Philhellene, in Melbourne, celebrates traditional Greek cuisine with dashes of Cypriot and Middle Eastern influence, served in its relaxing and welcoming restaurant. The fried Philhellene calamari tossed with evoo and lemon juice and the kalitsounia pastries stuffed with mizithra cheese and fresh mint make great starters. Some of Philhellene's larger plates include the classic chargrilled chicken souvlaki with mint couscous salad, the roast leg of lamb with roasted potatoes and broad bean and pea salad and the fetta prawns fried with white wine, tomato sauce and fetta cheese with saffron rice, all of which are prepared to perfection. A delectable array of vegetarian dishes, like the vegetarian moussaka with layers of potato, eggplant and zucchini with lentil salsa topped with bŽchamel sauce, are extremely satisfying.
End your meal at Philhellene with the loukoumades Greek donuts with honey, walnuts and cinnamon and a rich coffee.
Service was good, but decor dated, food was ordinary. Dips were not appetizing, the lamb dry and the calamari from a packet.
Not what you expect when you go to a restaurant.
The sparkling white was pretty flat as well.
Not going back.
The best Greek restaurant in Melbourne, if not Australia. The food is cooked with love and the service is first class by the waiters. If it's authentic Greek food you are after this is the place to come and satisfy your taste buds.
Delicious food, meals came quickly and staff were attentive. Very happy, will come back again!! :)
Best Greek restaurant in Melbourne! Authentic food with exceptional service and ambience in an easy to access location close to Melbourne CBD. Highly recommend it for everyone that wants a great food experience. Owners John and Sue make you feel at home like having dinner at you YiaYia's place with the family.
The food, service, value and restaurant in general was fabulous.
We returned to the restaurant for our anniversary as our first experience was really great. However, this occassion the staff was friendly but not as attentive considering there was a number of staff members and adequate customers. The food we ordered was really sub standard. The meat was dry and tasteless. Luckily there was "A" wedge of lemon to add to the entire meat platter (for 2) and We had asked numerous times for bread which did not come towards the end of the night. Sadly we will not be returning to this place.
The food was amazing and such great value for money.
Kid Goat was tasteless and dry, service was poor . Waitress removed my partner's plate while I was eating. She mopped the floor around us too which also made us feel uncomfortable, oops almost forgot, we ordered an entree from the menu and was later told that it wasn't available, so we were given a similar dish from the specials board without being asked. This was on a Tuesday night. Give this place a wide berth! Dessert was undercooked - Lucomades should be golden brown- not pale yellow !
Good food; good portion size; good value. Second visit, will definitely go again.
I was very impressed. Service was attentive and always with a smile and they did everything I asked of them. Food was good, and a lot of it. Toilets clean and stylish. Wonderful dining experience.
Took a guest from the a Netherlands and got him to taste Cypriot KEO beer and haloumi. Felt like we had a home cooked meal. Was impressed!!!
Food was delicious. Had whole snapper not very tasty. Meat platter, salads and scallops delicious. Bit pricey. Specials menu on board need to have prices beside them. It would be great to know what each dish you order is priced at. Hi service. I would go back but would ask the price of the specials.
Over zealous staff did not allow us to enjoy our meals; we felt rushed.
Extremely pricey for a few basic entrees we shared and the house rose
Food was absolutely fantastic. Lots of choices on the menu and staff explained the dishes on specials board.
Fresh veggies from a local garden too!
I will definitely return!
We love it here, great food, great service, amazing host Susie, goes out of her way to make sure everything is good
Service was very good, food was tasty.
Except we ordered 48$ banquet was enjoyable but wasn't enough for 4 adults.
This was our first visit to Philhellene and I'm sure it won't be our last. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
Fantastic food at a great price, friendly staff. Highly recommend the $35 set menu, we each ordered this as a group of 5, there was more then enough food for all of us and the lamb was so tender.
Our favourite Greek food in Melbourne, with friendly service and a warm family atmosphere
Food was authentic and very tasty. Have dined there many a time and the food never disappoints. On hot evenings cooling system not very effective.
Fantastic Greek cuisine and service. Highly recommended!
Biased as we're regulars. Favorite Greek restaurant bar none. Always great food and a great time.
Friendly service, but food was average. Meat was tough and the chicken was dry and in some instances burnt. Serving sizes were adequate, but there was a lot of pita bread to round out the meal. Dips were average and in particular the eggplant dip was quite tasteless.
Philhellene's had incredible food and service, however it was a bit too noisy to comfortably hold a conversation. I was however seated next to another group's large birthday celebration so the noise factor is potentially not an issue on quieter days. They have a great selection of red wines and an impressive array of authentic dishes. I ordered the vegetarian moussaka and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they had captured that savoury, 'umami' flavour that is commonly found in meat dishes, but is hard to recreate in vegetarian alternatives. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I will definitely be coming back to try that amazing veg moussaka again!
Seasonal organic fresh authentic Greek crusine. Something you would find in a small town family cooked meal. Away from the typical meat meat meat dishes, although available, the variety is amazing. And the service was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Great food, big portions and no one goes home hungry.
Great food and atmosphere, lots of gluten free options and waiters are very helpful with menu selection. I would recommend selecting an item from the specials board...always a hit!!
Always delicious experience, especially the Halva ice cream!
After a long hiatus, we decided to eat Greek. What a great meal, everything tasted authentic and full of flavour. We shared a mixed entree platter and scallops to start then the vegetarian moussaka and the lamb (tender and cooked to perfection). We managed to fit in dessert. The service was friendly and attentive and our meals were served without delay. Had a great night. Give it a try, you shouldn’t be disappointed.
Excellent food, very good friendly service and a nice atmosphere. A great night out with the whole family.
Fabulous main courses and very reasonably priced. Expensive starters and sides. Keep it simple! Terrible doughnuts, pallid and undercooked and awful coffee. Still will definitely return and skip the dessert.
Very disappointing. We went here for a significant birthday. We paid for the banquet for three people and we had one dinner plate size worth of food - the same portion they serve on person. We kindly queries this and the waitress went and got a male (presuming the owner) who said “I’ll get you more food but can I ask why!” Before shrugging his shoulders and pulling a face. We have been going to this restaurant for years but will never go back. It seems they are trying to make maximum $$ at the expense of customers enjoyment and customer service. Will not recommend
Had the banquet menu for 4 of us, the food was fresh and tasty.
The amount of meat provided could have been more, the salads and dips were very good.
I enjoyed very much the coleslaw.
I'm Greek and I 'loved' the flavours of this authentically Greek/Cretan restaurant. Recommend Philhellene to anyone who wishes to experience traditional Hellenic cuisine with a touch of old world classy nostalgia. Try the Rakomilo (raki w honey)... it's smooth as!!!
One of the best Greek cuisines in Melbourne, amazing quality food
Nice food, served by friendly staff in a relaxed environment. Good choice of food and drink options so it caters for large groups.
It is a very good family friendly restaurant. staff were attentive, polite and friendly. We had Provincial banquet. The food was great. I gave 4 star just because of desert. the doughnut was dry and middle seems uncooked.
Food arrived quickly after order.
Tasty and delicious platters
Delicious food! Had the $55 banquet for two of us and it was brilliant! Would highly recommend.
If you are looking for food that is wholesome and filling this is the place. The staff were attentive but not pushy, and happy to answer any questions our Vegan friend had (who loved the Yemista). Highly recommend.