CUMULUS INC.

4.5
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458 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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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N
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Excellent food and service. I have a ridiculous list of dietary restrictions and they were so accommodating. The food was top notch even with all the changes they made for me, never felt like what I was eating was below par.

CR
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Great food….but

The food was great Beef tartare, tarragon & anchovy toast then Goldband snapper, clams, kohlrabi & nettles and the Rare breed pork cutlet, pickled witlof & butcher's sauce, with a side of roast potatoes, confit garlic & sage......but:

The table was booked 2 weeks in advance though we were shown to bar stools opposite the kitchen.
Despite many requests to bring the wine it arrived after we had finished the beef tartare.
Noise levels were massive conversation was difficult.
Fish arrived first the pork followed later as dishes should be shared?
The roast potatoes never arrived.

KM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was brilliantly cooked, well paced and well delivered. Thank you to the Cumulus staff

J
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's not my first time at Cumulus Inc, this time I took a friend. The food was again immaculate in terms of presentation, freshness and the creativity of the menu. My friend and I will definitely revisit and share the restaurant within our circle of contacts.

IR
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I bought overseas colleagues to Cumulus. We ordered the Chef's Selection Menu (Sample) meal and we were not disappointed. Outstanding dishes were the Black barley, romanesco & bagna cauda AND Tuna tartare, goat's curd & crushed pea. The only blip was the lamb shank, which could've been more tender and lacked flavour.

C
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I’ve eaten at Cumulus three times now and as before really enjoyed the evening. The lamb was, as always, stunning. I must say that a couple of the ‘mid way’ courses were not quite up to the high standard I have enjoyed previously; that is not to say that they weren’t good, but rather that they lacked exception. I am looking forward to the next meal here; the dessert was also delicious

ST
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Impeccable service of interesting, delicious food .

DA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have dined at Cumulus a number of times over the past 20 years

We have always found the menu innovative and always enjoy the decision of trying something different.

Really enjoyed our dining on Tuesday night and discussions with our Argentian waitress, not only about the food but her"journey" to leave her home to find a better life in Australia.

Service was very timely, but not rushed

j
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

food was amazing. the service could have been more attentive and we didnt get 2 of the items we ordered.

VW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful food albeit it shy on vegetarian options. A humming noisy ambience that is vibrant but makes hearing difficult. Bring a healthy wallet.

KS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food - great service. Waitress came & apologised when it took a long time for the cheese we ordered to come. It was a very enjoyable dining experience for a long friday lunch with work colleagues!

FL
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We can't really fault our experience at Cumulus Inc.

We were seated at the bench and could see all of the food being prepared. The food was simply amazing - we chose the chef's selection and were able to sample a variety of dishes.

Our only suggestion is for the chefs to be mindful they are on display - there was 1 particular chef who couldn't help but sneak a few bits of food from plates that were being prepared for diners.

This won't stop us from going back however as overall the experience was fantastic.

FM
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was variable- some was fine, some was not so good. Steak was not medium rare, more medium- well done. Marrow was slimy and off putting. Duck hearts were great, as was the snapper.
Staff were attentive and friendly, some small confusion with our ordering, but overall they were great.

l
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love everything just a bit too open and cafe ish but has the best standard of fine dining in the whole of Melbourne

MT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We ordered the chef choice menu and it was superb.

Each round had so many great dishes.
Tuna Tatare
The one with the broccolini and the kale
Lamb shoulder

Had a great grapefruit Soda as well

All great! We were so full by the end of it. A great array of flavours.

AG
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Loved the food and customer service! Will definitely be back

BF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

The service was good but the food has gone downhill. I think when you spend almost $600 for 4 people you would get a little more flavor an overall better experience.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We opted for the chefs menu and everything was absolutely delicious

F
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Was a bit disappointed in our meal at Cumulus as had heard good things, service was not as would be expected and whilst some of the food was good, some was a bit average.

YZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cumulus Inc. never fails each time I visit when I'm in Melbourne. The starters were excellent, the mains generous and delicious, and the desserts were divine (try the madeleines especially). Watching the kitchen team doing their magic by the countertop was a bonus. A splendid evening.

EG
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a great experience! I loved the atmosphere and each dish was an amazing experience. Loved all of it!

JP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Amazing food and awesome atmosphere. The wines were delightful and watching the chef's was definitely interesting. Service could have been slightly more attentive but it was a busy night so that can always be forgiven.
Overall a fantastic location for a dinner with only one night in Melbourne to check out it's restaurant culture!

BL
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we stepped in, we knew this would be something special.

Put up at the kitchen table, the experience was fun and enjoyable. Food was brought out in a timely manner and the service was friendly, engaging and enthusiastic.

Finally, the food was AMAZING!! Make sure you get the multi course chef's choice, you'll be trying dishes you wouldn't normally order and be glad you did.

Thanks Cumulus - deRicious!

RH
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and beautiful food!
Can’t wait to go back!

J
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food at Cumulus Inc was good as always. The waitress who helped us was really nice and friendly. However, the head waitress/hostess who guided us to our table was cold and not very friendly at all. We arrived about 5-10 mins late. I was rushing to get to the restaurant and because we were late, I was a little anxious when I arrived and looked around to see who I should speak to. When the hostess greeted me, I apologized for being late and told her about my booking. She seemed a little cold and indicated that it would take a few minutes. We were led to our table not long after. At the table, she indicated that I could hang my coat among the hangers on the wall. I indicated to her that the lower hangers were all full and I could not reach the hangers higher up. She just gave me a cold stare and said that I just need to move the coats to one side to hang my coat and then walked away. This was quite different from my previous experience at Cumulus where the waiter offered to help hang my coat and also take it down when I left. So I sat with my coat hanging at the back of my chair the whole night and making sure that it didn't slide off. It was a little disappointing as my previous experiences with Cumulus had always been very pleasant. Also, I brought overseas visitors to the restaurant that night so I would have preferred that the experience be a bit better. Though the food and the waitress who served us helped made up for this bad experience, still, it would have been much better if our night had not been blemished by this one encounter.

SC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious however given the open kitchen it was quite warm in the restaurant.

RV
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Our waiting staff were extremely cheerful and very helpful in explaining dishes and meal sizes . We had the Kitchen charcuterie selection and the slow cooked shoulder lamb. Absolutely fabulous.

M
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible. We did the chefs menu and would do it again!

d
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely I would recommend Cumulus. On arrival we were greeted immediately in spite of the staff member obviously already busy. We really appreciated this. Many restaurants leave customers standing at the door for some length of time and you often feel rather ignored. The food was sensational and all of the staff were professional and polite. We could not fault anything. We enjoyed sitting at the bar watching the kitchen in action

K
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous experience, all was very good, but noisy place

TM
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service. Loved it. Went for a business dinner and it was a great choice.

PO
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed sitting up at the bar watching the cooking!
The food and service were good.
Thank you!

KO
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were terrific, and the food was excellent, good choices in the menu, and finally a quality place that doesn't sound like a night club.

BY
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, and although it is a very carnivore oriented menu, our 14 year old vegetarian tried some very new and exciting flavours and declared them all to be amazing. Thanks.

JT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good food, great service and was an enjoyable experience overall.

NW
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was fubulous. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived on time and there didn’t seem to be a hurry to rectify the issue. I ordered a coffee which never arrived

GC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We based our visit on reviews and when we arrived to find ourselves seated at the bar, we weren't too sure... The bar, overlooking the food preparation area turned out to be a highlight. The organised chaos of the kitchen complemented the buzz of the place and with great food an an extensive wine list, we loved it. Will recommend to friends and we'll be back.

HW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous food. Great service. Waitress very knowledgeable and confident.

N
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in, the staff were impeccable. Our group of 4 chose the degustation option, and the wait staff were very flexible with dietary substitutions. The food was great and ambience inviting.
We will definitely be coming back :)

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