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Warabi  - Warabi, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Warabi

4.6
4.6
45 Reviews
$101 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.

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Booked 1 time 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.

  • Neighborhood

    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.
  • Tasting Menu

    A$180.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A selection of Omakase dishes offering an introduction to the Warabi experience
  • Dinner with IWA 5 and Richard Geoffroy

    A$550.00 per person

    Jul 1 - Jul 2, 2022
    IWA 5 is a new Japanese sake by former Chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, Richard Geoffroy. The product of Richard’s deep respect for traditional Japanese sake and his affinity for innovation, IWA 5 embraces the distinct qualities of traditional sake while expanding its character. Invoking the motif of ‘5’ – the universal number of balance and harmony – IWA 5’s Assemblage demonstrates Geoffroy’s masterful blending, orchestrating three different rice varieties and five classes of yeast that blend to create unparalleled synergy and character. Only visiting Warabi in Australia, IWA 5 and 2012 Dom Perignon will be matched to an eight-course Omakase experience, curated by head chef, Jun Oya. Choose from Friday 1st of July or Saturday 2nd of July.

What 45 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

  • City Centre

    Special Occasion

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  1. A

    Anya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. V

    Vixiie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food Chef is very skilled Well presented food

  6. 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.

  7. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  8. HT

    HTHT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. s

    sb63

    Montreal

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super high standard with japanese and local product Japanese chefs Awesoem service Highly recommend

  18. GS

    GemmaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very expensive but absolutely outstanding. The nine course meal was $245pp and we got matched drinks for $180pp. We loved sitting at the counter and watching the chefs prepare the food. The staff were so attentive and lovely. The menu was very creative and it was wonderful hearing about where the various produce and producers were located. A fabulous treat.

  19. AL

    ALEXH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved every minute!

  20. JG

    JulianG

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply fantastic

  21. WM

    WadeM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2

    Being told that the Resturant closed 8mins ago at 11.08pm and you need to leave, even though we still had wine after spending $980 for 2 pax….. really First we rang to see if there was a bar in the hotel for drink, told you don’t have to book, fine we arrive and then the cocktail bar was bookings only and the young girl proceeded to say “ “no they wouldn’t have told you that, you are wrong, ohhh maybe she was new,but we cannot help you we are full” Getting told you must be there at 745pm for the booking or you will miss first course , we got there only to be told “sorry not ready comeback at 8pm” so we went to the bar next door , part of the hotel in 15 min still didn’t get served… The food was great and chef was very informative Certainly won’t be spending a single cent with the W group again, and certainly not the hospitality arms if this is what the standards, not looking forward to hospitality in melbourne.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good environment

  23. CC

    ChyefuiC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Place is nice and clean , and food is good and fresh ! Highly recommend

  24. SC

    SookC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    foods and drinkd are nice. Staff are friendly. Wonderful environment. Love the atmosphere in restaurant. Wish I could visit the place again with my future partner

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic Japanese taste in Melbourne. Brought back memories of traveling in Japan.

  26. B

    Benson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish had its unique and strong flavour profiles. Variety of textures and simply flavour bomb. We came into this Omakase experience expecting it to be single sushi/sashimi but it turned out to be an extremely filling nine-course meal. We left the restaurant with very happy and full bellies. Price was definitely on a bit of the high side but given the quality of the food, it's expected. Will definitely recommend coming here for special occasion or just to enjoy the experience itself.

  27. MC

    MichaelC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    It was a Kappou cuisine experience comparable to what is offered in Tokyo. Food was thoughtfully prepared and immaculately presented , as expected from a restaurant of this kind and at this price. Perhaps a couple more wows and surprises would help to push it to an even higher level. The service was attentive and friendly. The chefs were informative and professional. Overall a lovely dinner experience .

  28. JB

    JeremyB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend.

  29. NS

    NicolasS

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service from the Warabi/W Hotel crew and a very knowledgeable pair of chefs serving up very tasty and meaningful bites in the Omakase we had.

  30. MB

    MichelleB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience every detail was though about and executed perfectly.

  31. B

    Bazz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hands down one of the best Japanese omakase experiences you can have in Melbourne

  32. RW

    RobW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Food was excellent, background music was slightly too loud which made it difficult to hear the chef. Drinks pairing was hit and miss with some white label local wine mixed in which was a disappointment. Didn't appreciate the upselling by staff inbetween meals or being pressured into giving a tip at the end for what was already probably the most expensive dinner we have ever had. Don't mind paying top dollar for a quality set menu but I don't expect to be nagged to spend even more to be honest.

  33. S

    Stan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food. Staff were friendly, polite and considerate. Beautiful space

  34. RS

    ReviewedbySweetman

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The personalised experience was amazing and memorable . The chefs went through the food preparation and offered a very personal experience

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great culinary experience.

  36. S

    Summer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Food hit and miss, kagoshima wagyu with Uni and caviar was mismatched, flavour of Uni overpowered the mouthfeel of wagyul. Beverage pairing was ok but pricey for the quality of sake/wine/beer given, could be better and beverage service was slow; I was halfway through my food before the paired beverage was served, ordered tea and had to ask twice. The chef also took too long to explain each dishes. Unfortunately, Warabi did not meet my expectation and is not comparable with the other two institutions

  37. V

    Vivian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dining experience! Chefs were very informative and friendly, you could see that they were passionate and very knowledgeable about ingredients and produce used. Staff were attentive, organised and you felt looked after in every way. Dishes were presented beautifully and tasted like each ingredient had a purpose. Highly recommended for an anniversary or birthday as it is quite pricey, but worth it. A fantastic fine dining experience that doesn't feel stiff, we felt very comfortable and really enjoyed the experience.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic experience. Highly recommended.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at Warabi is without doubt THE BEST dining experience in Melbourne. The Sashimi Omakase included King Fish from Japan, was simply a flavour bomb in the mouth. The Saikyo Yaki with its binchotan grilled ‘glacier 51’ tooth fish was of epic flavour proportions and the A5 Wagyu was probably the best I’ve ever tasted. Each dish meticulous in the chef’s preparation and exquisite in the flavours and tastes. Words cannot describe how DELICIOUS the food and wonderful experience. THANK YOU to all the wonderful staff for SENSATIONAL service. We LOVED everything and highly RECOMMEND everyone try Warabi in 2022.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best omakase experience on nye, it was my mother’s first omakase experience and we were treated like royalty. The food was delicious and fresh. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 4.6 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Warabi

408 Flinders Lane Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    William St. and Flinders Lane

  • Neighborhood

    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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