Hell of the North

4.5
139 reviews
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$41 to $100
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French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Fitzroy's Hell of the North shares its name with the infamous Paris-Roubaix bike race held in northern France. Hell of the North seeks to marry heaven and hell with a modern French inspired bistro menu derived from local produce and fresh ingredients, with a selection of boutique beer, wine & cocktails.

Behind the yellow door in the heritage bluestone building you'll discover casual dining and drinking with service that is informed whilst personable, and relaxed yet detailed. Group bookings are accepted & reservations are strongly recommended. Supper is offered on Friday & Saturday nights. Corkage at $25 per bottle is offered if you have a great old bottle you'd like to bring (excluding Friday & Saturday nights)
We look forward to seeing you in Hell!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, European, Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday 5pm - late
Thursday 5pm - late
Friday 5pm - 1am
Saturday 12 noon - 1am
Sunday 12 noon - 11pm
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Phone number
(03) 9417 6660
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Simon Martensz
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Private Party Facilities
We can host all array of functions, from sit down banquets to stand up cocktail parties for groups from 10 to 120 people.

We have had great success with birthdays, engagements, baby showers, corporate events & weddings.

Please call private party contact to discuss options.
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Private Party Contact
Mark Grixti: 0403 907 476
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Smith Street
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Parking Details
Limited street parking with some restrictions. The rooftop carpark at Woolworths is a good option with 2 hours free. Please note that Greeves St is one way, no entry off Smith St.
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Public Transit
From the city catch tram 86 from Bourke St. and get off at Woolworths.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Hell Wining Sessions - Back Vintages of Seville Estate Yarra Valley

Wine-ing Session #3 on July 28th will be all about Seville Estate's Back Vintages.

Hosted by their talented wine maker and Mark Grixti, owner of Hell.

We will be looking at

2007 Shiraz
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Chardonnay

There will be snacks to accompany the session and compliment the wines on offer.

Terms and Conditions: Full pre-payment taken at the time of booking.
Wining session is from 3pm sharp.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 28 July 2018

Ends: 28 July 2018

Availability: Sat 15:00-15:15

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.

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 13 April 2018

Ends: 13 October 2018

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

What 139 People Are Saying
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CS
4.0Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

A fun spot for dinner. We had the deed me menu. Not sure if the value was there & if we would have saved if we had ordered the same items a la carte. We were not informed that we needed to vacate the table for another party until 10 minutes before, which made the end of the evening quite rushed. Wine list was great & the service fantastic!

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C
4.0Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Another lovely meal in Hell
Service was lovely, food delicious as always.

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

“It was very nice.... service was friendly and pretty efficient. I’d go again if I was in the area”
From my dining partner who lives on the other side of town ;)

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OT
5.0Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They ticked all the boxes. Amazing experience!

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OT
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the initial knock on the door, we were welcomed in & despite our table not being ready immediately we were guided to populate the bar & within a few minutes we were guided to our table and offered drinks & menu explained. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding & overall a great experience. Will definitely be back sometime soon! Thank you 😊

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SB
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My fiancé and I ate here on Sunday afternoon with family to celebrate our engagement. The ambience was lovely (could have been a bit warmer temperature wise), and the service flawless. We got the feed me menu, everything was delicious. Definitely try the french onion soup and the crème brûlée

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AW
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a beautiful birthday dinner at Hell of the North. Staff were friendly, professional and excited about the food and drinks they were providing. Food was delicious, wine was beautifully matched. Overall, an experience worth recommending.

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RH
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational food and atmosphere, the cocktails were a delight also. A great dining spot. The staff knew their business with in-depth answers to all questions related to the menu, personable and great at making recommendations.

Will definitely be back.

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R
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've easily been to Hell of the North over 15 times now over the years, and I can easily say it's one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne - which is a huge call!

When you get here and you want to make it a special night make sure you ask for the cellar door wine list - the wines are bottles you just won't easily find and are absolutely outstanding. Well worth making a visit here - I may go again this weekend!

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T
4.0Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We came here on a Saturday evening a bit earlier than our booking time but were warmly welcomed by the staff.
Ambience was great and food was overall very tasty (just a bit salty).
Hell of the North is hella cosy and has amazing service. :)

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GF
5.0Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious French cuisine for a reasonable price. The barramundi was outstanding. Loved the beef tartare too!

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SD
2.0Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

While the food was delicious albeit small portions I felt the wait ( an hour) to receive our order was excessive

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TW
5.0Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hell of the north was an old favorite and remains top of their game. The feed me offer for the table was delicious and the right amount. Couldn’t have been happier. Thanks Hell

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3.0Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was excellent, but service left a sour taste. We were served by 2 people: A bearded dude who seemed like he didn't care about serving us and a really nice girl that was super helpful.

We encountered the bearded dude first — he dumped the menus and ran, didn't even bother to take our drink order. We waited for over 20 mins (seated at 8:50pm) then finally the nice girl served us until the end of her shift at which time we had to go back to the bearded dude. At no time did he ask how things went which is a shame because I wanted to let the kitchen know the creme brûlée tasted burnt (which was the only minor complaint I had about the food).

The thing was though the bearded dude was being super helpful to the table next to us, so who knows, maybe he was just tip fishing for people who "look" like they have fat wallets.

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MV
5.0Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would return to this venue, the food was amazing ,staff friendly and knowledgeable with food and wine recommendations .
The atmosphere was cosy and inviting .

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A
5.0Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we go it is an experience and what an experience. The food is amazing and the service is fantastic. Just love it.

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AR
5.0Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food AND service!! A++++ Highly recommend and will be back again!!

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DC
5.0Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very engaging and catered for our dietary needs very well. Food was lovely.

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J
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazing dinner and would definitely go again. However I would opt for a table with chairs next time

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CB
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WE had a wonderfully special time at Hell of the North. We sat for over 3 hours and were cared for and served well all night. Mark was warm, funny and friendly and we trusted him with the tasting menu and wines to match. We were very pleased and hope to go again soon.

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n
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, great staff, wine list did the job. The prices were reasonable. What more could you want.

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TA
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best place for a group of friends to catch up over great food and good wine.
Let the chef do the work and choose the feed me option.

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DB
4.0Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A nice restaurant tucked away in a quiet street, great cocktails, champagne and wines on offer. The menu caters for all food types and the service compliments the atmosphere- unobtrusive. A great place to catch up with friends or a romantic night out. Hell of the North fails to disappoint.

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CP
5.0Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We'd been wanting to visit Hell of the North for ages and finally made it this Saturday. We were not disappointed - it was brilliant. Great food, great wine and excellent service. Highly recommended.

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VS
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delish food and really lovely genuine staff. The dishes where unique and beautiful and lovely to eat. Lovely atmosphere and a genuinely enjoyable experience. Thank you xx

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MG
5.0Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Large group booking with the feed me menu. Very good service.
Accommodated dietary requirements.
Delicious food.
Great value.

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OT
5.0Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hell of the north never disappoints, that gnocchi with Jerusalem artichokes - amazing!! Thanks for a fab night guys! 🤗

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A
5.0Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was superb as were the wines. We just let our lovely waiter lead us through the wines and he hit the spot w every recommendation... can i say beef tar tar .... yummm can i have that as entre main and dessert?? Amazing

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RG
5.0Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What you pay is what you get.
Fine dining experience, excellent service, amazing food and good wine. If you want to impress your girl take her here.

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AR
5.0Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good and attentive service. The small bites we started with were ok but the mains and sides were all excellent. Lovely cocktails and wine. Nice decor and lighting. Music was inaudible so a bit louder would have helped the ambience. Overall a very nice dining experience. Would definitely recommend.

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R
5.0Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. Staff very attentive without being in the way. Great wine list. Food exceptional. Reasonably priced. Must book!

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A
4.0Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious food and cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Highlights were the chicken liver pate and gnocchi starters, although everything was tasty and well presented. The only negative would be the size and quality of the vegetable side dishes as these were small and quite basic for the price. Will go again.

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LR
5.0Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Pinot Noir from Geeling was amazing! As was the steak.

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b
5.0Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for dinner on Valentine's Day and indulged in a set menu. It was disappointing the choices in the set menu options after having seen the usual menu as the croquettes and tartare sound amazing but the menu options did not disappoint when we had them arrive at the table. The food is skillfilly prepared and the service is top notch.

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OT
2.0Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

-"Feed us" menu overpriced for one main, one entree, half a dessert per person.

-Little to no obvious French influence on food.

-If aiming for a fine dining crowd, don't give people a bowl of chips with ANYTHING.

-Ten mussels and a bowl of chips doesn't constitute a meal, unless you're eating at the counter of a pub.

Ambience nice, service good, building lovely, but could not recommend on the basis of the food. Felt like we were being taken advantage of for choosing the "Feed Us" option - I could forgive more easily if there was more food or a lower price, but at a fine-dining cost this was not good enough.

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OT
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great night at Hell of the North. I have been to the restaurant five times now, and each time the food has been excellent, creative and well balanced.

The "feed Me' menu comprises very good value for money and a great way to gain a feel for the different food selections available. It is a very generous mix of dishes. We last visited with friends some of whom did not eat meat, so the menu was tailored with greater variety of seafood/fish and vegetarian dishes. The result was a very well balanced meal.

The wine list is very good, well balanced and carefully selected.

The service is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.

The ambience is relaxed and informal.

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OT
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family get together for 30th birthday.

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A
5.0Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, delicious food with a very comprehensive wine list at competitive prices. What more do you need?

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F
3.0Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Food and service was good but unfortunately we had to share a table with a group of 5 and in an enclosed room. We were expecting just a table for 4 for a quiet fine dining but instead in a room of people talking loudly

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J
4.0Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We go here a bit and really enjoy the food. The only issue we have is the service which can be pretty iffy at times. We enjoy a warm and inviting environment and sometimes you get the feeling that you are an inconvience rather than a customer. However, had a pretty good night regardless.

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