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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lady Carolina

Feast on Latin American flavours with this East Brunswick lady. Dine at the cevicheria and pisco bar or get your LA street food on in the courtyard.

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Moroccan Soup Bar

Relax in the well-cushioned interior, let the staff bring you the right amount of food, and embark on a gastronomical trip to the Middle East.

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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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Colonel Tan's

Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

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Transformer Fitzroy

Housed in a former transformer warehouse, The Vegie Bar's high-end sibling may transform a carnivore or two with its seasonal vegetarian offerings.

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Shanghai Street Dumpling

Join the ever-present, fast-moving queue to squeeze into this tiny dumpling den on Little Bourke Street and judge the xiao long bao for yourself.

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Meatmother

Meat lovers unite at Meatmother – a celebration of all things carnivorous and the smokin' joint that kicked off the American BBQ craze in Melbourne.

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Lentil as Anything

Food that's good for you, and the community. Line up for vegetarian and vegan dishes, and at the end of your meal, drop your money in the 'magic box'.

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Shifty Chevre

Stock up on cheese and all imaginable accoutrements, or stop in for coffee and brekky or lunch. Think cheese boards, croque monsieur and baguettes.

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The Italian

Acquaint yourself with Melbourne's suave, impeccably presented Italian, where Italian classics are reinvented and embellished by a stellar wine list.

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Cicciolina

Combining retro fittings and modern Mediterranean cuisine, this St Kilda institution is a favourite with locals, celebrities and local celebrities.

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The Abyssinian

Round up your mates for a traditional feast of Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes with Injera bread. Enjoy hearty African slow food with African beers.

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