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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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Vegetarian restaurants

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Da Noi

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

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Hophaus Bier Bar Grill

Willkommen to Southbank's newest venue, the Hophaus Bier Bar Grill. Enjoy classic Bavarian favourites with contemporary Melbourne flair in this...

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Huxtaburger

If you reckon less is more in the burger kingdom, look no further than Huxtaburger, where five tasty burgers, crinkle cut chips and cans of beer rule.

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Moon Under Water

Orwell's Moon Under Water was just a whimsy, but Andrew McConnell makes it a reality with trademark faultless execution in the revamped Builders Arms.

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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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Naked in the Sky

Hit the rooftop of Fitzroy favourite Naked For Satan for authentic Basque country comfort food, complete with views of the distant Dandenong Ranges.

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Shadowfax Wines

With a strong focus on design and quality, Shadowfax has quickly established an enviable reputation for premium wines and boutique style.

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Po' Boy Quarter

Drift off Smith Street and deep into Historical New Orleans at Po’ Boy Quarter, and be amazed by the things that can be stuffed into a hunk of bread.

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Bistro Vue

Settle into the lavish surrounds of Shannon Bennett's classical French bistro, proud owner of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Shoya

It's worth learning the Japanese for 'throw another shrimp on the barbie' because you'll want more from the BBQ before belting out a karaoke classic.

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Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck

Add another element of excellence to a trip to Melbourne's Arts Centre by grabbing a woodfired pizza from the truck that idles beneath the spire.

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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 Age Good Food Guide.

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