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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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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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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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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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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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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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Japanese eateries

Get a taste of the land of the rising sun at Melbourne's best Japanese eateries, from ramen shops and traditional izakaya to fine dining restaurants.

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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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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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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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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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The North Melbourne Hotel

The gang behind Bridge Road’s Bouzy Rouge has skipped across town to set up a local pub that offers the best of Europe without the fancy price tag.

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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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Tonka

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

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Entrecôte

Steak out pasture-fed Black Angus beef from Hopkins River at this Parisian steakhouse, where indecision is easily fixed – you're having steak frites.

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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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La Tortilleria

Bring your amigos to share platters of tacos, chilaquiles, quesadillas and tostadas, and taste the most authentic tortillas in town. ¡Buen provecho!

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Cookie

Sing loud your praise for Cookie, the Curtin House bar that mixes beer hall with hidden cocktail lounge and palazzo balconies plus terrific Thai food.

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Bistro Gitan

Experience a warm Gallic welcome and a menu of old favourites with a modern, Basque twist at this charming French bistro from the Reymond family.

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Cantina St Kilda

Swing by for a classic margarita and stay on for a Tex-Mex feast of tacos, nachos and the like and late-night beats into the wee hours.

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I Carusi

Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution more than a decade ago. Still a firm local favourite.

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Polē Polē

Why not try some biltong instead of nuts with your Kenyan beer? At Polé Polé the bar snacks are delicious and the beer list span across Africa.

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Arintji

You can't ask for much more from a dining experience than the aromas of prime beef cooking over coals and the views of and around Federation Square.

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