Assaggini

4.5
270 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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.

Special Offers

Gnocchi Masterclass - $95 (return participants receive $10 discount)

Learn the secrets to Italian cooking with our Head Chef over a 2 hour hands-on workshop, followed by lunch and a glass of wine. Gift vouchers available.

Terms and Conditions: Bookings essential

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 24 August 2019

Ends: 24 August 2019

Availability: Sat 10:00-11:30

Pasta Night - $20 per dish!

Our famous Pasta Night is back! All pasta dishes are $20 and designed to share.

Terms and Conditions: Bookings recommended

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 22 August 2019

Ends: 22 August 2019

Availability: Thu 17:30-21:30

Italian Sunday Roast - $35pp

Every Sunday is a time to celebrate the family with good Italian Food. Just like in the old days, get family and friends together to meet, drink and share.

Terms and Conditions: Bookings recommended

Valid For: 2 - 14 people

Starts: 15 April 2019

Ends: 27 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We got together for 3 family birthdays had a great table on the window. Food is amazing so tasty and a wide selection to choose from. Staff very attentive Bellissimo!!!

KH
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service is great - very friendly. The vegan dishes are some of the best around. We always tend to overeat here as it's just so tasty.

J
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and yummy food! The risotto was perfect for a wet winters night!

MP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends had the vegan menu and were very happy with what they ordered.

The size portions are amazing and the food is fresh and nice! So much so that we are looking at booking for 20 this Sunday :)

PM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was exceptional. Highly recommended.

AO
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Amazing food, impeccable service. Can’t wait to come back.

DR
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great surprise. My dish was beautiful, had the fish. The wine was lovely and the service was superb. We had 2 kids with us and the guy in charge our table was very helpful and prompt to them as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It’s was a while since I’ve been back to Assaggini and it was so much better than I remembered. Great service from the manager, staff and the food was excellent. Awesome sharing plates, really tasty with nice decor and ambiance near the bar section. Highly recommend.

KC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We had a great time the restaurant was very busy, found the wait staff assigned to our table to be quite abrupt at times, I know they are busy but need to appreciate we are on a night out trying to catch up with friends therefore may take our time to order etc.

KG
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a lovely birthday dinner with my friends. Will definitely return soon!

I
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

They have a huge vegan menu with amazing food. Loved the brownie. But I would come here early around 17:15. When it hits 18:00, the restaurant gets packed and the noise is crazy loud. You won’t be able to have a conversation or hear the waiter. The price is average but large portions.

SB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for lunch. Meals were delicious and service was excellent.

JM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous service in a great environment, food was superb

AS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved this place - went there for the first time - we'll be back!

AD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The waitress was absolutely fantastic. Food was delicious.

DA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
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

K
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Fantastic food and service. Would highly recommend

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Great vegan options. Platter was awesome and filling.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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