Assaggini

4.5
256 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Vegan
Assaggini is Italian for ‘small tastings’ and many refer to us as an Italian Tapas style Wine Bar & Restaurant.
For those who like to taste several, deliciously executed dishes to accompany their drinks & conversations, Assaggini is the destination of choice, in Mornington. Relish those moments where you remember the company that you were in, the drinks that you had, the food that you ate and the music that was played… and before you leave, you all agree that you have to come back and do it all again!
We love witnessing this epicurean joy and we love being part of it.
We welcome reservations as well as walk-ins, and we do welcome, well-supervised kids.
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AD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The waitress was absolutely fantastic. Food was delicious.

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DA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a small party of five with two vegans. The food was superb and we opted for six shared dishes and dessert. The dishes were served in an ordered sequence at a rate that clearly showed that the waiter was monitoring our progress. The vegans particularly enjoyed the baked cauliflower. All the dishes were very good

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great, caters to lots of dietary requirements. Staff were lovely and helpful, good selection of cocktails was nice too.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been there a few times now . Last Thursday the 11 th July was the last time we dined the food was delicious and service was very good as usual . The time before I invited my daughter and son in law to come there , they enjoyed the food and the friendly staff also . The management are very professional there compared to many other places I have been to . I would only say to others it is worth giving it a try , best to try and pre book as it is always busy . I see that as a positive .

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MT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Vegan Degustation Night was delicious and exceptional value. Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Service is impeccable. Highly recommended.

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JC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food at Assaggini and the fact that it has shared plates is a bonus. It is delicious food that you can just keep nibbling on, ordering more if you're still hungry. We had the antipasto followed by the pork belly, which is my favourite. Learning from past experience, we stopped at that so we could fit dessert in. And I'm so glad we did! Dark choc mousse bombe Alaska with raspberry sorbet - soooooo good. The service, as always, was fantastic, and the ambience conducive to a laid back Sunday lunch. We had requested a quiet table if possible, as my 84 year old dad is hard of hearing, and got what we asked for. Nothing is ever too much of a problem at Assaggini.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service was terrible, wrong food came out on multiple occasions to our table and the one next to us. Had to ask on two occasions where our drinks were.
Food was substandard, wouldn’t go here for a special occasion or anything.
Looks like it’s a great environment when you go in however it’s a train wreck, if they can’t handle being busy then they shouldn’t take so many reservations or allow additional walk ins.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

The staff were so rude that we left after one drink. We had been planning lunch there as we’re vegan and they had a whole vegan menu. But the two men working there acted like their customers were such a hassle that we got out.

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B
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful setting,
Awesome food and good value for money.
Had a vegan menu which was good!

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L
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We booked through open table for the week before. Subsequently we were contacted by Assaggini staff to tell us that they were closed on that day. No problem. I don't recall that I rebooked for the week later but when i rang to book for Sat night was told that I had a booking for Sunday night through Open Table and that it was my fault as it had come through the internet. (Poor choice of words by Assaggini staff member). On the night the service was very attentive and efficient (then again it has to be to get us out before the second sitting) a custom I hate but understand. The three of us ordered dishes to share that were mainly OK without being special. The tortellini Cacio e pepe which we were looking forward to was very disappointing and lacked flavour. We were trying Assaggini before booking for a celebration with food loving friends. Needless to say our celebration won't be at Assaggini.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice restaurant, wonderfully decorated and staff are lovely. Food was great although the antipasto board had a an overwhelming amount of eggplant and large chunks of beetroot and one type of cheese and the pasta with lamb ragu was a little past al dente. Overall still an enjoyable meal, the Arancini balls were delicious.

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FB
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Would highly recommend

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KD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love coming back to this local little gem!!
Food, service and wines selection all good and since the new renovations the noise level has improved.
Thank you

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KS
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We had come to Assaggini for a special family occasion, and were really disappointed with the service we received.
Two dishes came to our table that we didn't order, which we told the waitress about, but were still on our bill when we went to pay. Two of our orders were missed and had to wait for an hour for them to come, despite having told the waitress about it and she said 'the lamb takes a while to cook'. She didnt follow this up with the kitchen, and it wasnt due to cooking time, it was because they were forgotten and not followed up sooner. Very disappointing after we were referred to come to you and expected a better experience.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food and ambience was fabulous.
The service was a bit slow, initially.
But that was understandable as they were extremely busy because if the live music event.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The waiter pushed us to order and the food arrived very quickly , it felt like we were on a production line , get em in and get em out!

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IC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent "Mezze" style dining, good choices of piatti to share and comprehensive drinks list. Entertainment was part of The Mornington Winter Music Festival with Jourdain & Jack really setting up a great night. Recommended.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Beautiful food and a lovely atmosphere. Unfortunately our arrogant waiter and the toilets put a dampener on the experience as a whole.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vegan options. Platter was awesome and filling.

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SD
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly and efficient staff. The menu is excellent. A very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

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BD
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time here. Definetly recommend this restaurant.

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g
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic vegan menu, great italian food! Highly recommend this reataurant

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SD
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious and innovative vegan menu. I will be visiting regularly!

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AB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing place, food atmosphere service. this place is crazy good.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a magnificent dinner. The wait staff was fantastic and we had the best Vegan meal ever. Thank you

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LS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

5 of us had booked for an early dinner on Saturday night. We are from out of state so chose based on reviews. Even though the restaurant was not full at 6 the service was very erratic. We ordered drinks first and food shortly after that. We were served 2 courses after a short wait with still no sign of any drinks arriving. When I politely enquired, the waitress replied in a very rude and irritated tone that they only had 1 bartender and that they were getting drinks out fast as they could.
I felt the food was overpriced for tapas sized small serves and the baked cauliflower was very under cooked and had almost no sauce.
Lastly... I’m not sure what the obsession with goji berries are but was bewildered by their abundant use in an Italian style menu!
I’m sorry but I wouldn’t recommend or return based on our experience.

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DJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fabulous location for a group to gather and feast superbly!
The service was spot on with regular yet unobstrusive attention.
The food was fresh and delicious with moreish combinations.
Thanks Assaggini.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Lovely Bistro feel, waiter were a bit rushed and hassled to get our order in and hard to get their attention when they took our glasses by mistake but generally a nice night, food was very good and value for money.....

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KS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We chose Assaggini because of the plant based menu and it did not disappoint! We were spoilt for choice with a full vegan menu on offer and all of the dishes we tried were fantastic. Good service and a nice atmosphere.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food wine and staff . Fabulous lunch ! I shall be back very soon

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JW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The place is excellent and the staff also excellent but the food was quite bland.
It was at the end of a very busy Mother's Day and they had run out of some of the food on the menu.
The food disappointing

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Initially service was good but once the waitress went on her break we were left with no service at all. Even when I left the table and asked for service we did not get any. Very poor.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was lovely and the staff very friendly. We will definitely be coming back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, amazing cocktails, waiters were very knowledgeable about everything on the menu and recommended some great stuff ! The vibe was fantastic and we will definetly be going back!

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k
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food having been here on many occasions the service was fantastic and I love the new layout with the extension they have done .even though i have been in it before was down the bottom area last time of the new layout up the top this time plenty of room only thing I can fault is it sometimes gets abit loud hard to hear echo`s but otherwise everything fabulous will keep coming back thanks

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K
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I just love that they have a vegan menu. Great service and lovely, warm and inviting setting.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I shared three dishes and loved them all. Next visit, which I hope will be soon
I won't be sharing the scallops with parsnip purée - will be having them all to my self!
I have heard when this popular restaurant is full the noise level is very high. My recommendation is to choose a less popular time. We went early and it was not an issue.
I am recommending this restaurant to friends.
Christine

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J
16 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service. Quality of food has improved since last few visits, which is good for our favourite local! Still need to get those toilets redone though....spoils the over all new look/feel of the place.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious, cocktails were really good (probably had too many) atmosphere was fun.

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DC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, great venue just a little noisy but still a sensational to eat.

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