La Luna Bistro


Ph: 03 9349 4888

320 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North, 3054 VIC
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON closed
TUE 4:00pm - 10:00pm
WED 4:00pm - 10:00pm
THU 4:00pm - 10:00pm
FRI 12:00pm - 10:00pm
SAT 12:00pm - 10:00pm

The Details

  • European
  • Modern Australian
Need to Know
  • Catering
  • Function Space
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Need to know
  • Full Food Menu

The verdict

Carlton North’s La Luna Bistro has held down the fort as a Melbourne institution for over 25 years and there’s no wonder it’s still standing strong.

You may know him as ‘Bad Chef’ from Channel Ten’s Good Chef Bad Chef, but famed chef and TV personality Adrian Richardson’s hospitality ventures are more noteworthy. Providing a classic spin on our beloved Euro-centric cuisine, Richardson has helped nurture La Luna into a venue that’s upmarket, yet distinctly mimics home cooking. 

That’s exactly the goal here. Australian blood by no means limited Richardson’s childhood diet to meat and three veg—his passion for international cuisine was shaped by a period of adolescence spent in Malaysia and learning to make homemade pasta on his Nonna’s knee. 

It’s these nuances that are apparent here a quarter of a century later—everything is made from scratch and the ever-evolving menu features in-season produce and consistently reliable dishes. 

Richardson’s entryway into the culinary industry, however, is somewhat of a meet-cute. Following in his father’s footsteps and earning his pilot licence was the initial goal, but it wasn’t until he started working in kitchens to save up that he realised his passion lay elsewhere and made a career change. 

His journey to opening La Luna bistro has been impressive. To create an institution, it only makes sense to have trained at some of Melbourne’s best, including The Regent Hotel’s Le Restaurant and O'Connell's Hotel under chef Greg Malouf. 

Combining this with further training in the UK and Canada and inspiration from his grandfather, chef Peter Richardson, Richardson ultimately met chef Michael Bacash of the late Toofey’s which ultimately pushed him to open his own place. 

Today, La Luna Bistro has a place in the community that Richardson could never have previously imagined. He’s managed to survive Melbourne’s brutal period of lockdown, no small feat for hospitality businesses, with an award-winning podcast that certainly doesn’t make a 25-year old restaurant feel aged. 

For Richardson at his best, try the 60-day dry-aged beef cuts, crispy sage gnocchi and crème brûlée.

Image credit: supplied

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