Hellenika at The Calile
I really had a great time. Wonderful friendly, fast, helpfull and always smiling staff, delicious food (although I expected more Greekstyle choices) and the ambience was great.
There is but. Because this restaurant is so popular, it is very crowded. I am not keen to go back because I couldn't hear people at the table (I am 43 and I don't have a hearing problem) and we were sitting outside. Happy to come back for lunch to see if that's better.
For the price you pay in comparison to what you get, I definitely do not think it was worth it.
Food got better after a slow start. Waitress didn’t explain properly about sharing courses
The $38 set lunch menu was a great introduction to the style of Greek cuisine Hellenika is becoming famous for. I found a renewed appreciation of simple dishes such as Taramasalata, dolmades, calamari, crumbed whiting and Greek salad deliciously prepared with fresh ingredients. The decor was light and fresh while the service was friendly and efficient.
Wonderful experience thank you Simon and staff we had a great evening celebrating my birthday
Overall the food was good however, I was very disappointed by the service. It was that bad that it pretty much ruined the experience. Our server was rude and pushy. We also had trouble getting any of the servers attention when wanting to order more drinks, my aunt ended up getting up and ordering at the bar because no servers would come back over to our table.
Also we ordered dips as a starter and got 4 bits of bread when there were 6 of us. When the dips are $18 A pop you kind of expect you’ll can finish them...
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! The service was amazing from the moment we walked in and didn't stop! Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the food and drinks list and really helped us choose a bunch of food to share between the 4 of us. It was a very busy night however, the food and drink service was very quick and was a great experience overall and very well priced!
We arrived having only booked for 7 and a lot more turned up than expected. They catered for our bigger group. We were served my Steph who was amazing, she went above and beyond for our group. Thank you so much and sorry about the hassle!! :)
We had one of the banquets & were really impressed. All of the food was amazing & the service was great! Highly recommend.
Ambiance and service were top notch! Food is hit and miss. That’s all you need to work on more and you’ll be a keeper!
The food is incredible, service impeccable and the decor is lovely - sitting by the pool was a terrific experience! 10/10 definitely!
We ordered the classic banquet for four and we had to take two of the meals home with us. It was delicious but a little bit too much.
Emma (staff member) was fabulous
We loved the buzzing yet understated atmosphere of inside at Hellenika, and were particularly impressed by the service we received from staff. The share plates are very well portioned and the zucchini fries are a must have (we had a half serve between two people and still couldn't finish them). Drink selection is impeccable too. Highly recommend for a beautiful, yet not fussy, dining experience.
Wonderful relaxed atmosphere, fantastic and quick service. Gorgeous food; Zucchini chips and spanakopita were particularly delicious. Cocktails were great too!
Sensational fresh authentic food, service was 5 star.
It was my 3rd dinner at Hellenika & each experience has gotten better! It’s a special experience when you’re given some food taste tests as well as helping chose wine with dinner :)
Great venue only marred by the insta crowd constantly snapping pics of themselves (can’t wait for the kids to get over this phase). Food was delicious, Greek salad on point with the best in Greece, zucchini fritters were amazing ( got a half serve to save space for everything else) and the service was fantastic! Well done Hellenika, will definitely return.
Service is spectacular and the food is even better. The staff are really well informed about the menu and our waiter gave us really good suggestions on what to order.
Although a lovely looking space, there were a few “clanging” elements at Hellenika. The garden seating is peculiar - so two people have to sit on a bench seat. The noise level is quite high. For a restaurant that prides itself on its’ wine provision, it was disappointing that our glasses of wine were not poured at the table but delivered already poured (Pinot was lovely). On the night we dined the overriding flavour was of salt - each dish was over seasoned and had us reaching for the water. For us including our teenagers the zucchini chips (deep fried zucchini slices with cheese sprinkled over) didn’t work.
Hellenika at The Calile is without question, one the best dining experiences in the country. Super cool setting overlooking the pool, incredibly good staff, top class service, great vibe and simply the best available produce, cooked to absolute perfection. Outstanding.
This was our third time at Hellenika. The food is very good but the service is appalling.
On this occasion wine ordered and not received, main course ordered but not received and then a mocktail offered up as recompense for the mistakes was then put on our bill.
Diners around us having similar issues which led to a three table discussion about the poor service and the fact that the first thing you are advised on seating is that the kitchen will decide what order you eat your meals in. Great food but a good hard look at service would help immensely.
exceptional service- great food a great place to relax
The food was amazing. We took overseas friends they and they were blown away by the experience. We especially loved the service by Jean Baptise. He was amusing and attentive and made us feel very welcome.
Enthusiastic staff, great ambience and good quality food! Chris
From the reception process, bar staff, wait staff, menu range even for gluten free, service quality and ambiance onwards the evening was excellent. Finally a restaurant with great food, great service and great ambiance ! This is a truly exceptional dining experience.
I absolutely love this restaurant and the food! Especially the home made dishes i.e. taramasalata - the lamb should be served green style big and lots of it falling off the bone - not fine dining style.
Dinner for 6, great atmosphere, if not a little loud. Food is all designed to share, and the menu covers anyone who has eating peculiarities.
Not cheap but worth it, everything was delicious.
Loved Hellenika. Have been wanting to go for a while now and finally we had the time and it was wonderful. We had a lovely night out and the wait staff were really lovely.
Had a family lunch here and you didn’t disappoint. Great atmosphere, great food and great wine. Impeccable service. No wonder you get voted best restaurant in Brisbane!!!
Will be back!
Loved it! The food & wine was amazing & will definitely be going back.
We finally experienced Hellenika. We ordered a banquet over a long lunch. The kitchen allowed us to change a food selection which was appreciated. Food was good - we feel there is room for improvement compared to other Greek restaurants we have dined at. Waitress & Waiters were very attentive and helpful - plenty of staff floating around and they all coped very well given it was a busy day.
Food is excellent but service is sub par. Staff seem to be more focussed on getting you out of the restaurant than on the food or providing quality service. Felt rushed from the get-go - was reminded of the two hour time limit multiple times during our lunch for no reason (we were out within 1:15) and wait staff seemed inexperienced. Much better places in Brisbane for lunch - the nice setting doesn’t make up for the poor experience.
Not our first visit to Hellenika however we had some Greek visitors with us this time & they had a good knowledge of what to choose & what questions to ask of our waitress. The food was delicious & certainly she (our waitress) guided us into the amount required by us. Certainly will revisit. Parking was also accessible & free!!
Fantastic food and service off the charts for a large and difficult group. Very recommended, many of our party have made plans for return visits.
We arrived at 10:20 for our 10:15am booking. Waitress gave us 5 minutes to order advising that the kitchen was about to close. We ordered our food swiftly and then the champagne. Another waitress brought out the food not knowing who's was who's. Online it said we would have a 2 hour allocation but at 11:45 we were told they needed to set our table for lunch so brought the bill. I put my card in the bill, no one came to collect it however, the waitress continued to set tables around us for lunch. I carried the bill up to the desk to pay at the counter. Certainly did not feel like our business was wanted which was a shame given the quality and standard of the food and the terrific atmosphere provided by the sensational fitout and poolside ambience. I dine out a lot, as do a lot of my friends and family. Would have been great to round it off with quality service.
A problem with the communication with the wait staff looking after our table resulted in a not full coffee instead of a weak coffee and also a poor choice from the menu. Loved the setting - but unsure if we would return.
Amazing as always!!
A must-visit in Brisbane; and a legendary experience already well established on the Gold Coast! I highly recommend, especially for brunch.
Incredible service, immaculate interior design, an experience worth stopping in for.