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It's the professionalism of the service, honed over a lifetime, and the opulent setting of 85-year-old murals and chandeliers, that makes Florentino something special.
80 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic

There’s no dining room in Australia like Florentino’s Mural Room. Almost nine decades’ worth of patina helps, as do the chandeliers and the murals painted in 1935, but it’s the resistance to coasting that’s most impressive. From the scrupulously ironed linen and the quality of the Champagne in the trolley that’s wheeled to each new table, to the charming and seamless service led by chef Guy Grossi’s son Carlo, the level of care, generosity and, yes, love for this dining institution by the Grossi family equate to the sense of occasion. The menu lists big-ticket ingredients – duck, venison, prawns, chestnuts – in combinations that blend classic Italian and modern Australian cooking. A buttermilk panna cotta lands as a frozen white sphere. Textbook risotto combines razor prawns and sarawak pepper, while scallops and sweetbreads are flavoured with almonds and lemon. It’s pricey, high-end dining with a hefty wine list to match, so perhaps a visit to Florentino isn’t an everyday affair, but with the Tuscan-style Grill and the much-loved Cellar Bar just downstairs, there are other ways to soak up all this history and hospitality know-how.


(03) 9662 1811



Bookings essential


  • Licensed

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair access

  • Private room

  • Impressive wine list

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Diners Club

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Guy Grossi & Chris Rodriguez

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

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

2020 Top 50 Rank – #33

Wine: ★ ★ ★

Gourmet Traveller’s restaurant guide gives a yearly snapshot at the best restaurants to eat at right now. The best-rated restaurants, as judged by the reviewers’ first-hand experience, form our national Top 50. The wine star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

80 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic
Guy Grossi & Chris Rodriguez
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm; Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

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