Hell of the North

4.4
183 reviews
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$41 to $100
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French
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Smart 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 Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 183 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Waiter (Alex) decided arguing with us about what wine we had asked for was a good idea.
Automatically adding charity donations is NOT acceptable. If you want to support a charity, YOU give to the charity.
Charging 1.5% for credit cards is NOT ok, and bordering on illegal.
Sitting two people at the end of a bench where they physically cannot fir all four legs is NOT acceptable, particularly when the table had been booked well in advance.

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NG
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved dinner at Hell of the North. I feel that the website made it come across like it might be a bit stuff but it wasn’t at all; it had a great vibe, great food, the staff were fantastic and the fact that you can BYO is just great. Will definitely go back.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We made a reservation at 8.45pm on Saturday 24th. We got to the restaurant at 8.30pm and we were told to sit outside as they were busy. We sat out for an hour in the cold. We were then told to come in and sit on a high table (8 seater) with other customers already seated on the same table. We were already so over it. Decided to have the creme brule and couple of mocktails. Creme brule was served within 20 minutes and the the drinks took another hour. Overall not a great experience.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is very good, well executed and presented, but the wine menu pricing doesn't fit the overall price, look and feel of the restaurant.

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KK
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Main dishes were ordinary and lack of attention to detail/ flexibility in service

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NL
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints. Food, service and ambiance always spot on.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We now been about 4 times and always have a great time. The food is fresh and beautifully cooked and presented. We've already recommended to a lot of people. Staff are outstanding - friendly, helpful! The only thing I missed was a wine chiller for our bottle of wine.

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BY
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at Hell of the North. Service was excellent and the waiter was very helpful. The food was delicious - would recommend the beef tartare!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have been to Hell of the North as a couple and loved the tasting menu. Unfortunately as a group our experience wasn’t of the same level. The portions didn’t match the no. Of guests (eg 4 slices of the steak for 6 guests) . Better value and experience as a small group.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Last minute booking for a 6.15 sitting and found the staff very good and the food lovely. We chose the $75 menu where our courses were chosen for us and it was very tasty. To improve on this experience we felt that the mussels were a little disappointing due the amount you received and were very salty. Also disappointing was that there weren't any heavy full bodied shiraz's on their wine list. Otherwise fantastic and a great place to eat.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've dined quite a lot at Hell of the North and every time I go it exceeds expectations. The food is exquisite and so is the wine list. Make sure you check it out!

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TD
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my parents and my girlfriends mother out to dinner to here and we had such a beautiful experience. The waiting staff were friendly and polite, food was delicious, even the owner gave a perfect selection of wine to compliment my meal. Highly recommend Hell of the North to anyone who is looking to enjoy good food, wine and an all round dining experience.

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l
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Solid venue, nothing particularly unique but all around solid food.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service was disjointed and it clearly seemed like they were under staffed. Maybe they were having a really hard day. Certainly showed and we left not really understanding what this restaurant was about. Food itself was regular fare for the Collingwood/Fitzroy area.

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E
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance/environment, quality authentic French cuisine, and friendly professional staff.

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d
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was highly recommended by several friends, so we booked in for our 10th Anniversary. Super happy we did, as the food was absolutely divine - and VERY good value, the 'Feed Me' tasting menu. Stellar service, and great ambiance. Can't wait to return!

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SS
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

I’m a bit challenged by HOTN. The drinks and food are very good. But 4 of us were in and out in an hour on a Saturday night. That’s a cocktail, 2 courses and wine all delivered in less than an hour. No complaints with the food, it is great. But it just felt very, very well rushed. I had a great lunch here a while back and we all agreed that we think this is a better lunch than dinner venue. Shame really.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just expertly first meal here and was very pleased indeed. Great interior space, timeyand very good service and fabulous food. I’ll be back and have no hesitation in recommending.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and wine. The wine in particular was amazing value. Service was universally good, with anticipation of needs before we had to ask. Highly recommended. We'll be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant; food was delicious ; services was excellent.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The food is good quality but the portion size is surprisingly small. The ambiance is warm and comfortable. The server was kind but too often unavailable even though it was not crowded. So many extraordinary restaurants in Fitzroy; unfortunately, this was not one of them.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely restaurant, the Feed Me menu is good value and good service. I'll be back.

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FL
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Amazing food. Average service. It was a really lovely atmosphere but I think they needed 1 more staff member on. Everything felt fairly rushed and our drinks were pretty much thrown at us. They were really lovely though.
That said, food was outstanding and I’ll definitely be back and recommend to everyone.

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R
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've now lost count how many time I've been to Hell of the North over the years. As usual the food was outstanding, and the wine list was superb - especially when I mentioned an '05 Chardonnay that I had recently that was amazing - and it just so happened HotN had one bottle of it in the cellar!

I recommend Hell of the North to anyone that will listen - it's a must visit.

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SF
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food served promptly. We had the tasting menu which I recommend for the vatiety and balance of the courses. We had a lovely evening and look forward to returning.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Sparkling water should be free these days shouldn't it? A few of our dishes were really delicious (the oyster blade and the kingfish) but the french classics like the french onion soup and the beef tartare were disappointing. The creme brulee was a real highlight, very delicious generous serves.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The place was understaffed and they were obviously under the pump. Management were stressed and questioned our food and beverage choices when we asked to order after waiting for a long while. We went for our 1 year anniversary and sadly we had an awful time and left feeling unsatified. Wouldn’t recommend to friends or family. :(

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CH
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Having been to Hell of the North on a prior occasion, I wasn't surprised by the great cocktails, excellent service and ambience. Shared dishes, the entrees were superb, the mains mostly terrific but the desserts while lovely were not show stoppers. The lemon meringue pie needed cream not sorbet to dilute it's tartness and it felt store brought - which I'm sure it wasn't. Overall - a great menu and a very good dining experience.

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MM
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an exquisite dining experience at Hell of the North. The restaurant was divided into several rooms so we only saw the front room but it was a very pleasant space. We chose the a la carte menu (gnocchi and kingfish) which were both delicious. Accompanied by a beautiful Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. The chocolate, ginger and roast almond ice-cream was also outstanding. Efficient, friendly service. Unobtrusive, moderate music levels. Totally recommended.

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IM
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first time here and we were warmly welcomed by knowledgeable and friendly staff. The food was great and we had the Feed Me Light Lunch - which was plenty of food as all the dishes are designed to share. They catered brilliantly for vegetarian and pescatarian friends and we also had options to add cheese instead of a sweet course. The wine list is solid with representation from all over the world - beware though as it is not cheap.

Having said that - we would definitely go back and I have already talked it up to my friends. You won't be disappointed (and it is really close to the tram if you have really enjoyed the wine!).

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M
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food accompanied by wonderful service. Had the feed me option and we were overjoyed with the plentiful and tasty food. Would highly recommend this to anyone into French food.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hell of the North never disappoints. The place is amazing, with a nice atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. That's why I keep coming back. :)

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SB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ordered a variety of dishes to share and loved all of them. A minor thing was that it would have been good to get bread with the muscles to soak up that fabulous sauce! The service was excellent- helpful and personable. It was a little noisy due to a large full table nearby, but the atmospheric set up meant it did not impinge too much. Overall we had a fabulous evening and would certainly dine here again.

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D
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I don’t get why this place receives such high reviews. Cramped dining, noisy, average service from disinterested staff and food that is just ok - nothing groundbreaking, pretty boring but mostly well cooked. For $75 p/h there’s much better options in Melbourne.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my brother in-law to Hell of the North for his birthday and all 4 of us raved about the places afterwards. Food was outstanding and so was the wine selection. Will definitely be back!

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved dining at Hell of the North. Its off-the-beaten-path location adds an element of secrecy to the dining experience, which matched the soft, warm lighting and quiet atmosphere. All up, I would recommend it for any special occasion, for the oenophiles and gastronomes, and for anybody interested in treating their palate to unique flavours in both food and drink.

In my reservation, I mentioned that the booking was for a birthday, which was attended to by a birthday candle in our Crème Brûlée, which was a nice touch!

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J
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hell of the North was exceptional for our date lunch on Saturday. The atmosphere was perfect, service was truly brilliant and the food was some of the best I've eaten. We loved our lunch and we'll definitely be back. I would recommend this as an excellent date, special occasion or fine dining restaurant.

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P
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was our second visit to Hell of The North and we will definitely go again. On the first occasion we had the Feed Me option, which is great, and this time we ordered a la carte. The atmosphere is buzzing, the food is great and the service was very good. Another great option for dining out in Melbourne.

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RE
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was so easy to book, and on arrival it was warm and cosy. We had a great table, and were so well looked after. The menu was explained to us and it didn’t take long. The food was beautifully presented and we all agreed it was delicious. Excellent choices of wine.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were fantastic, unfortunately the Service lets the experience down. Staff seems disconnected and rude, especially when no tip was left.

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