Hell of the North

4.6
397 reviews
$41 to $100
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.

Experiences

  • Saturday in Hell

    A$80.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    On Saturday Evenings the $80 Feed Me Menu is obligatory. A la carte dining is not offered.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 397 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We felt really humbled to be able to dine at Hell again. The food was sensational and our chosen and recommended wine choices excellent. This was our first restaurant meal after the lockdowns in Melbourne and it was the best.

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Lynette
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first visit to Hell of the North and I’ll be going back. A wonderful dining experience.

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twarh
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our experience at Hell in the north. Lovely staff, chilled ambience and delicious food. I highly recommend the Pumpkin, goats curd and sage beurre noisette.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, a perfect blend of outstanding flavours, service & ambiance. Never disappointed with this experience, thanks to all the staff and their friendly/ family vibe.

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CharlesT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hell of the North is a consistently great local experience, good ambience, great food and drinks and good staff.

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Meng
13 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Hell of the North is a great cosy place to take a date.

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Sutheman
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing! The servers were attentive and polite. Definitely would love to come again!

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Jayson
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

the phone menu thing is annoying. one of the great joys of dining out is being presented with a menu and wine list.
It comes off feeling cheap and charmless, which is a good match for the service.
Food was pretty good
Dining room needs some acoustic treatment as it was hard to hear over the screeching millenials.

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Helena
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place and always coming back when in Melbourne.

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NadiaN
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff and great atmosphere, but very mediocre overpriced food.

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Frog
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favourite for me and why I booked our romantic anniversary dinner there! I love the friendly, knowledgeable and fun staff who genuinely make you feel welcome. The food was outstanding. We had the set menu which had a couple of things on it I would never order but enjoyed greatly and happy were included, for example the muscles (deshelled).
The multiple areas and buzzy atmosphere means this venue is great for romantic dinners or a group get together.

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ChanelleD
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish was mouthwatering, the staff all very friendly and accomodating, and the ambiance just beautiful. You have to try the creme brûlée.

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Over hyped and over priced. Took two hours for 4 very tiny courses (including dessert).
Food portions were small and taste was below average.
Their pork dish is $38 on the menu and essentially is a $6 pork fillet from Woolworths with a smear of apple sauce.
When reading reviews for this restaurant, it’s clear their quality has disappeared lately and many reviews confirm this.

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Freshsteve
12 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the feed me menu which was high quality and ample for two. There is a very good wine list that matches well to the range of food. We've been a few times and will go again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional experience.

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GregW
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was so rich we couldn’t finish the dishes

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JacquiS
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational night with spectacular food, service and wine. Every dish was the favorite!

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Jake
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, the cheese soufflé is a must. The restaurant is well spaced and moody, good for a date night

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CatherineP
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great dinner spot with good vibes and ambience. Everything from the set menu was absolutely divine

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JoyC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was fantastic...the wine also was wonderful. The only downside was the waitress who forgot our mains. We waited over an hour before we asked where it was, no apology from her but an apology from the owner. For the rest of the evening she was 'put-out' and I must say it put a damper on an otherwise lovely evening.

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FloraG
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Portion size is slightly too small given that the food is flavoursome but not overly rich

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RoderickL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an(other) outstanding evening. Great team, great food, great cocktails. Unforgettable. One of the "hidden gems" of Melbourne

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

On app had booking available at 2245 but had closed at 2200

Very disappointing to arrive with restaurant closed despite showing appointments on app

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Helena
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just love this place. Always coming back. Service and food couldn't be better.

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janef
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My parents and I booked for Mother's Day and couldn't be happier with the experience - $70 per head for four courses. We got to try a bit of everything, and it was all delicious. The service was friendly, very prompt, and we had a lovely time without being rushed. We'll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love coming here, never disappoints

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Becs
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious food and wonderful service!

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619HariU
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The standard of this restaurant has dropped after our last visit, especially the service was really poor on that night. We 3 arrived on time for dinner last night and we was escorted to a small the table in the back area, so then we was waiting for any service person to come to the table. After 10min waiting, I stand up and asked someone at the bar to get at least some drinks. After the approach we got some sparkling water (from the tap) and a bottle of white wine. The menu concept was explained to us ($80 per person!) and we told him that that's fine and that I can eat meat but my 2 other guests are pescatarian. He said that’s fine and he will make the menu choice for us, which was a mistake in the end. After another 35 minutes waiting we received finally 2 appetiser plates, the “cured Ocean trout”$25 and the “beetroots, hazelnut, onion ash” for $22. I asked if it’s possible to get some bread to go with and was surprised to received a 50gr warm bread roll cut in 4 portions for 3 people!!! The next course was the “mussels, persillade butter, pickled fennel” $25 from the menu which came with a portions of “French fries“ $10.- and with another small bread roll. We three have been surprised about this one plate only but thought there is bigger portions to the main course. When the service cleared the plates I asked what we will get now get for main course and he so said the “pork loin, brussels sprouts, apple” $38 and the pescatarian will get the gnocchi, the mush rooms and a salad. So no fish at all!!! They told him that they don’t like gnocchi and would to have a fish for main course, which the kitchen team could do for us. So we received with the pork a plate of soaked “pine mushrooms with goat curd” $27, the “king fish filet, wakame butter, braised lettuce” $34.- and a “rocket salat” $10. The quality of the food was good but we all have been still hungry. For the last course we received 2 portions of Crème Brûlée $28 and a warm “gingerbread & rhubarb pudding” $14

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JamesT
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

Food amazing as always, service was exceptional though dropped off with late staff change. However restaurant was way too loud. Music was turned up as night went on making everyone speak louder. We left early as gave all of our party a headache. Not a place for a romantic night out however can’t fault the food and most of the service.

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Justine
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the feed me menu and loved each dish. Beautiful ambience, friendly staff, overall great value for money

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ClaireC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is delicious but the portion is in the smaller side.

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Niall
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the Saturday service which the kitchen takes account of your dislikes and works around your taste. They choose the food for you which was a fun way to dine and they didn’t miss.

Every course delivered and they have an incredible wine list from old world and new.

Spectacular service that wasn’t rushed and it was extremely attentive.
We’ll be back there before long!

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience! Service and food and wine excellent!

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JimH
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience each visit. Love the food, service and personal touch.

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RebekahG
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FANTASTIC night out! Could not have enjoyed ourselves more... exceptional service, delicious food, great ambience & fabulous cocktails! What a night! Highly recommend & will definitely be back. Thank you all for a wonderful dining experience.

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TimA
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. We chose the chefs suggestions and all were great with special mention to the cheese soufflé !

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RaymondB
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Outstanding as always. My favourite place to dine in Melbourne

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous!!!

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Versacie
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was great, the steak tartare was still my favourite and we sampled over 8 delicious cocktails between the two of us.

Please do remember to buy the kitchen a round of drinks, they do an excellent job.

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ChrisO
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Love Hell of the North.
Great food, wine and Ambience.
Chris.

FAQs

Hell of the North is rated 4.6 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.