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Cognoscenti Food & Wine, Belgrave, AU-VIC

Cognoscenti Food & Wine

4.8
4.8
139 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Cognoscenti is a cosy neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar nestled in the Dandenong Ranges, 50 minutes from the CBD.

Dine with us and be treated to exquisite food and intimate service, while exploring our carefully curated selection of local and international wines. We are passionate about cooking with local, seasonal produce in our wood-fired oven; celebrating the simplicity of each ingredient.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Modern European, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 8203 8490

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Cerquiglini

  • Area

    Belgrave

  • Cross Street

    Cognoscenti Food & Wine is located on Burwood Highway next to Cameo Cin

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Public Transit

    There are two carparks located on either side of the restaurant. Alternatively, there is a carpark behind Woolworths, across Burwood Highway.<br />Belgrave train station is only a few minutes away from Cognoscenti.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Roast

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Some of our fondest memories are long Sunday lunches, spent at the table with family, friends, and flowing wine. Its time we share this with you! Introducing Sunday Roasts at Cognoscenti Food & Wine! Every Sunday we'll be offering a set menu for lunch at $55 per person, featuring a weekly rotating roast with accompanying sides, entrées and desserts. Head to our website to check out our rotating menu. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • Chef's Menu

    $60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We can accomodate larger groups up to 12 guests. Our Chef’s Menu is required for all group 7+ guests. Our Chef’s Menu offers a selection of three entrées, one main, two sides and desserts for the table to enjoy. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements at the time of booking. Menu Sample: House made focaccia, Mt. Zero olive oil Marinated Mt. Zero olives Wood fired John’s mushrooms, fennel, asparagus, Stracciatella, prosciutto & almond XO Heirloom tomato salad, straciatella, crunchy seeds Shaved Coppa, house pickles Slow cooked lamb shoulder Twice-cooked Chat potatoes, onion cream Mixed leaf salad, buttermilk dressing Milk chocolate mousse, blackberry compote, hazelnut crumble House-made Madeleines, lemon curd
  • Father's Day Lunch at Cognoscenti

    $70.00 per person

    4 Sept 2022 only
    Celebrate Dad with a special sharing menu this Sunday 4th of September. Two seatings available 11:30am/12pm to 2pm & 2:15/2:30pm to 4:30pm House made focaccia, Mt. Zero olive oil Grilled Shark bay scallop on the shell, citrus butter, bread crumbs Shaved bresaola, wood-fired peppers, torn mozzarella Grilled asparagus, hollandaise, hazelnuts, soft herbs Free-range porchetta, crackling, jus Charred cabbage, sour cream dressing, toasted sunflower seeds Roasted Chat potatoes, caramelised Spanish onions Milk Chocolate crémeux, caramelised bananas, toasted marshmallow, malt crumb We can cater for most dietary requirement and allergies. Please make a note at the time of booking. Adults $70 / Children $35

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Neighbourhood Gem

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    Notable Wine List

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambience

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  • Yarra Valley Ranges

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  1. TG

    TaniaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and great service. Highly recommended
  2. K

    Kentm1

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at this relatively new venue. The professionalism on the floor and talent in the kitchen is very apparent. Every course was presented beautifully and the taste matched the visuals. Tres magnifique!
  3. JH

    JulieH

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch in a very ambient setting. Great service, we will return.
  4. MF

    MelissaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing. Service was great. Would definitely recommend
  5. LM

    LisaM

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. What a welcome addition to Belgrave dining this is. My dietary requirements (vegan, gluten and tomato intolerant) were beautifully accomodated. Service was friendly and the space has a lovely ambience. Special mention of the divine wine glasses :-)
  6. BG

    BiancaG

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience absolutely lovely. Thank you
  7. MM

    MartinM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and presentation were great. Recommend ordering sides to go with mains unless you order the risotto. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The wine selection was great as well.
  8. DW

    DeeWesley

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance….Amazing food, great service. We’ll be back again
  9. LH

    LoretoH

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and wine experience, a great addition to the Hills area. The wine list has quality wines at all price points, and the food is very accomplished.
  10. MS

    MichelleS

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and amazing wine. Attentive service. A really lovely experience.
  11. L

    Lach

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and overall dining experience
  12. T

    Tanja

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, extensive winelist, skilled service.... an amazing local gem for every occasion.
  13. T

    Tamra

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & excellent service. So nice to have such a beautiful restaurant to enjoy at our doorstep.
  14. K

    Kater9

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, service & delicious food! Really good zero alcohol options.
  15. MR

    MarjonR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal! Highly recommend for a lovely dinner in Belgrave 😊
  16. KK

    KellyK

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another birthday meal of the best produce and service so close to home. Can’t wait to come back again.
  17. T

    Tooms

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here for my fiances birthday dinner. The service was exquisite, and the food was just sensational. One of the best meals I have eaten, really recommend this place.
  18. LM

    LukeM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    A must go to if you are in the Belgrave area. Quality seasonal food at a decent price. Recommended
  19. LA

    LindaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The smells coming from the kitchen certainly wetted our appetites as we were seated at our table. The service from staff was friendly and attentive. The menu was interesting, the food was presented beautifully and tasted devine. We will definately return to try other items on the menu.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always phenomenal food & beverages. Delightful servers and great value.
  21. CO

    CatherineO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight eating at Cognoscenti, the meals are delicious and satisfying. The basque cheesecake is a game changer! The friendly and caring staff make the overall experience even better.
  22. BL

    BelgraveLocal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had all the trappings of a fancy restaurant without the stuffiness. Waiters, food, service timing was all excellent. The cocktails were really well balanced. The food had complex and balanced flavours. Highly recommend.
  23. KB

    KathrynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so good. Would definately go back there. Amazing
  24. T

    Tony

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent combined with friendly services at this nice little restaurant. A hidden hills gem. Very enjoyable evening and highly recommended.
  25. PP

    PaulP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent degustation menu for Bastille Day. Beautiful food and well curated selection of wine. Highlights were the duck parfait and John Dory. Would also recommend the Basque cheesecake.
  26. BA

    BladeAce

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    All good. Nice experience. New waitress not always sure what and how to say certain things which led to a bit of unease although her genuine effort was felt and great.
  27. TB

    TamaraB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and will definitely be back! Thank you!
  28. IH

    IanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This was our second visit to the restaurant - another very enjoyable experience - the beef cheeks were as good a meat dish as I have ever eaten. High praise for the pork belly - and both side dishes were excellent. My bride assured me that the baked cheesecake was out of this world. Service is bright and friendly - highly recommended.
  29. PS

    PatriciaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food and service was lovely, though the tiny tables for two were a bit cramped.
  30. CO

    ClaireO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Sunday afternoon with friends, everything was perfect we will be back. This is what Belgrave needs.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious and cosy. Best spot in the hills 🥰
  32. T

    Tash

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was knowledgeable, personal and so kind. Food was amazing! Recommend the croquettes, beef cheek, pork belly and the cheese cake!
  33. DB

    DanielB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every bit of it! Very friendly staff and wonderful food
  34. MT

    MelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 3rd visit in short while. Love the ever changing menu, food has been fabulous every time :)
  35. AH

    AshineeH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was amazing! Everyone enjoyed! Cannot fault any dish. Everything had so much flavour.
  36. M

    Maddy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed my experience and Belgrave needs this.
  37. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic quality dining option for the Hills, we’re very lucky to have this so close. Will definitely be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service - reminds you what service can be like when it's a point of focus. Food is top quality.
  39. JE

    JakeE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue, beautiful food and lovely staff. Will definitely be back
  40. SA

    SABRINAH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have visited Cognoscenti twice and have found it to be consistently excellent. The menu is sophisticated and well thought out, with French and Italian influences apparent from the backgrounds and experience of the 3 co-owners, Emma, Kevin and Adrien. Likewise, a thoughtfully curated wine list of European and local wines which complement the food offerings well. Our last visit was on a very busy Saturday night and we were most impressed with the smoothness of the service and the quick arrival of our orders. Adrien, the restaurant manager/sommelier is an approachable and efficient front of house and we found the young waiting staff to be friendly, well trained and obliging. Meanwhile, chefs Emma and Kevin work magic in the kitchen behind the scenes! We felt that the standard of cuisine, presentation and service could not be faulted. It is wonderful that 3 such talented, experienced and accomplished people have established this delightful restaurant and wine bar in the Dandenong Ranges, and we intend to visit frequently!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Cognoscenti Food & Wine is rated 4.8 stars by 139 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 pm


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cognoscenti Food & Wine

1628A Burwood Hwy, Belgrave, AU-VIC 3160

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Cognoscenti Food &amp; Wine is located on Burwood Highway next to Cameo Cin

  • Area

    Belgrave

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Modern European, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Public Transit

    There are two carparks located on either side of the restaurant. Alternatively, there is a carpark behind Woolworths, across Burwood Highway.Belgrave train station is only a few minutes away from Cognoscenti.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Cerquiglini

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

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