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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.

Best restaurants

A table at Melbourne's most notable restaurants is well worth the wait. Consider critically acclaimed Melbourne dining institutions Attica, Flower Drum or Vue de Monde, or any of the many restaurants listed in The Age Good Food or Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Eat streets and cheap eats

Explore Melbourne one culinary precinct at a time. Go for Italian in Lygon Street, Carlton, Vietnamese in Victoria Street, Richmond, and Lebanese in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Weigh in on the best-dumpling debate in CBD's Chinatown, and find yourself spoilt for choice in Footscray, where Vietnamese and African restaurants sit side by side.

Join throngs of locals at cheap eats institutions across the city – try Richmond's Thy Thy, Flemington's Laksa King and the CBD's Camy Shanghai Dumpling – and hit up social media to follow Melbourne's army of mobile food vans.

Long lunches and late-night haunts 

Check out Sunday lunch specials at big-name restaurants or let your good intentions go in a beer garden with gourmet fare.

For late night bites, follow the hospitality crowd into famous Supper Inn, slide into a booth at Choo Choo's at the Toff, or stay up at Cumulus Up. Northside, city or south, wherever you are, you'll find somewhere to sate a late-night appetite. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Misty's Diner

Slide into Misty's 1950s-style vinyl booths for straight-up down-home US-style diner goodness, like chilli fries, philly steaks, brekkies and burgers.

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Northern Light Bar & Eatery

Remember what your mama told you and share Northern Light's moreish small plates with your friends – rules are off when it comes to the drinks list.

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Kenzan

Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done and picking up hats from The Age Good Food Guide in the process.

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Hare & Grace

Add 'traderne' to your lexicon after tasting Raymond Capaldi's traditional food made with modern techniques, best consumed beneath the smoke-bush.

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Los Amates

Accept responsibility for piling warm tortillas high with a range of well-executed taco fillings, and delight in yummy mole and smoky chipotle prawns.

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Markov

Welcome beer, cider and comfort food. The Markov menu places fun and affordability over fancy and finicky – and the punters couldn't be happier.

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Gumbo Kitchen

Make sure your Facebook and Twitter accounts are ready for the latest info on Gumbo Kitchen, an LA-style food van serving authentic New Orleans grub.

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The Harbour Kitchen

The Harbour Kitchen is one of the most exciting and versatile function venues in Melbourne. Situated right on the waterfront in Docklands, this...

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Cecconi's Cantina

Push the boat out with a modern Italian feast at Cecconi's, purveyors of style and service and winners of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Shark Fin Inn

Gather a gang to get the most yum out of yum cha at this Chinatown stalwart serving Cantonese favourites: try the char siu bao.

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The Gem Bar & Dining

Step into the wild west via your local pub and chow down on American classics beneath buffalo skulls, Mexican wrestling masks and Elvis posters.

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HuTong Dumpling House

Linger long enough at HuTong to give your scalding xiao long bao meat and soup dumplings time to cool, scoffing the rest of the menu while you wait.

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