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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar

Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar serves classy cocktails, shared platters and snacks in a rustic dining area.

L'Hotel Gitan

Stop your caravan for classic French fare from the Reymond family – this is a pub with pedigree.

Becco

Enjoy an evening of humble Italian elegance at this popular hatted restaurant on Crossley Street.

Cutler & Co.

The restaurant is stunning, the contemporary cuisine faultless and the wine well matched.

The Roxborough

Relax in the crisp interiors, tuck into Mediterranean fare, and enjoy views of nearby Luna Park.

Da Noi

Remove decision making from your dining experience and choose from the Sardinian set menu.

Mr Burger

Track down Mr Burger's simple yet delicious burgers in Melbourne's north, south, east and west.

Bokchoy Tang

Treat your tastebuds to the tangy flavours of contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine and yum cha.

I Carusi

Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution.

Cicciolina

Dig the retro fittings and modern Mediterranean cuisine of this St Kilda institution.

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

Etta

A small neighbourhood bistro with big culinary cred, another reason to dine in Brunswick Ea(t)st.

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