Kisume

4.3
422 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Kisumé, a pure obsession with beauty - is a contemporary experience that’s built on duality. It’s where the traditionalist and the modern artist meet. Our cuisine draws on the purity of Japanese food culture and injects it with a uniquely Australian sensibility. Here, each visit will be different from the last: Kisumé is a journey that constantly evolves.

Find us in the heart of Flinders Lane, a stones throw from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, and discover three levels of dining. Our modern sushi bar and restaurant sit in the basement and ground floor, while Kuro Kisumé sits discreetly on the first level. Kuro, our most bespoke experience, encompasses The Table, two private dining rooms, an elegant Chablis bar and Winewall specially-curated by Philip Rich.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(03) 9671 4888
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Russell Street
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Parking Details
Wilson Parking Lot:
172-192 Flinders Street

Wilson Parking Lot:
128 Flinders Lane
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Public Transit
290m from Flinders Street Station
Tram stop 11 City Square/Swanston Street
Tram stop 13 Federation Square/Swanston Street
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Entertainment
Located in buzz of Flinders Lane, Melbourne's premier restaurant district between Russell and Swanston Streets, Kisumé is the perfect destination to visit before or after an event. The Regent Theatre is parallel to Kisumé on Collins Street, the Arts Centre and NGV are both less than a 10 minute walk away. Kino Cinemas sits just over Russell Street off Flinders Lane and the Princess Theatre is a short stroll up to the Paris End of the city. With all day dining from 11:30am, Kisumé is flexible to your timeframe, just let your waiter now your show time.
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Special Events & Promotions
Kuro Kisumé on level one including The Table, Private Dining Rooms and Chablis Bar is available to be booked for private events and exclusive use. At Kuro Kisumé we are able to create and cater for bespoke events. Our events team are available to discuss any number of options including catering for specialised events. Our aim is to curate an experience perfectly suited to your individual needs. Corporate events, celebrations, business meetings, cocktail parties, product launches ETC can all be arranged along with an array of dining and beverage options available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 422 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything that we ordered was wonderful and cook to perfection. We loved it so much that we came back the next day and try other menu items!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing service and staff went above and beyond. The food was incredible and affordable. Four of us went for the dinner service, two of us ordered the 10 course omakase and two of us ordered the tasting menu. Both were amazing and would definitely come back again if we were back in Melbourne.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great night celebrating my 28th anniversary. I will book the private function room next time. The Front of house staff went out of their way to make the night memorable. Love your work.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I don’t understand the point of making a reservation for an anniversary for 8:30 when we aren’t taken to our seats for more than an hour and begin to actually eat closer to 10pm. The floor staff were disorganised and had no idea what was going on. In their defence they did try to make up for it with some gyoza and a dessert on the house but the damage was done. Our night was frustrating and we left disappointed.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was great. The venue downstairs lacked a bit of atmosphere

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

I booked on line, received a confirmation, then on the day of the booking an email arrived telling me the restaraunt had cancelled my booking.
No expalnation.
A staff member called after our booked time to enquire why we weren't there, I told her about the email which she could see had been sent. She said it was a computer error, apologissed and left it at that.
Disappointed

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Went for a birthday celebration and had the tasting menu. I specifically wrote the type of celebration as a "birthday celebration" and even confirmed I with the management of kisume when I arrived. However, the dessert came and it says "happy anniversary" instead of "happy birthday".
They also forgot to provide us with plates and cutlery when we arrived and forgot about our soy sauce for the sushi box.
Overall the kingfish sashimi and the four grass tenderloin were the highlights, but the gyoza was nothing special and the cucumber tataki was disappointing as well.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were taken back by how classy, elegant the place was- perfect setting, balanced atmosphere- loved the music. We were well- received, staff were friendly, informative and professional. The food was ...on point. Perfect place for romantic, classy girls night-out or self-reward dinner.
Highly recommend to anyone to visit and awaken their palate

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing, food, drink and service. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Loved everything about it! Food delish, service the best !

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Service was friendly, attentive and warm. The food was the standout though, as well as a beautiful atmosphere with a busy yet peaceful vibe, so perfect for a romantic evening. Loved it.

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4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Food was amazing, cocktails out of this world. Staff were very helpful and attentive. Waygu beef was a bit disappointing portion size to cost but overall amazing.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

We had the tasting menu with added sushi. Beautifully presented and very tasty.

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2.0Dined on 6 July 2018

We were sitting in-front of the sink and when the chef was washing his hands the water splashed on our face, our hands and food. Everything was alright until this happened. It was nice to watch them doing all the process but the hygiene! Please, this action ruins my date because my boyfriend is very hygienic and he later complained to me about this and he blame it on me why did I choose to eat here.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Beautiful food with show stopping service.

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Food was creative, well presented and taste awesome. Combinations of ingredients were perfect and the taste subtle and yet made a difference. The waitress who attended to us was very pleasant and sweet. Unfortunately, we did not get her name.

A special credit must be given to Chef Sam. His creations were out of this world.

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Innovative Japanese food executed very very well-kingfish was fantastic-must be Hiramasa

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4.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Very good service and amazing ambiance

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

My favourite Japanese restaurant in Melbourne and imo the best one! Menu us outstanding as well as the wine list! Staff is excellent and the overall atmosphere is perfect for a date night or a catch up with friends! I can't wait to visit Kisume again!

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Fantastic first time meal experience for our special occassion. Food was exceptional and the setting was as expected. A must try for all foodies and lovers of Japanese cuisine.

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1.0Dined on 30 June 2018

For Chinese tourists or Bogans with Bucks. This 3 storey Hell is a Food Hall w tiny (interesting and tasty) portions (to be shared?) that kills your appetite. It's not a Japanese restaurant, it's a grotesque cash grab.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Recommended by friends. Food was nice but overpriced as was the wine list. I wouldn’t go back in a hurry. We prefer Supernormal hands down. Waiting staff were great.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

We really enjoyed Kisumé. The food was delicious, and the service was great, making the overall experience a great one. Highly recommend it for those who love Japanese food.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Excellent service and food - a little pricey for some "basic' items like edamame etc

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Really enjoyable time at Kisume. Greated by very friendly and knowledgable staff. Great food and atmosphere. It is undoubtedly holding a good reputation for a reason.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Visiting from Sydney
Second time at Kisume and certainly will not be the last
The food is great and the ambiance is very good
No overwhelmingly loud background music
You can actually speak with your friends without using sign language or a megaphone
Everything in perfect balance
Very enjoyable experience

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

Really fantastic dining experience. The food was spectacular, and arrived quickly and purposefully.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

A great meal, every dish was just amazing.

We ordered a few things from the menu and were totally satisfied. There was a little mishap with our order, but management sorted it out pretty quickly and were generous to comp us a couple of desserts.

Overall, a great experience and meal.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Booked for a late lunch/early dinner before a 6pm show. They did acknowledge the notes made in the booking which was super cool, they wished my girlfriend a happy birthday, presented her with a chocolate engraved plate which was special and asked about our show also. Food was incredible. Wait staff were attentive and pleasant. We did the $88 tasting menu. Amazing flavours and we were more than full leaving. Cant wait to take my husband back here for a romantic dinner.

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

One of the best toro I had tasted in Melbourne. Service is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

We had the Omakase set menu at the bar. Excellent service, friendly staff, excellent quality of fresh fish. It is not cheap. We would come back again for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Great food, great service, comfortable, ambience perfect for a date. Memorable night out. Happy customers.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Our dinner exceeded our expectations. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Great vibe, stylish decor. Most importantly, delicious food presented well.

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3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

A very disappointing second visit with second rate service. I do not think it deserves another booking.

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Absolutely loved the food and service was excellent. My only complaint is the unisex toilets. I walked in to be confronted by a guy at the toilet with his cubicle open ! Just not what one wants to see. Sorry call me old fashioned but have asked many female friends and none want to share bathrooms with men.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Really creative food. Even for those used to japanese cuisine. Really nice fit out.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great ambience, loving the tasting menu. Lovely staffs and excellent service. Totally recommended!

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

We arrived early for our booking and thankfully the restaurant was able to accommodate us. We ordered the 15piece nigiri omasake and a bottle of sake. Had to remind two waiters to check on our bottle of sake and it was served only 2 dishes into our omasake which caused a bumpy start to an otherwise delicious dinner.

Our chef was polite and amicable, sharing a little bit of insight for each dish and the origins of the fish used.

The waiting staff lacked attentiveness and seemed more eager to serve some other patrons though. We hope this had nothing to do with appearances as we were not dressed to the nines.

We would definitely recommend Kisume for its inventive use of ingredients and wide variety of fresh fish.

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