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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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Halal restaurants and food

Halal food is available all over Melbourne, with many halal restaurants and shops on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

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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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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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Best restaurants

Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.

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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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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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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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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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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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Late night dining

When there's no going home on an empty stomach and you're looking for something more than a kebab, these Melbourne eateries come to the rescue.

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I Carusi

Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution more than a decade ago. Still a firm local favourite.

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Tipo 00

Wrap your fork around pasta made with passion and the restaurant's namesake, fine-grade 'tipo 00' flour, at this modern Italian pasta bar in the CBD.

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Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck

Add another element of excellence to a trip to Melbourne's Arts Centre by grabbing a woodfired pizza from the truck that idles beneath the spire.

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The Town Mouse

Like a little mouse you'll be scurrying to scavenge the crumbs of the rich, delectable dishes and fine wines on offer at Carlton's The Town Mouse.

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Casa Ciuccio

You're no donkey for dining at Casa Ciuccio, named for the Neapolitan term for the noble beast and serving sumptuous slow-cooked meat from a coal pit.

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Meatball and Wine Bar Richmond

Choose meatballs on top of spaghetti, Italian beans and creamy polenta, with wine, at the Richmond sibling of the restaurant that does what it says.

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Philippe

Become a regular at Philippe Mouchel's French bistro, which brings a touch of je ne sais quoi and rotisserie chook to the Paris End of Collins Street.

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Grossi Florentino Grill

Fresh seasonal produce, simple dishes and a joyous open kitchen atmosphere – this is the Tuscan way and close to what you'd find in Little Italy, NYC.

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Vegie Bar

A Fitzroy institution serving up vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes from around the world, with organic wine and beer to boot. Be ready to queue.

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Bistro K

Do Korean differently at Bistro K. This Korean eatery takes classic flavours (think kim chi and Korean BBQ) and adds a modern fine dining touch.

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MoVida Aqui

Journey to the literal fire at the heart of MoVida and sample the Spanish love of cooking over coals, or a la plancha. Bring your mates for a banquet.

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Cumulus Up

Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.

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