Gingerboy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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'What did you eat' is usually the first question after a night out in Melbourne, and the answer could be just about anything thanks to Melbourne's dizzying array of dining options and the city-wide emphasis on the stomach.

Multicultural mix and wallet-friendly eats
Trawl Melbourne's distinct ethnic dining precincts to feed a craving for those just-back-from-holiday hankerings for authentic Pad Thai, South Indian curry, Yucatecan cochinita pibil, or Middle Eastern mezze. The city's traditional multicultural mix is represented on the plate and new ingredients are constantly being added.

Depending on how far from payday you are, there's a dining option to suit. Fill up at the myriad ethnic eateries or the buzzing cafes with their filling baguettes and single origin coffees. Plenty of upmarket restaurants offer mid-week lunch specials to let you taste how the other half dine.

Finest dining
The Melburnian love of a good meal has placed the city in the top echelons of global dining, with Anthony Bourdain famously declaring, 'I'd rather eat in Melbourne than Paris.' Local chefs hone their skills around the world, then return home to establish one-of-a-kind restaurants in typically Melbourne venues. Many of the world's best chefs set up Melbourne outposts or guest-chef at local favourites to complement the scene.

Eat your own adventure
Eating out in Melbourne can be an adventure, thanks to an increasing number of LA-style mobile food vans and their use of social media to advertise their changing locations. Sign up, track them down, and pig out.


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Alluvial at Intercontinental Hotel


Enriching Melbourne's colourful dining scene, The InterContinental's Alluvial restaurant is spacious, ambient and impressive, found within The Rialto...

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Gorski Jones, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gorski and Jones


Find a table around Gorski and Jones' wood fired oven and start with some antipasti, move onto main then sit back, take in the lively music and relax.

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New York Cats, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

New York Cats


While away a dusty Sunday afternoon in the Speak Easy backyard as records are spun and quality burgers and hotdogs are cooked on the grill, NYC-style.

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Charm Thai

Albert Park

Albert Park may not be the first place you'd ordinarily look for a great Thai restaurant, but Charm Thai quickly turns this notion on its head. This...

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Il Portobello


Enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Il Portobello, a spacious and comfortable trattoria in Essendon. Offering an extensive menu that includes wood...

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Touche Hombre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Touché Hombre


Find salvation from souvas and dumplings with Touché Hombre's tostaditos, grilled corn, ceviche and tacos plus mescal, DJ tunes and lairy décor.

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Old Post Office Seymour

Old Post Office Seymour - Fine Art Gallery & Licensed Restaurant


Surprise! Surprise! A 'Real' Gallery in the Country! The Fine Art Gallery with its licensed restaurant were established in 1992 in the restored C1872...

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Red Mullet


Red Mullet is no average fish and chippery - can you imagine ordering Grilled Barramundi on creamy mash and green beans topped with a cucumber, peach...

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Verona Restaurant

Notting Hill

Tucked away within the Gateway on Monash Hotel is hidden treasure – award winning Verona Restaurant, serving some of the finest cuisine in the area...

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Byblos, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Jump into the Melbourne dining melting pot and emerge at Byblos, a lavish Mediterranean restaurant on the Yarra, with its banquet dining by the water.

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