Nobu

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874 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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 874 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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OT
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

I was very surprised by how disgusting the food was as nobu has such an international reputation. The food was really bad and it definitely was not worth the many pennies I paid for it. While the staff was pleasant enough and did remove one of the items from my bill, I would not personally recommend someone going there.

OT
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Nobu and loved it. You get what you pay for and it was fresh and the sauces were amazing. Fantastic service and great location.

OT
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was amazing, top class and elegant - it got a little bit noisy at certain times and it was rather cold where we were sitting so had to keep my jacket on during dinner which isn't ideal

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was great as it usually is. We had returned for the amazing cocktails too, but was so disappointed when we were asked for ID we didn’t bring as we were both 30 and had not used it in the past 10 years! It was more frustrating that we were asked to show ours, and yet the apparently teenage looking girls next to us were not. It seemed we were the only ones around us that had been asked. This ruined our experience here and it’s unlikely we will come back again.

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always happy with the service and the phenomenal food

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Always love going to Nobu and the bar afterwards is always great for a night cap

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great unique food, beautiful presentation great taste

OT
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Was nice food for my wife's birthday. The waiter didn't just take our order blindly as he mentioned that we might have ordered too much hence he will wait a bit to see how we go with the existing portion then come back to us later. That was a nice pleasant gesture as we hate wasting food. He was the older Asian gentleman with glasses. Just missed his name.

OT
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I live in a remote part of Australia and when I come to Melbourne I like to try Nobu. I’ve been a few times now and I think it’s overrated and really expensive for what you get compared to other fine dining restaurants. The service was great and the food was good but not amazing. I tired the signature spicy tuna, it was good but wasn’t spicy. My husband really liked his wagu tacos but they were tiny for the price. We left hungry and our bill was nearly $300 for 2 people. I think it’s a bit rude.

AB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was amazing and service even better. Would recommend!

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

Food was great as always

OT
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Expected better from a restaurant with Nobu's reputation. Especially, very disappointed with the service. It's well below international standards.

Due to my accent, I have been asked questions like: Are you a visitor? No, I live here. Will you be staying? In fine dining restaurants, I expect waiters to focus on the perfection of their service rather than asking such questions to clients.

Our sushi and sashimi order came out incorrectly.

No one was there to fill empty water glasses.

OT
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

After being greeted by a surly head of house and shown to our table which was a sticky table on the lower level set amongst large group bookings we finally met our waiter. Unfortunately our waiter didn’t assist with menu ideas so we settled for the 6 course degustation. Drink orders did not arrive until half way of first course Food was fresh and tasty but lacked finesse and the final meat course was over cooked and should have had a side. Disappointed.

JT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far the best place to eat in Melbourne. Everything on the night was outstanding and has been for over 10 years that I have been going every time I am in Melbourne. From the welcoming happy and smiling face at the main reception desk to the bar staff to the servers all night, FIRST CLASS across the board. Now the food, WOW!!! Have been to NOBU over 20 times and it never ceases to amaze me and my guests.

OT
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The waiter was great help, the food was amazing would definitely come back and would recommend worth a try!

SP
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! We did the Nobu Signature Omakase - just incredible! The service was impeccable, couldn't recommend this place more for a fine dining experience.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best

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

Fabulous place to eat, food was amazing

OT
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great service

OT
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Ive been to 4 other Nobus worldwide. This was my least favorite. We were sat downstairs where the ambiance was nothing special. Thw tables were sticky. We had the chefs 8 course menu and the food came out too quickly. We ordered a cocktail and wine and everything came out the same time. It felt very rushed. The food was good, not great and one dish with cold noodles and somesort of prawn was uneatable. The dessert was really basic aswell. The restaurant was so loud that i could barely hear

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was incredible!

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An overall great experience from the moment we walked in. The food was excellent and we didn’t have to wait long for it to come out even when the restaurant started to get busy. Will definitely be going back

MK
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and service. Did not wait long for the food to come out, everything was nice and fresh!

OT
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service level was lousy. Waitresses are not knowledgeable on wine and food

VC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Sorry we wanted to love it! Not the vibe I was expecting for a premium restaurant, the food wasn't bad but it also wasn't great for the price!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently excellent food and amazing service

j
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

It was a special Birthday & when I went to the toilet and came back - they had served dessert with the candle & not bothered to wait to see where I was and serve when I was there... was very poor service for what is supposed to be a high-end restaurant.

RT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been to Nobu several times now and yes the prices are high but the quality of food is amazing. I could not compare it to anything. Wine selection is good and the deserts out of this world.
The service is attentive but not a nuisance. The noise level is a little high but that could be just us being old.

OT
Dined on 21 August 2019
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
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

My daughter was visiting Australia from London

OT
Dined on 18 August 2019
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 on 17 August 2019
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!

AV
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere fantastic , Food amazing , Service also very good

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

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