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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 Age 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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Il Bacaro

Hatted by the Good Food Guide, Il Bacaro's the kind of the place that could have opened last week or more than ten years ago, which it did.

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Kenzan

Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done. Pull up a chair in the sleek, dark-wood interior and enjoy all the classics.

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Ezard

Chef Teage Ezard combines the East and the West with verve and creativity, making this two hatted restaurant a must try for any visiting gourmand.

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Flower Drum

Create a special occasion so you can head to Flower Drum for novel Cantonese fare that garnered two more hats in the Good Food Guide.

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Grossi Florentino

Some things never get old, only sharper and more refined. And Guy Grossi's flagship restaurant, Grossi Florentino is a measure of perfect contrasts.

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Coda

From Movida's Mykal Batholomew and Longrain chef, Adam D'Sylva, this hatted eatery ticks all the right boxes without taking itself too seriously.

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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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Church St Enoteca

Stroll up to the quiet end of Church Street in Richmond to find this understated gem and treat yourself to a dinner of sublime modern Italian cuisine.

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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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Estelle Bistro

Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie, delve into delicious mains, or go all out with the five-course chef's menu at this local hero.

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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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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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The Point Albert Park

Set aside plenty of time to savour Albert Park Lake views with chef Andrew Harmer's creative seasonal menu hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Dandelion

Geoff Lindsay's Dandelion is a marvel of modern Vietnamese in bayside Elwood. Don't miss the caramelised pork hock with tamarind and fragrant herbs.

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Long Chim

Accept the invitation to 'come, try and taste' legendary David Thompson's take on Bangkok street food at this long awaited and much lauded Thai diner.

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Attica

Officially Australia's best, ranked #32 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and named Restaurant of the Year by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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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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Spice Temple

Once you've tried Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown you'll find it hard to go back to lemon chicken.

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