Maha, Shane Delia's signature restaurant in Melbourne, celebrates vibrant and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with its delectable cuisine, served in its relaxed and atmospheric restaurant. The saffron crispy rice cakes with pomegranate-cured beef and spicy ginger and the stewed onions with chickpeas and celery make delectable starter options. Some of Maha's specialty main courses include the 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder with spicy harissa and pickled radish, the orange blossom-glazed pork cutlet with fennel, sorrel and pine nuts and the market fish catch-of-the-day with a roast lemon yogurt sauce, all of which pair perfectly with a house cocktail, like the Persian margarita with pomegranate liqueur. Maha also has a full vegetarian and vegan menu, with delicious dishes like the chargrilled broccolini with pumpkin hummus and macadamias and the Turkish red lentil dumplings.
For a sweet end to your meal, enjoy the outrageous Turkish delight filled doughnuts with rosewater honey.
Sunday lunch was an absolute treat at Maha. Brilliant staff, restaurant and total eating experience.
Fantastic experience for us in Melbourne. Loved the food, the service and the ambience. Most of us in the group were vegetarians and the restaurant had an extensive vegetarian/vegan menu with lots of great options. Thank you to the staff- they were attentive and helpful.
Waiter was annoying
While service seemed slightly inexperienced (although they are lovely!), the food was quite good and the venue is cosy. Worth visiting for date night if you like what is on the menu and want a good meal without a premium price tag. If you are a foodie, you may find the degustation menus more exciting.
Whenever I am in Melbourne I try to make time for a meal at MaHa, it never disappoints. Today we chose the 4 course menu. Everything was delicious, the beef basturma was amazing, and we particularly enjoyed the chocolate brownie with tahini ice cream and pumpkin ice. The menu changes seasonally so there is always something new to surprise and delight us. Highly recommend but make sure you book ahead.
A quiet evening, service attentive. The quality of the food was reasonably good. We felt the menu options forced us into taking dishes we would not have chosen and didn't particularly feel enjoyed.
Great food. Our second time here.
My friend and I had a perfect lunch experience in every way. We can't wait to go back and will also try the new location in Windsor.
The food was delicious, but the timing was too long in between courses. It was 3.5 hours for a 6 course meal
Food interesting & tasty definitely one of a kind
Service was excellent
It was my first visit to Maha, on a MF&W Express Lunch. The quality of the food and service was excellent and the value exceptional. A big shout out to the Maitre 'd who made the whole experience way more personal. Thanks i will be back
We were there for restaurant express (2 courses and wine). Portion sizes were inconsistent and very small. Service was impeccable, decor and tables need an update.
First time guest at Maha, so took the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Restaurant Express offer when I saw it on OpenTable - and glad that I did. The selection of dishes available for this offer was more than satisfactory, and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. I'll be making an appearance again soon enough. Also a thank you to the team that hosted us - the service was on point!
My husband and I dined here for lunch for our wedding anniversary and boy are we glad that we did! We have had numerous dining experience and this was certianly the best one yet. Service, attention to detail and quality of the food was next to none.
A very special occassion made even more special by this wonderful experience.
Thank you Maha!
One of the few places I can honestly say was fantastic in every aspect: ambiance, staff, food, beverages & comfort.
Looking forward to my next visit :)
Lovely food with interesting flavours and attractive presentation. Faultless and unobtrusive service.
Good experience ,delicious food
Enjoyed each dishes
At the end we had special Arabia coffee
Only negative point is menu description was hard to read in dim lights
Amazing foods and wines. Highly recommended
it was a great meal; we really should get there more often!
I’ve been here a couple of times mainly on special occasions and haven’t had any issues with the waitresses as they’ve always been lovely and 100% excellent service, but this time the waiter we had spoke in a rough, annoyed manner. Her accent was strong so we had to ask back/forth a couple of times so wasn’t sure if that was what annoyed her. The word I used was can we please get the banquet menu and she snapped ‘no banquet here only set menu.’ She was definitely different to the other waitresses we normally get who were friendly and gentle.
We chose the four course option from an excellent selection of set menus with matching wines. The menu items were of middle eastern origin but made from largely locally sourced ingredients. The wines were of diverse origin, French, German and from the Bakkah Valley of Jordan. Each was an excellent accompaniment to the associated dish. Really well matched to the food. Service was attentive but not intrusive and the pace of the meal suited us perfectly. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys something a little different.
Maha is a very good restaurant in a basic but developing part of the melbourne CBD. The flavours are very good but for lunch Monday the menu is quite tight which I understand as the patronage will be limited. The service was first class and the wine list ( the most important thing) was very good. Had not been there for 5 years but need to go back ASAP.
Have been to Maha for dinner and lunch on seperate occasions. Food is exceptional as is the service. Maha has an extensive wine list, which includes wines from the middle east. The blanc de blanc from Lebanon went extremely well with the meal. The set menus provide an interesting and well balanced variety.
Always an enjoyable experience with not to much to have to think about. Great degustation.
3 of us have been there before - fourth .. you have a new fan !
The degustation with matching wines were fabulous; the baby barramundi was the best we have ever eaten.
Cosmopolitan’s ... perfect.
We did the 8 course with matching wines and could not fault one thing that we had! The food and wine was amazing, the staff were attentive and knew what they were talking about.
Will be back.
Excellent food, vibe and service. Will be back.
Amazing flavours, great wine list, relaxing ambience and top service.
For $110pp set menu I would expect a couple of excellent dishes. Food was to salty (lamb main), small portions. This set menu should be valued at $80pp - expensive for no stand out dish. Best dish would be hummus, service was very good
Wonderful food with amazing flavours. Great service and a great wine list. No hesitation recommending Maha to anyone!
After a 3 year wait, and 1 false start, I finally made it to Maha and it was so bloody worth the wait!
Celebrating a friends 50th, we flew from Sydney for the day. We chose the 4 course degustation lunch menu with paired wines.
From the minute we arrived, we were greeted with warmth and welcoming. Our Sommelier was very knowledgable and humorous and shared his information well. Our waitress was so fluid and unobtrusive and so knowledgable with the ingredients and menu, not a hesitation when discussing the menu items.
Our food arrived in an expected time (after our champagne!) and was so beautifully presented and every morsel was delightful and delicious. After our lunch, but before dessert, we were afforded a private tour of the wine cellar followed by a meet and greet in the kitchen with the Head Chef. The kitchen shared some new dessert options they were testing which were sublime.
I loved this place and think its one of Melbourne's highlights. Thanks Maha. !
Really great experience here - not just food - its like walking into a genie bottle!
Always amazing food. You won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced food but wine is pretty expensive.
Amazing restaurant. Service fantastic refit brilliant but most importantly the food is exactly what it needs to be, first rate and very yummy.
This is my Second time at MAha, it was equally as enjoyable as the first. It’s quickly becoming a favourite.
Was very fun - everyone looked after us
My friend visiting from Sydney and I went to Maha for a Sunday long lunch. When we arrived we waited and had a cocktail whilst our table was prepared and were warmly welcomed by the host
My friend is vegan and the staff were very accommodating to her dietary restrictions, all of the dishes were thoughtful and delicious.
Great crew and quick express lunch
I went with a group of four for "Restaurant Express" during the Food & Wine festival. Our food was excellent, and the service very good. The advertised 2 course lunch was only a tiny entree and a small main - others restaurants offer any 2 courses off the main menu. But it was still great value. As an older foodie, I find Maha too dark.
Highly recommend this place!
Maha is rated 4.7 stars by 111 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.