Thanks to the city’s massive Greek community, Melbourne is home to arguably Australia’s finest gyros, souvlakis and taramasalata.
The closure of The Press Club on Flinders Street means the stage is now set for Melbourne’s up-and-coming Greek restaurants to break through.
Putting together a list of the best Greek eateries in Melbourne may seem like a Herculean task. However, as we simply love Greek food, we don’t need a second invitation.
7 Must-Visit Greek Restaurants in Melbourne
Melbourne institution & leading light on the city’s dining scene
Ask a passer-by on Bourke Street or Collins Street for directions to the best Greek restaurant in Melbourne and they’ll probably point you towards Stalactites. A successful eatery that doesn’t rest on its laurels, Stalactites excels at bringing traditional Greek dishes to life. From soups and souvlakis to gyros and biftekia, the food here is as authentic as it is amazing. Open 24 hours, Stalactites – like a good friend – is there for you whenever you need it most.
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Stylish Greek restaurant in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD
One of the most talked about Greek restaurants in Melbourne, Gazi is an eatery you can’t help but fall in love with. Named after one of the most trendiest neighbourhoods in Athens, Gazi’s lively atmosphere immediately awakens the senses. Every dish at this Exhibition Street venue is a culinary masterpiece, from prawn kataifi and the kitchen’s signature dips to spit-roasted pork belly. A seat at Gazi’s inviting bar area is also prime real estate if you’re looking to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or shot of ouzo. Our advice: believe the hype.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:30pm (10:00pm on Fridays); Saturday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:30pm
An authentic taste of Crete in Camberwell
A sophisticated restaurant and wine bar, Elyros fully embraces the island lifestyle. Its stylish decor and warm hospitality make a wonderful first impression, and the plus points don’t stop there. Sensational meat and seafood dishes take centre stage on the menu, with the slow-cooked lamb and cured kingfish particular highlights. A hatted eatery with a great sense of community, Greek eateries in Melbourne don’t come much better than this.
Address: 871 Burke Road, Camberwell VIC 3124
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 5:30pm – late
Exciting Greek eatery with a passion for creativity
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Flying the flag for Greek restaurants in Fitzroy North, Triakosia is a venue that greets its guests like family. Specialising in Athenian street food and epic sharing platters, Triakosia’s chefs are true masters of their trade. Wanting to take diners from Queens Parade to the ancient land of the gods, Triakosia even offers a culinary-inspired Greek dictionary for guests to consult. Named after the Greek word for 300, Triakosia’s Mediterranean food and specialty coffee are most definitely box office hits.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm – late; Friday to Sunday: 12:00pm – late
Bahari | The Hellenic Palate
Chic Richmond restaurant where sharing is caring
Owned by MasterChef Australia alumnus Philip Vakos, Bahari is hands down one of the best Greek restaurants in Melbourne. Well-known for its ‘banquet’ meals for four or more people, Bahari’s salads, desserts and house-marinated olives are legendary. The specials board – updated weekly – is also a star attraction, with seasonal ingredients to the fore. If you’re looking to make a good impression on a first date, dinner and drinks at Bahari | The Hellenic Palate should do just the trick.
Address: 179 Swan Street, Melbourne VIC 3121
Opening Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm; Thursday to Sunday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm/3:30pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm/11:00pm
Contemporary restaurant group with a love for old-school cooking
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Hellenic Republic’s flagship eatery is widely considered to be one of the best Greek restaurants in Brunswick East and indeed Melbourne. Incredibly proud of Greece’s culinary heritage, the teams at Hellenic Republic’s three restaurants give premium Mediterranean ingredients the TLC they deserve. Chefs here are big fans of classics like tzatziki, moussaka and slow-roasted lamb shoulder. With many dishes inspired by family recipes, it’s safe to say that both mother and grandmother know best at Hellenic Republic.
Opening Hours: Check Hellenic Republic’s official website for more details
The Greek Spot
Casual neighbourhood taverna with a sterling reputation
Capping off our list of best Greek restaurants in Melbourne is The Greek Spot. A big player on Hawthorn’s dining scene, this family-run venue’s food is unpretentious and unbelievably tasty. Locals regularly fall head over heels for the kitchen’s King George whiting, prawns and succulent lamb cutlets. Perfect for a get-together with friends or an intimate dinner for two, this Burwood Road spot really does tick every box.
Address: 559 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 6:00pm – 10:15pm; Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm – 11:00pm; Sunday: 6:00pm – 10:15pm