Rubicon Bar & Restaurant is surely the best place in Essendon to realise what Italian cuisine can be like at its best. A lot of places around Melbourne get by just by putting out the expected Italian cliches, but Rubicon Bar & Restaurant on Mt Alexander Road seem determined to delve much further into the Italian culinary canon and pull out some real gems, from homemade pastas to seafood specialties. They also offer some delicious internationally inspired options, like American pork ribs and Moroccan chicken salad, so there’s sure to be something to please everybody, and all beautifully presented. Rubicon Bar & Restaurant is great for groups, because their elegant contemporary venue on Mt Alexander Road is spacious but refined, with a lounge area and fully stocked bar at hand with all the appropriate liquid accompaniments to complement an Italian meal of this quality.
Great Food, Service is unquestionable atmosphere brilliant. Make sure you get to know Teddy the owner, great guy. From the moment we walked in we were made to feel special. Prices are not cheap but quality is worth it.
I reserved my judgement until i got to the venue and tried the cusine. Result was overwhelming and encouraging based on service, price and menu
The food was delicious, and we did not wait very long. The staff were very friendly. I recommend this place. I will definitely return with friends.
We had a good dinner at Rubicon with our family and friends. Food was delicious and service was quick. We'll be coming back for more.
We are regular customers and are always happy with the quality and quantity of food at Rubicon. This time we booked for Mothers Day lunch for 8 people. The waitress was super friendly and attentive. Unfortunately however, our entrees forgot to be served and then they came out together with the mains. This meant there was too much food at once and most went to waste. Also my $16 Death by Chocolate dessert was the size of a small mandarin, and literally 3 mouthfuls, so that was also a little disappointing. Despite this, we will be back, because it just felt that they were overwhelmed and had an 'off' day - not the usual excellent standard we've experienced.
Excellent meal for our group of 6, each meal was rated highly by all of us, service impeccable and nice decor. Only dropped a point due to the noise, the high ceilings made it very noisy even though the restaurant was not full, but in saying that I'll definitely be going back as the food more than makes up for that.
The restaurant had a very friendly. relaxed atmosphere from the moment you walked in. The menu choices were excellent - catering for all taste buds. The very best of of Italian cuisine!To top it off, we were served complimentary ports! A great night!
I had the most wonderful dinner with a girlfriend that I hadn't seen in forever. We ate and drank and the service was amazing. The cocktails were beautiful, and the seafood was incredible. Need some rose on the wine list though...
Good food - especially the pork belly, generous serves & great service. Pizza’s are very expensive though & not great. $27 for a g/f Diavola pizza that cost $15 literally in the heart of Rome & was 10 times better. Very noisy place & possibly wouldn’t go back.
What an awesome place, food & staff... yummy food!! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this place, thank you so much!! Can't wait to go back again & again, so I can try everything in the menu!