CUMULUS INC.

4.5
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568 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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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4.2
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service. Love the professional hospitality provided, immediately makes you feel like you’re at a top venue.

Can’t say the same about the food. Everything a bit plain, a bit boring. Good food but .. just good. Not amazing, not exciting, no wow factor. Consider the price point, there should be more.

Almost was tempted to give the oysters back, but considering how busy it was, I resisted. Probably the most saltiest thing I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. Zucchini, potatoes, gnocchi all prepared well, ‘signature’ lamb excellently cooked, however the sauce to match just added another level of boring to the really well cooked meat.

Food coming out extremely slow as well. I understand it’s a tiny kitchen and it’s extremely popular, but might be worth considering how long people are waiting in between dishes.

RM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

I love this restaurant, but the service on this occasion was off. It wasn't overly busy but our waiter was all over the shop. Even the other waiters were not on point. It really took the gloss of the great food.

OT
Hungary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, reasonable and delicious

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Flawless as always 😊

G
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We loved the food but place was really noisy. Staff was nice but not very engaging.

DR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great night at Cumulus. We ordered the chefs selection. Food was great.

AM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely loved dining at Cumulus. Cannot wait to repeat.

DA
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful food & excellent friendly service.
All of the recommendations from your staff in regards to food & wine were excellent. Made for a fantastic experience

DA
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sat at the marble bench overlooking the kitchen. Gave me food envy but I can only fit a certain amount in. Shared plates were superb. A new experience in every dish. Fully recomended. Oh and did I mention the wine list?

C
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and tasty, well presented and some unique flavours. Some items I felt value was lacking. The real downfall was watching what seemed to be the head chef being inconsiderate and condescending to the kitchen staff (we were seated at the bench overlooking the kitchen), this was a real pit off for us and also for the staff that it was directed towards as they were visibly taken back.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and drinks great service
Will definitely be back

1
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Service was a little prickly - not sure if waiting staff were having a bad day. Acoustics were not good for a business luncheon - could not hear much with noise levels at lunch peak. Food was ok.

RG
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. The staff will be more than happy to assist with wine pairings.

SG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an absolutely gorgeous evening, the food was magnificent, the selections they made for us were perfect. The wine list is comprehensive and reasonably priced. The staff are super lovely and very helpful. Will be back again soon

KM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We all absolutely loved it. Such courteous staff and great service.
Only thing was that the portions were probably a tad smaller than we had anticipated so should have ordered a bit more food.

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great restaurant. Fantastic food, impeccable service. A pleasure to pay the bill. Thanks. 👍🏻

CT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Being a party of 2 we sat on the bench facing the kitchen. This was fine and we could watch - to a certain extent - the food being prepared - though a lot of the sauces are obviously made beforehand. We had the $75 ph tasting menu and it was good value - 4 courses and more than enough food. Homemade bread and olive oil too. They included the 'signature' slow cooked lamb but being summer i wish they had prepared something lighter.

LM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delightful food and dishes. Great atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

SM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We hosted a special lunch for family from overseas and interstate so it was very important to us that it was as good as possible. We have been plenty of times and enjoyed it . We sat down at 2.30pm so it wasn’t full . This time the food was lovely , tasty and fresh but was served quite intermittently. For example we were 6 people sharing and when it came to the mains, although we had ordered vegetable side dishes , the first two of the mains came by themselves with a significant gap in between so a main dish with no veg doesn’t go far for 6 people - very odd . The first waitstaff we had for 30 mins was nice although the second was awful !! . She banged down plates and reached over everyone to replace cutlery and pour drinks Very disinterested- should not have been working at such a good restaurant. I was disappointed overall and it will make me rethink going there again for a special occasion.

SN
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was brilliant - we were so grateful for the way the accommodated us.
The food was fantastic and interesting - we had the chefs menu which can often be just too much food - this was just right.
A really great experience

GL
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great value for ridiculously high quality dinner. So good, we went twice while visiting Melbourne for the Australian Open 2020. Order the Chef’s selection to try the highlights of the restaurant. This meal would cost 3x more in Hong Kong and 2x more in LA. If you get served by Laura, you’ll get service of the highest quality. The maitre’d Eric keeps the house in great order. Definitely a top restaurant restaurant globally. Well done!!!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
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 on 25 January 2020
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 on 24 January 2020
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 on 23 January 2020
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 on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

SP
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
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.