Hellenic Republic Brunswick
I appreciated the create approach to vegan cuisine, I was impressed by the chef’s ability to maintain the Greek influence whilst delivering a high quality plant based menu. Wine pairings were excellent, service was great and it was one of the best evenings!
The experience was very ordinary when we were expecting something special. First impression - not very comfortable chairs and being an empty restaurant basically there was no need to place us right on the till. We have been to the Press Club and whilst we knew it would be different - it was actually as far away from that experience as possible. Apparently the olives were good - I didn't have any. The whitebait was ok, quite salty though, aiole was nice. The fig and Saganaki was the best thing we had all night apart from the Moet! Mains were Moussaka which was good but the squid was tough, somehow they managed to make it very tough on the outside whilst being translucent in the middle - forgettable to say the least. Now to the service - twice we asked for the main to not follow the entrees immediately, the waiter said to let him know when we were ready - the mains arrived when the entree had not even been cleared away, when we complained we weren't actually ready the waitress didn't actually seem to care at all. After that we were basically ignored for well on 30 minutes despite wanting to order more wine. So after all of that we would not recommend wasting time and money at this restaurant.
The Hellenic Republic Restaurant was everything we hoped for. We are avid fans of Masterchef from South Africa and wanted to check out something authentic in Melbourne which had to do with Masterchef. The food was fabulous. The lamb shoulder slow cooked for 12 hours absolutely melted in the mouth. The Baklava was amazing. Thank you for such a wonderful evening. Our waitress made the visit for us with her friendly and efficient service. It couldn’t have been better!!!
I’ve been to this place about 10 times since it opened and I’ve got to say I’m not sure I’ll be back.
Whilst the staff are really fantastic in terms of their food knowledge, being attentive and highly accommodating to people’s dietary requirements, as well as their want of a great experience for everyone - the food was inconsistent and ultimately that is what my friends and I go there for.
Out of the 10 or so times I’ve been over the years, we have only left raving about the food about 60 percent of the time.
It seems it was a far more exciting and satisfying feed experience in the early days of the restaurant.
This weekend some of the seasonal additions to the menu were executed perfectly, but their tried and tested signature dishes they are known for - the menu regulars, fell below the hopes we had for this dining experience.
So it is with regret that my days visiting Hellenic Republic with gastronomic feasts in mind have likely passed.
After years of dining at Hellenic Republic and other restaurants like Gazi for all kinds of occasions, unfortunately this will be my last. My friend felt the same and my partner who had never been before was disappointed after telling him for so long how amazing it was - one of my favourites!
The venues itself was so loud I didn’t hear a single thing the waitress said the whole night. My partner took two “noise breaks” during dinner, strange I know and I’ve never known him or anyone to do that before!
We all did the $75 banquet. I usually do this, and we expected the amazing taramasalta, the famous grain salad, chicken and lamb off the spit, the potatoes and rice pudding or donuts as in the past but instead what we got was by far a huge let down.
First there was what I assume was hummus. No one comes for hummus. That’s what I’m eating during the week from Coles with carrot sticks when I’m on a diet saving my calories for a dinner at a place like Hellenic Republic. The Saginaki was great but the arancini, which is not Greek as far as I’m concerned and the cheese pies left a lot to be desired. Following that was the sword fish, that’s been in the banquet for as long as I can remember and always good but 1 prawn each! And Tuna cheviche? That’s not Greek!
But the biggest let down was the coleslaw - come on! I can make a coleslaw for 20 cents a serve at home, no grain salad. There was also no potato’s, no chicken. No Taramasalta and.... the baclava which was in a wedge which was impossible to divide between the table, please - We don’t want to share an awkward desert!
Visited from Newcastle; must do attraction if you appreciate fabulous food and atmosphere!
Fabulous food and great service. Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
approached us to remove food so many times when we where still eating at a slow pace.
Still an enjoyable night ..
And we love coming back.
Food was fantastic! Staff very good and full of good advise.
The service at Hellenic Republic is exceptional. All staff members were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. The food and wine were delicious and we’ll worth the cost. Will definitely be back!!
Great service, the food was outstanding and made our lunch a pleasurable one.
Food and flavours were fantastic. It had been awhile since we frequented Hellenic Republic but was reminded how great the food was eventhough we were surprised at the cost $$.
The other annoying negative was that the chairs were so uncomfortable and in actual fact, unbearable to sit on.
I've been here many times before and this time was just as good as the previous ones. Our waiter, Justin, was very attentive to our dietary requirements and a great addition to the night
I'll keep coming back here!
Thank you for having us at Hellenic. We had the banquet and it lulled us into a very nice food coma.
Beautiful food and staff. We were one of the last to leave and the staff served us beautifully despite the kitchen closing at 930 and our little boy running around. Well done guys!
We had a lovely time meeting our Brunswick daughter there for dinner mid week. Appreciated not having to hurry through our meal and the waiting staff were gorgeous. Way too much food so we loved being able to take some home :)
It was a lovely night , lovely food but it wasn’t WOW! Very expensive. For money I spent, I wanted WOW
This is the best Hellenic Republic of the 4. The service is awesome, friendly and fast. The food is absolutely fantastic. We have visited all 4 restaurants and the Brunswick is miles ahead of the rest for service and food and great staff.
Got the $55 banquet and good was amazing! Will definitely be back!
Beautiful meal with outstanding service. The wait staff were extremely attentive, we felt very welcomed and looked after throughout the whole meal. Saganaki is a must!
We said we had to go to a show later and they made sure we were well looked after in the time we had.
Excellent attention to us and everyone knew their stuff. The food was delicious and the whole experience flawless.
We have visited Hellenic Republic on a number of occasions now over the years and it's always great food. Without fail ...it's great food! The restaurant is noisy and loud and there's nothing they can do about that unless they halve the patrons. The service we have always found to be good and consistent. The wine list is way overpriced ...so you either don't drink or pay the price.
One of the great restaurants in Melbourne and visiting MUST.
Outstanding food & service. A divine culinary experience for my family. Will be back again next time we visit Melbourne.
Great food (especially lamb dumplings!), excellent service - will definitely be back!
Food was good... but I feel as though they have gotten a lot more fancier and expensive for no reason? I went to Hellenic when it first opened and had the $70 banquet which I couldn't stop raving about! I told everyone and anyone about how good it was! I got the pita, dips, zucchini flowers, saganaki, lamb shoulder, chicken, some calamari and salmon, grain salad, cabbage salad, and the sweet rice dessert.... THAT WAS THE BEST MENU. Yet on Friday night... I paid $75 and didn't get any Chicken, no calamari, no grain salad (which is what the place is most famous for), and no rice pudding... I think I will be giving Hellenic Republic a break for a few months... or years :(
Service was amazing just disappointed with the food. Way too much salt
The anticipation was at a peak, the flowers & chocolate had been delivered to work, more gifts after work, then the dinner... our first Valentines dinner, I had researched this gastronomic experience, i had planned, booked & prepared for this... and now we are here...
The open space welcomed us in, spacious & friendly... comfy seats & a sturdy table... lights, camera, action...
My companion described the service as ‘the best she has ever experienced ‘ ... smiling, friendly, knowledgeable & beautiful humans... delivering the message, drinks, food & a smile with a spirit & enthusiasm usually reserved for proud owners or chefs...
A lovely cocktail was promptly suggested & served ... a special red drink, divine...
Then the food... the star of the show... absolutely stunning... the meat melts in your mouth, falls off the bone, fills the senses and the appetite... baked beetroot, so sweet and bright.... then desert, innovative and delicious ...
We are in love, and it took a genuinely sensational restaurant, beautiful staff and amazing food to draw our attention from each other...
We will be back... thank you all for a fantastic Valentines dinner...
Skeet & Carmen
We loved Hellenic Republic! The food was great. I loved the fried calamari and zuchini. And I never had such a good moussaka. Unfortunately we did not have room left for dessert. So share your starter and even your main, and have that lovely dessert. The table next to us had something that looked like baklava. I would have loved that.
The restaurant is a bit noisy. It’s an open space and people are enjoying themself. I’m absolutely fine with that, we had our two kids with us. Our youngest can be loud when things don’t go his way. We we’re still perfectly able to understand each other.
The service was very good too. You can see into the kitchen and everybody worked so hard! Both in the kitchen as outside the kitchen!
I’d say: starve yourself for a day, make that reservation and enjoy all that great food!
The old menu of salads and please bring back the fava!
Had to wait 50minutes between starters and the main course.
No compensation offered.
Love the food. tarama second to none. Lamb and chicken always great. Yum
First time eating at Hellenic Republic and absolutely loved it, food is outstanding. Staff are just so pleasant and portray perfect customer service.
Great food and excellent service! Even my 7 year old absolutely loved the kids meal.
Amazing, the staff treated us very well and were very informative with recommendations. Food was very quick and all of the highest quality. I will be back!
Best lunch I’ve had. Perfect ambience for us, busy enough but not too noisy. Lovely wait staff - plenty of personality and very efficient. Food totally delicious and Peloponnesian wine wonderfully dry, but hinting of honey at the same time. We all loved it - and our American friends were delighted to have something not easily found in the States. Many thanks.
Vegan night was amazing. Double date, both guys are meat eaters and loved the vegan food! The banquet was endless and so full of variety and Flavour! I will be telling every plant eater I know to get to their nearest Hellenic Republic!
In the famous words of Molly Meldrum...do yourself a favour! Authentic and fabulous, a great dining experience for groups, friends and couples. Not your string quartet atmosphere more hustle and bustle and action here.
They didn’t really live up to their statement that they cater to any dietary requirement (gluten-free vegan). Sure, they did provide all courses, but it was very salad-heavy and lacking in protein. Either do it well, or don’t do it. It’s not an uncommon dietary pattern, or hard to integrate into the normal menu. The bread was dry. Not even a roast vegetable for the roast course. The dessert was the only part of the service that felt on-par. We’ve been there before and know they can do better. It wasn’t bad. It was just totally unremarkable and not up to standard. Kudos to the service staff that put our interests first and directed us away from the more expensive banquet. Though the drinks service needs work. We ordered the drink pairing and they were constantly confused when they brought our drinks order and we didn’t know what drinks we were supposed to get. We had to explain every time that we ordered drinks pairing so didn’t know. The whole experience was just lacking in finesse. I guess made worse by knowing they can do much better.
AmaZing service but not an authentic Greek cuisine. The modern ambience was pleasing yet loud and crowded. Some of the staff didn’t know how the dishes were prepared but that was ignored when the team delivered an outstanding service.
Absolutely amazing greek restaurant! I was defiantly not disappointed when I googled "best greek restaurants in my area" and Hellenic Republic was one of the first restaurants to come up!
The food, service of the staff and the overall vibes of the restaurant were amazing!
Would highly recommend!!