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Warabi  - Warabi, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Warabi

4.7
4.7
69 Reviews
$A101 and over
Japanese
A contemporary Japanese dining experience, Warabi emphasises seasonal ingredients and elevated beverage pairings in an Omakase setting, celebrating the Kappo style of cuisine philosophy.

The Kappo dining experience at Warabi is a set menu that changes at the discretion of the head chef, whose detailed focus is on preparing courses based on the availability of the finest seasonal ingredients. A casual yet refined dining experience, Kappo directly translates to ‘cut and cook' and celebrates the chefs' craftsmanship and precise preparation techniques.

The multi-course 'Impression' menu is guided by the chef and changes daily, where the energy of dishes reflects the seasons and highest quality of ingredients available.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Japanese Speciality, Sushi

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9113 8857

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jun Oya

  • Catering

    Please be aware of 15% Public Holiday Surcharge applicable on all Public Holidays.

  • Neighbourhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross Street

    William St. and Flinders Lane

  • Parking Details

    If you can, we recommend leaving your wheels at home where possible. We have a limited number of spots available for valet car parking. Unfortunately, they cannot be guaranteed before arrival and will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Valet car parking is charged at AU$20 per hour (max $60 per day) when available.

  • Public Transit

    Collins St. William St., Tram number 58 Market St. and Flinders Lane, Tram number 58 William St. – Stop 3, Tram numbers 11, 12, 48, 109

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Impression Menu

    A$245.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in our multi-course menu - guided by the chef - where the energy of dishes reflects the seasons, and highest quality of ingredients available.

What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Best Overall

  • Melbourne

    Best Food

  • Melbourne

    Best Service

  • Melbourne

    Best Ambiance

  • Melbourne

    Special Occasion

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • Inner City

    Best Overall

  • Inner City

    Best Food

  • Inner City

    Best Service

  • Inner City

    Best Ambiance

  • Inner City

    Best Value

  • Inner City

    Healthy

  • Inner City

    Notable Wine List

  • Inner City

    Romance

  • Inner City

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing and the overall experience is not something you get everyday.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An experience with explanation of the meal being served by the chef Starter to desert - beautiful food. Wait staff were great Would recommend

    WarabiResponded on November 18, 2022Hello Anonymous, We are absolutely thrilled to see that you rated your experience at Warabi five stars. Please be assured that the Warabi team will be shown your feedback as they are the key to your experience. We can’t wait to welcome you back in the future. Cheers Alexandra Siao

  3. AS

    AndreaS

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always, will be back . Food and staff are amazing
  4. BM

    BrianM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Japanese cuisine. Exquisitely prepared and presented. Quality of ingredients was first class. Pairing of sake was imaginative and appropriate!! Last time I had a similar experience was in a Michelin star restaurant in Osaka.
  5. SL

    StevenL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and dinning experience. would 100% recommend
  6. A

    Anon

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good omakase for a new restaurant. Excellent service.
  7. LI

    LISAC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food great service, chopstick was hard to use, dessert plate was not as pretty
  8. S

    Steph

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was a lovely dining experience to celebrate a special occasion. The sashimi and sushi was impeccable, but I was less of a fan of the other dishes. The beverage pairing was created on the day and was very unique, mostly good.
  9. AH

    AbyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic omakase Japanese fine dining. The place and ambiance is sophisticated. Food and presentation are top notch
  10. RN

    RyanN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty, beautiful presentation and vibe. As well as a great chef
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a special place- what an amazing experience- amazing food mostly prepared in front of you. A very knowledgeable team… can’t wait for another reason to experience Warabi
  12. I

    Ingridd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful first omakase experience. The service was amazing, the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The chef was also super welcoming and explained each dish very well. The food was amazing to say the least!! I will definitely revisit to try again!!
  13. BF

    BenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality produce, great service, knowledgable staff
  14. VB

    ViBee

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for anyone who hasn't tried Omakase before. Food was of high quality and staff were attentive and highly professional
  15. SB

    SarahB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding…5 stars all round! Service impeccable, food out of this world!
  16. PS

    PeterS

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Night was most enjoyable the different species of fish on offe4 was exceptional The matching wines/saki was superb
  17. CT

    CarlsonT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. Will return again soon. Thank you
  18. P

    Penguin

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing omakase experience. One of the best in Melbourne. Great for those special occasions! 8 courses including 5 sushi types. 3 types Tuna including tuna belly was my favourite. The A5 wagyu sliced and topped with uni and caviar was also delicious. Dessert was a handmade chewy ice cream with mochi on the side and green tea wafer to finish the course. Highly recommended and very knowledgeable chefs as they explain each course in detail. Having been to Ishizuka, Komeyui and Minamishima recently this is a new found gem in Melbourne ❤️
  19. MV

    MayV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience I will be returning, we went to celebrate a birthday and it was exceptional from start to finish
  20. L

    Legendary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, drinks, service and ambience - highly recommended
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chefs are so nice. Good explanation and great food, environment is perfect
  22. LY

    LinY

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite! One of the best additions to the Melbourne dining scene :)
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb quality, food, service and ambience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience, interactive with the chef. Never had an experience like this
  25. A

    Anya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reckon the best Japanese restaurant in town, most authentic one! Can see their thoughts and effort in every detail in dishes, while remain the perfect balance in flavour and dish layout. I had a wonderful dinner.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tasmania

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was good but not great. Service from the wait team didn’t feel like what you pay for. More interaction would have been great. Chef was nice but again, didn’t feel like it was worth $800 for 2 people. Food was nice, lobster tempura was over cooked and dry, would definitely look into improving that. Sushi was good. I think the whole thing is about being intimate like minamishima, I get it but still more work to be done. Hot sake was not hot enough and cold. The restaurant need to look into better way of warming the place, it was so cold that my partner had to keep his winter jacket on during the dinner. Overall, nice but not for the price.
  27. YW

    YvonneW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great addition to Melbourne's restaurant scene. If you love Japanese food, this restaurant will not disappoint, we were extremely impressed with the quality of the produce and innovativeness of the dishes. We will certainly return, thrilled to have found this restaurant.
  28. N

    Niels

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best diner in years! We would recommended this place to anyone who like gourmet Japanese.
  29. V

    Vixiie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food Chef is very skilled Well presented food
  30. SP

    SPMelb

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caught up with a friend for dinner. The whole night was flawless. From being greeted at the door, to being seated and having the menu and drink options explained etc. The chefs were professional yet amiable and paced the meal to each set of diners. - We were seated at counter. The sake pairings worked very well for us also.
  31. AS

    AndreaS

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for memorable night Amazing food, Sake and very professional service Will be back
  32. HT

    HTHT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent foods & services. Highly recommended, especially for special occasion!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Expensive and not great food. Sushi was possibly the worst I’ve eaten in a very long time. $750 dinner for two people and very disappointed. Sushi station is actually better quality sushi. Sorry guys. Not coming back.
  34. PL

    PeterL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice ambience, and decoration. The restaurant standard is very high, but the food is fallen within average omakase taste, nothing extraordinary as their ambience, strict rule, and arrogancy :)
  35. S

    Shellbells22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Meals should come with Sake. The service was perfect. Feeling very special that night. Our chef was exceptional.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the most pleasurable Japanese dining experiences I have ever had. I was extremely impressed with Cynthia, Manager Rosie and the other front of house staff as they provided a high quality of service. Each dish exceeded my expectations as they were filling and of high quality. We were pretty full after cant believe the range of food we got for how much we paid, every dish was meticulously put together. Highly recommend Warabi! I would definitely come back One of the best service and Japanese experiences I ever had.
  37. VV

    VeronV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Staff were very professional and friendly. Food was superb.
  38. s

    sb63

    Montreal

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I have been to other omakase restaurant, was done in 90 minutes… felt rushed but good overall
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive (but not overbearing) service. Incredible food. Each dish was prepared with such care and attention to detail. Everything was balanced and deliberate. Thank you for an amazing experience.
  40. BF

    BrianF

    New South Wales

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience, just do it and spoil yourselves.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Warabi is rated 4.7 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Warabi

408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    William St. and Flinders Lane

  • Neighbourhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Japanese Speciality, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    If you can, we recommend leaving your wheels at home where possible. We have a limited number of spots available for valet car parking. Unfortunately, they cannot be guaranteed before arrival and will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Valet car parking is charged at AU$20 per hour (max $60 per day) when available.

  • Public Transit

    Collins St. William St., Tram number 58 Market St. and Flinders Lane, Tram number 58 William St. – Stop 3, Tram numbers 11, 12, 48, 109

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jun Oya

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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