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Best restaurants

Melbourne's awash with high quality bars, cafes and restaurants, so you're always guaranteed to get a satisfying meal. From quick bites to magical dining experiences, Melbourne's got your bases covered. It's simply the best place to be in Australia for a top table experience.

World-class chefs, creative kitchens, innovative cuisines, perfectly matched wines and quirky venues characterise fine dining in Melbourne. You'll need to book well ahead for a table at some Melbourne food destinations, while other popular restaurants have a relaxed 'no bookings' philosophy, confident they'll never be short of a happy customer.

From bars and restaurants awarded hats in the Good Food Guide, to those featured on the Australian Gourmet Traveller top 100 Australian restaurants list, there's a selection of old favourites and new kids on the block. Discover Melbourne's best restaurants.

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City

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Embla

Bring an appetite to the Town Mouse team's city wine bar, popular with gourmands and wine lovers alike, hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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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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The Press Club

Treat yourself to head chef Luke Croston's elegant degustation menu or go all out with the experimental Press Club Projects private dining experience.

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Tonka

Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both the Good Food Guide 2018 and Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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Bar Lourinhã

Med-inspired tapas and very good vino rule here at Matt McConnell's uptown joint, a proud owner of a hat from the Good Food Guide 2018.

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Cecconi's

Push the boat out with a modern Italian feast at Cecconi's, purveyors of style and service and winners of a hat in the Good Food Guide 2018.

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IDES

Be sure you don't miss out on this experimental six-course degustation menu, the Good Food Guide doesn't give out hats to just anyone.

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Cutler & Co.

You can't argue with two hats from the Good Food Guide and three stars from the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

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Saint Crispin

Make an ordinary night a special occasion at Smith Street's Saint Crispin, much-lauded winner of two hats from the Good Food Guide.

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Matteo's

Housed in a Fitzroy terrace, Matteo's is the share-house that grew up and got sophisticated. There's an Asian edge to the fare, and a fine wine list.

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The Grand

Treat yourself to authentic Italian food in the heart of Richmond and get cosy in the award-winning dining room of this converted Victorian hotel.

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Noir

An appealing antidote to the influx of the hipster hoards into Swan Street, Noir stands out. The Good Food Guide 2018 likes what it sees too.

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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Bring an appetite for excess at Perry's original, with the wines as fine as the pampered meats. Awarded two hats by the Good Food Guide.

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Café Di Stasio

Discover the magic of Café di Stasio, from the bow-tied waiters to the inspired wine list – winner of a hat from the Good Food Guide.

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Rosetta Ristorante

Twist your fork around 16 kinds of handmade pasta and seasonal Italian specialties at Neil Perry's hatted Italian foray. This is la dolce vita.

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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 Good Food Guide 2018.

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Highline Restaurant

Discover high-end paddock-to-plate dining with fresh produce sourced from the restaurant's own farm. Awarded a chefs hat by the Good Food Guide.

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Amaru

A small and intimate dining room offering a choice of two contemporary Australian tasting menus from chef and owner Clinton McIvor (ex Vue de Monde).

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