Sake Restaurant & Bar Flinders Lane

4.2
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19 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies
Contemporary Japanese done well! The two-storey restaurant has a vibrant street-level entry, features intimate and communal tables.with a dramatic dining counter combining a sushi bar and spectacular robatayaki grill. "Downstairs diners can watch a stellar drinks crew shaking, stirring and pouring signature and seasonal cocktails while a light-filled, modern terrace accommodates outdoor diners day and night. The food is fresh, innovative and the essence of contemporary Japanese presented beautifully and full of flavour. "

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What 19 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.8
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1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Sake Flinders Lane are so accomodating to dietary requirements. I highly recommend if you have one in your group. Always yummy and fresh and delicious. Thanks!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Was ok, service a little slow but had not as attentive or as good food wise as it’s sister place on the Yarra river

SD
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great but the quantity was so small and very expensive. I wouldn’t mind paying a lot if there was enough food in one dish. Otherwise the quality of the food was great.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

the lamb is not good

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding! Been meaning to try this place for ages, as I really enjoyed their Sydney location.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Seated under the skylight so lovely winter light. The food was exquisite and I found it quite quiet which is something I value.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the very first mouthful we were all commenting how amazing the food was.
The cocktails that our waitress recommended were all really nice. Everything was cooked to perfection with very moorish flavours and beautifully presented.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and good food.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Disappointing - very expensive for poor food and a terrible experience sitting at the bar with constant interruption from staff.

- We asked for input on how much to order - were told to order about 3-4 dishes too many
- We ordered cocktails - we got the wrong ones
- Food was average -- nothing truly special
- We booked for a romantic dinner for our anniversary - was seated at the bar with my husband constantly being poked by a plant. The bar was loud and staff felt compelled to keep interrupting our conversation with comments like "ooh thats my favourite dish here etc"

Memorable for all the wrong reasons - glad we had booked somewhere else for dessert to end the evening on a higher note.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Bad staff experience.

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The place was bustling with activity and the food was great! Staff was quick and on-the-point with orders.

GB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food. Friendly and competent wait staff. Good wine list. All together makes for a very pleasant place to meet for lunch.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food there! Enjoyed every minute of it with my partner and would definitely come back with my friends next time!

TP
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

All good. Food was excellent.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really lovely place, amazing food and our waiter was fabulous. Can't wait to be back.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

good food and cocktails, but the cocktails took a while to arrive and the food was served in disorderly fashion. The sashimi arrived last and the yakitori and main dishes we ordered first, which was very confusing. It made for an uncertain dining experience as we were wondering if dishes had been forgotten. Service a little haphazard. Given the price of the meal, we did expect better.

KS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I thought the meals were very small.. And a bit too tricky for Japanese food. The music was very loud and the service was mixed. Some waiters excellent- others not as good. The pricing was very high.

SD
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2016
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Disappointing. Understanding that it was different to the SAKE near Hamer Hall, we were still expecting a spectacular dining experience. We were guided by service staff to select the $95 chef selected menu and while they took account of food preferences, the overall experience was less than satisfactory for the price. In lieu of a meat dish two diners in our party were provided a large sauted hunk of leek that you couldn't even eat with a knife and fork, never mind chop sticks. Although it was replaced by a nice alternative which happened to be the dish of the evening, it didn't make up for the ordinary dishes that made up the rest of the dinner. Beware that the wine is upmarket and seriously overpriced.

SM
Melbourne / VIC
15 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2016
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed Sake down on Southbank last year and when we heard they were coming to Flinders Lane we were eager to give it a shot.

Opening a new restaurant must be fraught with frustration - even with the most experienced crew in the world, there will always be teething problems, and, as such, we decided to let Sake settle in to her additional location a few months before giving it a shot.

This past Sunday, we wandered in, having made a booking via OpenTable. We happened to be greeted by the manager who is simply outstanding - friendly, engaging, genuinely wants to make sure her guests are having a great time. A wonderful start!

The menu at Sake on Flinders Lane is different than the other locations - and that's probably for the best. Different environment, different options. No doubt there are seasonal variations as well.

Since this was our first visit for this location, we randomly sampled from the nigiri, sushi rolls, hot starters, yakatori and no doubt other things...oh, yes, a full bottle of sake. That may have been a tactical error, but a deliciously tasty tactical error.

The fish was superb. Fresh, flavourful, beautifully presented, seasoned (in some cases) and paired (as appropriate) with the Green Goddess of Sinus Cleansing (fresh wasabi), everything was truly delicious.

Stand outs:

o Rainbow sushi roll. Loved it so much, we ordered a second one
o Chicken breast yakatori with wasabi salsa. WARNING: THIS WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU STUCK AN ICEPICK INTO YOUR EYEBALLS. If you know wasabi, you know the "heat" I'm talking about, but be warned, this is intense stuff, delicious and mind blowing. They could honestly sell the wasabi salsa on its own and I'd buy it by the litre.
o The "meatballs" are massive. Delicious, but, hugely filling. Be warned

We loved our visit so much that we've booked in again for this weekend. I suspect we'll be (broke) regulars in no time!