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Cecconi's Flinders Lane

Melbourne CBD Italian $$$$ +100
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About Cecconi's Flinders Lane

Nobody does fine Italian cuisine quite like Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane. At this famous basement restaurant spanning two elegant, chic dining areas with a club-like ambience, you’ll enjoy some of the city’s top pasta delights, exquisite main courses and an impressive beverage selection courtesy of Melbourne’s prominent Bortolotto family of restaurateurs. The perfect place for meeting up with friends or colleagues, Cecconi’s in the CBD impresses with a low-lit 120-seat restaurant with a central open kitchen and a bustling 40-seat cellar bar with a dedicated food and drink offering. Discover what makes this restaurant the talk of Melbourne by booking a table in advance, whether for casual or private dining, six days a week.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:30 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 23:30
  • Thursday 07:30 - 23:30
  • Friday 07:30 - 23:30
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:30
  • Sunday Closed
Cecconi's Flinders Lane, Flinders Lane 61, 3000 Melbourne

Further Information

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as Saturday evening, this restaurant and cellar bar at Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane offers amazing Italian cuisine in a contemporary setting. The expansive dining room features an open kitchen, meaning you can see and smell the kitchen’s dedication to its Italian roots before you indulge in a variety of authentic dishes. Here in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD Cecconi’s have perfected an approach that has earned them a Good Food Guide Hat every year since 2012.Utilising only the finest ingredients sourced from local producers, organic wherever possible, including their own home-grown vegetables from their family farm, the kitchen at Cecconi’s on Melbourne’s Flinders Lane is serious about quality. With excellent quality comes excellent flavour, and you’ll be able to taste what a difference fresh vegetables and herbs make in the cuisine.

If you’re down for breakfast, head to the cellar bar, which is open early from 7:30am, or book in for lunch and dinner for a more leisurely affair, done the proper Italian way. As part of its commitment to all things fresh and environmentally friendly, Cecconi’s has partnered with Closed Loop to achieve a 70% recycle rate on all its fresh and dried produce, packaging and glass, putting this restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD at the forefront of restaurant recycling in Australia. You can see more of what they’re up to on Instagram, but we’re already certain you’re going to fall in love with Cecconi’s.

Private dining for special occasions and events is also possible. To enquire, please contact the restaurant directly.

CHEF'S CHOICE

240 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 240 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 08:16

The food was great and the service impeccable as always. We enjoy watching the seamless way the staff all work together. Very enjoyable evening for our grandson's 18th birthday. Our favourite Melbourne restaurant.

1 review so far 6
09.08.2017 10:27

Classy restaurant, excellent service and delicious food. Waiters are attentive and professional without being annoying and the menu offers a modern take on many classical Italian dishes.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 18:05

A wonderful night out at Cecconi's, great menu and wine list. Loved finding this restaurant again. Service is good and decor is beautiful, looking forward to returning soon.

1 review so far 6
05.08.2017 08:31

Cecconi's is always a wonderful restaurant. I have dined here many times and I have never been disappointed. Delicious, superbly prepared food, excellent service and a great ambiance.

1 review so far 5
20.11.2016 11:39

My wife and I dined here on Friday 18/11. After a slow start (wanted to order a beer but couldn't catch the eye of staff) wait staff were quite good. Friendly, patient and appeared knowledgeable about the food and wine. I had the soup of the day which was duck consommé with veal and port tortellini. Beautiful consommé and tasty pasta. My wife had the scallops which were beautifully cooked and presented - she tells me they were good but didn't offer me one! For mains I had the lamb which was very good. Lamb was done two ways, braised and oven roasted (looked like back strap). Very tasty. My wife had the rib eye which was cooked as ordered (Medium Rare), tender and tasty. She was happy. We both had the dessert tasting plates to finish. They were very good, consisting of some poached fruit with quenelle of gelati, a coffee cup with foam and mousse with a milk icecream and a piece of olive cake. Overall we were happy and would go again. Not a cheap night but you know that already.

1 review so far 4
23.04.2017 17:21

We arrived early as we couldn't find a cocktail bar before hand. Went to the bar at cecconis, had to stand at the bar waiting for our drinks for about 8 minutes. We sat outside waiting for our table. Our waitress appeared to have been getting 'told off' by the head waitress before she came to our table, which seemed to put her in a rushed, somewhat annoyed mood. The service seemed rushed and as if we were an inconvenience. The food was delicious but the service left a sour taste in my mouth. No pun intended. At the end of the night we were contemplating dessert, I said to my wife if the waitress comes over soon we'll get dessert otherwise we will be waiting all night. Suffice to say, she was no where to be seen so we asked for the bill. After we had paid and had been siting for a good 5 minutes getting ready to leave the waitress finally came up asking if we wanted dessert.... We did about 20 mins ago love. Great restaurant with exceptional food. Was let down a bit by the waitress/ service.

1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 16:18

Booked lunch for 2 for my 60th Birthday last week. Waiter was entertaining and kept our glasses topped up without being in the way. The Duck Tortellini with pate was terrific as was the seared scallops for entrée. My wife enjoyed her Baccala couchette's and seafood Linguini. My wife had a third course being the chocolate pudding with soft warm sauce inside. They gave me a plate signed with a chocolate happy birthday and some fudge with a candle...nice touch actually. I had a great experience...so no complaints here. rgs Richard and Maree

1 review so far 6
11.07.2017 07:28

This restaurant brings a level of class and sophistication from the time you walk in. With its intimate settings, it is a great environment for a special gathering whether it is with friends, family or a romantic date. The food is fantastic. They were perfectly portioned and not too little or too much. By the time I got to dessert I was so full already but still had to order it to try it and it was delicious. It is quite pricey for the food however you get what you pay for.

1 review so far 6
26.10.2016 14:23

One of the most beautiful dinners we have ever had! The barman made us a couple of dirty martini's as we waited at the bar for our table (9pm booking was perfect for us) and then we moved to a very comfy table, where I got to sit on the banquette seating. We shared all our dishes and the wait staff went above and beyond to look after us and suggest wines. Just fantastic. As we left the kitchen staff and barman waved us goodbye. We'll be back :)

1 review so far 4
11.09.2016 07:16

The service was great as soon as we walked in, the manager at the front desk was very friendly as was our wait staff when we sat down. It was all good to that point. I was still swallowing my last mouthful of our entrees when they swooped in and swapped the plates with our mains. I literally was still finishing my mouthful. All within half an hour of us walking in. Then the same with the dessert menu after our main plates were taken, which I might add, I didn't finish because it was rushed. Chose not to have desert. I was expecting a lovely dinner for our wedding anniversary but felt hurried and we were in/out in just over an hour. Meh...

1 review so far 6
26.10.2016 11:53

Cecconi's was terrific in every sense. We arrived slightly early and were seated with pre-dinner drink ordered in no time! We shared a selection of entrees and then selected our own mains! My prawn risotto was delicious as were the other mains of papparedelle and gnocchi. A lovely glass of chardonnay and we were on our way to a show, with a lovely meal experience to build upon for the evening! Cecconi's never disappoints!

1 review so far 5
05.10.2016 09:27

After initial mishap with booking, staff absolutely fantastic. They made us feel welcome and I'm sure they gave us the best seats in the house. We were a group of six, celebrating a birthday. The food that evening was a celebration of their own 10th birthday. So felt lucky that not only celebrating our friends birthday but the restaurants. The food was to its usual fantastic standard. The self saucing chocolate pudding just melted in your mouth. Cecconi's is definitely a must on my dining list in Melbourne.

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 09:40

Ceconnis is one of only a few restaurants that offer a freindly relaxed hassle free environment with high quality engaging service. It's not noisy and you can take your time. Unlike most of the more recent Flinders Lane restaurants, Cecconis don't push their customers so they can to get another two or three sittings for the night. Cecconis is our favourite restaurant because we feel good every time we are there.

1 review so far 5
22.02.2017 10:31

Lovely restaurant, food great but they lost our mains order, which meant long wait between entree and main Also they brought the wrong wine to the table. No offer of any compensation for mistakes.As we had ordered wine by the glass the offer of a glass of wine each; on the the house while we continued to wait for mains after being informed our order had been lost would have been appreciated

1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 13:11

I had a lovely time catching up with a friend for a birthday celebration. The food was delicious and the restaurant had an elegant but relaxed atmosphere. We had an early sitting and they were very accomodating to not rush us out the door on my special evening. Thank you Cecconi's for the great experience, I will definitely be back!

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 07:30

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Lovely setting. I had the quail and seafood linguini and my fiancé had the quail and rabbit gnocchi. All of it was amazingly cooked. The quil was delightful, rabbit is usually hard to cook, but this one just fell apart in your mouth. The linguini was cooked to perfection. And dessert just topped everything off nicely.

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 07:04

From the moment we walked in we were looked after very well by the waitress, the service was fantastic. They were very knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations. The food was fantastic couldn't fault it. Two waitresses even came out and sung happy birthday to my girlfriend with her dessert. Can't wait to go back 👌

1 review so far 2
25.07.2017 21:44

Wow. What a disappointment. One of my all time favourite restaurants and it was a disaster. I had the charcuterie platter for entree and the chicken terrine had a large sharp bone in it - which I discovered mid-mouthful. Worst still I told the waitress and waiter (manager?) who didn't even apologise - said they'd tell the chef, but I strongly doubt that happened as the kitchen is open plan and I didn't even see either go near it! My partner had truffle risotto - overcooked, lack of juice and dry. I asked for a glass of red wine and they served the wrong one. Hardly one hat worthy service! So sad to say, but this restaurant, once an amazing place, has gone off. Not sure if it Is the head chef's influence (has it been the same since he arrived?) or whether sevice and standards are lacking (no apology for a large chicken bone!!!) but I won't be back in a hurry, and I would recommend people book elsewhere!

1 review so far 5
05.02.2017 20:16

It was my birthday celebration and I chose Cecconi's because I had heard good reviews about it. I am pleased to say that our dining experience was excellent and most importantly everyone of us concurred that the meals were most enjoyable. We left the restaurant feeling satisfied and happy. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for good food, good wine and services.

1 review so far 4
19.05.2017 07:36

The food, wine and room was delicious but service was disjointed. Our entrees arrived about 5 minutes after ordering them which was disappointing and we had to ask them not to bring the mains as quickly. Dessert also came very fast and had clearly been pre made (down to the gelato quenelles). Timing/flow needs to be perfect when your mains are $50. An expensive bottle of wine was also poured out far too regularly as well. Wanted to love it but didn't!

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 14:18

Wonderful night at Cecconi's: great food, great service and good atmosphere. We shared 3 entrees, calamari, beef carpaccio and seared tuna, and than as main course we had pork fillet and barramundi fillet. All delicious, but I have to say that the tuna and the pork with chestnuts puree were absolutely spot on!

1 review so far 6
06.07.2016 14:55

Awesome food, service and ambience. Anna, Mark and team really know there food and their service is just first class. Chef Maurice Espisito's flair with Italian food especially seafood is amazing and I just had the first of the season Tasmanian truffles in his amazing risotto. A must go restaurant in my view

1 review so far 6
14.07.2017 07:48

It was an unanimous verdict hands-down... Cecconi's just keeps getting better. Our group loved the food and experience so much last Saturday night that I had to return 2 days later with my kids. Wish I could afford to dine hear more regularly. Food | Wine | Service | Ambiance ... AMAZING!!!

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 09:51

We love to have an opportunity to visit Cecconi's, we spent a lovely evening with two wonderful friends who had not visited your restaurant before, they loved everything about it, the food was fabulous, as always, the ambience was great, your wait staff were very attentive, thank you for a great evening.

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 13:04

Cecconi's Flinders Lane was terrific for lunch with delicious Italian food, great service and beautiful decor. Will be returning in the near future. Loved it.

2 reviews so far 6
22.11.2016 07:58

A hidden jewel atop Flinders Lane, this Italian classic has lost none of its charm, nor its capacity to churn out delicious dishes. The carpaccio was sublime, the arancini a flavour explosion and the duck for main only made way for the sorbetto to finish the meal perfectly.

1 review so far 4
25.07.2017 07:34

I always enjoy coming here, the food was delicious and service was friendly. I always find it frustrating though that if you don't put water, or even the sparkling water that you pay for, at the table then I would expect the waiters to be checking to refill all the time! I also felt that the coffee was very slow to come out. A few little improvements but overall good.

1 review so far 5
25.06.2017 15:45

Impeccable service, beautiful ambience, and stunning food. We took our 14 yo for a food experience and the staff were magnificent with him, explaining dishes and making recommendations. White chocolate parfait, if it's on the menu in future, do not hesitate to get it...divine! The passionfruit meringue wafers in it were to die for.

1 review so far 6
13.04.2017 09:33

Loved it. Food and service was amazing. Unobtrusive staff made sure we had everything we needed without interrupting the flow of conversation at all. Food was second to none. Amazing fresh pasta. All of my guests commented on both food and service similarly. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 5
12.06.2017 16:17

We thoroughly enjoyed my family birthday dinner at Cecconis. Out table was in a marvellous spot - a round table for 6, in the corner (especially good for the 2 'senior' members of our party who do not hear so well. Attentive and unobtrusive service and excellent food and wine. Well done Cecconis!

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 08:23

Cecconi's presents beautifully cooked food, with great ambience and attentive service. All aspects of this restaurant are easy to enjoy. They will always go out their way to make this a place which you will want to go back to time and time again.

1 review so far 3
14.04.2017 11:56

To be honest, I expected more for the money we spent. The food quality was variable. The slow cooked rabbit saddle was excellent, however my wife's Salmon was over cooked. Similarly the deserts and drinks were of mixed quality. Our sparkling wine was excellent, but our Tuscan Red was full of sediment and not really what you would expect from a $120 bottle of wine. Overall our experience was good, but not great. I would expect more when spending $150 per head for a three course meal.

1 review so far 5
18.09.2016 08:39

The staff are wonderful and the food is absolutely delicious. Try the specials, especially the octopus if it's on, it's lovely. The service is impeccable, staff are never intrusive, but they're there for drinks and service quietly and quickly. It is pricey, but for a special night it, go, at least once.

1 review so far 6
02.10.2016 12:40

The seafood linguine is heaven in a bowl and the service was so fast and the waiter was so friendly even the other customers were so friendly (they recommended the linguine) but 100% going back I have non stop cravings for the linguine!!!!!!

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 12:32

Great restaurant serving delicious food at reasonable prices for a high quality restaurant. Better than Vu Du Monde in my opinion both in the quality of the food and value for money. Cosimo our waiter was fantastic and knowledgeable. A great experience! Elio

2 reviews so far 5
07.07.2017 07:43

Descending the steps from Flinders Lane always gives me a glow, and last night was no disappointment. Charming waiters, compelling specials, great tastes. Our pre-theatre sitting was clearly before the restaurant settled into its evening rhythm, but we were served and done in no time so the show could go on

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 18:07

Our experience at Cecconi's Flinders Lane was exceptional. Professional and friendly service; food was tastefully presented and full of flavour; ambience was intimate and un-intrusive.

1 review so far 5
26.04.2017 10:13

Food was good. Service was good. Atmosphere was nice. If I had to nitpick then I would say waiters needs to slow down a bit when taking away dishes and also naming the dish when putting it on the table. Not just slap it on the table and walk away.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2016 15:17

The food was amazing, the pasta was sensational. Desert was a highlight... The chocolate pudding was to die for. The service was spot on and the restraunt truly lived up to our expectations. Thank you cecconi's for a wonderful dining experience.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 08:07

It's quite a few years since dinning at Cecconi's(no excuse) having originally started dinning with Olympia when her restaurant was located in St. Kilda. Nothings changed in all that time -- still great. Always good to meet up with Anna again.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2017 10:23

A classic Melbourne institution did not disappoint - the setting, food, staff and wine were all fantastic. I opted for the Morton Bug Spaghettini for starters and then opted for the Grain fed Scotch Fillet which was beautifully cooked (rare) with a fantastic rich smokey crust - magnificent!

2 reviews so far 6
11.03.2017 08:13

As always the service was first class and the food was full of flavour and delicious. The ambience of the dining room is enhanced by the open kitchen do you can see the great chef and the whole team

1 review so far 6
01.06.2016 10:36

Really wonderful food and staff. Our waitress was warm, friendly and knowledgeable. We went for my birthday and they gave me a happy birthday plate with a truffle. It was a lovely touch and made the whole evening special.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 08:12

Always a great experience. You never get a bad experience at Cecconi's. It's the safest bet, when-ever we think 'lets just try somewhere else' we're continually disappointed and should have just gone to Cecconi's first! Try the Barolo...

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 22:22

We have travelled and eaten extensively in Italy, and Cecconi's is Italy transposed. There is always something new and seasonally inspired on the menu. Tonight it was gnocchi with wild mushroom ragu - sublime. We will be back!!

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 08:57

Delicious food. Dessert was amazing. Service is excellent. A very pleasurable experience. When we booked we had told them it was our anniversary and they sent out some delicious truffles saying 'happy anniversary', which was a lovely touch.

1 review so far 6
17.11.2016 08:23

This was my first time at Cecconi's and the experience was outstanding. Food is sensational, and the lovely lady who served our table was very knowledgeable about the menu options and was able to provide some excellent advice.

1 review so far 4
22.05.2016 08:39

Nice restaurant in classic style settings. Good service except they brought me the wrong pre dinner drink. Food was good but expected better based on reviews. Steak and tuna was slightly overlooked and a bit dry.... More jus, purée etc please. Seemed to be the place to go for a celebration which gave it a nice atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 5
18.04.2017 09:15

The atmosphere, food and wine were all very good. Food is classic Italian rather than adventurous. Choices of wine by the glass covered a good range and unusually there was no premium over bottle prices. Service was appropriate, friendly and efficient but a little rushed.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 08:49

Everything about Cecconi's was perfect, from the moment you are greeted when you arrive until the moment they say goodnight we could not fault. The service, food, wine and company was fantastic, were fortunate to experience it!