Nobu

4.3
843 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Guests may enjoy the wide range of superb cocktails, sake and wine from the bar, overlooking the stunning river views.

Nobu started as a business partnership in 1994 between chef Nobu Matsuhisa, his partners actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper and managing partner Richie Notar. With the original restaurant in New York, the Nobu brand is now currently established in many locations around the world including London, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Milan, Hong Kong and Waikiki.

Nobu restaurants continue with unprecedented praise and rave reviews from such notable publications as the New York Times, the Zagat Surveys, and the Michelin Guide. The restaurants’ perennial popularity and devoted following are a tribute to Nobu putting his own personal spin on traditional Japanese cooking.
What 843 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We dined at Nobu for a special occasion, foolishly expecting a similar quality and exceptional dining experience of that when we dined at Itoh Dining in Kyoto. It wasn’t a special dining room feel, we had the signature menu expecting to be surprised and delighted... and we weren’t!
Remembering the moments gave way to “yes but our local modern Japanese in our country town has given us better mouth moments”, which was pretty sad! We enjoyed our night celebrating but decided we wouldn’t return!

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Nobu Perth is my most frequented restaurant & Melbourne Nobu was not even on the same level.
Food was average. Seafood was not fresh. Biggest disappointment was the Abalone. Paid $60 for a dish that was mostly mushrooms & when you finally found an abalone it was overcooked tough & unenjoyable. Lacked any flavour - I ended up soaking in soy sauce.
The atmosphere not great, like being in a basement with other tables on top of each other. To end, bill was just thrown on the table.

OT
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Have been coming 1-2 times a year since Nobu opened in Melbourne.
The decor, furniture, bathrooms are all outdated, time to refresh. Nobu is no longer unique in its food and beverage offering, competition is on-par to better than what Nobu offers. The menu is also old. I know you keep the best selling and customer faves.

OT
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just as I remembered it to be from 2010.

Love the energy in the restaurant and yet you can have an intimate dinner without much distractions.

Food is as good as I remember, just get the regular Nobu Omakase set is just enough to keep you satisfied. Pair with either their amazing selection of sake or white wine, both of which I feel goes better with Japanese food.

OT
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food quality was excellent
But as a quiet dinner definitely not the place to go
More like busy Bourke Street ambience
Tables are too close to one another such that you could hear he conversation on the next table

OT
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our Nobu experience. Food was exceptional, as was the service and knowledge of the food.

OT
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food every time!

OT
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic evening. Couldn't fault food or service.

OT
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service, food is ok but definitely not worth the price, portion sizes are a joke for the beef tacos

OT
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

We ordered 2 beef tenderloin steak and the lamb cutlets which were absolutely unedable.
The lamb was full of fat and so dry . The meat smelt and the steak was dry and tough.
Never again. 44$ steak and it was horrible.

OT
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for the special birthday surprise! It was a lovely touch :)

OT
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff friendly and efficient

OT
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Probably wouldn’t go back. Sashimi very good and nice view as seated upstairs. However, significant delays between meals despite being quiet and drinks took around 30 minutes to receive (even non alcoholic ones). Had the black cod miso which was full of bones which was very disappointing given Japanese restaurants pride themselves on expert preparation and technique. Desserts beautifully presented but underwhelming flavours. Service staff were quite friendly, made good recommendations

OT
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

The food was very good, the service was friendly if not a little too friendly, however being seated next to three younger diners who managed to make every second word an expletive (and I’m not exaggerating) this quite ruined our night. The atmosphere was noisy and pub-like so myself and my wife did not enjoy the night as we had expected. Will not go again as can get the same quality of food for marginally cheaper but with much better ambience elsewhere.

OT
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, as always. Have dined in other Nobu locations, Monte-Carlo and Melbourne are my favourites. Great food, impressive wine list, amazing service...I always visit when I’m visiting Melbourne.

OT
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service and it’s a beautiful restaurant. The waiters were attentive and cater to all needs. The food was unforgettable and we thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered.

OT
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nobu always impresses with the high standard in food and service. Straight away you are greeted and all of your requirements are met by the knowledgeable staff who have extensive understanding of the menu and drinks lists.

OT
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very accommodating for our dietary requirements.

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

Lovely food, excellent service!
Highly recommend all the sashimi, especially the Yellow Tail and the Tuna... YUM! All the seafood was fresh and amazing.
On the higher end cost wise, but lovely for a special occasion.

TF
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Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the food although quite expensive but the service was wonderful. Very loud but would definitely recommend

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

Food was great, and service was even better. Had the omakase and the tuna tetaki was the highlight. We had a 50 minute wait in between one dish however was more than made up for by the exceptional service and food.

OT
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nobu is a very good Japanese Restaurant with good food, wine, service and atmosphere.

OT
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food !

OT
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Would not recommend, we came for our anniversary night and I could barely hear what he was saying from across the table due to the noise level.

The food was average, very different but I would not come back again

OT
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and cocktails were awesome...perfect.
Unfortunately the music was awful and so loud we couldn't communicate. Asked to be moved to a quieter table but told the noise level is loud everywhere.
Unfortunately, this is a deal breaker for us and will not return. Pity, coz we luved the food.

OT
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and excellent service

OT
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite place!

OT
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite family lunch hangout and the bento box lunch is always a must have

OT
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent waiting staff and brilliant food

OT
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were very attentive and provided great recommendations when it came to food and drinks.

OT
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The minute we walked through the door we were made to feel welcome and the staff were so knowledgeable.
Thank you Nobu for a great introductory experience to Japanese cuisine. We wil definitely be back. Thank you for a grea night out

OT
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

Very noisy, loud music, not the place to go if you after romantic evening or even a place to catch up with friends, everyone was trying to talk over the music made it very difficult for conversation. Food was ok, service was outstanding.

OT
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a birthday. Staff were attentive and catered to different dietary requirements.

OT
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Not as good as my first visit. Good that they changed the menu but not a very good mix. Too many spicy elements in the bento, taste more like Korean than Japanese. Not authentic enough. Understand that they are more like a fusion type. But Nobu is famous for bringing the best of Japanese. Good to feature the fresh & light side of Japanese.
Was very impressive with the dessert in my first visit. This time also a bit disappointed. The chocolate donut ball not very tasty.

OT
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A little noisy but overall a great experience

OT
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

We were really disappointed with the experience. It was my partners Birthday and the environment wasn’t as nice as I was expecting. The staff didn’t seem very well trained, we have about 8 different staff serve us, we were sat downstairs by the wall and the environment felt like a cheap pub. It was loud, the table was sticky and the crockery looked very old and battered. The fish was nice but a few of the other dishes were underwhelming. I wouldn’t go back or recommend the experience to anyone.

OT
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you want to experience a modern Japanese cuisine, Nobu is the best place to go in Melbourne.
Please try their Japanese bento boxes for lunch at the first time, you will be a repeater of this restaurant.

OT
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent value ,great service delicious food

OT
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 1

We have dined at Nobu a number of times but this time was not enjoyable first even though we booked well in advance the only time was 8.45 pm, firstly the music was extremely loud and unfortunately a table of people arrived and had absolutely no respect for other diners yelling, swearing etc
It was very embarrassing for us and our overseas friends celebrating a birthday , no one ask them to quieted down and we asked staff to find a table so we could enjoy our sweets and coffee ! Disappointing

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