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Universal Italian Restaurant & Function Value

139-141 Lygon Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“schnitzel” (22 reviews)
“pasta” (23 reviews)
“coleslaw” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
139-141 Lygon Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant serves really big portion of Chicken Parma with a tasty side of fries. Would be suitable for university students craving for western food yet having it at a cheap price. The service is pretty good but it can sometimes be crowded on Friday...More

Thank Kingston G
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for a few years and the menu selection has been getting progressively smaller. Quality is ok, nothing special. Staff are friendly, courteous and attentive. Plenty of tables for indoor and footpath dining.

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Went with family for dinner. Portions were big, food was served quickly and was simple Italian/Australian fair.

Thank Stu T
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We wondered in to universal as heard the food was amazing. It was packed with uni students and mostly attracted by the schnitzel and parmy which was huge. We had a 'the lot' pizza which was average at the best and the marinara pizza was...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We celebrated my step daughter' birthday here as she was raving about how cheap itt is. When we arrived at 6.30pm there was a long que but it did move pretty fast . About 15mins is all we waited for to get a seat. Staff...More

Thank Aley07
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We went to this place on a friend's recommendation. We arrived slightly before 6pm just to avoid the queue for dinner. The restaurant did not disappoint at all. Food was served quickly. The Chicken Parmigiana was huge. The chicken was tender, very delicious and certainly...More

Thank Hasim S
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The food is below average. We ordered caprichosa pizza and chicken & Avo pasta, huge plates with no taste at all!!

Thank nataliasanta-col
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Attentive Staff. Absolutely divine food that was hot and fresh. Would have gone back if we were there longer. Only complaint would be that I prefer fresh Parmesan rather than dried.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 5 June 2017

A local recommended us to the Universal for their famous chicken Schnitzel and it did not disappoint. We shared one serve between two of us and still have enough to take away. A good place for a savoury afternoon snack as the place is open...More

Thank Anna L
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Stopped by this restaurant for a quick lunch last week and ordered the spaghetti bolonese lunch special. The spaghetti was overcooked and soft, the sauce was mass-produced tomato stodge and the met was fatty and tasteless. It was the worst Italian food I've had in...More

Thank DaveMaw
Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated
over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the
place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to
the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who
started their day with a local espresso. They are
gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this
Little Italy which has something for everyone.
Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way
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21 November 2016|
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Response from blukav | Reviewed this property |
They do not take bookings, but you will easily be able to seat 12-14. They have doubled the size of the venue so the wait will be no less than 10-15 minutes.
10 November 2016|
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Response from myebelle | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, I believe they don't take reservations. I know the few times I've been, they have refused reservations, and we waited till there was a table available. In saying that, we have always been there in a big group... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139-141 Lygon Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Lygon Street
  • Neighbourhood: Lygon Street
  • Phone Number: 93474393
  • E-mail
Established in 1969 Universal Italian Restaurant and Function Venue has flourished to become one of Melbourne's leading casual dining restaurants and first class function and events venue. ~A La Carte~ Universal prides itself on offering a widely diverse menu while maintaining an authentic Italian cooking style. Using only the freshest ingredients, we offer our customers substantial meals at an affordable price. Along with traditional dishes, Universal's menu features an assortment of top Australian steaks, fresh seafood, BBQ ribs and an ever growing selection of desserts made in house daily. A La Carte reservations and school groups are welcomed. ~Private Functions~ Located 2 blocks from the CBD, Universal's private function venue is the perfect location for all celebratory events, including engagement parties, birthdays, and corporate functions. Accommodating private functions from 20 to 60 people, with marble bar, designer interior and heated balcony. Universal also offers complimentary secured car parks for your convenience. Universal prides itself on organising personalised boutique functions.
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