Restaurant Reviews

Sarti: Restaurant review



6 Russell Pl
Melbourne, VIC


Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm


E $15-$26
M $28-$42
D $12-$20


Sarti is at least three places in one: a favourite of the long-lunch and night-time crowd, thanks to its open-air rooftop terrace; a modern Italian restaurant serving everyone from quiet couples to family birthday groups; and a buzzy, popular cocktail bar. The décor is 1980s Italian nightclub meets nonna's house: think glossy black and red surfaces and arty details - and a doily under your plate and ornate handbag hooks under the bar. The food is all the classics (antipasti, primi secondi, contorni, dolci, formaggi) presented with the odd nod to current food trends. So there's a snack of pork crackling, red mullet and finger lime; a risotto of goat's cheese and burnt pumpkin; grilled spatchcock with peanut crumble, and a cannolo with Pink Lady apple mousse. Likewise, the wine list covers all the expected Italian bases, but also includes some surprisingly serious, older and more unusual bottles at surprisingly sensible prices.

(03) 9639 7822

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Paolo Masciopinto

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.