CUMULUS INC.

4.5
431 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

d
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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

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 :)

OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great. Loved the beef tartare! Will definitely recommend to others!

SS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Too many people squashed into the space. Waited 15mins for drinks to arrive. Once ordered food arrived promptly. Our table chose the tasting menu, it was ok but was expecting more after reading reviews.

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

Great food. Friendly staff. Ambiance a bit dry seats uncomfortable.

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

Great food, found the service a little lacking in sophistication.

CR
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!! The food, the staff, everything was great! We had the share menu with truffle shavings extra. The lamb was to die for, so tender. The salads were delicious and dessert incredible. Wait staff and chefs did a great job!

TD
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Efficient service particularly from male ( possibly Italian ) waiter was well timed but not obtrusive. Food was well prepared with balanced textures and flavours.
The 4 of us shared plates and ordered in two sessions to get the quantity right.

KS
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose not to choose and went with the chefs selection. A great variety of different foods, all delicious, even included desert. Service was prompt and all staff were lovely. We sat overlooking the kitchen which is always interesting to watch.

JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night ,food very good, service friendly and helpful

OT
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Even though we were late for our booking, staff were extremely accommodating and friendly and did not make us feel in the least bit bad for our mistake. Our waiter was so helpful in our ordering and arranged for each dish to be portioned so my guest and I could share each meal. Ambiance was great, food amazing, will definitely be bringing people back here when I visit melb again.

PR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect first night in Melbourne and cumulus impressed! Perfect food, service, wine suggestions, and company.

DC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Riesling was recommended when we asked for a minerally white. The wine provided was sickly sweet like apple juice.

Took ages for table to be cleared after meal finished.

Had to look around to try to get the waiter attention twice - but he was too busy talking to colleagues.

Food beautiful but the dinner took 30mins longer than it should purely because the table wasn’t waitered properly - which is not good business for you if you want to get as many people through per night.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great long lunch!

HO
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service! Had a fantastic waitress.

BW
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

It is a rare occasion that I write a bad review for a Melbourne restaurant, but I must be having a bad run - we found Cumulus Inc, to be very disappointing. The staff seemed completely disinterested in us being there - no offer to take our coats, little discussion regarding the menu...just simply not interested. Overall speed of service was good - first time in a very long time I have not tipped. The seating was comfortable and the presentation interactive and fun - we sat at the bench overlooking the kitchen. The wine selection was ok and the offer of a good French wine by the glass, pleasant to see. We kicked off with the beef tartare, which was excellent, but that is where it ended. The kitchen charcuterie selection was ok, but came with nothing to eat with it and we needed to chase up some bread. We decided we did not really want small plates, so we had the sirloin steak and pork cutlets - the steak was so tough it was almost inedible - in fact it was - I could not eat it. No flavour, no sauce or jus, no vegetables to offer, just some basic lettuce. The pork, while somewhat more tender, was tasteless - we have had far better steak and pork in the Bull and Barley Inn in Cambooya, QLD. We were not asked how our meals where - even though it was unfinished. Simply very disappointing.

OT
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was lovely but service was surprisingly poor.. they served bread with no plates, near hour before the food came out and no one was interested in asking if we wanted dessert or coffee at the end of a meal. Unfortunately the service was shockingly poor, not sure why this restaurants rates so well in Melbourne. I have been here for breakfast a few times and it was a similar experience so I thought the lunch service would be much better, however not the case.

KK
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great food, service and ambience. Every time I go I am reminded how good Cumulus is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great service makes a difference and everyone was fantastic.

A
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Casual and relaxed atmosphere with very friendly staff. We sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the chefs prepare the meals. We ordered the set menu which was great value for money and super tasty. We went back for breakfast during our stay which was amazing as well.

PH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always put ourselves in the chef's hands to put dinner together – not only is it always great, it's also excellent value for money. Everything about the Cumulus experience feels completely thought through, yet it presents as a comfortable and relaxed, friendly and informal. In a city of great restaurants, Cumulus shines for its produce-driven menu, superb service and easy ambience. Always a winner.

PS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food as usual... everything has so much flavour.

SC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious. We had mainly vegetarian meals which were cooked to perfecrtion. The Jerusalem artichoke and cauliflower salad was delicious. I most definintely recommend Cumulus inc to a friend.

AH
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome service wine very expensive .

AD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and staff, were able to accommodate every request and even picked a menu for us based on our needs

MT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Service slow and disappointing at times but the food is worth the wait

JF
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a must when you have a weekend in Melbourne either for Breakfast for Lunch. Food is always fabulous

FJ
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food is SO GOOD, everything on the menu is something you WANT to eat. Would come back again and again.

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

The service and the food were superb.

LW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

amazing waiter, really looked after my dietary requirements

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