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“Top Nosh in a Top Spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rubiras at Swallows

Rubiras at Swallows
192 Station Street, Port Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria Vic 3207, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
9646 2746
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Ranked #182 of 4,003 Restaurants in Melbourne
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
Mordialloc, Australia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Top Nosh in a Top Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was our first visit to Rubira's at Swallows in Port Melbourne; we went last Saturday on the suggestion of the "birthday girl" in our group of four. To say we surprised (pleasantly so) would be an understatement. In a word sensational, the food, the service, the surroundings, the whole experience was exceptional. The blackboard menu caters for all tastes, the entree's are great for sharing, the fish choices are of the highest quality and the cooking is superb. The waiter was informative, friendly, efficient and made our evening by his suggestions and advice on what to pick and what to combine. The atmosphere is friendly and warm, and the surroundings very comfortable especially on a cold night where the open fire was welcome. You must try the Rubira's original chilli prawns, to this chilli prawn fan they were the best ever, anywhere. Fiery but with a lingering taste that did not burn at all just left you well and truly satisfied - but begging for more. Rubira's is not cheap but delivers full value for money and a dining experience that you will remember for a long time to come!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Detroit
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

My husband and I went to Rubieras upon the recommendation of a concierge at our hotel. We had specified we wanted to eat Italian food that evening, our first in Melbourne. Our cabbie had difficulty finding it, as it is not a tourist hangout and is not on top of downtown Melbourne. We loved it! It was warm, inviting, and unpretentious. The service and the food spoke volumes about how fine this restaurant is! The seafood was superb - our waiter recommended Moreton Bay Bugs, which was something I hadn't encountered previously - (being an American - what do we know?) The lamb was seasoned beautifully,as tender as it could possibly have been . The waiter also recommended a good wine. He was never wrong! By the way, I ordered the Moreton Bay Bugs at another restaurant several days later and it didn't compare to the dish at Rubieras!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“top quality, one of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I have been to Rubiras a number of times, both business and personal. John is a great passionate guy, cares about the food that is presented in his establishment and never fails to deliver.
I have invited business colleagues to impress, friends to have a good nosh and on my own when on various trips - I have never been let down.
It does not matter how you like you fish, it will be done the way you like - I had a steak last time - it was one of the best I have had - beating a tophotel I went to the next day who promoted thier steak offering as one of the best in Melbourne.
Book if you do not want to be disappointed (even in the week)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Concierge best recommendation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Travellers brief: Nice food, love seafood, suitable for children, value pricing and near CBD.

Concierge: Rubiras. Thats where the local goes too.

Conclusion: Amazing seafood. Amazing spices and varied cooking styles. Tapas or main courses option. Excellent service and makes one crave for more.

Visited June 2013
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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A gem of a restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We were told this was the best seafood restaurant in Melbourne and I have to believe that. Two meals there on a recent trip and wish we had more. FRESH seafood which was delicious--prawns, calamari, muscles, fish, etc. in a small bistro atmosphere with a bar set up in their front room. Ask for a table in their back room and you will love the food, service, and easy feel of this place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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