Philhellene

4.2
189 reviews
$41 to $100
Greek

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.

What 189 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KellyC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was fantastic- only disappointment was I was called to advise my sitting was from 6pm -8:10pm which I could deal with as it was the first time I could spend time with my parents for quite sometime. So to have the waiting staff come to us at 8pm and TELL us we had to leave because the next party arrived was rude & a tad disappointing.. 10 mins may not seem much but given it had been 10 mths since I’d seen my folks it was a long time..

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HeidiF
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food as always and the most lovely service! The staff are so passionate and accomodating and I couldn’t recommend this beautiful restaurant more. We will continue to return for years to come.

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MicheleF
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Splendid flavors; authentic; fresh. Friendly, thoughtful, informed and energetic service.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The dips, sausage, and bread were really nice. The main course was very disappointing. The calamari was pale, potatoes ordinary, lamb tasted like it was slow cooked rather than roasted as the menu said. The dessert was served well after the tea and coffee were consumed. The dessert itself was cordon part and warm in other sections. Mentalist at payment. Didn't seem concerned. Was charged a surcharge fee despite using savings. If tap is going to incur a surcharge kindly advise the customer to insert card instead.

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SOPHIEG
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night, great food, great value & great atmosphere

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KarenD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is the best Greek cuisine in Melbourne.
The entrees are especially good.
We had the classic banquet and it was just great - there were 6 men and 2 women in our party and we all had enough to eat😊.

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StamatinaP
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty traditional greek food, lovely atmosphere, great prices and exceptional service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Food wasn't great.

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LindyH
7 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Whilst our experience was okay I cannot say we would visit again. Entrees were lovely, although we did not receive all the items listed as being a part of that banquet. Possibly a misunderstanding with the waitress as I had requested an extra item to be added. We got that item but at the expense of missing something else.
Mains were unfortunately a disappointment - my chicken skewer was undercooked to the point I did not want to risk eating it. The lamb skewer was overcooked. The lamb shoulder, whilst very tender lacked flavour as did the other meat dishes, all very bland. Lemon potatoes - again no flavour and seemed to just be steamed baby potatoes dressed in a bit of lemon and oil. Two I did not touch as they were showing greening of the skin - these should never have been served up !
Dessert was the highlight although too many of the donuts.
We have eaten Greek many many times and this fell far short of our other experiences.
Would have been nice upon paying the bill to be asked how our meal was ☹️
The Lady owner though was lovely both upon arrival and leaving.

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NigelK
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was fantastic! Took a while for the second course to arrive..

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

Found 2 of the mains overcooked (Lamb shoulder and Bifteki). Service was very good they were very attentive, I liked the posters everywhere. Wine list was great and we enjoyed the Assyrtiko (Santos from Santorini). Entrees were good (stuffed zucchini flowers, saganaki, dips and the sausage with peppers). It's just a pity about those 2 mains :(

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Raji
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful authentic Greek food and warm friendly service. Always an enjoyable experience.

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TonyS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Thought the quality of the food was average.
Had heard good things about this restaurant but was disappointed.

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StanT
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Welcoming, friendly and extensive menu. A little noisy being seated by a large group.

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Andriana
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience4

Your server Brooke is an absolute asset to your business, she was so pleasant, well presented, knowledgeable and very attentive to all of your customers. She is such a happy person and really made the experience lovely. Unfortunately the food on the day did measure up to the service, coming from a Greek background and haven eaten at many Greek restaurants I found your food to be tasteless on the day, I have seen that you have had some great reviews and I’m sorry I couldn’t give one but hopefully when we come again (and we will) it will be better. Please thank Brooke for us and let her know how great she is.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and wine

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PhilippaL
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Disappointed that we were greeted with a note that we needed to be out by 7:20 because of a party. We had not been told this. The waitress replied that it was indicated on our booking that we had but we had no recollection of being told to be out by 7:20pm. We had booked online over a week earlier. Only time available was 5:30 pm. They indicated we could move to another area where we could stay till 8pm. It was the area where tables had table clothes. Why were we not given seats there earlier? Much more pleasant area.

It seemed like others had booked later time slots. Why was only 5:30 pm available? Is it because we booked online? Do you prefer telephone bookings?
I gained the impression we were an inconvenience.
Whilst I’ve enjoyed Phillhellene in the past and this was the 3rd time this summer I won’t be rushing back.

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AndreasK
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Modern Greek without pretence. I will be going again.

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OlaA
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and lots of fun as there was a live band & dancing & people were so happy and enjoying themselves so much their passion was contagious. The food is very nutritious and healthy and so simple & delicious. Will definitely go back again & make sure to attend live music days for extra fun

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AdaB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

If looking for authentic Greek cuisine, this is the place to go!

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Maryd
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately we were rushed and told to order straight away, the waitress just wanted us gone asap, the noise level was out of control couldn't here my dinner partner across from me.

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SharonS
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t recommend this place enough...everything was 10/10...I have been there about 5 times in the last 2years& I’ve never been disappointed. The food is amazing& very fresh& so delicious. All the staff are very friendly& helpful. I went there Monday night with some friends& we had a banquet& they are very generous servings. We will be back!

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RonaE
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service great food! Great for small and big families!

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RizzaT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service, very welcoming staff, food was delicious, fresh, great portions, highly recommended, will definitely be back!

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

terrific food, great choice, lovely taste, rippa venue

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant authentic lovely owners everyone should visit for amazing Greek Food

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LambrosT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Corona virus restrictions. The place had very little traffic. But everything was very nice.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very friendly and capable staff. Seafood platter was outstanding.

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ArdiA
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

The service was good ,The food was very bad it was smelly no fresh at all.

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StanL
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First dining experience since COVID restrictions released. The homemade aspect of all the food is so clearly evident. Their Shared entree platter is to die for. The dips are homemade and I recommend the fava highly. Better than my mum's. Sorry mum. We then went on and chose the yemista ( stuffed vegetables) and the lamb frikasse with artichokes ( specials board). By then end, we felt like we've been fed at someone's home. Warm and comfortable and delicious. The service was unobtrusive and the wine list is plentiful and varied. Don't come here to have the mixed grill...dive into the real Greek cuisine. You won't regret it. Price point was good too and servings generous.

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Melina
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere and extremely educated staff

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JoanneG
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. Lovely service and delicious, authentic food. One of our favourites.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and friendly service

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good experience at Phil

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CaitlinM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic and high quality food. First choice once restaurants reopened and didn’t regret it!

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This is the restaurant I've been to more than any other anywhere in the world. The food is always excellent and the service attentive without being obtrusive.
Over the years, I have introduced many of my friends to this place and I always look forward to returning. Indeed I'm salivating as I type this!

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vipVivienS
30 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such good fava, same for the skordalia. Loved the baked lemon lamb. If the YiaYias take the time to go here, it must be good, because they would always think home cooked food was superior to that which you could eat out, but yesterday there were quite a few YiaYia’s having their lunch. Says it all.

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Larvin1234
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family place with fresh food and tasty menu
Recommended

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AnnaL
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and service. I told the staff over the phone I was going for my partners birthday and as soon as we got there they knowledge him and put a candle on desert to sing happy birthday. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the music. It actually turned me off. I’m not Greek but my partner is and he couldn’t believe how boring and old fashion the music was. Otherwise it was a great night. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, excellent service. Looking forward to returning

FAQs

Philhellene does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Philhellene is rated 4.2 stars by 189 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.