Rumi Restaurant

4.4
387 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
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Joseph Abboud opened Rumi restaurant with his wife Natalie in 2006 to critical acclaim and in 2011 opened The Moor's Head.

We offer a menu based on traditional dining experiences in Lebanon where small to medium sized dishes are shared amongst the table. The food is authentic but done with a refined approach and a deft interpretation of a classic cuisine. The plate size encourages sharing in the traditional dining style of Lebanon.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. We go to Rumi every time we are in Melbourne. Always beautiful. The lamb! Omg

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JM
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and especially good for our vegetarian friend. Informal but great for celebration.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Rumi for Mother's day dinner. The service was great and staff very friendly. Our food was spectacular and there was plenty of it. I had the matching drinks with my meal and I was very happy with the selection apart from the walnut liquor which was not to my taste. Great ambiance and lovely venue. Will definitely go again.

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m
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

This was the first visit when I was a little disappointed. The food was rather bland and could have been $10 less per head for what we received, as the drinks were charged at premium prices, so the money was being made there anyway. I much prefer their veg nights, so I was surprised that I wasn’t wowed on Mother’s Day.

I would still go back but I couldn’t rave about it anymore as the rest of the party couldn’t understand why I’ve been talking this place up for a couple of years.

I think it’s better value on a regular day so will return then.

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K
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this is the best restaurant i have been to in Melbourne by far. The decor was amazing, the service was fantastic and the food was beyond words. It was also reasonably priced. We went in with a bunch of different dietry requirements (annoying i know) and they handled it so so well. They were able to make most of the dishes Vegan, for the vegan on the table, they were able to change the seafood dish for the person allergic to seafood, be able to make the meat dishes for the meat eaters-with not even a complaint! They also have a wide selection of creative cocktails! i had a Turkish delight cocktail and it was spot on. i cant wait to go back! my favourite dishes were the cheese cigars, the hommus, the lamb shoulder, the rice salad yummmm.

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CE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was fantastic as always. Our waiter needed some training on the wine list.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the range of dishes which we shared. Each dish was distinctive in flavours and textures and went well with the overall menu. Great wine and service- favourite dishes were the school prawns and slow cooked lamb. We will return for another meal soon.

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DN
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

This was the first, and much anticipated, dining experience at Rumi. Regrettably it was very disappointing. There was pressure to order quickly, and food was served promptly giving the impression that despite the two hour window we must eat and exit. Generally the food was tasty, but unremarkable compared with other Middle Eastern restaurants. Some of our main course meals were delivered with our starters, but without rice. When mentioned, those main course plates were removed to the kitchen, but returned together with the rest of the main course meals later. They were evidently the same plates as they were virtually cold, and we had been asked if we like them delivered now. Noise levels were high with all the hard services. Thus, with mediocre food, poor service and uncomfortable noise levels Rumi is not a restaurant I will either recommend or return to. Shame!

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ED
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and enthusiastic service. Enjoyed by all.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food was average. Waitress was good.manager was not good.wouldn't accept our entertainment card so we could receive discount because she didn't know which number to scratch off the card.very poor effort from the manager. Will be spreading the word out to all my friends and colleagues not to go to rumi.

Rumi Restaurant
Responded on 7 May 2019

Hi Sophia. We're disappointed with missed the mark when you dined with us. To clarify, we only accept the tear out voucher and the digital membership. The gold card only relates to the gold section of the Entertainment Book. If you need further clarification on this please contact Entertainment Book on (03) 9815 4400.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious food, well executed cooking and balance of flavours. I remember Joseph from est est est as an apprentice, it's fantastic to see how he's progressed and tapped in to his cultural background to create wonderful from the heart food.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was good and food was great! Will be back again 😊

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for the great experience!

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GT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Each of the courses at Rumi were absolutely mouth-watering.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rumours has food that is worth taking the time to enjoy

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PR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had an early dinner on a Tuesday night. Food was beautiful, service was just right and the restaurant was quiet due to the early hour.

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RR
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit to Rumi whilst visiting Melbourne from America. Brilliant food. Fantastic prix fixe tasting menu and great service. We would definitely return.

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

this restaurant is a great find. Everything is delicious and highlighted by the amazing middle eastern flavours. Plan to come here every time I am in Melbourne

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GR
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had the banquet and loved it. Great food and relaxed atmosphere.

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GS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food very accommodating

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P
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rumi was alive and buzzing in a Tuesday night. Fantastic food a service. Can’t wait to go back

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MA
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Or booking happened to be seated at a table that had half the guests staring directly into a setting sun which made things difficult for an hour or so.

The price/quality/service was impressive! A touch noisy perhaps.

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FP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The only annoying aspect of the night was the waitress often coming to the table asking if we were finished with each course when there was obviously food still on our plates-it was intrusive and felt pressured to hurry up
However the complementary Prosecco was a nice touch on International Women’s Day
Thank you

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s
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The waitress could have been more attentive as the restaurant was quiet. However the food is amazing !

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n
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely night and extremely glad that we made the effort to come to Brunswick from the Eastern suburbs. Amazing food and service. We will be back and will bring friends. Thankyou and keep up the great work Rumi

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My only criticism would be towards the $7 pickles! Having lived in the Middle East and eaten a lot of delicious fresh pickles, I thought these were overpriced and didn't taste fresh. Other than that, service was great. Wait staff were friendly and approachable and the rest of the dishes we ordered were good.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was interestingly presented and well spiced, we enjoyed every mouthful! The staff were informative of the food and extremely accommodating when booking, We will look forward to returning and trying more dishes.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rumi delivered an amazing meal once again. They never fail to delight and I will continue to go and to recommend Rumi to anyone looking for a middle eastern meal.

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DB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very tasty, high quality ingredients, lots of variety and exceptional value.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So delicious. Rumi has been one of my favourite restaurants for years. Unfortunately my glass of Shiraz was served cold (glasses and bottles stored too close to the airconditioning?) which affected the flavour, but everything else was great.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed everything we ordered. The flavours were amazing. Staff were polite and helpful.

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L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We have been to Rumi many times & have always been happy with the food, but the Valentine’s Day set menu was disappointing. The portions were too small for the price charged .

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G
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Rumi is my fav restaurants in Brunswick. Service is always nice and friendly and the food is fresh and full of flavour. I love it!

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DH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Food was not very good. Food was just average. Wouldn't recommend

Rumi Restaurant
Responded on 19 February 2019

Hi Dorian, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate both negative and positive reviews. If you could tell us what you didn't enjoy or how we could have done things differently that would be greatly appreciated. You can use this link to send feedback: https://bit.ly/2T3wF7Z Cheers, Roby

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T
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Rumi, wonderful food and terrific service. Best valentines dessert I've ever had!

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M
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. I was with a party of 4 and we ordered several dishes to share. The food was very good. Each person in my group enjoyed it. I had to squeeze in a dessert which was pretty yummy.
I would definitely go back!

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MA
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at Rumi can't be faulted - delicious, good-sized servings and something for everyone. Service is very good (our waitress was excellent - short, dark hair; there was another one with little ponytails who was unfriendly and brusque but all she did was slam down a few plates and walk off - thank god we didn't have her all night!). I have to say, though, that I'm a bit scandalised by paying $7.50 for a bottle of water... really? The space is very noisy (we had the misfortune of a very loud group next to us - someone talking about personal health issues in a booming, grating voice) so if that doesn't suit you, you'll need to take that into consideration.

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LW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my fave places to eat in Brunswick, as a vegetarian it is brilliant, such a variety and so good!

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NB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely staff and amazing food! Wine list could have a bit more variety however the cocktails make up for what’s missing.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just amazing food accompanied by wonderful attentive service

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