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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.

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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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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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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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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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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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Lupino

Watch for the eponymous wolf crowning the entrance of the cosy Italian bistro with its menu of simple, quality classics and rustic culinary delights.

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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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Ladro

Book in advance to get a taste of the gastronomic magic that is a Ladro pizza at the perennially popular pizzeria's original Gertrude Street location.

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Gingerboy

Modelled on the street kitchens of South-East Asia, Teage Ezard's hip restaurant is less rustic authenticity and more opulent interpretation.

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Hophaus Bier Bar Grill

Located on the second floor of Melbourne’s Southgate promenade, Hophaus Bier Bar Grill's expansive art deco-inspired dining hall features an open...

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Fitzrovia

Try to decide what's more impressive out of the elevated city skyline views or the mod-Oz meal and cocktails at this spectacular St Kilda bistro.

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Misuzu's

Let the Japanese lanterns strung in trees lend ambience to your rustic, if not innovatively executed, Japanese fare paired with a tipple of rice wine.

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Belles Hot Chicken

Southsiders finally get their dose of spicy, crispy goodness, like tenders, wings and drumsticks smothered in your choice of tangy sauce.

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Cumulus Up

Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.

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Carlton Wine Room

Get a dose of old-school hospitality, progressive European flavours and fine Italian wines at this up-to-the-minute Melbourne hotspot.

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The Courthouse Hotel

Try the lunch specials or the monthly BYO at the acclaimed Courthouse Hotel, which looks deceptively pub-like despite serving fine French-style fare.

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Dainty Sichuan

Search high and low for a hotspot (or hotpot) fierier than Dainty Sichuan, a two-level, sweetly decorated space serving a menu of 60-plus specialties.

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