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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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Cecconi's Cantina, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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The Perseverance Hotel


The Perseverance Hotel is a funky Fitzroy pub and restaurant that pumps out fun tunes and great grub six nights a week. It's one of the most popular...

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Cumin Thai


Cumin Thai is set in Kooyong, about 15 minutes from the CBD, and is very much a favourite neighbourhood restaurant. The dining room is simply and...

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Le Bon Ton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Le Bon Ton


Let the good times roll is an exhortation that's hard to resist, especially when Deep South specialties, all-night oysters and absinth are involved.

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Shanghai Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Shanghai Street Dumpling


Join the ever-present, fast-moving queue to squeeze into this tiny dumpling den on Little Bourke Street and judge the xiao long bao for yourself.

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Edithvale Curry House


Enjoy Northern Indian food by the beach at Edithvale Curry House, a family run restaurant with a great value-for-money ethos. Perfect for large...

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Temperance Hotel

South Yarra

The Temperance Hotel restaurant offers a slick, modern pub dining experience in a prime South Yarra location. The making this a cool and pleasant...

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

South Melbourne

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant was the first of the glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels were the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the...

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DOC, Carlton, Victoria, Australia



Line up to indulge in a total Italian experience, with artisan pizzas the standout amid fluent Italian waiters, flowing vino and home-cured sausages.

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For many years, Scusami has provided Melburnians and visitors with fine Italian cuisine, impeccable service & stunning vistas of the city from...

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