Rumi Restaurant

4.4
483 reviews
$41 to $100
Middle Eastern
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.
What 483 People Are Saying
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
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4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Spud3067
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great helpful staff and delicious food

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Cate
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious veg options particularly the roasted cauliflower and the eggplant dish. A little lacking in ambience with no background music playing.

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JasandPete
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Overall experience couldn’t be faulted

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KiriakiS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food. Great service. Will be back soon. Little pricey though. I recommend bringing shisha to it.

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ScottR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely night, great food and terrific service from our head waitress who really helped us with selections.

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Monique
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and lots of it (we had the classic banquet). Will be back again :)

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HannahC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always reliable. Delicious banquet. Friendly and efficient waitstaff.

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SuzanneG
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service & food, Thankyou for a lovely evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! Waitress was exceptional, manager was exceptional, food was exceptional! Truly enjoys the decor, as well! ❤️

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MickD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, value for money. The best middle-eastern/Mediterannean food I've had. Been twice over the last few months. It's quite noisy so bear that in mind if you are noise sensitive. We have dined early, and late. Definitely more pleasant as the crowd dissipates, and the noise level drops. Otherwise, highly recommended.

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JanneyW
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The service was excellent and waiter expertly assisted us with food choices. Food was lovely as was wine. A pleasant and relaxed evening on a not so busy week night

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AliA
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food!
Good customer service, friendly and professional service

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PureSaffrona
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a great experience. Nice fusion recipes with the Persian hint made it more interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rumi is a fantastic. The lamb was amazing and the quail is a must!!

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BelindaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

We felt the value for money was quite poor. The food is delicious, but are left feeling hungry (we did the banquet on Valentine's day at $69 per head).

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DarrenJ
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time @ Rumi , mind blown. Can’t wait to come back.

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TriciaK
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rumi was a great place to celebrate a family birthday. We chose the banquet option and they readily adapted it to suit the needs of a coeliac. Food was delicious, service excellent .

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Barbara
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

It was a very hot night and the air conditioning was nor on in the front room. We didn’t feel like staying fir dessert because it was too hot.

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ShaneS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, good drink selection, good service staff.... the barbecued chicken wings are fantastic!!

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took interstate visitors here to give them a taste of Melbourne.
We were not disappointed staff very welcoming and helpful food was really delicious . A wonderful evening will return

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Michele
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food at Rumi is a festival for the mouth. The almond taratoor, the feta and haloumi cigars, that delicious pilaf and the always tantalizing desserts were highlights on our most recent visit. The service is excellent and informed. The mocktails can sometimes not hit the mark in terms of displaying the flavours promised, but overall, Rumi is with coming back to for as many repeats as possible.

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vipMonicaB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excelente servicio y deliciosa comida. Muy recomendable

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful well balanced food
Fantastic service and very accomodating of food allergies
Friendly and attentive staff
Premium Venue that should be on everyone’s restaurant destination list

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CarolineW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and very helpful and friendly staff. Will definitely be going back!

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Joachim
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Any restaurant that is named after a poet needs a look. Eating at Rumi was a wonderful experience. The food was truly beautiful. Middle Eastern food and culture represented in all its splendor.

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AnnaD
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

The food was lovely and service was great. Unfortunately, the noise level was too loud to talk, and then the music was turned on, that our group was prevented from talking. We decided to leave and order dessert and coffee elsewhere.

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BandG
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Apart from a very unusual bit of confusion about paying via one of those dreaded portable swipe-me/touch- me machines the end, it was a very welcome return to 'Rumi' for us after having been regulars for quite a while (-- only thing that makes regular visits a bit hard is the traffic and parking in the immediate locality but the effort's definitely worth it).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Becoming a favourite way of celebrating NYE - love the banquet, the atmosphere and no-fuss, down to earth service. See you next NYE!

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BrendanD
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Thanks for a lovely meal
Service was excellent
Enjoyed it immensely

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Cristina
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A favorite , never disappoints ! Highly recommend Rumi for its authenticity , warm welcoming wait staff and of course menu .

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ReubenA
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best options on Lygon St, Brunswick East for 10+ years now. Never disappoints.

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EuCHealey
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Brought my picky friends to Rumi’s for first time for our annual Xmas breakup. They loved the food, service was great and everyone said they’d come again. Only thing I’d pick on is the acoustics.

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SamS
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food great! ate too much.....noisy, you need baffles.

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MeriemE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great experience! Good GF options. They should add a GF rice option to the menu 😊

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Sheets
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Simply Amazing food with good service. Definitely recommend this place

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DaveM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ate and drank was perfect, the service was top notch and vibe was bustling (a touch on the noisy side but no major issue).

Only slight quibble was that we picked the restaurant because of the banquets on offer but we weren’t able to select them as one of us is vegetarian, the other is not.

I know it’s tricky with only 2 people to allow this, but a lot of restaurants do allow it.

Other than that, it was awesome!

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ToniH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I am fussy as my Lebanese husband is a terrific cook so my standards are high . Rumi did not disappoint . The staff were friendly and courteous , the dishes were delicious , authentic and served promptly as is typical of Lebanese restaurants . Their version of fatoush was equivalent to the best I have tasted . Highly recommended .

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HamishG
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dining experience with outstanding vegetarian options.

Staff were exceptionally informative, engaging and cheerful.

Would highly recommend for a food and culture experience.

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Solid performer year after year and clearly still run with a lot of love and care.

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claudiaz
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and amazing cocktails! Been here twice and has impressed both times.

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Rumi Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 483 OpenTable diners.

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