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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Late night dining

When there's no going home on an empty stomach and you're looking for something more than a kebab, these Melbourne eateries come to the rescue.

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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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Cafes

Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.

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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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Kong

Expect barbecued and smoked meats and seafood coupled with Asian sides from this Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant from the team behind Chin Chin.

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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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Paco's Tacos

Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos or delish bar snacks from the hombres who brought you MoVida.

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8bit

Unlock the next level of indulgence and put the 8bit team's claim to make Melbourne's finest hamburgers, milkshakes, fries and hotdogs to the test.

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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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Silks

Dress up to the nines to meander the culinary Silk Road amid the dark wood and antique elegance of Crown's premium fine-dining Chinese restaurant.

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Kisume

Soak up the alluring interplay of design, art and dining at The Lucas Group's poetic ode to Japanese cuisine on Flinders Lane.

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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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Fonda Windsor

Start your evening upstairs at Fonda's Atico Bar, or enjoy reimagined Mexican faves while you watch Chapel Street go by from behind the picket fence.

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Panama Dining Room

Venture up the stairs to discover a cavernous space with a classy European menu, beautiful views, a crammed bar and, funnily enough, a ping-pong comp.

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Wilson & Market

Brainchild of British chef and restaurateur Paul Wilson, this all-rounder will cover you from breakfast to lunch and right through to dinner. The...

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Sun Moth Canteen

Kick start your morning with fresh muesli for brekky and then hurry on back after work for dinner, complete with cheese board and local vino.

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