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Cognoscenti Food & Wine, Belgrave, AU-VIC

Cognoscenti Food & Wine

4.8
4.8
259 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

11:30 PM


Booked 8 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

  • Neighborhood

    Belgrave

  • Cross street

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

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • 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

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Experiences

  • Sunday Roast

    A$60.00 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

    A$70.00 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. The menu offers a selection of entrées, main, sides and dessert for the table to share. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements at the time of booking. Menu Sample: Wood-fired house made focaccia, Mt. Zero olive oil Mt. Zero olives marinated with lemon, chili, garlic, rosemary Sweet corn & cheddar croquette, confit garlic aioli Shaved wagyu beef pastrami, horseradish cream, spiced walnuts Smoked tomato risotto, dill & crispy capers Slow cooked lamb shoulder Mixed leaves salad, baby radish, mustard & shallot vinaigrette Crispy potato chips, vinegar salt, garlic aioli Wood-fired Basque cheesecake, roasted strawberries
  • Valentine's Day 2023 !

    A$80.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    VALENTINE'S DAY 2023 ! TO START House-made focaccia, Mt. Zero olive oil Goat's curd Gougère ENTREES Mushroom Escabeche, Smoked Chickpea Hummus, Toasted Buckwheat Kingfish Crudo, Avocado Crème, Pomelo & Fresh Coconut, Crispy Shallots MAIN Rolled Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Caramelised Apple Purée, Jus SIDES Blistered Chat Potatoes Mixed Leaves Salad DESSERT Milk Chocolate Semifreddo, Raspberries, Graham Crackers & Toasted Marshmallow $80pp Please advise if any allergies or dietary requirements.

What 259 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • Victoria

    Best Service

  • Victoria

    Great for fine wines

  • Victoria

    Romantic

  • Victoria

    Good for special occasions

  • Victoria

    Modern Australian

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Best Overall

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Best Food

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Best Service

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Best Ambiance

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Best Value

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Innovative

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Healthy

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Neighborhood gem

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Romantic

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Good for special occasions

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Most Booked

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  1. PM

    PrudenceM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our brief meal here before seeing a movie next door. Service was quick and attentive, wine very good and the food delicious. Must try the beef skewers!
  2. TB

    TimothyB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Pork Belly and the Steak. They were both superb. The Shiraz was a perfect accompaniment.
  3. PT

    PippaT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 21 wedding anniversary for dinner here. Everything was outstanding, from the service to the food. We will definitely be returning again soon and thank you for the lovely recognition of our special occasion via a delicious dessert!
  4. DD

    DominiqueD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Beautiful food! Authentic, mouth watering flavours. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
  5. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great choice for a special occasion in the Hills.
  6. DB

    DavidB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and wine, highly recommend to family and friends
  7. JG

    JarrodG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and great selection of drinks. It is on the more pricey side, but you do get what you pay for.
  8. VM

    VivienM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Their good quality dishes and service definitely warrant more visits. Food expectations from their online menu prior to eating there were just a tad higher than the real experience, but despite that, we would have ordered everything on the menu (stomachs permitting). Chairs not great for back comfort – would suggest tub chairs.
  9. BW

    BridgetW

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding all over Service delivered with a smile and promptness
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and wine list.Excellent service on a busy Saturday
  11. TH

    TerenceH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service. A flawless experience.
  12. W

    Wilde1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another stunning dining experience with beautiful food and flawless service. One of our favourite local restaurants. ❤️
  13. MF

    MaryFarrow

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were going to an early movie at Cameo so we stopped in for a small quick dinner. Perfect. Heirloom tomato salad with those legendary chips. Mushroom dish is also a favourite. My favourite place in the hills for any kind of meal. Go on, you deserve it too.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Had a really special dinner here last Thursday. The food is delicious and so pretty to look at. We will definitely recommend Cognoscenti as an ideal place to celebrate a special occasion. Baked cheese cake with stone fruit omg!!!
  15. BA

    BlackAnth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A New Year’s Eve set menu meal that was perfectly balanced and accompanied by well matched wines. I could not fault any dish. On top of that, wonderful table service from the attentive staff, it was a fantastic experience from start to finish.
  16. R

    Robinsons

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined at Cogniscenti on several occasions since it opened and have found it to be an utterly delightful restaurant each and every time :) The ambience is lovely, the food is truly delicious, and each time we've been there, the service has been friendly and efficient. This is definitely one of our very favourite local spots! Thank you to the team at Cogniscenti!
  17. V

    Vanessa

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We love this place every time we come. Highly recommend!
  18. D

    Disey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional staff Great service Great food & drink Maybe 1 or 2 more choices on the entrees & mains menus Best restaurant in Belgrave Thank you
  19. KM

    KieranM

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is always excellent food, service and atmosphere.
  20. K

    Karen

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect New Years Eve; wonderful food with a well thought out menu, great service and interesting wines but don’t wait until the end of the year go soon!
  21. RN

    RosN

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything! The wine pairing added a fun element to our evening. The food was exquisite and generous in servings. A great New Year’s Eve outing.
  22. LW

    LeeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good portions. Great wine and Really friendly staff. We would go back again
  23. AF

    AdeleneF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    All the food we've tried so far was very good. Portions are not very large, but usual for fine dining experience. Love coming here
  24. JM

    JessicaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, wine, cocktails all amazing. Really happy we went, would definitely be going again.
  25. CA

    CarolineA

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect: the warm welcome, the ambience (not loud, candle lit) the friendly and attentive service and last but not least: the food was outstanding. We were in food heaven and we’ll definitely be back. We celebrated our anniversary there and we were spoilt with 2 warm and delicious madeleines. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
  26. h

    helenr

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly attentive service, a thoughtful food & drinks menu, and amazing quality food. Absolutely no need to go to inner Melbourne for a fine dining experience.
  27. B

    Barbara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and service for a place in the Dandenongs. Will return and recommend to others.
  28. JT

    JaneT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & beautiful setting. Staff very attentive & polite.
  29. RC

    RossC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service a real gem of a spot will definitely come back. Had the Sunday lunch and couldn't fault it.
  30. RA

    RichardA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    After a previous great evening, our expectations were high. But, unfortunately the entree was a very small offering, the main course was good for the fish but horrible for the steak, which had an uneatable wedge down one side of the offering and an excessive amount of salt on the chips. However, the desserts were very good.
  31. EM

    ErikaM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Beautiful place! The acoustic is not great. But the food is always fantastic
  32. W

    Will

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic place with attentive staff. Very natural and cosy atmosphere. Food was excellent and pricing was reasonable. A great place for any occasion, feels very appropriate for business, family, or a date.
  33. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Interesting menu with some unusual dishes. Preparation and presentation was very good. Service very good and attentive. Wine list was good.
  34. RO

    RachaelO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our servers were welcoming and friendly. They were very helpful with recommendations for meals. The croquettes were our pick of the night, absolutely delicious! All of our other meals were very good too.
  35. CR

    ClaireR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, perfect spot in the hills to enjoy a beautiful meal.
  36. DH

    DebiH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was really very good. The entrees were amazing and we were able to combine 3 dishes to serve 4 people. It was ample and nice to share and savour 3 different flavours. The main meals were amazing. My BBQ eggplant was so unexpected. It was delicious. Our wine was a great accompaniment with all our meals. We certainly will be eating at Cognoscenti frequently in the future.
  37. M

    Mila

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food. Fantastic service. Loved it!
  38. SF

    SusanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cognoscenti is a fab venue for dinner prior to or after a film. We live in Berwick and the restaurants there cannot compare , Food and wine selection are outstanding. The service is great always a pleasant demeanour and competence in service provision. I always leave with having a tried a new favourite wine. We will be back
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly warm service, food exceptional. Can’t wait to come back. Highly recommend the Sunday lunch
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great local. Will make it a regular.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 259 OpenTable diners.

Cognoscenti Food & Wine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 8 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

  • Neighborhood

    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 Lot

  • 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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