Maha

4.7
91 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
Bookings can be made via Maha's website.

From the moment you enter Maha you have begun your Unrestricted Middle Eastern journey. The beauty & opulence of the Middle East overwhelms the senses in a youthful, refined environment. Sweet & sensual aromas, elegant textures & smooth beats set the tone for the experience ahead.

Located in a sub-basement venue on Bond St, Maha is the signature venue for sought-after chef & restaurateur, Shane Delia.

At Maha, Shane & his team create playful & full flavoured Middle Eastern food like nothing you’ve tasted before. Using a fresh, innovative & unrestricted approach with Mediterranean influences, he skillfully redefines the ancient cuisine through modern dining.

At Maha, we aim to show the world what can be done with Middle Eastern flavours in a contemporary setting. This approach seen Maha earn One Chefs Hat since 2009.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(03) 9629 5900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shane Delia
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Flinders Lane
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Parking details
Metro Car Park is located in Bond St, ask us about our $15 car park offer in the evenings and weekends.
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Public transit
Maha is a 2 minute walk from Flinders Street train station, and close to Tram's 19, 48, 57, 59, 70 and 75
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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ME
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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IC
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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T
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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VS
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience with not to much to have to think about. Great degustation.

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KT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Lovely team.

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, vibe and service. Will be back.

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S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing flavours, great wine list, relaxing ambience and top service.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with amazing flavours. Great service and a great wine list. No hesitation recommending Maha to anyone!

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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. !

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JB
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great experience here - not just food - its like walking into a genie bottle!

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TD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food. You won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced food but wine is pretty expensive.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Service fantastic refit brilliant but most importantly the food is exactly what it needs to be, first rate and very yummy.

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EF
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my Second time at MAha, it was equally as enjoyable as the first. It’s quickly becoming a favourite.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very fun - everyone looked after us

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great crew and quick express lunch

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JO
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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!

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Checked out the new decor of the newly renovated Maha with a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival lunch special, a choice between two entrees and two mains + a glass of wine, either red or white. I had the cured kingfish and the chicken and a glass og Pinot Grigio.

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BA
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the lunch and I'll be coming back. My only regret was having time for the 2 course meal only. Next time - I'm making time for the 4 course. Definitely.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy it lovely Halal in my life actually first time to embrace myself in halal fixed course menu nice well done ~

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the six course menu and we all loved every bit of it..staff very pleasant & professional
We had one of our group of 4 that didn’t like garlic in her meals and another that didn’t eat seafood but that was easily catered for..thank you for a great night

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a great afternoon with lovely food and excellent service

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our Friday lunch of four courses with matching wines. Delicious and good value.

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is generous and pretty delicious. I'm not overly enamoured by the subterranean space but I'm sure a lot of people would love it. We enjoyed our meal very much and would return.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was excellent meal with fantastic staff The staff were knowledgable and super friendly

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. Love experiencing the new menu and the Spice Journey theme gives a great twist to the Mediterranean theme. The Pomegranate Sour is the best drink hands down. The service was outstanding. Highly recommended.

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RW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ok food but nothing special.
Restaurant was empty but I got the worst Table in whole arra

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CD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Invited an Indian guest. First checked the cuisine was suitable. He was blown away & thought MAHA was a great choice. He would never has chosen Middle Eastern cuisine

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AJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great long lunch matched wine menu. We did the four course menu

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Earlier dishes in the set lunch were lacking in flavour.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, service was quick and efficient. The staff were informative and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would definitely dine there again.

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SS
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for a four course weekend spice lunch and we walked away stuffed! So much food and all amazing. Of the table of four, one was vegetarian and one was vegan and everyone was catered for above and beyond.

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SW
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, superb service, great atmosphere.
Never fails to deliver a great selection of beautiful food. We always have the degustation menu.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is an all-round experience starting with the discrete entrance into an dusky subterranean den. Excellent service from attentive staff and a great choice of drinks. The degustation menu is simply stunning. The swordfish and olives are so flavoursome. The slow cooked lamb melts in your mouth. The hommus is smooth as silk and delicious. The whole experience ticks all boxes for exceptional food at a reasonable price and excellence in customer service. We recommend this restaurant to all our friends.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, pace of the meal was just right. food was amazing and just the right amount to allow you to eat everythimh and not feel you had had too much!!
We had followed Shane Delia's cooking show on TV and the food definitely lived up to our expectations!
A wonderful 2.5 hour lunch

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PL
Canberra / ACT
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Maha is always good and interesting; we have been several times, and there are always new and surprising dishes to try.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal, lovely service from waiting staff, cozy atmosphere. We will be back soon!

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