Hell of the North

4.5
238 reviews
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$41 to $100
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French
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  • Good for a Date
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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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Feed Me - A Little Less ($50pp light weekend lunch)

This weekend lunch is a lighter version of our regular shared “feed me” menu priced at just $50 per person.
It begins with an hors d’oeuvre each, followed by an entrée, main and dessert to share.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 13 April 2018

Ends: 29 July 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-14:45

What 238 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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TA
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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!

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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.

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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 !

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

Yum. Especially the desserts.

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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

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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

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

Always great to visit

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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.

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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.

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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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S
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are friendly and professional, the food and wine are delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy. Hell of the North really offers a delightful experience!

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AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good- authentic French cooking. Some dishes were excellent and a couple ordinary. The service is all over the place. It’s more aligned to a pub than a restaurant.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always lovely and delicious. Great for weekend lunches.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the 7 meal ‘just feed me option’ and we were delighted 😊

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MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great room. Service was attentive and friendly. We went for the "Feed Me" option and all the offerings were tasty and generous. Great wine list at a wide range of price points and very good value. Would very much recommend for a night out with friends.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Did the feed me between 7 people - they were great with dealing with allergies but found serving sizes small and bought out in odd ways (ie. bringing 5 servings for 7 people). We had to wait at least an hour and a half to receive our first course, so we’re starving by the time we finally got to eat. Think you would be better off to go in a couple to do the feedme as for 7 people it was just not enough food.

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M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Friendly staff yet not quite attentive enough, missed two drink orders and took a long time to get our drinks once ordered. Paring drinks didn’t come on time with food. Food was great and full of flavour, need to specify amounts per serve as we had to order extra to cater for four people. Deserts were also all delicious. Beautiful establishment and welcoming overall.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine, fun and unique atmosphere.

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CM
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

What a great place! Food was fantastic and tasting menu was incredible. Beef tartare and crème brûlée will keep you coming back for more! Sea food and steak were both incredible so don’t bother picking, get both! The tasting menu is the way to go at 60-75/ head for 3 or 5 courses. For the two of us that was 8 dishes total with sides! Staff was very friendly and the space is great for a fun date night or a group dinner. Parking is suspect in the area so leave some extra time.

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NR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommend Hell of the North. The place has a great atmosphere, and the service was very good. The food was exceptional, every course was delicious, and the suggested wine pairing was perfect.

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HF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and lovely atmosphere! Great for a romantic night out!

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KC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic night that flew by in a flash. We were welcomed warmly from the moment we stepped through the door and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the menu through the three course 'feed me' option. Everything we had was inventive and delicious. Drink recommendations were spot on. We'll be back.

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CJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been a dozen times now and never had anything less than a fantastic experience. It’s just so consistently good. Every mouthful is a joy. The passion of their chefs is always there to appreciate in the perfectly presented food. Love this restaurant!

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CH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

great selection on wines. Food was good too. We didn't have any starters so I would love to try next time

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SC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! We chose the ‘feed me’ $60 option & it was the perfect amount...& we were pretty hungry! Staff were very attentive & the ambiance was lovely. Would rec

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Limerick
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Just loved walking in thru the big yellow door to a small venue filled with ambience. Food was delicious and the staff were attentive to our requests.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The creme caramel desert is worth the trip in itself

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PC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our "Date night"at Hell of the North. I booked on line, unfortunately couldn't get a table, only high tables or sitting at the bar was available we took the high table.
I was surprised to get a call confirming the reservation and if there were any dietary requirements- which there were.
They were able to cater for my "no diary"😊
Food was delicious I had the duck my partner the meat along with dishes of salads and vegetables
Highly recommended it.. book early though if you prefer table seating

Definitely be back

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JM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Poor service, felt left alone in the corner. Got the $75 feed me, was difficult to share. Quite disappointing

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MR
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There's a quiet elegance to Hell of the North, an ironically-named establishment tucked in among Fitzroy's Victorian terraces which is erring to the side of caution as they traverse the line between 'fine dining' and 'high end bistro'. The place on a Sunday afternoon lunch is a quiet way to while away your weekend; the menu is rotated by the season and at this time was tailored for Autumn. A 'feed me' option was available, which we skipped in favour of the menu items. Small chicken liver pate corns were smooth, beautiful things. A seared slice of ox tongue also was gloriously tender. Main courses of lamb and pork were magnificently prepared and were the quintessence of succulence. The crème brulee desert option was among the best I've had. Our host, Mark, was engaging and funny - he knew his wines and was only too keen to elaborate on the menu items and provide back story. His is a wonderful place to eat. Highly recommended.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service & food! Mains were a little small but entrees & desserts were quite large! 10/10 experience overall, would recommend to anybody looking for good quality French food!!

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful wonderful wonderful

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DB
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Don’t look any further, this is the place to go for a delicious meal. Mussels marinieres were so tasty and haven’t had a creme brûlée like that outside of Paris.

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JF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our guests all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dining here. The food was so good - the best creme brûlée I have ever tasted! Staff were friendly and helpful. The ambience was quiet and cosy - despite our group excitedly celebrating two birthdays and a homecoming. I was so pleased to find Hell of the North and will definitely bring friends here again. I thoroughly recommend it to others young and old!

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S
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, staff presenting food with a smile, and a fantastic dimly lit setting of blue stone walls and old liquor bottles.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

I have been before and it was not as good as i remember, but I do know the menu changes all the time which is what I like about it. Food took too long to come out between courses in my opinion

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic family Sunday lunch and enjoyed the FeedMe menu which was adapted to our favourite of the options. Also enjoyed a great glass of wine and cocktails. My favourite type of attentive yet informal service

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