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4.8 /6 Excellent 28 Reviews

Cafe Florentine

Brighton Australian $$$$ +100
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About Cafe Florentine

Serving modern Australian cuisine with attitude, Cafe Florentine is a legendary restaurant situated in the heart of Brighton. Utilising sustainable produce whenever possible and making sure that each and every dish is made with the very freshest ingredients, Cafe Florentine has been a legend in Brighton since its establishment in 1989. Found on Church Street, this popular restaurant just outside of Melbourne is worth trekking out to.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 07:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 07:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 07:30 - 22:00
Cafe Florentine, Church Street 22-24, 3186 Brighton

Further Information

A comfortable cafe by day and a sleek restaurant by night, Cafe Florentine is raising the bar for modern Australian cuisine in Melbourne. An institution on Brighton’s Church Street, Cafe Florentine offers diners an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience that’s unlike anything else in the city. Head chef James Adams is a master in the kitchen, and settles for nothing less than excellence – chances are, you’ll see him buzzing around the dining room conversing with guests and taking feedback on his creations.

The menu at Cafe Florentine is lengthy and full of gourmet options. For lunch, we recommend the asparagus puff pastry tart, the duck liver parfait, the braised lamb shoulder or the house-made three cheese gnocchi. At dinnertime, you can’t go wrong with the charcuterie board or the mussels in basil butter sauce before diving into mains such as the pork belly, the 250g Black Angus eye fillet, the veal schnitzel or the ravioli filled with creamy pumpkin and ricotta. Cafe Florentine’s desserts are amazing – make sure to sample the tiramisu with chocolate chips, mascarpone & espresso for a sweet finish to your meal at this Brighton favourite, just outside of Melbourne proper.


28 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 28 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
23.06.2017 20:32

Great service and lovely friendly staff delicious food and the restaurant had a lovely warm feel about it. Highly recommend you to eat here and enjoy the warm atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
05.01.2017 17:49

Service was excellent & food was fantastic. would definitely go back. just need to remember to order sides next time. all the staff are very friendly & helpful.

2 reviews so far 6
07.11.2016 14:58

The Lamb shank and the Roasted Chicken Breast were to die for :) The list of wines quite good. We wanted to have desert as well, but there was no more room :)

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 18:19

Our family enjoyed the delicious food and the excellent service. We love Café Florentine's cosy atmosphere and professional staff. We're looking forward to our next dining experience.

1 review so far 5
19.05.2017 13:22

Really enjoyed breakfast on Mother's Day. Lots of people and really tasty well cooked options. Good welcome and pleasantly warm inside and out. Would certainly recommend Cafe Florentine.

1 review so far 6
27.01.2016 14:07

Family friendly cafe with caring and attentive staff. Our sons, 2 and 4 years, love the meat balls while we usually order something from the specials board. Florentine also have a good selection of wines by the glass.

2 reviews so far 5
09.03.2016 21:47

Very relaxed dining. Enjoyable meal of a high standard. Not exorbitant cost-wise. A party of six, nicely accommodated in an alcove so we did not have to struggle to hear conversation. The rest of the restaurant did not seem noisy in any case.

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 10:02

An enjoyable dinner without being exceptional. Staff were attentive although further training could be good, particularly in knowledge of wines, but also knowledge of what is actually on the plate. Staff tastings might help. Again, a pleasant evening at a reasonable cost.

1 review so far 4
01.04.2016 10:59

Service was good. Wine was nice also. The eye fillet special with a chilli jam/relish was lovely my only criticism would be a side of mash with those delicious mushrooms would've been great!! The meringue was delicious for dessert but need a bit more mango with the dessert

1 review so far 6
25.06.2016 10:58

Went for a nice family dinner was a nice atmosphere with friendly staff and food was very nice with a great wine list . Will be back again cheers

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 00:51

Excellent food and great service. We were well looked after and staff were very friendly and food was delicious. Wonderful time was had and look forward to next visit.

1 review so far 6
29.05.2016 17:03

Great food, right number of diners for there to be a real buzz in the place. Little wonder that it has been a family favourite for many years.

2 reviews so far 6
08.05.2016 16:36

Very good attention from the wait staff. Not much waiting on a busy morning. Everything just right on the plate. Conversation was easy due to low noise levels.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2016 18:10

Food and service were great but they had no record of my booking when I called to add a person. You might want to check on this!

1 review so far 5
22.06.2017 06:34

Great friendly service. Good coffee, consistently good food. A regular haunt that is a well frequented by a wide range of people. Highly recommended and will be back

1 review so far 5
30.06.2016 18:39

Great food and service and lovely way to spend a winters lunch by the fire Good menus and very good wine selection . We will be back

1 review so far 5
16.02.2016 23:40

Service and food of the highest quality and quantity Menu range was adequate and dessert wAs a broad spectrum of deliscious treats Gluten free available BYO possible

1 review so far 5
22.01.2017 17:12

We have been here many times over the years. Excellent meals, good portion and very tasty Pastas and fried prawns. Very good coffees too. Will continue going.

2 reviews so far 5
26.06.2016 11:38

The food was very good as usual, however the menu could be more varied. Also one meal had to be reheated as it was cold.

2 reviews so far 4
17.07.2016 07:36

Florentine was as usual busy and buzzy. They agreed to substitute potato for polenta on one dish and service was pleasant but food a little bland. Good for after a film

2 reviews so far 4
06.03.2017 08:15

Service was pleasant and food was ok - but the fish had clearly been cooked in advance and was overcooked for my liking. Have enjoyed it more on other occasions.

1 review so far 3
25.08.2016 07:25

Food was great but service terrible. We had to keep waving at staff to come and fill up water, take away plates and order more wine. No smiles. Staff leaning against bar Very disappointing

1 review so far 4
29.11.2016 09:05

Is it a cafe or restaurant? As a cafe after 7pm I gues it's not too bad but to call it a restaurant ? Never.

1 review so far 3
25.08.2016 07:13

Comfortable setting with open dire place and excellent food but the waitress got our order wrong and one guest waited for some time before receiving his dinner.

1 review so far 4
09.02.2016 15:29

The coffee & smoothies were great! Food was beautifully presented but not spectacular.

1 review so far 2
21.07.2016 23:37

Thought they must have had the B team on tonight, food was ordinary. Would say, don't go mid-week for dinner, leave it for the week-end.