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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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San Telmo

Tastefully decorated to create an authentic, old world bodega atmosphere, San Telmo is famous for its imported 2.5-metre parilla (charcoal grill).

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French Saloon

An understated, elegant French bistro above Kirk's Wine Bar. Expect modern takes on Euro classics, steak frites par excellence and a sublime wine list.

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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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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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Cumulus Inc.

This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by the Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.

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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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Nora

Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure at Carlton's Nora, a one-time daytime cafe morphed into an unforgettable dinner-only degustation venue.

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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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Estelle by Scott Pickett

Extra-sensory perception, or Estelle by Scott Pickett. Either way, chef Scott Pickett's fine diner's name is spot on and the meal entirely indulgent.

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Epocha

Take in views of Carlton Gardens and sample an elegant menu of shared, seasonal European favourites. Hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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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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Da Noi

Choose the Sardinian set menu, made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what the Good Food Guide 2018 is raving about.

Bars

Bellota Wine Bar

Savour simple European staples that complement the excellent, exhaustive wine options – or buy a bottle from the conjoining Prince Wine Store.

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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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Stokehouse

Whether you’re wearing board shorts and thongs or you’re frocked up for a night on the town, you’ll feel right at home at the new Stokehouse.

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