Doc Espresso

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D.O.C. is real Italian eating and age old simplicity refreshed with contemporary flair.

A celebration of heritage. A joy in sharing. Authentic, exuberant and outrageously Italian.

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5 Star Google Reviews

The coffee is great and staff is professional. Fantastic atmosphere in side, you will feel sheltered from the busy Lygon street.It's a great spot for an afternoon coffee and catch up with friends. I sometimes go there for work related meetings. It's not noisy like some other cafe near by. It's a more mature crowd.
Simon Tsao
Simon Tsao
03:36 26 Aug 18
Was made to feel very unwelcome here this evening. My brother and I had to leave as soon as we were seated as the waiter was rude toward my brother simply because he was carrying a water bottle, which he has to have with him for health reasons. Even if the waiter was joking, he took it too far. We will not return, neither will any of our family and friends. There are plenty of other great restaurants close by who won't make their customers feel uncomfortable and embarrassed.
Coreen
Coreen
11:28 27 Oct 18
Went last week for dinner. The food was good but what a terrible service! Our waiter was so rude that he even threw our cutlery to the table. Very disrespectful. I felt like he didnโ€™t even want to be there. Not our fault as customers though. Not recommended because of the staff
Wilson Javier Castillo
Wilson Javier Castillo
21:12 27 Oct 18
Very nice pasta but a lil pricey. Have had better.
Damian Kondi
Damian Kondi
10:34 03 Nov 18
I really like the focaccias. Nice coffee.
Cathy Sharpe
Cathy Sharpe
05:43 06 Nov 18
Very good coffee in a very popular cafe. Staff are focussed and efficient.
David Cawthorne
David Cawthorne
06:12 23 Nov 18
Love love love this place. Some afternoon glass of wine and antipasto make my day all the time when I visit. Or quick simple sandwich is great too. Real Italian place !
Tess C
Tess C
21:18 22 Jan 19
The gnocchi I had was really bland and disappointing. Also annoying is that they offer you sparkling water, but don't tell you that it's a bottle and costs about $10. If you're offering something such as sparkling water on arrival- at least mention that there's a charge for it. Esp given that most places now offer complimentary sparkling water. Staff were nice despite it being busy. Much prefer their deli next door. Their sandwiches are great.
Ad Rock
Ad Rock
00:54 13 Feb 19
Wanted to love this place. Open kitchen, fragrance from the kitchen that makes you twice as hungry when you walk in, and nicely appointed with affordable wines. However all pastas missed the mark. My cacio e pepe was terrible. Tasted like a kids menu pasta and spinach salad was poorly complimented by dressing. Pasta of the day was delicious but noting out of the ordinary. Really disappointing. Service was excellent however. Feels like Italy as people say.
The Year Out of Office
The Year Out of Office
05:25 13 Feb 19
Extraordinary service from DOC Espresso. The staff who hosted us were superb! The coffee was great too! Had a fantastic experience there.
Si Yuan Wong
Si Yuan Wong
11:13 11 Dec 18
Meals were all amazing and tasty and we were all full.Gets very busy there sometimes you are neglected by staff, also kinda rushed after your finished. Main reason for 3 not 5 stars is I asked for extra meat in my pasta and when I asked if it had extra meat the waiter said we didn't charge you for it so it's fine like that......umm NO BRING OUT WHAT I ASKED FOR. It's not like I asked them to create a completely different dish..
Kasun Abeyratne
Kasun Abeyratne
02:48 04 Jan 19
Honestly one of the most disappointing pastas I've paid for. How do you mess up a truffle pasta? I found out - no strong truffle taste, the mushrooms were bland, and there was almost no depth to the seasoning. Wasn't just me - three of us ordered the same dish and agreed. I was expecting so much more for $25 (especially when their sister store around the corner does FANTASTIC pizza). Atmosphere was nice, service and speed was good, but I'm just completely blown away by how disappointing the food was given how much I paid.
Mark Harris
Mark Harris
15:54 29 Mar 19
Service was excellent. Food was very authentic Italian, but flavour was a little bland on pasta of the day special though. Still an excellent night though
Sinbad man
Sinbad man
12:48 09 May 19
Wasn't my choice to go here. Snooty "I'm far too busy with me to serve you" service, as seems to be their trademark at all their venues. Always feels like you are intruding in their special world and serving people is just such a bore... But still best pizza's in Melbourne... if you can ignore the staff. They will ๐Ÿ™‚
Giscard Rutten
Giscard Rutten
01:45 03 May 19
Authentic Italian food.Great location in Melbourne with indoor and heated outdoor seating.The thing I love about the food here is that the servings are massive and itโ€™s really home style cooking. So delicious.The quality of the ingredients is very good.Staff are friendly.I particularly like the vibe DOC has. Itโ€™s a very happening place with so many people walking in and dining. Great atmosphere.Has a store next door attached where you can buy the ingredients from. Fresh meat, pasta, cheese and sauces. All over itโ€™s a perfect restaurant to enjoy quality, authentic Italian food.
Ashley Nicole z
Ashley Nicole z
06:15 12 Mar 19
Why are you all so arrogant? Sadly it's not just this DOC. It is all of them. I have been to them all, multiple times & every time I am disappointed. I NEVER choose to go there. I go because others want to experience it or because they love the pizza & are prepared to put up with it but we have so many other fantastic options in Melbourne, why bother?! Sorry to be so negative but it's genuinely justified!!
louise Rutten
louise Rutten
11:05 09 May 19
A great Italian cafe, with a vibrant atmosphere. The food is always delicious, it's obvious that very fresh ingredients are used and dishes are prepared with a lot of care a passion.A great place to go before or after seeing a movie at Nova. Especially around lunch time or during the afternoon.
Geri O'Leary
Geri O'Leary
05:05 12 Jul 19
Delicious lasagna and we also had the special of the day - lamb gnocchi.Fluffy and melts in your mouth gnocchi and the sauce was amazing. Would definitely go again!
cookiz forever
cookiz forever
10:18 01 Jul 19
Nice food, nice place. A bit expensive and service is a bit slow. But always a fun experience. The manager or owner looked a bit grumpy, always stayed behind the cash register. But the other staff were fantastic, and made the lunch worth the visit.
Joss T
Joss T
07:49 06 Jul 19
The food is incredible, as always. The service is not great but the ambience is worth it. It's hard to fault and the food was delicious. #docexpresso
Auntie APPLE
Auntie APPLE
12:03 05 Jul 19
Nice sandwiches and friendly staff. It's a shame they run out of food so quick. You have to get in quick to make sure you get what you want as once it's sold out That's it.
William Holmes
William Holmes
21:36 11 Jul 19
Great coffee and perfect accompaniments on the menu to go with it! Service was cheery quick and we loved the open atmosphere. My ham and cheese toastie was perfect and I was told the fruit toast was great as well.
Ananth Muralidaren
Ananth Muralidaren
02:32 15 Aug 19
Absolutely phenomenal coffee! I like Melbourneโ€™s coffee in general, but DOC Espressoโ€™s coffee is superb even by Melbourne standards. Great food and service, too.
Malin Forsgren
Malin Forsgren
03:22 13 Sep 19
Great coffee and perfect accompaniments on the menu to go with it! Service was cheery quick and we loved the open atmosphere. My ham and cheese toastie was perfect and I was told the fruit toast was great as well.
Ananth Muralidaren
Ananth Muralidaren
02:32 15 Aug 19
Great atmosphere & amazing food. I ordered the black linguini & I was impressed. The bread on the other hand was just alright, wasnโ€™t too impressed with it. But the pasta was absolute amazing. We also ordered the mix olives, and they were great too. Itโ€™s good to munch on a little olives before the pasta arrives. Tho I should mention, if youโ€™re not a huge fan of seafood, black linguini wouldnโ€™t be a good option for you.
Angelina Ling
Angelina Ling
09:20 18 Sep 19
I ordered the rigatoni and the pasta was al-dente. You can tell the ingredients were fresh. Would definitely come back again next time I visit Melbourne.
Johnson Huynh
Johnson Huynh
14:23 05 Oct 19
Had the classic carbonara pasta and despite the waiting time, it was worth the wait. Pasta was delicious! The wait staff were friendly and constantly entertaining each other which added to the lively atmosphere. Recommend to have a couple of friends so that you can try various dishes and share the carbs ๐Ÿ™‚
Joywe Zoe Tan
Joywe Zoe Tan
13:48 16 Oct 19
Walking past this little Italian restaurant and the food looks incredible. Unfortunately the food and overall experience just didn't live up to the visual attraction. I ordered the rigatoni and i expected fresh pasta (given the price and authenticity of the menu) but was left with a very average dish made with pre packed pasta. It was fairly tasty (mainly the fresh ricotta) but overall disappointing.
ash kattell
ash kattell
05:51 12 Oct 19
Dropped in for a quick bite. Had an excellent sliced meat platter with crusty bread, and a chinotto to wash it down.Couldn't ask for better.
Michael Slattery
Michael Slattery
10:16 02 Nov 19
One of the most authentic pasta offerings available in Carlton. The menu changes regularly but luckily the lasagne stays on as a regular dish. Delicious and generously portioned.
Mark Edmondson
Mark Edmondson
05:28 10 Nov 19
I was quite disappointed with my experience at Doc espresso, particularly in light of the high reputation it holds within Melbourne. I ordered the gnocchi with broccolini and truffle butter and found it quite ordinary. I think that given the price point and the reputation I would expect a better standard of service and quality of meal.
Sophie Green
Sophie Green
13:26 15 Dec 19
D.O.C.Espresso Lygon Street and the Deli both my favourite places to go great coffee I have been going to both since they opened I am treated so amazing well and it is always wonderful to walk in they know my name and i get always amazing service.Great food products to take home at from the Deli and Staff are amazing in both. It makes my day when I visit DOC
Lulu Varcoe
Lulu Varcoe
17:34 10 Dec 19
Got a glass of wine and it came with antipasti - little nibbles, olives, cheese, etc. Definitely recommend for authentic Italian vibe. Waiters are also Italian. Big plus.
G. S.
G. S.
07:51 05 Jan 20
abundant and delicious food with lots of flavor... Great service. I highly recommend it
Blanca Hinojosa Zuani
Blanca Hinojosa Zuani
00:50 31 Dec 19
Went here this morning for a quick coffee with three others. One of the two baristas barked somewhat of a greeting at me when I approached the counter and then rolled his eyes when I turned to ask the three people with me what they wanted. Bad attitude which was very unnecessary given it was about 9:45am and there were a few people in there seated with coffees/breakfast (the place was only about a quarter full) but no-one waiting behind me to place an order so not busy at all. Coffee was good, but the attitude of the guy who served me left a bad taste.*Please note: this review is of the DOC in Southbank.
Margaret Birrell
Margaret Birrell
09:35 07 Jan 20
Delicious food that you can't leave! The worst part is waiting but that's just because it smells so good and you can see breath taking food on other's plates. And what is restaurant without waiting? Are you out of your mind? Unless you want cold pasta or microwaved pasta or instant pasta! The staff are really nice which makes it a really nice environment! The only thing I would do to it is allow bookings but not all places have bookings anyway! Amazing restaurant!
Owen HUGHES
Owen HUGHES
01:02 11 Jan 20
This place is amazing. It's in the heart of Lygon Street and usually quite busy. Their pastas are delicious and the portions reasonably sized. Would definitely recommend.
Stefan Vutov
Stefan Vutov
08:04 28 Jan 20
Great pasta. Cramped areas. Poor service. Waited 40 minutes for simple spaghetti. Server forgot. Had to ask them. Good place if you have a couple of hours for lunch.
Amir Nanji
Amir Nanji
06:43 29 Jan 20
Superb black pasta but forgettable gnocchi. The olive oil on the table and the salads was absolutely fantastic! Quick, functional service but nothing blew me away
Dane Marcus
Dane Marcus
11:10 05 Mar 20
Authentic Italian food.Great location in Melbourne with indoor and heated outdoor seating.The thing I love about the food here is that the servings are massive and itโ€™s really home style cooking. So delicious.The quality of the ingredients is very good.Staff are friendly.I particularly like the vibe DOC has. Itโ€™s a very happening place with so many people walking in and dining. Great atmosphere.Has a store next door attached where you can buy the ingredients from. Fresh meat, pasta, cheese and sauces. All over itโ€™s a perfect restaurant to enjoy quality, authentic Italian food.
Ashley Zammit
Ashley Zammit
06:15 12 Mar 19
Itโ€™s always nice having the staff say hello and ask how Iโ€™m doing. It helps that theyโ€™re abruzzese and we speak the same dialect. Perhaps Iโ€™m biased but I love this place and always will. When I broke my leg a few years back they were super accommodating and always made sure I was well looked after when I came to dine. As an Italian they do what they do well. Keep it simple. Rotate the specials. Super efficient. And theyโ€™re a lot of fun. Nice work ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
G-Easy
G-Easy
09:38 09 May 20
The food was mediocre at best. One of the pasta dishes was amazingly tasteless. To achieve such a result with bรฉchamel is astounding. The cocktail was nice. Itโ€™s not a very welcoming place, it feels more like a pub than a restaurant and maybe thatโ€™s what it is meant to be, although they charge restaurant prices. The staff were quite short mannered and stern, without a smile, although our waiter was very nice. Definitely not a place for a date or any romance. A bit more of a rough and gritty environment. Wouldnโ€™t recommend, but it may have its niche.
Mokujin Champloo
Mokujin Champloo
07:18 05 Jun 20

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