Set in an incredible ex-industrial space down Rupert Street in the backstreets of Collingwood, Rupert On Rupert is one part cocktail bar, one part restaurant, 100% Melbourne. The booze takes in a global list of weird and wonderful tipples that are bound to tickle the tastebuds, whether you go for classic or custom cocktails, share a sumptuous wine with a loved one, or opt for a brew from the many rotating craft beer taps. The food menu follows through with novel, seasonal share plates alongside traditional wood-fired organic sourdough pizza, made by pizzaioli who love what they do. Laidback tunes for the dinner set segue into more sassy beats to keep the party going into the night. Ideal for a tete-a-tete but even better when you need a venue for a proper celebration, this hidden gem is a surefire couple and crowd pleaser.
The first thing that strikes guests when they arrive at Rupert On Rupert’s (yep) Rupert Street restaurant, set in a suitably ex-industrially-distressed but sensitively done up backblock of Collingwood, is the space itself, oozing quintessential but accessible cool. Mixing steel and repurposed shipping containers with copper detailing, it delivers a sense of exclusivity but also warmth. Whether you are visiting Rupert for a romantic date in the candlelit Cocktail Lounge, having after work cocktails with friends under the lush greenery of the Conservatory, or hitting the dance floor at an engagement party in the expansive Dining Hall, Rupert On Rupert has a space for every occasion. Whatever the circumstance, you’ll be heading back out into Melbourne full of belly and happy of heart.
Everything pizza-based and bread-oriented at Rupert On Rupert is made according to the ancient art of sourdough propagation. The kitchen uses certified organic Laucke flour to feed its stash of natural sourdough mothers, in turn feeding the restaurant’s beloved woodfired oven to produce some of Melbourne’s finest Neapolitan pies. You have your classic Italian margherita and Sicilian pizzas, but it gets mighty interesting when you take a crack at the Balkan (with slow-braised lamb shoulder and Hungarian feta), the Polack (paprika-spiced Debriciner sausage with confit garlic and an apple, pear and walnut preserve), the Madonna, the Tomislav... you get the picture – this is one inventive Collingwood pizza restaurant. The same innovation extends to Rupert On Rupert’s ace in the hole, their share plates. From charcuterie boards to vegetarian tasting plates, parsnip chips to golden balls (enquire within), fresh mussels, jerk chicken, Baharat tofu salads and more, dining here with friends is a smorgasbord. When it comes to drinks the variety is just as giddying. The regular beer selection is boutique enough, but Melbourne’s hop heads will be champing at the bit to get a draught from Rupert On Rupert’s twelve rotating microbrew taps. With wine a plenty, classic and house signature cocktails to boot, this Collingwood spot is decidedly hot.
Great food, atmosphere and service. We wanted to stay longer than the 2 hours and they sorted this out for us. lots of great veggie dishes and easy parking.
Lovely staff, wonderful interior and exceptional food! My friend was vegan and he absolutely enjoyed his meal. he said that he'll definitely come back again.
A happy meal was had in this trendy converted warehouse restaurant/ bar. The service was prompt and friendly and the food was delicious and well presented. We enjoyed out pinot grigio as well. All in all a lovely evening.
Nice atmosphere and mix of group and small tables. Friendly service. We enjoyed our meal with a meat and cheese platter to start followed by pizza and 2 share dishes. Fantastic drinks menu!
As with my past individual experiences with Rupert on Rupert, service was great, they allowed our table of 8 to enable to go beyond the usual 2 hour booking slot as several arrived late and accommodated my request for space to allow for my wheelchair. Food was delivered with haste and my fellow diners commented that all choices were tasty and they liked the atmosphere of this hidden away gem that they were not previously aware of.
Rupert on Rupert is a stella local for a drink and something to eat. The environment is supremely lush with polished concrete and plants galore. The beverages list is comprehensive and the food is a delight. I highly recommend spending some time at Rupert on Rupert.
We had five guests, the first time for them at Ruperts, and they were impressed. Excellent service and an interesting menu that we all attacked enthusiastically. One of our guests was in a wheelchair and the front of house rearranged tables to ensure that everyone had enough space and that we could all enjoy our meal in comfort. The sommelier provided opportunities for us to taste and discuss wine before we decided on which bottles to share. Overall an excellent venue that provides an impressive dining experience.
Fantastic space, service was pretty good though the food was terrible unfortunately. The pizza dough is so thick and dense with the tomato/Napoli sauce on it tasted burnt as if it had been reduced too far in the cooking process before hand. The zucchini salad didn't have much flavor though more horribly the stalk ends were left on some of the pieces and as the 'mood' lighting was so dark my friend bit it without realizing and had to spit it out and left a bad taste in her mouth. The Cajun House cut chips as are more like huge roast potatoes, which were nice though false advertising. Needs a bit of an overhaul in the kitchen department or maybe was an off night. Would go back for drinks though.
Wasn't sure what to find down this quiet back street in Collingwood, but was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a glorious glass and steel door leading into a lofted oasis, lush with greenery and charmingly lit with a convivial atmosphere. Accommodating and outgoing staff, if not a bit quirky, delicious pizza, refreshing cocktails, all contributing to a memorable night out. Would definitely return!
A family dinner that was enhanced by the friendly staff and attentive service. Rupert on Rupert never disappoints and is now a go to restaurant for all of my family and friends.