We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Can't help loving Sake restaurant at Hamer Hall.”

Sake Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #267 of 4,644 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$29
Cuisines: Japanese, Wine Bar
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Situated alongside the breathtaking Yarra River, Sake Restaurant & Bar Hamer Hall has cemented its long-standing reputation as the most-loved and celebrated Melbourne Japanese Restaurant. With an outdoor, riverfront dining area and a variety of unique venue spaces housed over two levels, this Melbourne Japanese restaurant brings you the ultimate dining and events venue located just below the Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall. You are invited to revel in Executive Chef Wayne Brown's innovative and ever-changing menu and to indulge in mouth-watering dishes that combine the very best of modern and classic Japanese, served with a cool nod to the much-loved local Melbourne flavours. All dishes are accompanied by an extensive cocktail, wine and unique sake menu designed to enhance flavours and ensure your dining experience is unforgettable. If you're looking to entertain or just looking to impress, there are a variety of unique private dining options available for all your entertaining, partying or corporate event needs. You can indulge in the unforgettable fresh, modern cuisine, served up by our dynamic team in the premier Melbourne Japanese Restaurant located right in the heart of the city's vibrant cultural precinct.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Located by the Yarra river under Hamer Hall, this place is a gem.

Delicate flavours, exquisite presentation, discreet mood in the room.
The oyster starter was art on the palate, sashimi - delicate, tempura - crisp & light.......
Finished off with chocolate 'nemesis', art on the plate......with short coffee & glass of All Saints muscat (which I consider to be the best in the world)
Wait staff are 'pros'.......not uni kids doing a shift or two between lectures.....and it shows.

Well done Sake.
The whole experience is pitched beautifully, and perfect either before or after a show at the Arts Centre.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank John S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (627)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

40 - 44 of 627 reviews

Reviewed March 28, 2018

A great place for a great meal during Autumn, lights on the river, people strolling by and a very good menu and drinks list to choose from. A great ambience and a delight for fine Japanese cuisine.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank GLW1941
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

The waitress was attentive and took time to explain the dishes. The tempuras were good and so were the desserts.

Thank Karjanmed
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

Great service and food was amazing ! We thought we would stop by for a pre show dinner and i am so glad we did!
The food came quickly knowing we only had a short time to eat. I highly recommend the duck and ginger chicken ! Barramundi was also cooked to perfection.

Thank mirandatoumbourou
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed March 20, 2018

Arrived at Sake at 5 past 12 for a 12MD booking, to find the restaurant still not open and the staff still having their pre-service meeting. They weren't particularly pleased when we made our way in, and asked us to wait outside. Not a good look guys! When they did come to get us they were apologetic and we were escorted promptly to whichever table took our fancy. The service was attentive from then on and all service staff who attended to us were very knowledgeable and were able to offer us some good ideas about the menu. Our drinks waitress definitely needs to have some serious training though - every single glass of wine she poured, she slopped everywhere - not just little splashes, but enough to need to get a cloth to wipe up the spillage!!
If the service had been better I would have rated this restaurant 5 stars, as the food was sublime - equal to anything we ate in Japan. As we were there for lunch we didn't want to eat a huge meal and so opted for the smallest of the set menus. A perfect choice - more than enough food for all of us and absolutely delicious!!
I will possibly give this restaurant another visit but if the service is similar to this visit, that would be it. One positive - they were more than happy to split the bill even though we hadn't asked to do so.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Elspeth M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
RockpoolDiningGroup, General Manager at Sake Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Dear Elspeth M,
Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback. We are sincerely sorry to hear that you felt let down by your recent experience at Sake Hamer Hall. We would very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience further and kindly request that you email us directly.

Look forward to hearing from you

Many thanks


Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Sake Restaurant & Bar also viewed


Been to Sake Restaurant & Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing