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Ototo, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Ototo

4.1
4.1
146 Reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and discover our downstairs speakeasy ‘Akaiito Underground Bar’. Distinguished from the formal dining setting of upstairs, the Akaiito Underground Bar & Eatery is perfect for casual dining and drinks. Choose from a selection of Robata Grill Dishes, Japanese Tapas, Izakaya Snacks, Sharing Plates or our signature $65pp Sentaku menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9620 1343

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to impress at your next event? Our Speakeasy Underground Bar is the perfect venue to drink, eat and celebrate under the dazzling Red Thread of Fate. Private Events (Up to 120 guests) and sit-down dinners (Up to 60 guests) are available in this space. Other dining experiences include our Tsukiyo Private Dining Room for up to 12 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    5 minute walk from Flinders Street Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Drinks ONLY

    Multiple dates available
    The kitchen closes at 10pm so bookings after this time will be DRINKS ONLY.
  • $68pp Chef's Feed Me Menu

    A$68.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    For groups 6 and above, we require our Chef's Feed Me menu to be ordered. Enjoy a banquet-style menu of our best seasonal dishes. A minimum of 2 Guests is required to order the Chef's Feed Me Menu. No pre-payment is required at the time of the booking however a credit card guarantee is needed to confirm your reservation.
  • Ototo Lunch Ramen Bar (ONLY LUNCH MENU SERVED)

    Multiple dates available
    Ototo Lunchtime Ramen Bar serves homemade ramen, izakaya snacks, and sides. Select from 5 delicious ramen choices and add on extras. Open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am - 3pm only. Reservations encouraged, walk-ins welcome. Full menu via our website: ototo.com.au

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What 146 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. e

    emr26

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for pre theatre dinner and drinks. Food was excellent - we ordered the chef's selection for $68pp and was great value. Friendly staff, very accommodating despite us being late. A hidden gem worth a visit.
  2. Q

    Qwertyuiop

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab! Great meal and value, cool restaurant. Would recommend
  3. TS

    TomS

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Pleasant staff, but average food which feels overpriced as a result. New menu is still ‘bedding in’ and doesn’t currently work.
  4. CR

    CrystalR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing food and taste combinations. Amazing service.
  5. TJ

    TamzenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and service :-). Will be back for sure :-) thank you
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    We did the feed me menu to try it out and most of the dishes were excellent, with the exception of one that was just a big pumpkin slab. At $68/head, though, it wasn’t nearly filling enough and didn’t provide dessert. Nice staff, cool decor, but slightly underwhelming.
  7. VP

    VictorP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience here for our anniversary. Dining in on a Sunday evening had us feeling like we were entering an exclusive location. There was such an enticing and ambient atmosphere and the customer service was very good. Our server Judith, was very friendly and gave us great cocktail recommendations which definitely hit the spot. She also explained the feed me option to us and checked our dietary requirements. When one of the options was unavailable they offered to substitute that dish with one of our own choosing which we felt was a kind gesture. When the food came out we were very delighted as every single dish was very well presented and tasted great! In particular, the Beef Tataki and the Sashimi Platter were unique and delicious, and we highly recommend them both. Overall a truly fantastic night for us and we will be coming back here again!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a great underground eatery with a really nice ambience. From the red ceiling detail, to the booths, everything is really nicely detailed. Our servers were all very attentive, we had multiple as if anyone saw that we needed something they came over straight away. The food was really really really good! One of the servers explained what things were when we weren’t sure which made it easy to order, delicious and not overpriced. All the food came out really quickly too! Would definitely recommend and will 100% be back
  9. TC

    TaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cool venue, amazing food and drink options. The place is a little hard to find and the bathrooms are also a bit hard to locate what with the all black doors, but it just adds to the charm!
  10. JO

    JODDA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, the chicken dumplings were especially delicious. We had a banquet, and ordered extra dumplings when they came. Was a terrific night.
  11. SB

    SeretoB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, great design inside accompanied with great food and service. Nice for a lil low key date
  12. DP

    DemmiP

    Melbourne

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The venue is fantastic , service was very excellent and helped explain the menu to us …..enjoyed the selection & variety of food . Very fresh , tasty and delicious… will be back !! Enjoyed our experience
  13. OH

    OliverH

    Hamburg Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Waited for more almost 40 minutes to get a drink. Food was expensive but not good. The chicken appeared to have been undercooked. Both carb options were garnished with truffle which was a bit of an overkill. Same with the broccoli.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Went here for happy hour food specials. It was ok.
  15. TF

    ThomasF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Pricing was quite high considering the quality of service, food and drink. I'd only ever recommend going for the happy hour. Food was tasty, the fried rice was the highlight meal. Though everything else felt like it was missing something considering the pricing.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    We were super excited to try the restaurant. Upon arrival, I was mesmerised by the interior design. It looked incredible. The service was friendly and good, and the ambience was nice. Although the oysters were outstanding, the rest of the meals were either very small portions, overpriced, fried and had lots of chilli. Overall not good value for money at all. Not good food at all. Would not recommend this place over the thousands of other choices available in the city.
  17. MK

    MelK

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Do not waste your time or money on this venue. The food was nice but the service was terrible. We waited 20minutes for a table, our booth was under a bright spotlight, the rest of the venue was dark and moody but we were lit up like a Christmas tree. All we could see was the staff standing around the empty bar talking the entire night. We got offered 1 drink on arrival then nothing for the rest of the night till they abruptly called last drinks at 10.30pm. The atmosphere/ music was the worst we’ve ever experienced, not at all what you expect from an overpriced over the top venue. Clearly the only people working there were the kitchen staff. With so many amazing places in the CBD that are struggling this would be the last place I’d recommend, they do not want or appreciate your business.
  18. AF

    AvidFoodie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Food and ambience was fantastic, but the service was disappointing. We sat for ages with empty glasses, finished plates, and no one paid great attention. They forgot one of our dishes and when we looked to see where all the staff were, they seemed to be doing a lot of nothing just standing around the bar chatting. We generally just felt forgotten, and very thirsty and hungry. When the food did come though, it was great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    My birthday
  20. SV

    SamV

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Lots of mistakes with our order…………………………………………… ..
  21. A

    Annie

    Adelaide

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Overpriced food. Tiny portions. Ambience and atmosphere was nice.
  22. L

    Lisacoco

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Food was overpriced and not great unfortunately. Service was clumsy. Although great look of the place.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Upon arrival service was horrible, the waiter went between us at the entrance and the computer about 3 times before seating us. Only a drinks menu was handed to us and after several attempts to flag down a waitress it still took over 10 minutes to receive a food menu. The food came out quickly and for the most part was enjoyable although quite overpriced for the quality and size ( very small portions ). I had to ask twice for the bill and to pay before someone finally came over with the eftpos machine. The interior is beautiful and staff were lovely once you could actually flag someone down. Staff were also on their mobiles and seemed to be roaming meaninglessly instead of actually waiting efficiently.
  24. TR

    TonyR

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The upkeep of the venue was quite poor, and hindered the ambience. Service could have been better too.
  25. MG

    MarkG

    Gold Coast

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was really fabulous music level was a little too loud with American indie rock playing but at our request they changed it to some cool tunes and that relaxed the atmosphere overall great spot
  26. SB

    SBL123

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were amazing, food delicious, beautifully presented, fresh and good value. It was a quiet night when we dined so we were even offered our choice in music!
  27. SA

    SAMW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The restaurant looks amazing, it’s a great entry and overall style great. Food was ok, but hit and miss- the tartare tasted kind of like Devon. Cocktails really didn’t taste that nice. The staff seem disinterested. Food was dropped at the table and then they scurried away - there was no explanation before they left. While the food seemed to come almost immediately, we waited a long time after ordering a wine/beer - to have to follow this up. The bar staff were not across the menu - which was disappointing because there were max 5 whites and reds - not that hard. Across the night we were served by 5 different people which we found odd. After we’d paid the bill we kind of just had to stand there for another 10 mins after asking for our coats. We ended up having to flag down another waiter to go get them. A bit awkward, weird and not really worth the $260 we paid for two people. Sorry but not coming back or recommending to friends.
  28. KC

    KylieC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The decor and environment was perfect for us and the food to match. Would definitely recommend and will return.
  29. t

    thonan

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    For my party of 8 we got the Chef's Feed me menu, the food was tasty and the portions were large enough where one could feel justified saying the meal was worth the price or was value. However, I'd think on a second visit I'd rather order from the A la Carte Menu instead of the course set.
  30. SR

    ShaeR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Dumps were to die for! So yum. Also the miso chicken and the pork sliders were delicious.
  31. VM

    ValerieM

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The service was very fast we were in and out in one hour
  32. RH

    RohanH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing except that we had a booking at 10pm and at 10:30 they told us last drinks… which was very annoying to be honest
  33. VB

    VictoriaB

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    We had the banquet menu and thought the food was great. Also a cool space. The service however needed a bit of work. I felt the staff were new. We were poured the wrong water and then told it would be $5/pp unlimited. Took awhile to order a drink. We kept getting another table's food and drink brought over. Took away from the experience. I would try again after maybe 6 months when hopefully the staff were better trained.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tasmania

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was outstanding. Drinks were well designed. Service felt very rushed. The feed me menu items came out in succession way too quickly, which unfortunately made the experience feel very rushed, especially given the booking was fairly late in the evening. Would definitely go back but request time between dishes.
  35. SD

    ScottD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Service was slow and thus we weren’t able to properly finish our meal before we were asked to leave, vacate the table for the next sitting. Otherwise the food was good but service terrible.
  36. M

    Melissa

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Rushed service - and never offered drinks after the first round Forgot to order 2 of our selections Food was good - service horrible
  37. H

    robertH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere and food, quality evening Lighting and locks in toilet area need an update Twice had trouble escaping!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Otōto have the ambiance to have a cozy wonderful evening out. It’s a place that you should witness. Don’t discourage yourself by reading the negative comments about the portions, it’s contemporary cuisine, be smart when you are ordering and talk to staff. Friendly and professional staff. Tip - ($150 for 2) Truffle French Fries, Robata Grilled Miso Chicken and Robata Grilled Local Squid are the star of the menu. Hard pass for the King Prawns, it’s disappointing. Remember, in places like this you are paying for the experience not only for the food and drinks. This is not a everyday pub.
  39. G

    paulG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, Great service, Awesome Staff. All in all a great night out oh team Cocktails are sensational
  40. LK

    LetchK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The sashimi platter was very good and so were the prawns wrapped in pastryThe Massala lamb ribs were tender and off the bone and flavoursome but the pieces Of bread accompanying the dish was hard and tasteless. Cocktails were too complicated and did not deliver in terms of taste experience The wine list was very limited and uninspiring. A great space beautifully designed with subdued lighting and music played by a DJ Set a lovely ambience. Staff are finding their way being a new venue but the waiter who served us was great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ototo is rated 4.1 stars by 146 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 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ototo

349-351 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    5 minute walk from Flinders Street Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9620 1343

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to impress at your next event? Our Speakeasy Underground Bar is the perfect venue to drink, eat and celebrate under the dazzling Red Thread of Fate. Private Events (Up to 120 guests) and sit-down dinners (Up to 60 guests) are available in this space. Other dining experiences include our Tsukiyo Private Dining Room for up to 12 guests.

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