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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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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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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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Chalawan

Grab a 'croctail' and feast for hours on Chalawan's inspired Thai snacks, curries and desserts.

Fukuryu Ramen

Savour the authentic flavour of Japanese snacks and signature Ramen at Chinatown's Fukurya Ramen.

Uncle Collins St

Uncle has expanded the family, bringing its modern, authentic Vietnamese food and cocktails to the CBD.

Osteria Ilaria

Joining the ranks of sibling Tipo 00 but casting the net even wider with sophisticated bistro fare.

Middle Fish

Expect great southern Thai food here, with just a smattering of seafood, for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Expect the unexpected at Heston's eponymous fine diner at Crown, his first restaurant beyond the UK.

Mesa Verde

Play your part in this ode to the Latin American cantina and sample a blistering array of tequilas.

Colonel Tan's

Get to know Colonel Tan and experience his US diner charm, Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

Anada

Slip into a little pocket of Andalusia in Fitzroy to enjoy sensational tapas and moreish raciones.

Easey's

Take a ride on the nostalgic side with burgers and beers in commuter train carriages of yore.

Minamishima

Immerse yourself in the art of sushi with okamase (chef's selection) from master Koichi Minamishima.

Vegie Bar

A Fitzroy institution serving up great vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes from around the world.

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