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. Café di Stasio

    $$$$ | St. Kilda

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

  • 2. Florentino

    $$$$ | City Center

    Since 1928, dining at Florentino has meant experiencing the pinnacle of Melbourne hospitality. After taking a seat in the famous mural room, with its huge...Read More

  • 3. 400 Gradi

    $ | Brunswick East

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

  • 4. Becco

    $$$ | City Center

    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 Italian classics,...Read More

  • 5. Caffe e Cucina

    $$ | South Yarra

    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 is...Read More

  • 6. D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar

    $$ | Carlton

    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 treat lies...Read More

  • 7. Ladro

    $$ | Fitzroy

    A local favorite, this stellar Italian bistro emphasizes flavor over starchy linen and stuffy attitude. Delicious wood-fired pizzas, that some insist are the best in...Read More

  • 8. Pellegrini's Espresso Bar

    $ | City Center

    With one of Melbourne's first espresso machines installed here in 1954, it was the beginning the city's love affair with both Italian coffee and Pellegrini's....Read More

  • 9. Café a Taglio

    $ | St. Kilda

    Rarely has Roman-style pizza been this delicious—or this groovy. Although there's a blackboard menu of pastas and other Italian dishes, regulars prefer to cruise the...Read More

  • 10. Melbourne Wine Room Restaurant

    $ | St. Kilda

    Although the Wine Room itself buzzes day and night with young, black-clad types, the adjoining restaurant is far less frenetic. Elegantly whitewashed, it casts a...Read More

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