Restaurant Reviews


2 Exhibition St Melbourne, VIC


Look past the red neon signage, designer interiors and booming rock music and you’ll see that George Calombaris’s rollickingly popular mid-range offering is really a boisterous Greek taverna at heart. Don’t go expecting hushed intimacy (even when you think it’ll be quiet, the place is still loud and full), but do expect zippy service and a fun time. Begin with next-level white tarama and fluffy pita or prawns swaddled in crunchy, buttery kataifi with spicy Aleppo mayo. A souva stuffed with chicken and chips is hard to resist, while traditional options like slow-roasted lamb shoulder (lifted with an aromatic confit garlic crust) will have you looking for ways to marry into a Greek family. Salads and sides blend old classics with modern ideas and should almost be compulsory, especially when they involve peas, mint and milky burrata, a perfect sidekick for that roast lamb. And desserts, like the dark chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet, are far from an afterthought.


(03) 9207 7444



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Diners Club

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


George Calombaris & Guillaume Montes

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★

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2 Exhibition St Melbourne, VIC
George Calombaris & Guillaume Montes
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am-11pm

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