Melbourne Restaurants

Melbourne has fabulous food, and is known in some circles as Australia's food capital. The restaurants themselves are often exceptionally stylish and elegant—or totally edgy and funky in their own individual way. Some are even deliberately grungy. The dining scene is a vast array of cuisines and experiences that's constantly evolving. The swankiest (and most expensive) restaurants all have five- to eight-course degustation menus (with the opportunity to wine-match each course), but newer restaurants are opting for tapas-style or grazing plates. Flexibility is the new word in dining—restaurants are often also funky bars and vice versa.

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  • 1. Anada

    $$ | Fitzroy | Spanish

    A chalkboard on the exposed brick wall lists eight dry and six sweet sherries to start (or finish), and there are Spanish and Portuguese wines...Read More

  • 2. Circa the Prince

    $$$ | St. Kilda | Australian

    This light-filled space with a central, glass-roofed courtyard and seasonal menu draws on Victorian fisheries, farms, and other local producers...Read More

  • 3. HuTong Dumpling Bar

    $$ | City Center | Chinese

    The name means "alleyway" and in a sea of dumpling houses in Melbourne, down this little alleyway, you'll find the best of them all. The boiled...Read More

  • 4. I Love Pho 264

    $ | Richmond | Vietnamese

    Tucking into a steaming bowl of phŏ (traditional noodle soup) at this Victoria Street restaurant is like channeling the backstreets of Hanoi...Read More

  • 5. 400 Gradi

    $$ | Brunswick East | Italian

    This is the place for authentic Italian pizza: chef Johnny Di Francesco trained in Naples to make pizza to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana...Read More

  • 6. Abla's

    $$ | Carlton | Lebanese

    Matriarch Abla Amad has been re-creating the much loved family recipes from her homeland of Lebanon since 1979. This intimate restaurant resembles...Read More

  • 7. Babka

    $ | Fitzroy | Café

    Food lovers in the know are often found loitering at this tiny, bustling café. Try the excellent pastries, fresh-baked breads, or more substantial...Read More

  • 8. Becco

    $$$ | City Center | Italian

    Every city center needs a place like this, with a drop-in bar and lively dining room. At lunchtime no-time-to-dawdle business types tuck into...Read More

  • 9. Bimbo Deluxe

    $ | Fitzroy | Café

    This bohemian bar, with deep comfy sofas and the feel of a local student hangout, has the cheapest and possibly the most delicious pizzas in...Read More

  • 10. Brunetti

    $$ | Carlton | Café

    First opened in 1974, this iconic Romanesque bakery has moved around Carlton on several occasions, and the masses have followed. Its biggest...Read More

  • 11. Café di Stasio

    $$$ | St. Kilda | Italian

    This upscale bistro treads a very fine line between mannered elegance and decadence. A sleek marble bar and modishly ravaged walls contribute...Read More

  • 12. Caffe e Cucina

    $$ | South Yarra | Italian

    If you're looking for a quintessential Italian dining experience in a place where it's easy to imagine yourself back in the old country, this...Read More

  • 13. Charcoal Lane

    $$ | Fitzroy | Australian

    This restaurant could be described as taking a leaf from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's book. It is a social enterprise restaurant providing...Read More

  • 14. Chin Chin

    $$ | City Center | Asian

    Shared plates of Asian dishes, from Thai papaya salad to rendang curry and gado-gado, form the basis of Chin Chin's popular menu. Modeled on...Read More

  • 15. D.O.C.

    $$ | Carlton | Italian

    A major player in Melbourne's pizza wars, D.O.C. has perfected the art of using fresh, simple ingredients to create something special. The real...Read More

  • 16. Dog's Bar

    $$ | St. Kilda | Mediterranean

    With its blazing fires, artfully smoky walls, and striking, art deco–ish wrought-iron ceiling lights, this two-decade-old restaurant has a lived...Read More

  • 17. Donovan's

    $$$ | St. Kilda | Australian

    Grab a window table at this very popular bayside restaurant (housed in the former 1920s bathing pavilion), and enjoy wide-open views of St....Read More

  • 18. Dr Jekyll

    $ | St. Kilda | Australian

    Primarily a place for breakfast and brunch, Dr Jekyll serves variations on the breakfast classics. From chai-spiced, five-grain porridge to...Read More

  • 19. ezard

    $$$$ | City Center | Australian

    Chef Teage Ezard's adventurous—and often exhilarating—take on fusion pushes the boundaries between Eastern and Western flavors. Some combinations...Read More

  • 20. Flower Drum

    $$$ | City Center | Chinese

    Superb Cantonese cuisine is the hallmark of one of Australia's truly great Chinese restaurants, which is still receiving awards after opening...Read More

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