CUMULUS INC.

4.5
303 reviews
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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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DJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed all aspects of the venue from service to food it was all very good

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PE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

6 of us, nice place, great staff, not sure the $75 chefs menu is good value = $450/group 6 food only, $800 total, small bits nice, we had 1 person veg, main they got a small bowl of gnocci while the other 5 of shared 1! lamb shoulder, 1 med bowl of potatoes between 6, noticed next table had the same thing between 3or4 people, the mains let you down, desert not to special either, C&C aren't the only ones doing this with their sharing menus (we note they are encouraged by staff) - same thing happens other places around Melb and also at Marion but the meals seem more satisfying/substantial!? I don't understand why there simply isn't more food supplied when the raw produce (particularly veg does not add much to the cost of production) - would a few extra potatoes or a few extra, peppers, tomatoes really make a difference in your costs. All 6 diners commented on the quality good but volume poor.
hope things improve and we will try again.

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RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I would usually and have done but after the most recent visit - service was rushed almost like they were understaffed and food/menu wasn’t up to previous standards that we’ve ever had here before.

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k
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my partner here for birthday dinner! Food was amazing and the service at the kitchen was perfect! Can’t wait to go back!

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve eaten here before but taking my Mum & Sister it was such a good atmosphere for dinner. Amazing food & wine including terrific service provided by one of the girls working their. Highly recommended !

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brilliant service and perfect food as always!

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We ordered the chefs selection which was all lovely. There was quite a wait for the main meal which was okay for us as we weren’t in a hurry. The waiting staff were all very friendly and answered any questions we had. The ambiance was lovely however we were very close to diners on either side of us to a point that getting in and out of our seat was very awkward. Overall a very pleasant dining experience and would recommend to friends.

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G
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Service was excellent from both host and waitstaff, great wine selection, beef tartare toasts and cheeses were amazing too. Zucchini dish was a big let down for both of us, we also got a fish alternative to the tuna tartare that had ran out but we didn’t get blown away by that one either. Will give it another go for sure, thanks :)

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S
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Great food, let down by very average service. Had to ask for more water and a second glass of wine. Waited for considerable time after main course plates cleared, hoping for a dessert menu and to order coffee, when the waitperson finally appeared it was to give us the bill!! Seeing our surprised faces she then offered dessert but by then we just wanted to leave.

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a
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We dined at Cumulus Inc to celebrate my wife's birthday. Will say from the outset it is loud in there. Otherwise the service was excellent as was the food. We selected a la carte dishes and were not disappointed. A thoroughly enjoyable and surprisingly well priced experience

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KH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

It was a lovely evening however the pricing for the dishes seemed a bit excessive. good solid food but no real wow factor!!

I think Melbourne it so spoilt with such good food everywhere that to pay top dollar needs top food!!

We had a lovely evening and the wait staff were very knowledgeable but it was noisy and having an early sitting meant we were moved through although not rushed.

thanks for the experience however!

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AF
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beef Tartare was outstanding! I'll come back just to eat that!

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H
22 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Incredible menu. Plates are staggered. Plates serve 2-3 people. We ordered too much! The lamb shoulder is excellent. Several salads and vegetables all fantastically prepared and presented. Top notch.

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KP
7 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular food. Imaginative, beautifully prepared. Great service in a lovely environment. Highly recommended. Will be back.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It never disappoints!!! Simple and delicious! The staff very accommodating!

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ML
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious to a whole new level !! I will go again and try to fit in dessert next time

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DE
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time !

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N
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service excellent, very enjoyable experience!!

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WG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice simple business lunch. Food was great. It came quickly and was delicious.

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M
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The gnocchi was incredible as was the tuna tartare and smoked trout!
Great wine selection and all in all very good value!
Will be back

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DW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

From the moment we walked through the heavy glass door the energy in the room kept before us.

We were greeted by the affable Eric who guides us to the end of the bar for a pre dinner Americano whilst we waited for our table.

We were looked after by the friendly, professional and warm Rachel. You need to clone her. Effortless attention to detail.

The Sommelier was also warm knowledgeable and excited by our wine discussions. We enjoyed a Keller Grunner and sublime Brouilly Gamay. Thanks Guys!

Steak tartare was full of flavour the spanner crab and heirloom tomatoes the heroes of the night.

I'll be back and will tell the world, great Saturday night

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service , food and wine selection. Everything was delicious and service was prompt and excellent

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SB
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always lives up to our high expectations.
Great restaurant!

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BP
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful inside atmosphere that allows conversation to flow from guest to guest easily creating a welcoming environment. Wonderful and helpful staff that cater every dietary requirement and always have your glass topped up. It's easy to have a good time here and the food is delicious and the open kitchen is stunning. A dream like restaurant for sure at a reasonable price.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We can see why this restaurant is difficult to get in to. It was wonderful!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Hadn’t been to Melbourne or Cumulus for some time and it never disappoints. The gnocchi is so fluffy and Caesar Salad is not your normal Caesar, it is top notch. The freshest ingredients make the dishes a level of perfection. Try the new scotch fillet also. Perfect to share. The service is of high standard that you expect of all the good restaurants in Melbourne.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

ガイドブックを見て行ったが、味は期待ハズレだった。味より楽しく食べら事の方が大事なのかな、とも思った。

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B
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

Sadly Cumulus offered an uninspiring menu and totally lacked any ambience whatsoever. We dined for lunch and it was extremely disappointing. With so many choices in Melbourne CBD, I would not return

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E
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, perfectly timed for a 1.5-hr business lunch. Perhaps you could strike a deal with the carpark across the street... I was stunned that parking for 90 mins cost me nearly 1/3 of the meal cost (yeah, I know, didn't do my homework, running late, etc.)

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CB
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service, will be going again in the near future :)

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DT
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

We booked an 8.30 sitting as did a number of other guests and made the mistake of ordering a la carte. Others who ordered the tasting menu were served well before we were and we had to wait for over an hour for our mains. The starters were one bite wonders and not good value. The mains were unexceptional and a bit too salty. Both the kitchen and floor were understaffed, and the room was noisy.

Compared to Kisume where we had a great meal the night before (interesting food, super service, quiet, good value) Cumulus seems to be "milking" its reputation and either needs a big shake up or should reinvent itself.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and understanding, and explained the dishes to us as we were served. It was really cool being able to look into the kitchen while dining and see how they run the kitchen as well. The only qualms we had about the service was the initial bread that we got served was cold, and we had to request a fresh serving of warm bread. All in all though, it was a great experience.

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D
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We were very happy with the food and service at Cumulus but the table we had was very small for 4 people and the noise level was so high that it was necessary to shout to be heard even as close as we were seated. This is the reason I could not give a higher score and while it this situation is not unique to Cumulus, it does detract considerably from the dining experience.

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KV
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Reusable straw was completely clogged with gunk and bar staff couldn't understand why we wanted the drink replaced! We know we are all grappling with new, environmentally friendly procedures but this was a failure in simple hygiene. Fish was badly overcooked. Room was very noisy but we did enjoy the pre-dinner drink and snack in Cumulus Up and will eat up there in future should the opportunity arise.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Way too noisy. One waiter was lovely, the other a bit short, possibly due to busy night & need to get tables turned around. Had to prevent waiting staff from removing unfinished plates 3 times. Tables too close together. Food was fabulous & wine superb. Hence an overall 4/5 BUT I wouldn't go again due to noise levels. There were 3 of us around a small round table & we were virtually shouting to one another to be heard. Many thanks for giving us a table as requested (rather than the bar).

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, staff were attentive and helpful without being intrusive.
The food was excellent, and at times playful (the sardines - sounds silly, but just wonderful); the ambience totally relaxed, but just so professional - a wonderful combination.

Could not separate what was better - the food which was superb, the service which was excellent, the atmosphere which was inspired or the cocktails and wine - which we sampled liberally.

But when I think back now, it was the rhum baba that stays with me - as an aficionado of this much misunderstood dessert, I can honestly say this was the very best one I have ever had (and I have had a few), and leaving the rum on our table for me to pour as I pleased was just such a lovely touch.

A delightful experience and the people working there just seemed to be so at ease with what they were doing and enjoying every minute.

We did 4 restaurants on our 6 day trip to Melbourne and this was the absolutel pick of them, and our must do recommendation for anyone visiting.

Richard and Angela May

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p
58 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a fantastic meal at CUMULUS INC. while visiting Melbourne. The food was outstanding, great service from a friendly and caring team.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both the service and the food was really quite outstanding. A great special dinner for an occasion or amazing dinner if you want to spoil yourself.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is my fifth time there! My favorite restaurant in Melbourne.

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