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Dining out in this foodie town is serious – and seriously fun. Melbourne prides itself on its food and the city's dizzying array of dining options is testimony to its culinary reputation. Book ahead for award-winning fine-dining restaurants, queue up for iconic cheap eats, explore famous eat streets or track down the city's best food trucks. Whatever you do, come to town with an appetite.

A table at Melbourne's most notable restaurants is a treat worth travelling for. Consider critically acclaimed Attica, Flower Drum or Vue de Monde. Grab a spot at the bar for award winning food at Embla, or one of dining spots listed in The Age Good Food or Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Explore Melbourne's culinary precincts. Go for Italian in Lygon Street, Carlton, Vietnamese in Victoria Street, Richmond, and Lebanese in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Find the best-dumplings in CBD's Chinatown, and be spoilt for choice in Footscray's Vietnamese and African restaurants.

Check out Sunday lunch specials at big-name restaurants or let your good intentions go in a beer garden with gourmet fare.

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Vegetarian

Melbourne has your animal-free dining needs covered - choose from casual community eateries, inner-city dining halls and fine dining restaurants.

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Pizza

Ride the pizza revival wave at some of the Melbourne's most popular pizzerias and join the oven-heated debate about who serves up the city's best.

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Laneway dining

Dine like a local and find some of the city's favourite eateries tucked away upstairs, downstairs and behind bustling queues in Melbourne's laneways.

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Indian restaurants

Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.

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Japanese eateries

Get a taste of the land of the rising sun at Melbourne's best Japanese eateries, from ramen shops and traditional izakaya to fine dining restaurants.

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Dumplings

Melbourne does dumplings by the steamer-basket load. Be the judge of the best xiao long bao and pot stickers at these local favourite dumpling houses.

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French fare

Find the perfect place for a tête-à-tête: wake up to petit dej in the city, lunch à la Rive Gauche at Southbank, and settle in for a southside soirée.

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Mexican restaurants

¡Ay, caramba! Fresh off the tortilla press comes a steady stream of Mexican restaurants that sing in summer and offer escape from the depths of winter.

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Cafes

Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.

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Long lunches

Linger over lunch in Melbourne. Check out some of our favourite restaurants and pubs for languorous lunches - the kind that end with sundowners.

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Cheap eats

You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit at one of many affordable restaurants.

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Banoi

Settle into Banoi for a dose of modern Vietnamese street stall goodness. Classic flavours and sleek fitout, it's no wonder the locals are loving it.

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MoVida Next Door

Fortify yourself for a cultural night out in Melbourne town with Spanish wine and rustically decadent bar snacks from MoVida's savvy little sister.

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Donovans

Relax into the beachside homeliness of Donovans then be dazzled by the Mediterranean menu – winner of a hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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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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Shark Fin Inn

Gather a gang to get the most yum out of yum cha at this Chinatown stalwart serving Cantonese favourites: try the char siu bao.

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Carlton Wine Room

Get a dose of old-school hospitality, progressive European flavours and fine Italian wines at this up-to-the-minute Melbourne hotspot.

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Uncle St Kilda

Meet your new favourite uncle, and enjoy modern, authentic Vietnamese food, al fresco rooftop dining, cocktails and craft brews in Carlisle Street.

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Becco

Enjoy an evening of understated Italian elegance at this hatted restaurant on Crossley Street. Delight in the beef carpaccio or almond praline gelato.

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Il Solito Posto

Il Solito Posto has something for everyone, a casual or quick meal in the caffeteria or a more formal dining experience in the trattoria.

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Spring & Summer

Get that "good feeling all year round" at Spring and Summer, where the Wok Master turns out a tantalising array of Thai, Japanese and Korean tastes.

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Sake Restaurant & Bar

Sprawled over two storeys in Melbourne’s famed gastronomic destination, Flinders Lane, this new Saké venue is a super-luxe, high-energy addition to...

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Middle Park Hotel

Lick your lips at the prospect of meat with extra meat, with wonders created from retro cuts and an interior style to encourage carnivorous largesse.

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