Kumo Izakaya

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19 reviews
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$40 and under
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Japanese

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Good Vegetarian Options
Welcome to Kumo Izakaya, Melbourne's foremost location for Japanese sake, food and culture. An eating place, a drinking place, a meeting place, Kumo is more than a restaurant and bar.

At Kumo Izakaya, you will find a varied and extensive range of local and imported wine, spirits, sake, shochu, umeshu and beer. Our in-house wine and sake experts will be on hand to offer recommendations and information. Enjoy a range of small gourmet izakaya-style platters between friends while opening up a bottle of wine or sake to match, or sip a house signature cocktail or fine Japanese whisky at the bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
PLEASE NOTE:
WE ARE CLOSED ON ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Monday - Thursday 6:00PM - 10:00PM
LAST ORDER 9:30PM

Friday - Saturday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
LAST ORDER 10:30PM

Sunday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
LAST ORDER 9:30PM
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Phone number
(03) 9388 1505
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Akimi Iguchi
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Parking Details
Street parking is available on O'Connor Street and surrounds.
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Public Transit
Tram 1 & 8 Alight at stop 122
What 19 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.0based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Portion sizes are fine, but the food is very westernised and just really not really on par with the quality you’ll find elsewhere at that price point. The banquet had pretty average food items that weren’t overly impressive. The sake matching was nice and we still enjoyed ourselves, but there are much better places in Melbourne that cost a similar amount of money and for that reason I wouldn’t go back to Kumo.

MK
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food. Good service. Great range of sake, and the sake tasters (flights) are a great idea. Limited wine and beer, but what there is is good. While not a 'cheap eat', is good value given the top quality experience.

LG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was by far the most yummy Japanese food that we have eaten! Highly recommend and we will be returning again. Thank you!

RO
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Second visit to this local restaurant, and as impressed this time as I was the first time. Very attentive service (but not too much), the ambiance is subdued, a mixture of table-types and sizes, and the food is SPECTACULARLY GOOD. Really delicious small bits, taste sensations every one of them. Keep this up and we’ll be back. I guess you would say ‘modern Japanese’ - certainly recognisable elements but served in a really interesting way most suitable for sharing and nibbles.

PL
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very tasty food with a good range of menu and alcohol options.

JW
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very quick service (wasn't too busy). Great food, loved the whiskey!

MS
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

Food is great, service is outstanding. Sadly the dishes are small and way overpriced. For $90 a head I would expect to walk out full not hungry.

MK
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food ... the wayermelon salad was just lovely... there were 3 at our table and we shared everything ... a MUST is the watermelon salad with kimchi👍👍gyozas were lovely but we werent keen on the sushi (deconstructed) .... but very fresh lovely food this is our second visit 👍

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!!!

KT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

This is the second time i have been to this restaurant. The first time was when it first opened it it was great, this time. Not so much. The food was average for the price and portion sizes small - I can accept that if the food is great but it just wasn't. The Beef Tataki was not tender and so cold it must have just come out of the fridge. Miso Salmon was OK but very small portion. 2 people, no alcohol $85 and had to get a snack after as we were still hungry. There was no atmosphere as there were not many people in the restaurant and basically no music so just awkward.

K
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fabulous food, good service and great atmosphere.
Always delicious and consistent! Thanks

DT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal, nice atmosphere and friendly, well paced service. Drinks slightly pricey. Recommended, an enjoyable evening, thank you !

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for an anniversary dinner and had a fantastic meal, highlight was the lamb shoulder dish, we will be back for sure!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great friendly service. Good value for Omakase (chef's selection) with sake pairing (deluxe option available). Great sashimi, grilled eel and ramen gnocchi!

CS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food is amazing and fresh. We went to celebrate a birthday and it was very busy for a Monday nite. The building itself is a pleasure to be in and it was warm on a cold nite. We enjoyed the Japanese beer too. Food ihas very interesting menu. Highly recommend

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2017
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We ate here with friends and had the Omakase selection. Food was very nice and service was prompt. Would definitely do the drive to eat here again. Food was a little on the pricy side for what was served though.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very tasty Japanese food in Brunswick East. Service was generally good, although the staff were a bit too keen on us leaving before closing time (it was a Sunday night and there weren't many other patrons left in the place). Would certainly recommend to those who like this style of food.

OP
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great traditional Japanese kitchen!
outstanding service. Prepare to leave some dollars but it's more than worth it. Will come back soon.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Local modern Japanese. I dine at least twice a week at Kumo, always friendly service and outstanding food. Sashimi is always fresh and the beer is always cold. Main courses and other dishes are on point. I usually book through open table as sometimes find it hard to get a spot if walk in on the odd occasion. I bring my nephew here, who is 5 years old, great little kids menu. Recommend it highly.