CUMULUS INC.

4.5
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547 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
CUMULUS INC. Eating House and Bar opened in 2008 in Melbourne’s famous art and fashion precinct, Flinders Lane. Celebrating the historic turn of the century rag trade building in which it is located, the space is a busy social hub offering Andrew McConnell’s acclaimed food. The space, designed by Pascale Gomes-McNabb, is light and classic. CUMULUS INC. is open throughout the day, seven days a week, whether it be for a coffee, snack, drink or a meal. Breakfast until 11.30am is done simply; organic muesli or perhaps the Full English, with farmhouse slab bacon and smoked tomato. Lunch and dinner include dishes designed to share, charcuterie, oysters shucked to order, salads or the whole roast lamb shoulder.
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4.5
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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved how all specialised tastes were truly accommodated - no lip service - all were equal at the table.
Excellent staff! The food too was fabulous!

EC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service, friendly staff (kudos to the chef(s) and the sommelier(?)). Delicious food and tasty drinks, only downside is the place could use a bouncer, some patrons can be a bit uncouth after a drink too many. Would still recommend the place

AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food with a pleasant ambience. The service was good considering the restaurant was consistently busy during our dining experience. Highly recommended and booking is essential! Staff are very attentive and very helpful.

SJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

So happy to have made time to go to Cumulus during our brief holiday escape to Melbourne. The food was amazingly scrumptious. Only to be exceeded by exceptional service and happy staff. Would recommend it to everyone. Favorite dish was the roasted zucchini with chermula sauce.

CR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and good selection of wine. After dinner cocktails were sensational. Great night with friends.

SP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Although we were there for our 30th wedding anniversary, we sat up at the marble bar. Don't be put off by this, it was an amazing experience watching a world class team work to prepare the meals. Our service was on time and always able to answer questions and pair wines with the $75 chefs selection. I would highly recommend this to travelers from interstate that want a unique dining experience. Bravo

JR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The help was great! The atmosphere incredible. We sat at counter and viewed the cooking... fantastic! We loved the attention we received and their willingness to give us gluten free and dairy free meals!

JL
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful food, and overall great waitstaff, although one staffer was particularly unhelpful, which was disappointing. I wanted my own dish rather than sharing with the rest of the table, but she kept intoning at me like I was an idiot, 'As I explained, these dishes are designed to share'. Last time I checked, I was the paying customer and unless she was paying the bill, I could eat in the manner I preferred, which in this instance was my own main dish.

WL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A small casual restaurant serving delish food with good service.

Although all the dishes were excellent and nicely presented, I'm going to highlight my favorites.

For entree the cold meats on the charcuterie platter were very tasty however my pick would be the tuna toast, also beating the stuffed zucchini flowers which were beautifully presented on the plate.

For mains the lamb shoulder was a standout. The large portion of lamb was moist and tender.

Finally, dessert. It was difficult to choose a favourite but if I was to it would be the rumbaba. It is not a dessert often offered at most restaurants and at Cumulus Inc. it is made even better because it was served with a bottle of aged rum so that you can add as much as you wish according to your taste. As the rum is the feature ingredient in rumbaba we of course had to ensure that it had a strong rum flavour. The rumbaba was nicely complemented with custard.

We had a great dining experience and highly recommend Cumulus Inc.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service, made you feel special. We had a limited amount of time but we wanted the tasting menu and they made it happen and everything was delicious.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was extremely rich but nice. The tables and chairs very uncomfortable and crowded. It was difficult to hear due to the echoes in the room. Food was expensive as were the drinks

M
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

excellent service, especially jack owen but all staff were very attentive, and very good food, ambience was more industrial than i was expecting

MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A place that combines excellent food with good service and a warm ambience. Suitable for groups or families as it is appealing to all demographics

D
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Huge range of drinks, not sure what atmosphere they are trying to create. The following was poor:
1) Waiter was beyond poor in service and at one point our dish came flying across the bar as she ran past and no it was not busy, she failed on many levels that at one point we had to ask the chief who was working on the other side of the bar for help. Only then did the waiters come by and even then she thought it was funny while the chef was not impressed.
2) the food was OK but nothing i have not tried in other places, i do recommend the lamb but considering how bad the service was it sort of ruined the enjoyment in that department.
3) Also not sure why it is a semi open kitchen, it was not that impressive as nothing note worthy was happening in fact it detracted from the food knowing how little was being done to it. Also while we were there all it did is serve to make sudden loud noises as the head chef barked orders as they ran in and out of the front area and again no it was not busy.
4) Make sure you drink if you are going here cause they waiter will keep barking at you what drink do you want rather than see what sort of customer you are and cater to your need while promoting the various items such as drinks. To the waitress since we were keen to discuss the food i would have said you should try this dish which sides well with these drinks. you would have had a better review from us.
5) finally its dirty as it was a cold afternoon we came with jumpers when we arrive we were told that their were hooks under the bar to hang our stuff on. but it appears the area for hanging clothes/hand bags has not been cleaned in years you can see dried splash back on the wall where the stuff would hang. ended up keeping the jumper on my lap and the miss the hand bag on her shoulder. (do you think the waiters notices?)

For Melbourne i think there are heaps better places.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

A delicious meal shared with friends. Food was of a very high standard. The service was a little slow but very friendly none the less. Would definitely head back!

GB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great service, excellent food, glad we had a table rather than sitting at the bar!

GD
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and very accommodating of special dietary needs. Hard to find better value.

MB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Deliciosa comida!!!

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MT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible, would highly suggest the kitchen menu. We sat looking into the kitchen which was really cool. The chefs are real professionals & the serving staff made everything a pleasure.

T
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wir haben uns für das Surprise-Menü entschieden und waren vollkommen zufrieden. Jeder Gang ein Genuss. Alles hat gepasst. Waren nach dem Dinner superhappy. Man weiss ja doch nie ob man den Bewertungen vertrauen kann. Wir können das Cumulus nur weiterempfehlen.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Great food and service was good. No chemistry between the staff though, the chefs looked like they’d prefer to be working somewhere else.

AG
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food accompanied with excellent service. Each dish was delicious and memorable. Looking forward to returning with friends

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff with nice food!
Better come with reservation as it is a popular place at all times!

k
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The meal took forever to be served however the waiter did apologize and gave complimentary drinks. Overall I would recommend to my friends. The food was Devine

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything good but food a bit slow

LD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food great and people service was good. Slight put off when main waitress rubbed her nose several times and then proceed to touch utensils that was brought to our table. This is unhygienic - this prevented from a 5 star rating and spoilt the whole dining experience.

BS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great value and the food was lovely. Perhaps spend a little longer to explain each dish. The restroom was very ordinary.

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! We had the chef’s suggestions and they were very tasty!

z
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely fantastic experience with caring waiter/waitresses amazing food - every single dish was perfect and delightful. Modern Aussie cuisine with Greek and Italian flavours. Would recommend 100%. Favourites were the Mortadella and Sea Bass.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time at Cumulus and it was fantastic. We shared six dishes between three of us -charcuterie, mozzarella, asparagus, gnocchi, roast potatoes and lamb shoulder. Each dish had loads of flavour and was perfectly prepared. The lamb melted in our mouths. Service was very professional and friendly, atmosphere great. Cost around $170 for the three of us (inc. 2 alcoholic drinks & a soft drink). Would have loved dessert but sadly couldn’t fit it in. Can’t wait to go back. Truly fabulous. Very highly recommended.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down our favorite restaurant in Australia, if not the world. Everything you taste is memorable. Service is on spot. Wait staff are fully in tune with their diners, and craft a tailored experience for each. Refined, yet relaxed. Inventive, innovative, yet classic. Flavors are layered and full of depth. Nothing is ordinary. Everything is special. Wine list is sure to spark inspiration. I love everything and left thinking about the next time I could come back.

Z
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

- The food was wonderful - amazing flavours and combinations!
- The courses were well paced
- The staff were professional and warm

Overall, our team had such a lovely time - thank you for helping us celebrate the end of our work year with such a delicious and satisfying experience!

RF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Brilliant food, fabulous service it was a wonderfully experience.

DC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Solid Christmas meal with a valued client, it was noisy with Xmas cheer but good for just two. Food was sensational and plenty a available. The wine was also very nice. Outstanding venue

C
Edinburgh
20 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Cumulus has a great reputation but is underwhelming.

We were seated at the bar, which was pretty cool as we could see the chefs in action. The service was a bit patchy, and we had to ask for our orders to be taken. We got the set menu, which was reasonably good. The bread was tasty, and we had nice ricotta spread. The main was lamb and was quite ordinary. And the meringue for dessert was basic.
The food wasn't anything special, and in comparison with other Melb restaurants I wouldn't bother going back.

PB
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food ...amazing. Shared menu was tremendous ... just VERY noisy!

FM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnificent! Food was incredible! Loved it. Ricotta gnocchi was amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Just great to have interaction with the staff, great food. Faultless
Thanks heaps

AF
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the top places to eat in Melbourne with consistently amazing service, food and wine! We always bring out of town guests to show them the best of the city!

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

We had the shared tasting menu and it was wonderful. Fresh and vibrant flavours and the size of the shared plates was surprising - more than enough for all of us! Unfortunately the service was inconsistent with 6 different service staff at different times - some were lovely and engaging others not so and quite abrupt and one rather rude. We waited a long time for our first drink order and when arrived one of our table still didn’t get her drink. Overall though may have just been a rough day for service. The food though - amazing