Melbourne, Victoria

La Luna is the casual North Carlton bistro of celebrity chef Adrian Richardson and is renowned for simple, fresh food. The menu is contemporary Australian, with Mediterranean influence. Steaks here are aged and butchered on the premises and diners can choose their cut. The restaurant's small goods, cured meats and wines come from local producers, so you know you've probably travelled further than your food has.

320 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North
Tel: +61 3 9349 4888
Gluten free available, Mediterranean, Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
La Luna Bistro feels Carlton-specific, a combination of old and new, trendy and serious. It's housed in an old corner building with a wide area outside that seats lots of people happily on a warm night. Inside, high ceilings with timber floors and bare timber tables seem to encourage people to dress up just a bit. The mood is casual and cheerful, and yet La Luna is very serious about its food and wine.

The menu is reasonably large – about eight main courses, give or take a couple of daily specials – and its strength is undeniably meat. Bread comes as char-grilled garlic sourdough (at a modest cost), and there are usually sausages and cured meats among the starters. There are always some pasta dishes too, perhaps linguini with some kind of seafood, and gnocchi. There will be duck, chicken and pork to be found, but the outstanding dishes here are of beef, aged on the premises. The steaks are wonderful: full-flavoured, beautifully textured, and char-grilled in a way that gives them flavour without adding burnt characters. Try it cooked on the bone – at 700g, it's probably a good idea to share it and order some delicious sides as well. The wine list includes well-chosen Italian and Spanish wines, with a few Frenchies, and waiters are usually well-informed about what's good with the food. Weekend brunches are fabulous but be prepared to eat heartily; this is no place for a nervous appetite.
Rita Erlich
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
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75 pax
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Functions
This restaurant does not have any awards.
320 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
On North Carlton's main Rathdowne drag. Close to Curtain Square.
Jason Camillo on 15/09/2014
I love the fact that Adrian Richardson has a simple philosophy, keeping his dishes simple to highlight the fresh produce. His ability to utilise all cuts of meat including the ones commonly discarded to make delicious dishes and out of that incredibly tiny kitchen is very impressive. On top of this he ages his own meet in a small coolroom out back! Sometimes I don't know how he does it and he is a nice guy to boot
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MIGUEL RAMIRA - 16/10/2013
I'm over from the UK and have visited some excellent restaurants at home and I've got to say I put La Luna up there with the best both food and service wise. A TRUE DELIGHT.
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