Kisume

4.4
479 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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

Special Offers

5 Course Chef’s Tasting Menu $88pp + Deluxe Sushi Upgrade $33pp

5 Course Chef’s Tasting Menu $88pp + Deluxe Sushi Upgrade $33pp

Terms and Conditions: Bookings of any size on below specified dates are required to dine from the $88pp Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Valid For: 2 - 12 people

Starts: 13 December 2018

Ends: 21 December 2018

Availability: Wed-Fri 12:00-22:30

What 479 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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3.7
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic staff & great ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!!

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LL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Went for the degustation menu and sushi upgrade. Waitress asked about my dietary requirement and I said nothing spicy and yet we still end up getting spicy gyoza and spicy miso hapuka. The food is really just ok and definitely not worth it!

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing food and very fresh ingredients. Expensive but well worth the experience.

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F
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been following Kisume on Instagram, and finally had dinner there recently. The photos don't do it justice, the food was simply superb! I am not a fan of sashimi usually, but Kisume has me converted! Please open a branch in Sydney :)

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YP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing!! I had a date here and we both were happy with the food and the great service that was provided.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat at counter and had 13pce nigiri option. Would, hands down, absolutely do it again. A sensational experience, every bite brought a smile to my face. Sommelier was great, very knowledgeable, didn't recommend expensive wines, just wines to suit our palate. Great service!!

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AK
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Modern and relaxed restaurant . Service was very friendly and food was sensational .

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CK
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent venue for my bday dinner, the staff were so good re my changes in time and number of guests. outstanding really. food amazing, drinks the same! skip the coffee though

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PB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Very disappointed in the position of our table, downstairs in front of the stairway, doorway and lift. It felt like we were in the service area. Two of the party had to make sure we were looking into that dirty area to ensure the birthday person had the better view looking out into the restaurant. it was a shame as the rest of the restaurant looked great. I would not recommend that table to anyone. I had said on my booking it was for a birthday.

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ED
29 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Knowledgeable and friendly staff and great food, in a uber cool setting - sets the scene for a good night out!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was such a great experience. The food was incredible. We went there after a friend recommended this place, and it was above out expectations! There was nothing to fault, except maybe there should be a shiraz on the wine list by the glass ;)

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MC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely Japanese food with some interesting variations to old favourites, e.g. the Morton Bay bug roll. Extensive drinks list. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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RM
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food. Great menu. Amazing desserts! Will return to sample more of the menu.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

As a truffle lover, I ordered every dishes that have the Tasmanian black truffle. That was my first time having this specie. I was wondering how it could be so odorless and tasteless. A bit disappointed for the truffle

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SL
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Noise levels were loud, the walkway was very narrow and seats were very close together. Food was quite good, especially the sushi box. We got the tasting menu $88 pp. The edamame was very good but alittle too salty.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was nice except Tempura.. very disappointing to see the mush
food bit overpriced

overall ok
probably wont come back
can get great japanese food for half the price

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E
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our 7 years, food is amazing and fresh and lovely ambiance

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JP
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently reliable to provide beautiful fresh food accompanied by excellent and charismatic staff

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A
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! We had the tasting menu and it did not disappoint. Wine list is also very good. Will be back.

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OH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Everything is great about this restaurant except the space, it feels very tight and packed.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service and food quality! If the price can be reduced slightly that would be perfect! Having said that, it's worth the dining experience occasionally.

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m
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top to bottom, it was fantastic. Our chef was brilliant and the food has left an indelible impression. It's one of the best meals I've had. Thank you for a wonderful anniversary memory.

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TH
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great lunch, beautiful super fresh food. The only let down was the dirty worn out floorboards which have not worn well and has pulled the aesthetic of a high end restaurant down.

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T
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food, fab bar tender who takes great care to make amazing drinks

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AC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food expertly prepared. Excellent service. Whole dining experience was superb.

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MB
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been to Kisume a few times and it never disappoints. It's a lovely little splurge for super delicious and fresh meals with exceptional and attentive service. Highly recommended!

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J
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delectable Japanese food with a modern twist. Fantastic service, hope to visit again!

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PG
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was good but services was not great to pay in such a fine dining

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R
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time at Kisume and I will return. The food we had, both savoury and sweet, was well presented and delicious. The service was prompt and friendly. Great night.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

I very disappointed as the service is not what I would have expected at this restaurant, and not one of this food standard and cost.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Stunning food presented beautifully ! Came with high expectations and they were certainly met.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Deluxe Sushi and Sashimi Box was absolutely incredible. Beautiful fresh fish presented immaculately.

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T
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The counter seats were great because we got to watch all the chefs make the food from ingredients to plate. I went with one other person and had the omasake and the fried vegetables and mushrooms. Our udon didn't arrive. We waited a good 30 minutes and in the end left without it because we had to go home and had already been in the restaurant for over 2 hours. Our booking was at 5:45 pm and it was pretty quiet. About 6:30-45 it got busy and was a little louder - this was just because of all the customers talking of course. The music got turned up a bit too loud and one of the sushi chefs noticed this and told one of the waitresses to turn it down. The layout is nice and modern, dimly lit. The service from our waitress wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst.
We also had the roasted green tea and the cherry blossom tea. The roasted green tea was very fitting and matched well with the food we were eating. The cherry blossom was a little too strong for my liking but it smelt so fresh, like spring.
The receptionists were friendly and had no problem finding me on the booking list and didn't need me to repeat my details which was nice as I sometimes have to slow down for the other person to find my booking.
Overall it was a great experience and my partner enjoyed it very much. Wouldn't go again but that's only because we like to try new things all the time and the price is a little steep.

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S
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The ambience of the the restaurant is quite intimate and dark. Very indicative of the indiosyncratic vibe of Melbourne. For the price point of Sashimi, I slightly expected higher quality ingredients to be served. IMO it just seemed a tad mediocre. Service was exceptionally friendly and knowledgable, however, servers should expect to be a bit more attentive especially when it comes to refilling drinks and refreshments as it was only refilled towards the end of the meal service. Overall great experience.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kisume was a wonderful experience. We had a fabulous meal sitting at the sushi bar. We watched with amazement at the sushi chefs doing their work of art with the dishes, we will be back!

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H
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Slow service . Had to wait 30 mins for a table thatas already booked . We were compensated with their signature dessert which was great . Good food overall and good value for money .

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MG
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Had the tasting menu with Sushi upgrade. Expensive for what it was. Much better Japanese with higher end ingredients (toro and uni) available at that price point elsewhere. Wouldn’t recommend.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service, one of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne.

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y
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food! Officially my favorite restaurant in Melbourne. The food was made with lots of care and thought. Really fresh and vibrant. Dessert options were amazing as well. Black sesame panna cotta is a highlight dessert dish- I hope you guys will never remove it frm the menu x

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AP
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just wonderful! Service and food were superb. We’ll definitely visit again.

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