Kisume

4.4
734 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Kisumé, a pure obsession with beauty - is a contemporary experience that’s built on duality. It’s where the traditionalist and the modern artist meet. Our cuisine draws on the purity of Japanese food culture and injects it with a uniquely Australian sensibility. Here, each visit will be different from the last: Kisumé is a journey that constantly evolves.

Find us in the heart of Flinders Lane, a stones throw from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, and discover three levels of dining. Our modern sushi bar and restaurant sit in the basement and ground floor, while Kuro Kisumé sits discreetly on the first level. Kuro, our most bespoke experience, encompasses The Table, two private dining rooms, an elegant Chablis bar and Winewall specially-curated by Philip Rich.
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SS
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

All very nice, but not very friendly. Everyone seemed to be distracted, and not very happy to be at work. There was a lot of activity over at the bar/kitchen, and the boss seemed to be having the best time, but this didn't translate to anyone's interaction with customers. If anything, we felt a little like we were getting in the way of they banter.

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NA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent service. All staff are well trained and knowledge of dishes on the menu was excellent. The food is of high quality and wine list extensive. My only negative is the ambiance is bland and l don't think will look good in a very short time.

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AC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, amazing wine list, great service, lovely atmosphere and beautiful sake! Totally worth it, beautiful experience and thank you for making our anniversary so special!!

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Getting the set meal was well worth it!

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NG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A good modern Japanese eatery.
Good sake selection and varied food menu.
Sushi was good quality not always the case in Australia.

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RD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Appalling service, poor quality sashimi. Even though my sake (order forgotten) and hot dishes (overcooked, dry flathead) were comp’d I can only comment that this is authentic Japanese food, just like roast beef. Avoid.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I had expected a really special experience but unfortunately the food was really average, very pedestrian
and not value at all. The staff were lovely but the food was just a massive let down.

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A
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Cannot wait to come back. Service, food,wine list all excellent. Thank you

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JM
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Took forever to be seated !

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JT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences I have ever had on flinders lane. Made a booking for 9pm and we weren’t seated until 9.50pm. Before we were seated they held us in the bar upstairs (which we also had to wait for by the way, standing by the stairs for 15 minutes). Once we were seated, we ordered the tasting menu, 3 meals came at once and then none for half an hour. We were told the kitchen was closing before our main course had even arrived. Staff were not attentive and we had about 6 pass us each time before they would fill our glass or take dirty plates away. We had a spill and it took 20 minutes for them to clean it.

Great food but the service was worse than McDonald’s. Will never be eating here again, there are so many more efficiently run places on Flinders Lane. DO NOT EAT HERE! You will spend 4 hours of your life waiting, and let’s be real, tough steak is not even worth 10 minutes of your time.

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L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious Japanese food with lovely staff and amazing sushi chefs.

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NR
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We loved the food and the atmosphere.
However our waitress left much lacking. We struggled to get service and had to ask to order food. When we ordering there was some hestitation and she quickly asked can I come back in five minutes after we had been waiting 40 mins to order. When asked advice between two dishes she explain other dishes and stated well I don’t like rice. Felt as if she didn’t have the knowledge of the menu.
When the food arrived and we had finished our cocktails we had To hail down a passing waiter to get a bottle of wine. Again we had to ask the waitress to fill up the wine throughout the meal.
Honestly, loved the food and would recommend it to friends however feel a bit discouraged by the lack of attentiveness and care provided by our wait staff.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I'm visiting from Sydney, and we were running late due to traffic... the team was still very friendly, and extremely accommodating. We were told they would need the table by 8.30pm, which would have meant cutting our dining experience time.
We were on our first date... and not once did we ever feel rushed, we were watching the time as 8.30pm approached, as we thought they would usher us out... But the ambience and energy of this place is exceptional, relaxing, and truly romantic!
We will definitely be back! And everyone we know visiting Melbourne, or staying there - we will be highly recommending this beautiful dining experience.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great experience to have lunch with friends here

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AN
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The set menu plus deluxe sushi was fabulous and (unlike Sydney's Tetsuya's) there was ample food. We had trouble finishing the steak and fish, and my only complaint is that these should have been spaced out (with fish first, not second) instead of almost simultaneous. It seemed a bit rushed towards the end, which is inappropriate in this price range.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good experience overall. However, the knife for the beef was a bit hard to use.

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MP
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Nice cocktails. Attentive staff. A reasonable option to eat in Melbourne if you are after great food and a good dining experience. Priced well for the experience.

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K
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately not a good experience overall.

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TW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Kisume, loved it so much we’ve booked the private dining room for a birthday in a couple of months. Fantastic!

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RV
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was fresh and light and very well presented. Would like to come back and try more items on the menu soon.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome feel, super joint, a great experience if your taking a dearest one out for a night out, the taster menu option is a well rounded experience...

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G
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the individualised service and attention. I thought the food was outstanding and carefully preferred to create aesthetically pleasing dishes as well as being delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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YT
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great but explaination by waitress was ok. We asked what double toro sushi meant and she said two pieces. What it was, was not two pieces of sushi rather two different types cooked toro on one sushi. We thought she meant two pieces of sushi. We had to ask several times explaination of the set menu which we found out one you can only have at the bar table and since we booked through open table we didn’t know. Food is great though. Alcohol very expensive.

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t
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but it's definitely a special occasion type of venue. Quality of food was great, but still fairly step price tags.

Service overall was good but at times, felt like the wait staff were hovering over our tables waiting for us to leave.

Overall great experience and I would come back.

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MG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Drinks services not the best. Food was fantastic well worth the visit for food

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V
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this restaurant at the last minute and they were very accommodating. The food was very high quality, delicious, and where we were sitting we could see the kitchen working which was great.

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B
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food at Kisume is delicious and the presentation of each dish is beautiful. Sadly we were served by a waitress for some of our dishes who had no idea what the sauces were that accompanied the meals which was a little odd. She sort of shrugged her shoulders and said she didn't know.

I also think there is an insufficient selection of reasonably priced wines.

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SS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing, food was delicious, atmosphere was great with the right level of noise. Service could've been better but was still good. Been here a few times now and highly recommend it. Great with a group of 4-6 so you can share and enjoy the delicious menu. One of my fave restaurants in Melbourne at the moment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service.

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DT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy location, simple decor, good lighting, very attentive service. We had the tasting menu which was interesting and very well presented.

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PR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been here twice now and the food is sensational. On both occasions though we ordered food that either did not arrive or was the wrong dish. Otherwise an excellent restaurant with superb food. Wine list is a tad expensive.

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DB
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Just had dinner at Kisume! Everyone raves about it but I am sooo disappointed! Rushed,spillage everywhere, was elbowed out the way by a waiter, was yelled to move out the way by another and eight course degustation finished in 50 minutes! Wine came after the third course! Food was pointed out what it was by touching the box with a plastic pen from his pocket, so unhygienic . The Food was good but experience 0 out of 10. So disappointed, do not see the appeal at all. Will never return!!! I am so tired of these expensive rush you out places, we have lost the dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

スタッフの接客が偉そうでした。あまり気分が良くなかったです。味噌汁は、美味しくなかったです。 値段と比べて特別感はないです

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food were really good and service was efficient

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LB
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting platter was an excellent choice. Highly recommended

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SD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We have been regular lunch and dinner guests at Kisume and Sunday’s lunch was so disappointing. The menu has changed to be very small and doesn’t reflect a fine diner of the price. The food came out in a disorderly and just plain wrong order. We shan’t be back for lunch. We will review the dinner menu before booking for dinner in the future. A real shame.

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M
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food well worth the price. Perfect vibe for a great night

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A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was very poor; food was nice enough but not great value for the price.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

This place was okay but very expensive.
It was a shame and perhaps I had high expectations. The lobster tempura was over cooked, however the kingfish, flathead and scampi dished were very tasty.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an absolutely incredible experience for my wife and I. The food was magnificent and mouth watering. We were left full at the end of the night with the generous serves. I will definitely be visiting again in the coming months.

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