Sake Restaurant & Bar Hamer Hall

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323 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese

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Pre/post Theatre
Sake Hamer Hall is a modern Japanese dining restaurant, the perfect place for that unforgettable experience amongst the Yarra River.

Sake Hamer Hall offers a delicious menu that can be truly experienced by tasting authentic Japanese dishes as tempura soft shell crab and wagyu teriyaki.

Dining at Sake is highly recommended for corporate events or parties, enjoying delicious cocktails and traditional Japanese beverages.

Sake restaurant and bar is spread over two levels. The restaurant can be experienced by sitting outdoors overlooking the view of Melbourne’s CBD, or indoors with spacious seating options such as booths or timber chairs and tables.

Sake is perfectly positioned just a short distance away from attractions such as Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the Melbourne Arts Centre.

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MH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A wonderful modern Japanese menu with great wine list, excellent service and situated on the amazing Southbank with lovely river and city views. A fantastic place for melbournians and tourists alike.

F
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were going to a show and didn’t have much time but the restaurant was really accommodating and the food came out quickly. It was also really great food - very tasty and fresh. I’d definitely recommend Sake!

OT
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding once again!!

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

The service and food were both exceptional

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I always love this place.
i decided to bring my partner here and they disnt dissapoint..

NC
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

A belated Birthday attached to a performance at Hammer Hall. Brilliant evening. Thank you!

KL
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went for a special dinner with my daughter before the ballet. The food was fantastic, and so beautifully presented. The service was excellent.

JK
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Location is terrific, right on the south bank and many of the dishes are quite unique. Sushi and sashimi menu was more limited than I expected but everything was very fresh. The other specialty items on the menu were all a tasty surprise.

KC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was awesome I will be back for sure, service was excellent and the menu was easy to read

AR
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was fantastic as usual. What we like about the place is that while food is interesting there are still options for more conservative dinners (ie children). The location in Hamer Hall is also fantastic, and makes Sake our families traditional pre/after show restaurant.

FS
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have dined here a number of times. Sensational food and service. If you can get a seat at the bench, it is fabulous to watch the team in action. Great for an early eat before seeing something at the The Art Centre.

S
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Attended for a pre theatre meal. Very impressive service making it free of any stress about being late for the play. One of the best tempura meals we have had. Side dishes also excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Surprisingly great! Good location and view. Great ambience.

j
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the perfect place to have an early Christmas dinner as my family is traveling for the summer before Christmas Day

DC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place to dine before a concert or theatre. very creative menu.

AR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great japanese restaurant sitting alongside the river in Melbourne. The fish is as good as anywhere - good sushi moriawase and special rolls. Also the lamb chops are exceptional. Good wine list.

D
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous food, delicious cocktails, great service, very efficient at organising the meal so we could make the start time of the play comfortably
Great night out-5 stars!

EF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always good

JJ
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

public holiday surcharge on Easter Sunday? No notice given at reservation so extra $70 on bill - only aware at payment time.

JN
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Popcorn prawns, popcorn prawns! It is a must to try. Sensational gyoza.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go before attending a performance at the Melbourne Arts Centre. The food is delicious and you have a wonderful view on the Yarra River. Especially the miso glazed "glacier 51" toothfish was simply divine!

R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food at Saké is always great and the service is very good.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Despite having booked we were first placed outside on a very hot evening, then perched on bar stools before a second request for a table inside was finally granted. From then on except for a reminder needed about one item ordered, everything went well. Food ordered tasted good.

J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely pre theatre meal with friends. Food is truly delightful, every dish. The service was prompt and they were aware of our time restrictions so it was a smooth exit. It will definitely be our new favorite pre theatre or anytime great night out place to go. Thanks Sake.

RM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food its not a cheap eat but for a special occassion highly reccomend

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

nice ambience

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GB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely venue with good food and service. A long time favourite of mine.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service took AGES

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful Japanese dishes with modern flair. Efficient and friendly service. Loved my sake cocktail. Highly recommended.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I came across this restaurant after seeing it's reviews online. I have to admit the price was mid to high end for us, but worth every bit in my perspective; together we had 4-5 glasses of umeshu to accompany our entree of salmon sashimi and ume no hana set, and the bill came down to $200 exact. The food was beautiful and each dish served in a timely manner so that we weren't overwhelmed; we had been to another Japanese where the dishes were less well timed and our table overflowed. The atmosphere was fantastic, quiet and easy to carry out conversation without the need to raise our voices; although there was only 1 other table in the restaurant, so not sure if the quietness changes with more of the restaurant occupied. The waiting staff were welcoming and thoughtful.
The only regrets were that, neither of us could finish the mushroom hotpot and I was unable to finish my soft shell makimono, not because they weren't delicious but rather due to us having our eyes bigger than our stomachs (probably shouldn't have ordered the salmon sashimi for entree).
Essentially we both enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, and the staff members, and believe the price was absolutely warranted. We will most definitely visit again if we get another chance to visit Melbourne. 10/10 would recommend.

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

World class modern Japanese cuisine. The fresh ingredients combined with some great flavours were complemented excellent service and a refreshing "signature" cocktail. This is also a good venue for pre-theatre dining as well as special occasions.

V
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

So many choices - so we picked the banquet menu and it was really more than we could eat - and everything was delicious and innovative - will definitely go back again.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We really enjoy sake and have been many times. In the past the manager at Sake gave me a VIP card to use for further bookings, I tried to use it on my last visit, to be told that it was no longer in use. I’m not sure why I was given it in the first place?. I feel frequent customs should be given something for there loyalty.

KC
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Over priced and unexciting. Service was quick and good. Drinks menu was good but again, overpriced

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As I have indicated on the chart, everything was very good and, particularly on this occasion, as we had a pre-theatre meal, it was ideal.

TP
Melbourne / VIC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Always good food & service - safe, always know what you get

AK
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere was great. We were compelled to linger after for a few more drinks.

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

Sake is a wonderful dining experience. A great view of the city and top quality food, Sake is a must!

JL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A classic in Melbourne, great late night option after a show. We arrived 9.40pm and were not rushed. Benji was wonderful with service. Great to see our feedback from last time (still water v tap water offering) had been taken on board and was corrected. This restaurant and its food are an absolute delight.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful food and wonderful, friendly service. Good selection of wine. A very pleasant occasion.