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Lava in Balaclava

€€ - €€€Cafe, Italian,
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 9527 2205
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Cafe, Italian, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming here for years and I am consistently met with friendly faces and consistently great customer service. The food is so good every time. I don’t even live in this area anymore but I often make the journey to this cafe because...More

Thank karlamhendy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a groupon voucher, however we were treated in a welcoming manner. Food plentiful and fresh and tasty. Freshly made apple juice Great! Staff very friendly.

Thank BettyM16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we visited for a family breakfast. The food was good however the service really let the down. My husband on more than one occasion had to break them away from the staff conversations at the bar to ask for coffee then water. The waitress on...More

Thank JDVM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Cafe is in a busy enough spot in a place called Balaclava which is a sub suburb of St Kilda not too far from the beach very close to a station the ambience inside is great the seating the papers and all that fantastic...More

Thank rob m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Lava on Balaclava on a Sunday afternoon for a family lunch. The staff greeted us upon arrival & were very friendly. The food was nice & well priced & breakfast is served all day. They also have high chairs & a kids menu....More

Thank Anna N
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We have visited here a few times as it's one of our local eateries, the food has always been excellent, lots of food options, friendly staff and great service.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Slowly decomposing due to 1hr10min brekkie wait. 3 of us went to Lava In Balaclava for New Year day breakfast. Everywhere was busy which was understandable. Friendly staff and cool deco. I ordered Israeli Breakfast and my friends had Balaclava breakfast and Mushroom Florentine. Unfortunately...More

Thank DaTravelBuggie
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

$6 for a coffee seemed a bit much esp when ordering multiple coffees. Seems automatically converted to super size plus a healthy surcharge. And skinny dark haired girl tried to short change my $50. Not showing peace and love to local customers.

Thank balaclavalocal
Reviewed 18 December 2017

For a very reasonable price we enjoyed a hearty lunch. The staff were attentive and friendly. There were thirteen of us but we were served very closely together. Really enjoyed my meal.

Thank oldaussieiady
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

The meal was very disappointing asked for items on the side when didn’t happen and then had to wait for a basic thing such as butter to come smashed avo was just mashed avo with a ‘sprinkle’ of mint and so much cheese just dumped...More

Thank bekdegen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9527 2205
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