Hell of the North

4.5
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286 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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4.5
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4.5
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P
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

not clear about the set menu was of the opinion we were having al la carte. However lovey meal

KC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Quite disappointing overall.
We felt that the whole lunch was a bit average for the price and the wait person (owner?) was a bit patronising and kept pushing us to order the set menu.
We also waited too long for him to take our drinks order which was strange as the restaurant was quite empty. He was very abrupt from the time we walked in and we wish we had gone elsewhere for the family birthday lunch.

PB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second visit and was not let down. Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. Do yourself a favour and take the time to go.

D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was sublime and the wine was exquisite.
The staff were amazing and we were more than happy.

Thank you once again, HotN team! We will most definitely be back for another round.

A
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Service was friendly but very disorganized and each waiter/waitress kept doubling/tripling up with the same questions. Wrong plates were put down, plastic knives did not match finer dining experience. Food was cold/ not very flavoursome. Overpriced for what we received. Meals for the table next to us also did not arrive.

GU
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience, great host, great food. Thouroughly enjoyable afternoon in an area we don’t normally frequent....

F
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Over priced food that didn’t live up to this high cost. Poor service from the person who was paying bills at the end. Overall just a bad experience for an important occasion.

CO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our go to restaurant whenever we have a special occasion. It's an intimate space with flawless service, excellent food and a great drinks list.
We almost always go the 'feed me' banquet and have never been disappointed.
I highly recommend Hell of the North

PB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

good food
very good service
cheese a bit expensive

SM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very enjoyable dinner. We chose the 5 course chef’s selection menu and found it delightful.
There was a problem with one course that was noticed immediately after it was delivered and the staff handled it excellently, replacing it without question.
We will dine here again.

NS
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was really fantastic, all the staff were very friendly & the food was amazing. Thank you :)

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's always a great night out at Hell's. Awesome food and service. Never fails to impress. Love it.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great night. Food was exceptional. Service was great

CW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great relaxed dining. The staff member was super friendly and attentive. Delicious food that would highly recommend

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , the staff are fantastic Attentive without being over bearing like some places. We were lucky to get a table in the smaller room which was really quiet and a bit more intimate. A must go .

J
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super delicious food, incredible wine list, perfect atmosphere, fun and knowledgeable staff. 11/10 🌟🌟

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

This was our second dining experience at Hell of the North.
Whilst the food was good, the service could have been better for the price paid. We had to constantly hunt down someone to order a drink and when we did our first drink arrived after the first course was served.
The feed me menu is definitely the way to go, but there are better valued restaurants in Melbourne.

MS
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great wines. Don't forget to ask for the hand-written wine list! Exceptional!

y
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

It took 1.5 hours to have all of our menu items to show up on our table. The order of items were not planned at all, all items came out one after another with huge gap (including our two mains), we spent 2 hours here, and we really just wanted to spend an hour since we are just two people.

D
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, just don't get the matching wines on the feed me option as you're paying per glass (i.e. $32 for a single glass).

JO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

DD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Secluded off the main street and a great 'neighbourhood' gem with food and wine to match the atmosphere!

JM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

KC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

LC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

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
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience1

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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

LM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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