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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bomba

Tuck into simple, affordable Spanish tapas and a lean into the bar that’s so well stocked with vermouth you'll have to stay for a rooftop cocktail.

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Saigon Sally

Enjoy new interpretations of old faves at the big sister of the ever-popular Hanoi Hannah and be a part of the southside Vietnamese revolution.

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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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L'uccellino

Stay true to the traditions of pizza making of artisan toppings on thin crust bases, but branch out a bit for the strawberry dark choc combination.

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Middle Park Hotel

Lick your lips at the prospect of meat with extra meat, with wonders created from retro cuts and an interior style to encourage carnivorous largesse.

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Bon Ap'

Take a walk down Brunswick Street and pop into breezy Bon Ap' to get your fix of traditional French favourites without the white tablecloths.

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BearBrass Eating & Drinking

Located on the banks of the Yarra River at Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct on Southbank with spectacular views over the beautiful city of...

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Boney

Loosen up to house, hip hop and disco classics in the bar, hit the club for live performances, or tuck into cheap and cheerful bites at Boney Yum Yum.

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Portello Rosso

Think big and order the excellent seafood paella or the variety of tapas that's hiding behind a red doorway in one of Melbourne's much-loved laneways.

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Spring & Summer

Get that "good feeling all year round" at Spring and Summer, where the Wok Master turns out a tantalising array of Thai, Japanese and Korean tastes.

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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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Red Emperor

Enjoy river views with yum cha, banquets or a la carte dining with provincial Chinese specialties, at this popular Southgate establishment. Book ahead.

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