Rufus Melbourne

Sir Winston Churchill knew how to appreciate good food and good wine. Usually with his beloved poodle, Rufus (or Rufus II, such was the outcome of unfortunate circumstances) by his side. 

It is said: “The poodle [Rufus] ate in the dining room with the rest of the family. A cloth was laid for him on the Persian carpet beside the head of the household, and no one else ate until the butler had served Rufus’s meal.”

Named for Churchill’s most faithful friend(s), we give you Rufus, Greville Street’s newest champagne parlour and terrace.

Rufus harks back to the bygone-era hospitality – when the Pol Roger was flowing, the martinis were dry and a whisky was sorely needed at the end (and sometimes the beginning) of a long, arduous day in the war room. It’s a celebration of one man’s love of the finer things in life. 

First Floor, 143 Greville Street Prahran

Hours: 4pm – 1am, Tuesday – Sunday. 

Christmas Hours

Closed until Friday 5 January. We reopen from 4pm Friday for business as usual throughout 2018.

Visit us anytime for a civilised drink, while our highly-trained butlers wait on you, hand and foot. 

Due to the intimate nature of our venue, Rufus is best suited for groups of 2-4. If you have a group larger than 5, please contact us ahead of time so that we may make arrangements to accommodate you.

Email: info [at]

Phone: 03 9525 2197

  • We went on to open 6 restaurants within our first 3 years

  • Rated as the best restaurant in downtown london for the last 5 years in a row.

“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”