Florentino

4.6
353 reviews
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$101 and over
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
Florentino is a beautifully designed area dominated by large murals of sixteenth century renaissance life in Florence painted by Rinaldo Massoni. The area is attractively decorated and accented with Italian statues and figurines. The white tablecloths make Grossi Florentino Upstairs the perfect place for an intimate dinner or lunch. A Veloce menu consisting of two courses is available for lunch only to allow for the leisurely dining experience that's delivered in a quick and timely fashion. There is also the Gran Tour Menu consisting of five courses with optional of wine pairing.

The wine list at Grossi Florentino Upstairs is always changing, ensuring that the best regional representation is being attained. The award-winning menu offers explanatory notes to each wine which can be helpful for educational purposes as well as food matching.
Our service is precise and welcoming, every guest has a memorable experience where hospitality is at the center.
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Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: open

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: open
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Phone number
(03) 9662 1811
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Guy Grossi, Chris Rodriguez
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Exhibition Street
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Parking Details
Street parking & Parking lot at 163 Exhibition Street
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Public Transit
96 & 86 tram
Parliament Station - 200m
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Private Dining

Grossi Florentino is steeped in tradition that is given affectionate contemporary expression. The essence of Grossi Florentino Upstairs is quality and accessible luxury ready to be enjoyed.

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What 353 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Overall, an excellent experience. Service friendly, knowledgeable and non intrusive. Food excellent. Ambience classic. A return to a kinder, gentler Melbourne cuisine experience in its glory days of fine dining!

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and attentive and the food is fabulous. The service is beutigully old fashioned

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

A brilliant restaurant - old school proper service with a superb standard of food and wine

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Absolutely great restaurant, food was amazing and fulfilling, the service was second to none staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely would recommend it.

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Lovely service and food presentation

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Once again Florentino's delivers on flavour sensational meal the Ravioli with egg yolk inside it is truly a work of art. The meal was paired with lovely Italian wines absolutely superb. The service is top notch what you expect from the Institution that is Florentino's upstairs. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Could not fault this amazing Italian restaurant. The décor of the upstairs dining evokes Italian decadence and the service was impeccable. Our waitress Paola from Lombardy was helpful, knowledgeable and a delight to chat to. The sommelier shared his expertise to help us chose an excellent bottle of wine.
We decided on à la carte with three courses but then the cheese came out an we couldn’t resist. This was our first visit to Grossi Florentino and it was one of our best dining experiences ever!

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

My wife had a wonderful birthday experience with magnificent Italian food and exceptional service surrounded by images of her favourite city, Florence.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Amazing food and service second to none.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

The service provided by all the staff was outstanding. They explained all our choices re food and drinks. We informed them that we were going to a show after dinner and they insured that we were served in a timely manner without us feeling hurried.
The food not only tasted exquisite but looked just amazing, and the courses were just the right size. However I found the risotto a bit too 'al dente'.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

A restaurant characterised both by platinum level service and food excellence so often missing these days. Price is consequently at the higher end but wholly juustified

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Impeccable food and service in a beautiful ambient setting. However disappointed to be charged $12/litre for still water when wait staff refilled your water glass without consulting you. Price of the grand tour menu at $180/head should include complimentary still water. Error made with our cheese selection and we were charged for an extra glass of wine that we didn't actually have. We didn't check the bill at time of payment as we assumed an establishment of this stature would not make an error.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

I'd been to Grossi Florentino upstairs several years ago and loved it. On this occasion however the menu appeared to have been "modernised" and was honestly a bit disappointing. Presentation was good but the flavours were lacking and why no side dishes? It felt as though they had decided to ditch the traditional in an effort to become "fine dining" but it should be taste first. The food in our opinion was good but not great. Service and atmosphere were top notch and we still had a lovely night

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4.0Dined on 19 April 2018

The service was great and the sommelier was really good. HowevI was disappointed by the presentation of the food. Pictures on their Instagram account look way better than the plate you are being served although the flavours are there. I was also disappointed to be served in the side room and being told that there was an event the next day so they could not open the main room. All their marketing is about that main room and not being told that we would not be able to eat in it was disappointing.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Good food and good service thank you 😊

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We were a couple celebrating an anniversary dinner.

The atmosphere was lovely the right level of noise with customer service exceptional.
We ordered the Gran Tour, it was incredible each dish was perfect with an appropriate amount of time between each course.
Staff were informative and helpful with each dish and knowledgeable on recommendations.

All the dishes we would recommend to anyone. The food was amazing.

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

I had the Gran Tour menu with matching wines. Service was impeccable. Next time i go, I'll probably mix-it up and order the three course option, with extra course for $25, for courses that are more suited to my taste. E.g. not a dessert person. They are accommodating to personal taste/ allergies/ etc. Great food.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

my wife and i had dinner there celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and were amazed with the food, service and ambiance. The staff were fantastic formal but not snobbish gave great advice on wine selection.
They food was absolutely fantastic I did not want it to end.
Thanks to the staff for a memorable experience.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Degustation

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

From the moment we were welcomed we knew this would be a unique experience. We weren’t wrong as the service , food and wine were exceptional. The small touches of having Guy sign a birthday card for Emma then decorate her dessert acknowledging the occasion was just brilliant. The entire Team did the Grossi Florentino reputation and experience proud. Hats off in particular to our sommelier for the evening who demonstrated genuine knowledge and passion. Thank You! We’ll be back!!

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Consistently one of Melbourne's, and Australia's, greatest restaurants, with an historic Italian heritage and influence in its amazing dishes, from a classic tomato and buffalo mozzarella starter with perfect quality ingredients through the perfectly cooked and flavoursome ravioli, to the lamb which is always a highlight, however presented.

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Perfect meal, service and environment whilst attending Melbourne Food and Wine event - thank you

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2.0Dined on 14 March 2018

We were served the wrong courses twice. The service was rather cold and mechanical. For a $450 meal for two the evening clearly failed to meet expectations. Totally disappointing

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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

We were on a cruise from Sydney to Hobart with a stop at Melbourne, so we went back to Grossi Florentino Upstairs for lunch. What en exceptional restaurant this is, and what a fantastic dining experience the people here create. This is fine dining at it's best.

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Pleasant, not the wow factor we were expecting. Staff excellent, food a little disappointing.
One of the paired wines did not match the food, but it was quickly replaced with something more to my partner's palate.
We were charged $20 extra for a bottle of wine, however this was quickly rectified.
We were shocked to be charged $24.00 for water.

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5.0Dined on 7 March 2018

A creative array of small tasting dishes on the house really wowed our taste buds in readiness for the scallops entre & snapper main - the seafood was delicately & delicious!!! Tastiest scallops l have eaten in ages with the roe made into a special mouse & the snapper was crispy on the outside but superbly moist on the inside - l also adored its creamy bed - my partner’s meat/pasta entre was a hit the right spot as did the succulent duck he tucked into for his main - he loved the tiny turnips

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

great service, food and they made it a special night for a special occasion

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4.0Dined on 19 February 2018

My family has always been going to Grossi Upstairs for at least 4 years. That and Chef Guy’s other restaurant in Collingwood is a testament to the passion and capability of the team to deliver top notch products. Well done team Grossi keep it up!

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2.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Waiters were pretentious - totally unnecessary. Made us feel uncomfortable & unwelcome. Food waiter was unfamiliar with ingredients in some of the dishes leading to poor descriptions. Food was overpriced. Ordering a la carte - forced to have 3 dishes. Issues with some of our dishes which management tried to fix by providing additional alternative dishes. After 4 dishes including 3 amuse-bouche we could not eat anymore. We were very disappointed having traveled from Sydney

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4.0Dined on 15 February 2018

The staff were excellent, the ambience likewise. The food was variable: entree very good, though the tomatoes were too chilled; the 2nd course, risotto, was nicely done tho a little bland; the cod with beans was nice, tho the beans were very salty. For the price, the food was disappointing. Indeed, I believe the overall experience was significantly over-priced.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Great menu choices, high quality foods and wines supported by excellent service. Also never felt hurried and took 2.5 hours over lunch as did the rest of the patrons. First time my wife and I have been there and would recommend it for romantic dinners as well as round table dinners. As a lot of the dishes were written in Italian the waiters were very helpful in assisting the translations and engaged with us appropriately. We thought it was good value.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

My fiancé and I loved everything about the whole dining experience. The food and service was amazing. Will definitely be returning to try other dishes on the menu. Could not fault anything.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

We had a lovely meal and the service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on 12 February 2018

Loved the whole experience. Waiters very polite, food was beautiful.

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5.0Dined on 12 February 2018

A very relaxing evening celebrating my birthday. The degustation menu was delicious and the service was first class

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

Grossi Florentino was a fantastic surprise whilst I used to frequent it years ago I will now be frequenting it again. It was simply outstanding, the service, ambience and food were world class. The six course tasting menu is a must for the well travelled and seasoned foodies. The development of the menu from earlier years will have Grossi Florentino at the top of the food critiques list for many years to come. A must dining experience in Melbourne! Thank you for an exceptional evening

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Excellent food, service and experience. All class

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3.0Dined on 31 January 2018

Food good but nothing special. Beware the devious wine waiter who offers no wine list with prices. Instead offers unpriced glasses of wine leaving the big surprise when you receive the bill. Who would have thought 4 glasses of wine and 2 coffees would cost $157 when the food bill was $130 for 2 lunchtime meals.

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5.0Dined on 30 January 2018

On arrival and throughout the meal the service was exceptional and of the highest quality. The service by all staff made you feel special! The food was super delicious and the recommended Italian wines superb. The drinks waiter had deep knowledge of wineries throughout Italy. It was a memorable and magical night! Thank you to all staff at Grossi Florentino for a spectacular experience.

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5.0Dined on 29 January 2018

Well, as you might have guessed from my all-10-points, this restaurant is a diamond. Their sommelier is extraordinary. Their servers are incredibly attentive without seeming to hover. Their food however is out of this world. The oysters are pure poetry. The eel parfait is divine. The wagyu beef ... melt in the mouth with crunchy kale ...awesome. and the dessert - a fluffy composition of hot and cold paired with yet another incredible wine - to die for.

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