Hell of the North

4.5
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265 reviews
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$41 to $100
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French
Hell is a modern bistro offering informal fine dining. We love the finer points of food, wine & service and enjoy shaing it with our guests, our goal is ease, grace & good humour. Expect to be well loved & cared for, yet keep in mind that we are very busy at the "peak" times and will have more time for you outside those times. We regularly notice that weekend lunches are particularly charming (this is a tip). We encourage you to bring along special bottles, we love wine and are curious to see what you have, and appreciate little tastes, the corkage fee is $25 per bottle (occasionally waived for a decent splash of something excellent). Food is of the essence for us, its not complicated yet complex, a great deal of effort is devoted to simple, elegant presentations - we are very proud.
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JO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A really enjoyable night! A great range of food came with the Feed Me menu. Though the portions sizes were a little small, the flavours were excellent and pair very nicely with the wines. Would definitely recommend!

Thanks for making our anniversary dinner so lovely!

JM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant - delicious food & good values for money
Attentive staff, great wine and a very good night!
Recommended!

SC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our third visit to hell of the north and it is always a wonderful night. This time we went with another couple and had the "feed me" five courses. Every single dish was divine!' The duck liver parfait to begin was a "food moment"

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great little restaurant with amazing staff and brilliant French food.
Well worth a visit.

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you want something a bit fancy without a huge price tag this is your place. I thought the food was fantastic value for money but the wine list can hit you hard in the pocket. Everyone was friendly, food was excellent although I thought it was a bit cold when I arrived but soon warmed up. Good for date night with your beloved.

S
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant. We absolutely love coming here. Highly recommend! Food is delicious and staff are fantastic

AE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were unfortunately a little disappointed after hearing such good reviews. We had the 5 course Feed Me Menu which is good value at $70 but the food was served on cold plates and as we were sitting near the door, the meals became cold very quickly. The flank steak was quite chewy and not tender as expected. Maybe we were just unlucky. Service was great so will give it another go in 6-12mths.

T
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

This was the third time I've been to Hell of the north. I was a little disappointed to be honest. The food was not as good as the previous visits. The meat was chewy and sinewy rather than the normal melt in your mouth. We were also rushed through our dessert so they could bring in the next sitting which was disappointing.

BM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing the service was exquisite. Great value for the price.

LC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and i eat out a great deal, and the service we got from Hell was stand out! I didn't get anyone's name, but particularly a gentleman and a woman with shortish dark hair, were both amazing! It was a birthday dinner and we had a wonderful time! Service was the best, food was great, cocktails were delightful and it was a perfect romantic night for us. Thankyou!

S
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We held a team dinner in the private dining room and the experience was exceptional. Everyone loved the food, the staff are sunny and friendly, and Mark was wonderful in managing the back and forth on our booking.

HW
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the ambience, food and having it all chosen out for us by the staff. Would definitely return for a “hot date night”

L
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second visit to Hell Of The North. This time was to introduce friends from out of town to it's awesome. They had a wonderful time and are still talking about the pork. For me the service from the wait staff was one of best restaurant experiences I've had. Appropriately attentive and accomodating. The setting and ambience of the venue was lovely and cosy. It was the perfect place to be on a cold winters night.

E
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

If you are European or want to relive the holiday feeling and looking for the warm French gastronomic hospitality and atmosphere, just walk past.
No bread, olives, pepper/salt, candle on the tables. No table cloth and just paper napkin. Cold inside, bring an extra layer. In and out within 2 hours.
Rough water pouring, pjew we kept dry cloths.
Entree chicken pate - very tasteful, double dip in sweet crumble - not so sure about the sweet element in a starter.
Onion soup - nice portion, where is the slice of bread?
Duck 3 ways in broth - how to consume the broth? 'just bring the plate to your mouth' re waitress.
Side dishes :cauliflower (small portion) and fries (average).
Dessert: creme brûlée: top layer not hard, disappointing.
The bill: $245 for 3 including 2 alcoholic consumptions.

Tip: send your staff on a working holiday to France and reap the rewards

JC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 1

B’day booking for my wife & had requested private dining. Was positioned next to apparent friends/acquaintances of waiter and continued banter between the two parties ruined any sense of occasion. Whenever waiter came across, conversations became loud and attention-seeking, language crass, and peppered with grotesque sexist remarks - cue chauvinistic laughter.
Outstanding food, waiter was knowledgeable & personable when attending to us but ruined the ambience of the evening. His lack of respect and disregard for the impact his interactions were having on those close by was totally unprofessional. We rarely treat ourselves to dinners such as this so it was extremely disappointing to have this experience.

SB
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular food and exceptional service - great wine recommendations that were sympathetic to our requests. Can’t wait to go back up with the best Melbourne has to offer

CV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had such a beautiful at Hell of the North as usual 🙂🙂🙂

LM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a magic lunch experience. The food was perfect and customised to suit our likes and dislikes. The quality and diversity was what we had experienced in the past and our favourite French onion soup served to perfection.

The matched wines were well considered and throughly explained to ensure we made the most of our time there.

We will be back!

M
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous night out spent with old friends. The Eat Me Menu is plentiful and we all enjoyed the different courses, looked after by Mark with great wines to match....definitely go back to Hell. Thanks

AB
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the perfect place to celebrate 10 years of togetherness with my husband. Delicious food with something for everyone, and attentive service that wasn’t over the top. I highly recommend you Go To Hell!

GL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food service and wine. Would prefer not to get the hurry up for the second sitting especially when they are not there and it only takes 2 minutes to reset a table of 4.

JU
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We will return again and again to Hell. Not only is the food outstanding but the ambience, music and all of the staff make for a perfect night out. Whether you want to go full hog, like we do, and order as much as you can eat or just feel like a delicious wine and nibble at the bar, Hell of the North truly delivers on quality. The seasonal menu means we can return several times a year and never get bored, there is always something new, exciting and simply delicious!

LS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional quality of food, drink and service. A truly wonderful night out with friends always. Highly recommended.

S
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the 3-course "feed me" option which was tops, and easily customisable for dietaries. We definitely want to go back when we have more time to experience the 5-course. The cocktails were awesome!

RS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to hell over 10 times and every time it has been amazing!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was recommended by a client to try and it did not disappoint. Great food and atmosphere. The waitress was great

LM
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

While Hell of the North was a good experience, it just missed the mark with a few things.
The dishes were quality there is no denying that, but it fell short of amazing.

S
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night at Hell of the North. Group of 6, with 1 pregnant and 1 gluten intolerant- we all ordered the 3 course degustation and were very impressed

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Lovely food enjoyed the entire dining experience . Will certainly revisit.

TA
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic night out !
As repeat visitors we knew what to expect though were again surprised at how good this place is.
We chose the feed me 5 course option and by the time we were finished I’m sure we had more than that, thanks.
If you’re in doubt about wine ask for help, we did and found a few gems
Seriously, come here. It’s a great restaurant.

MF
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. We did the feed me menu and every dish was amazing. Friendly service and great atmosphere. You definitely feel like you are dining in Europe!

M
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the tasting menu (3 course, savory) and it was phenomenal. We had two excellent wines, both French, which were recommended by the fantastic staff. It's not a cheap night out, but for the quality of food, wine and service, it's extraordinary.

ML
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food ! Romantic setting, just a bit better service when asking for the bill and getting the menus at the start.
Other than that excellent !

m
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Yum. Especially the desserts.

BS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is our fifth time at Hell of the North and yet again we had a wonderful night

MG
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a lovely evening. The staff were excellent and knowledgable and the food was amazing. We had the “feed me” option and just had so much food and do many different tastes it was really so good

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great to visit

CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As always Hell of the North delivers - great food, wine list and service. It is a wonderful restaurant and never disappoints.

CM
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

What a shame this place is let down by its self-affected vibe.

The food is excellent but I wouldn't be recommending the place.

The service we were treated to was conceited at best and being told it was a 'policy' that they couldn't let us take away our leftovers..did I say the food was delicious?.. and that they wouldn't entertain the idea of us signing off a waiver, was narrow-minded, wasteful and disappointing.

HA
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed the evening and the food was delicious. I thought the portions were a little small.The wine list is heavily French based and really too expensive.There should be a few more local and less expensive bottles offered.
The staff were pleasant and the restaurant is attractive.

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