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Maha

4.6
80 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Middle Eastern
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From the moment you enter Maha you have begun your Unrestricted Middle Eastern journey. The beauty and opulence of the Middle East overwhelms the senses in a youthful and refined environment. Sweet and sensual aromas, elegant textures and 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 and restaurateur, Shane Delia.

At Maha, Shane and his team create playful and full flavoured Middle Eastern food like nothing you’ve tasted before. Using a fresh, innovative and 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 new and fresh approach to Middle Eastern cuisine has seen Maha earn One Chefs Hat in The Age Good Food Guide annually 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
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Special events & promotions
For event and private dining enquiries please contact events@maharestaurant.com.au
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 80 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Was very fun - everyone looked after us

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great crew and quick express lunch

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

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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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a great afternoon with lovely food and excellent service

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

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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3.0Dined on October 1, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Earlier dishes in the set lunch were lacking in flavour.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

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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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

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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4.0Dined on March 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2017

We had the 5 course vegetarian menu. Beautiful ingredients well handled. Well balanced flavours. A good selection of flavours & textures. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Situated in a lane way that gives no real hint of anything much in it, Maha is downstairs behind a simple sign, very subtle, very understated, and VERY Melbourne.

We sat in a booth with candles lit around us, having arrived for dinner and were offered drinks and cocktails to start, as well as choosing sparkling or still water. We selected sparkling water for the evening and from that moment onwards our water glasses were refilled the entire night.
We had a selection of 2, 4, 5 and 6 course meal to choose from and we selected the four course option.
The 2 and 4 course were to "share", were as the 5 and 6 were individual portions.

The first course, that fresh warm hummus, so light, and flavourful.. I'm still drooling just thinking about it as I write this, was only one of the many dishes that came out just for the first course.

We ate everything that came out, the food was incredible, the service impeccable, the only dish that was largely untouched was our slow cooked lamb (on the 3rd course).. everyone at the table considered it a bit meh. Outside of this dish every other was empty.

Maha has a great reputation for a great reason, this was my first time going, but it won't be my last.. that hummus is beckoning.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Very good as always.
Food was very good and well presented. The matching wine for the lunch is a great idea and really nice.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2017

Sunday lunch has never been soooo good! And great value too! Must eat here more often! Everything was delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

A fascinating, exciting and delicious array of Middle Eastern dishes.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

We lived everything about this place. We did the six course with wine pairing. Every course was excellent and the wines were really special. The staff was very knowledgeable and paced our fid so it wasn't overwhelming or rushed. Amazing place.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

Absolutely beautiful. A fantastic dining experience in every way. Generous and delightful.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Excellent meal, once again(4 course). Knowledgeable wait staff, both on the food side and the sommelier. Attentive without being too present and fussy.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Great service and always an excellent burger and beer.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Great place

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3.0Dined on December 11, 2016

We are very familiar with the style and what to expect here, (fabulous ineresting food, not usually formulaic, however the over selling of additional courses, cocktails, drinks etc was so overwhelming as to DIScourage us to even leave a tip.

Understand the pressure. However, in trying to flog us an extra course up front, at least have the courtesy to tell us "how much" in the same breath. This was the disappointing part of our meal with our of towners. In this case on Sunday Dec 11th it was I think Scallops. Sounded delicious!! Were they complimntary? were they charged for, and if so, how much??? jeez, unbeliveably bad PR and hospitality. I wouldnt go back on the basis of this experience. Good luck.

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