Nobu

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890 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 890 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Each time I come to Melbourne I always come to Nobu but this time the food was ok not to mention you pay top dollar not good enough for ok food. The service was very bad this time. They forgot some of our order then she asks if we want dessert we still are waiting for our remaining food I say. It was just terrible I think it’s time for a new place while in Melbourne.

TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My Fav restaurant. Always outstanding.
One waiter was very softly spoken which is not ideal downstairs but no complaints.
Food amazing and staff attentive as always.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Although the food and service was fantastic, the portion sizes for the price was a huge letdown.

The decor could also do with renovations as it's very outdated.

Apart from that it was still a memorable experience that i would be happy to have again
Being wiser now with the portion sizes and quality.

TM
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Reliant on its reputation, the food is good but very overpriced. It would be hard to recommend it in all conscience.

OT
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Nothing made it special we were very disappointed. Coming from Perth and experiencing nobu there, Melbourne was so disappointing. Sat downstairs. No views sat downstairs felt closed in and very loud. Upstairs had a nice view at least but weren’t offered to sit there. Plus it was my birthday and was looking forward to a nice meal and cake out not happy at all.

OT
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food was amazing. The staff and friendly and engaging and know the menu very well. They make you feel so comfortable when you dine here.

OT
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service, felt really taken care of! Food was excellent quality. The staff were very informative about the menu items and carefully explained which dishes were suitable for our dietary requirements. We felt relaxed and comfortable to spend the evening celebrating and didn't feel rushed. The service staff were genuine in wanting to meet our needs, checking in if we were satisfied but without hovering and interrupting our experience.

Thank you for making our night special.

PE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time eating here and the food was as wonderful as we remembered.
Fresh fresh fresh....
Soft flavours to start and finished with a pork dish that had a touch of fire.
Service was professional with a friendly vibe.
Always attentive without being obtrusive.
Would always recommend to friends visiting Melbourne.

OT
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Having dined at Nobu many times before we were looking forward to the same exceptional experience we’ve had previously . Unfortunately the service for our lunch was very lack lustre (getting service for a drink was challenging) fortunately the food was of the same exceptional quality we’ve come to expect at Nobu

KB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved every dish. Great for date night or a group celebration.

F
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! Everything was delicious!! Bento box was great!! Yellow fin tuna was delicious! Awesome ambiance! Staff was super professional!

OT
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We planned our anniversary at Nobu and were not disappointed. From the second we walked in we felt welcomed and the service was at a 10/10 the entire night. We got the 8 course meal and every dish just got better. It was possible the best night of food we have ever had and they even personalized our dessert as a surprise for our anniversary. Amazing work. We will definitely be back.

OT
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was amazing, had a great experience and would recommend to everybody.

Small thing to watch out for would be that they suggestive sell appetisers and water bottles without specifying price. 1L of water set me back $13, which was annoying but not annoying enough to complain.

Overall, I would suggest having a look at the menu before going in and expect amazing service/ food.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time in Nobu and it was an amazing experiences. It was really noisy and my partner could compare it to the Nobu restaurant in Las Vegas, where it was very quiet. But the food was excellent, refined and tasty and it was a lovely place for our romantic dinner. The waiters and waitresses were kind and explained skillfully every dish of the Nobu Signature Omakase we ordered. Will come again and would definitely recommend.

OT
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nobu is the best restaurant I have been to in my entire life. The food was immaculate, absolutely worth every penny. I can't express how much I love this place. I live in Sydney, but I'd gladly move to Melbourne just for Nobu. Our waitress, Susan, was the sweetest lady ever! She is highly professional and kind and assisted us with the menu a lot. She is a lovely lady. We will definitely be back!!

A
Puerto Vallarta
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cómo siempre sobrepaso nuestras expectativas, es de nuestros favoritos!!!

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OT
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

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 on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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 on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

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 on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always happy with the service and the phenomenal food

OT
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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

OT
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great unique food, beautiful presentation great taste

OT
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was amazing and service even better. Would recommend!

OT
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great as always

OT
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

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
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best

OT
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous place to eat, food was amazing

OT
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service

OT
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was incredible!

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

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