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Pretty Little, Balaclava, AU-VIC

Pretty Little

5.0
5
35 Reviews
$A41 to $A100
Australian

Google Review
*****
This place is an absolute gem. A very intimate experience, the owner Mike and Chefs Mikey and Laurent are gifted people who make you feel at home. Food is absolutely incredible, so much flavour with seasonal ingredients. Amazing local wine pairings. Cannot speak highly enough of this place!


features include:
Open plan kitchen with food prepared directly in front of our guests.
Warm and cozy lounge with fireplace for winter.
Secluded, rear private courtyard.
Engaging and vibrant dinner party setting.
Seasonal set menu.
Wine and beverage pairings.
Private dinners available.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9525 8730

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mike Harrison

  • Private party facilities

    The dining space is available for private bookings for up to 21 guests from Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Private events at Pretty Little are like having your own private dinner party with chefs who cook and serve a set menu right in front of you along with your own private waiting crew.

  • Neighbourhood

    Balaclava

  • Cross Street

    Chapel Street and Carlisle Street

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Balaclava Train Station directly across the road

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Weekend Dining

    Multiple dates available
    All dining at Pretty Little on a Friday & Saturday is on a set menu; six-courses @ $99 per person. All bookings for the first seating have a maximum table allocation of 2 hours, after which time we require the table back for the second service.
  • Mid-Week Dining

    Multiple dates available
    All dining at Pretty Little is on a set menu; Option One - Four courses @ $79 per person. Option Two - Six courses @ $99 per person.

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Best Overall

  • Melbourne

    Best Food

  • Melbourne

    Best Service

  • Melbourne

    Best Ambiance

  • Melbourne

    Best Value

  • Melbourne

    Fit for Foodies

  • Melbourne

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Melbourne

    Notable Wine List

  • Melbourne

    Special Occasion

  • Melbourne

    Australian

  • Inner South

    Best Overall

  • Inner South

    Best Food

  • Inner South

    Best Service

  • Inner South

    Best Ambiance

  • Inner South

    Best Value

  • Inner South

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inner South

    Healthy

  • Inner South

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Inner South

    Notable Wine List

  • Inner South

    Romance

  • Inner South

    Special Occasion

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  1. c

    claire89

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience from start to finish, can’t fault! Wonderful food, service, wine!
  2. TP

    ToriP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding, the service, food and vibe was unreal. Intimate and fun!
  3. AD

    AverageDiner

    Exclusive

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How is this place not more well known? From the moment you arrive, the staff make you feel at home. This is literally like you are having dinner at the house of an amazing chef. Food is spectacular...the wine pairings are perfect. Cannot fault anything. Highly recommend and will definitely be back
  4. GO

    GregO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and wonderful staff who were great to talk to.
  5. T

    Thais78

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience, thank you so much we will definitively be back :-)
  6. MG

    MichaelG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a word “awesome”. If you are looking for a true dining experience this is the place to go. The food and service are outstanding and I highly recommend the matching wines as these are wines you wouldn’t normally find. 11/10.
  7. KC

    KathyC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a communal meal where you interact with the great staff and chef. Food that is fresh and local.
  8. SQ

    SuziQ

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible night! The food was phenomenal, the wine exquisite and the service outstanding. A unique & true gem, we can't wait to go back
  9. AH

    AlisonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty Little never fails to be a pretty amazing experience. Mike, Mike and Laurent always as warmly welcoming to their table, delivering an exquisite dégustation menu paired with exceptional wines. Perfection every time.
  10. T

    Tash

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, wine and atmosphere. A definite favourite and one I recommend to everyone!
  11. JM

    JosieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Service and food wonderful!!!!!!
  12. L

    Lazloticus

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent varied, seasonal and interesting dishes. Nice theatre with a sort of family style dining with everyone on the same table. Great wine list, though a few of the matched wines could have been better and perhaps didn't enhance the dishes, though each wine itself was excellent. Probably wasn't quite enough food, perhaps a little bit of bread to eat during the meal would have solved that. I do recommend!
  13. NC

    NickC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty Little is the true representation of neighbourhood gem. Exceptional food and services every time we dine. Given that many of the customers who were there are repeat guests, it confirms you are in for a consistently exceptional experience.
  14. CM

    ColinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty Little is far and away my favourite Melbourne restaurant and I'm constantly looking for excuses to take friends and visitors along so that I can relive the experience. Mike1 is a gregarious and engaging host as well as an excellent sommelier. He consistently finds hidden gems from Victoria, Tasmania and beyond to perfectly complement each dish. Mike2 and Laurent are incredibly creative chefs, and their evolving, seasonal degustation menu combines painstakingly sourced seasonal ingredients with a clear passion for preparation and presentation. On our last visit, the team accommodated a vegan, a vegetarian, a pescatarian (and a token omnivore) with grace and we were all picking off each other's plates by the end of the night! Couldn't recommend Pretty Little more highly.
  15. BB

    BryanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a must try. The service is perfect. They make you feel like an old friend as they serve you amazing dishes.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty Little is such a unique dining experience with honestly some of the best food I have had the pleasure of eating in a long time! Well done Guys 🌼🙌
  17. WB

    WillB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my partners Birthday, the food was amazing, the service top-notch but the wine pairing was what made it so special. Thanks for making us so welcome 🙏
  18. A

    Andrew

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favourite places in Melbourne. Mike and the team are incredible.
  19. T

    Tash

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favourite. Outstanding food combined with a wonderful “feel”
  20. RD

    RickyD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food, wine, cocktails and service. All staff were very friendly and made us feel very comfortable. Highly recommend!
  21. SF

    ShianneF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Such a wonderful interactive experience of food tasting sensations, we also loved the wine matches that went with the different courses. Very intimate setting, you feel like you are having a meal in the chefs home. We absolutely loved it.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service!
  23. TM

    TraceyM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is sublime and the matched wine option is excellent
  24. JM

    JossM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike is the most gregarious host, the food is outstanding and the wine matching was spot on. A dining experience not to be missed! We will most certainly be returning (again).
  25. R

    Richmond3121

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing & creative menu, everything was delicious and the service was excellent!
  26. AG

    AllyG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful concept having a communal table where you can mingle with other guests as well as the two chefs and owner/host. It felt like a fabulous dinner party. The food is fantastic and apparently changes regularly. The wines are great as are the cocktails. Overall it we had a great night visiting Pretty Little and would highly recommend the trip to Balaclava to try it yourself we will definitely be back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favourite restaurants
  28. TD

    TandD

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, as per usual. Also very informative as we learned about history and wines of Chalmers winemakers.
  29. MM

    MargM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious flavours creatively blended and artistically plated. The vegetarian selection was well balanced and not left wanting for anything more to eat.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience, flawless and can’t wait to go back!
  31. PB

    PennyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. Such a hidden treasure. If you haven't been, I highly recommend booking! There is no menu, the chef comes out and talks to you about allergies and anything you don't eat, and then amazing food is prepared for you!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    inventive food and great people
  33. JZ

    JosephZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike, Mike and Laurent have the charm and humility of those who know that they’re experts at creating truly great experience, but would rather let the experience speak for itself. 10 times out of 10, I will recommend Pretty Little to anyone who has a few short hours to spend with these lovely people who love what they do. We will be back, from a humbled Sydneysider.
  34. TN

    ThongN

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and good food. Nice dinning experience!
  35. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time - when the whole 6 courses and matched wines. Everything was delicious

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Pretty Little is rated 5 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pretty Little

296 Carlisle St, Balaclava, AU-VIC 3183

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Chapel Street and Carlisle Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Balaclava

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Balaclava Train Station directly across the road

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mike Harrison

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9525 8730

  • Private party facilities

    The dining space is available for private bookings for up to 21 guests from Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Private events at Pretty Little are like having your own private dinner party with chefs who cook and serve a set menu right in front of you along with your own private waiting crew.

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