Hero ACMI

4.6
325 reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Hero's menu reflects, award winning chef, Karen Martini's love of cuisines from all over the world, techniques and produce used to create them, but overall, it showcases Karen's (The Wine Room and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar) cooking ethos of simply using and highlighting the absolute best of Victorian seasonal produce.

Hero overall is uncomplicated and accessible contemporary dining with a European twist. Expect good sized portions, a special experience of different flavours, colours and textures, with the same being said about the atmosphere. Hero is somewhere you can sit back, work your way through the menu, and take in and reflect upon Melbourne’s famous food and art culture over specially selected wines and cocktails.

An all-day menu will run from 11.30am until late daily, providing travelers, movie-goers and business lunchers with a reliable haunt at any time.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 325 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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GLORIAM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. We were dining with another couple who were late arriving, but it was no problem for Hero. The other couple were older and hard of hearing, so the ambience and noise level were perfect. Will definitely visit again.

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CaraM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, service was excellent and staff were able to provide some great recommendations, and a really lovely drinks list as well.

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JessO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We would’ve gone back the next day if we could have. The service from start to finish was unbelievable. Our server/waiter was incredibly warm and we shared a few laughs with him— always felt looked after (water refills, drinks reordered etc).
Then… the food. WOW. The bagel is a must. We called to see if we could just get one for takeaway the next day because we couldn’t stop thinking about it. Everything was so fresh and balanced, and tasted unbelievable.
Cannot WAIT to return!

JM
JudyM
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Service and food excellent. However, I was not asked to show my vaccination certificate.🤔

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LesleyS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service excellent

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AlessioV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Simple, tasty And delicious.

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KerryW
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Given these very challenging times for hospitality there is nothing I could fault. Will definitely be back!

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Dakes72
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent drink & food menu. Service was impeccable. Love the artwork by an Australian artist. Will definitely be going back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed NewYears Eve dinner with Hero’s bar sampler experience, sitting outside watching people prepare for the fireworks. Food was exceptional. The service was a little slow, but considering the staff shortages due to COVID, and it being NYE, it wasn’t a real issue. Will come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and lovely food! The staff looked after us constantly with care.

All the courses were rich yet delicate in flavour, surely will come again in future!

PS: the espresso was nice and creamy, the coffee blend was top quality! Perfect to close a dinner

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Indie
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had originally booked a la carte but they decided to serve a NYE set menu as part of the MFWF event. The menu looked delicious so we kept our reservation. No regrets at all - most of all the dishes were excellent and the rest were lovely. Ambience was good - buzzy without being too loud. It did take 15 minutes to get us seated properly as our table wasn’t ready even though we were right on time. I’ll put that down to being much busier than usual on NYE, and they were quite apologetic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

NYE ‘experience’.
$100 per person for 6 entrees and a cocktail each. Could have ordered additional meals and drinks if wished. But staff didn’t ever return to ask.
Seated outside looking out onto a Fed. Square full of families wasn’t the greatest vibe.
Entrees were nice, although servings quite small (2 small arancini).

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amyhazellia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate here for NYE with a set menu. Every course was delicious, moorish and fresh - we loved the flavours!

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Yappie
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great mocktail and simple, delicious food done very well.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Years Eve

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Fleur
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent range of dishes, beautifully presented and super delicious. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

MR
MorenaR
8 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Interesting menu

KP
KlarissaP
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Beautiful interior. Super location. I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Straight forward excellent quality food and lovely service. The tuna was so good. I’ll be back.

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GeorginaP
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Innovative food. Fresh flavours. Good for sharing.

RH
RichardH
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been fortunate enough to eat at Hero several times now and it has never disappointed. The food, which is why we go to restaurants, is always very solid and flavorful and the service on point. Will certainly be heading back

DP
DamianP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal, great setting, good service. We really enjoyed our meal

BW
vipBryanW
23 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service with a good varied menu. The food was tasty.

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Loumid1968
7 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my second visit and again loved it. The staff. Fantastic. The food sublime. This time we had the steak to share and wow i have no words no words. Perfect. Thank you Karen Martini for the menu and the obvious lovely work environment that you provide as your staff are exceptional.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wait staff was friendly, attentive and helpful ( especially Ava who we know and love!) - food was so delicious and interesting, we were moved to a high table once booking time expired - this worked well and was a great way to extend our lunch/ catch up - we each thoroughly enjoyed our lunch

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simonlazenby
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we were greeted by Simon, we had a fantastic experience. The modern space is comfortable & relaxed. The food was delicious, we ordered several starters to share and each was flavour punched and well presented. Our mains were perfectly cooked steaks. Wine list is great, we enjoyed a great Italian bottle a couple of times. Great five star service.

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KerryO
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place to eat if you are visiting ACMI, off to a show or simply looking for a delicious meal. Efficient service paired with food and drink made with care make for a great visit.

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Laurendee
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Great food, wonderful atmosphere and fantastic intuitive staff! Had a great time and will definitely be back.

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AmandaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to Hero (an old favourite) since the hospitality sector reopened post 2021 lockdowns and we were not disappointed. The staff were as charming and efficient as ever and the food was delicious and beautifully plated up. Excellent vegetable dishes mean there’s heaps of vegetarian options. The lemon tart is still the best dessert in Melbourne.

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KylieH
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really loved everything about our lunch at Hero - the interiors, the food, the service. It was all quality. Would definitely go back!

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NishL
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Will be back and will definitely recommend

AD
AnnD
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

A great addition to the Fed Square precinct. Food and service excellent.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

While the decor is more like a cafe the food was surprisingly and unexpectedly good and as it was a pre show meal the service was prompt as requested. We would definitely eat there again

MP
MayaP
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the wait staff were friendly, efficient and helpful. The portions were perfect and I can’t wait to return

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TinaV
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was fantastic, service was good, overall a great experience. I will go back again.

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DmetriK
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

We were given the option of booking an outside table. We did but when we arrived we were told we’d have to come inside and order our meals at the counter because staff were too busy inside to look after us. Too busy to come and take our orders because we sat outside. Unbelievable. And yet we paid full price for meals, drinks, desserts and coffee. Not going back, that’s for sure.

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anneh
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hero had a great ambience . Staff are friendly and helpful . It was my 3 rd time there . Would definitely recommend.

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TeriA
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very interesting innovative menu,
The tuna was outstanding and Lemon tart deliciously light.
The service was very good.
Music a little loud initially but less so as the lunch service progressed.

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Fernybabes
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We ordered tea and the order was forgotten until one of the senior staff reminded our waitress. When we received the tea it had obviously been made when it was ordered as it tasted ‘stewed’ . I don’t know how else to describe it.

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BobE
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We enjoyed sharing small plates between the four of us. I liked the carrots - that is third time, I've eaten that dish at Hero, but I think the spiciness which appealed to me is being toned down. The Loire muscadet was extremely good ... but the follow up pourings made us feel as though we were being pushed to a second bottle. The wine service could have been a little more leisurely.

FAQs

Hero ACMI is rated 4.6 stars by 325 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.