this restaurant that I treasure.


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!


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.