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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 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.
It's only at the end of a meal at Brunswick Street's Latino eatery Smith & Daughters that you remember that not a scrap of meat has passed your lips.
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Take in views of Carlton Gardens and sample an elegant menu of shared, seasonal European favourites. Hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
Catch local heroes in the upstairs bandroom, making the most of the filling meals and tasty snacks to power you through the infamous 2am live slot.
Like a little mouse you'll be scurrying to scavenge the crumbs of the rich, delectable dishes and fine wines on offer at Carlton's The Town Mouse.
Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.
Start with a brunch burrito and see out the day in the St Kilda courtyard, channelling Cancun with a Corona and fish tacos, or blue corn enchiladas.
Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.
This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.
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For yum-cha in Melbourne's inner-north, Fitzroy's Rize will satisfy a craving for authentic Chinese flavours without having to travel across town for...
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Sample the degustation menu at Australian Gourmet Traveller's Restaurant of the Year. On a budget? Come for the Chef's Table on Tuesday.
Stay on the southside for traditional Vietnamese fare with creative flair in slick surrounds, washed down with a comforting drop of the local beer.
Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos or delish bar snacks from the hombres who brought you MoVida.
Find the White Guy Cooks Thai food truck and enjoy Asian hawker food the way it's supposed to be eaten - with friends amid urban hustle and bustle.
In the middle of a major suburban street in Carnegie, there are more than a fair share of eating opportunities, but Kuala Lumpur restaurant has got...
Experience authentic Italian food La Contadina, found in the heart of Melbourne's Little Italy in Carlton. The menu changes regularaly here,...
Get a dose of old-school hospitality, progressive European flavours and fine Italian wines at this up-to-the-minute Melbourne hotspot.
Experience the feted pedigree of the Flower Drum's almost psychic service and delectable cuisine at the more wallet-friendly Lau's Family Kitchen.
Try the mackerel and 'Melbourne' dumplings at this unpretentious family-run dumpling house specialising in cuisine from eastern China's Shandong province.
Give your tastebuds a flying kickstart with this pan-Asian culinary angel from chef Michael Lambie and the MAde Establishment. It's all action at this neon-lit laneway kitchen and bar.
Try modern Mexican with a Fitzroy twist along with infused tequila on tap at this bar and cantina. On balmy nights, kick back in the courtyard taqueria.
Stop by Jardin Tan on your next lap of the Tan, during a botanical ramble with friends, or for a long, lazy lunch of dynamic French-Vietnamese fare.
Expect barbecued and smoked meats and seafood coupled with Asian sides from this Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant from the team behind Chin Chin.
Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.
¡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.
Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.
You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit at one of the city's many affordable restaurants.
Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.
Halal food is available all over Melbourne, with many halal restaurants and shops on Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Melbourne is home to the highest-ranking Australian restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked number 32.
Look out for food trucks across Melbourne.
Get your fill of Mr Burger's simple yet delicious meat - or felafel - between buns in Melbourne's north, south, east and west most days of the week.
Bite into a Beatbox burger, wipe Stereo Sauce off your chin and appreciate the fact that burgers taste better when eaten by an inner city roadside.
Sport the smell of campfire like a badge of honour to identify you and yours as those who have stood around Fancy Hank's portable Monster 'Bar-B-Que'.
From pinot on the Mornington Peninsula to sparkling in the Macedon Ranges, discover five distinct wine regions within an hour and a half of the city.
Indulge in fresh, diverse and bountiful local produce at some of the best places to eat in regional Victoria.
See what's available and make instant restaurant reservations at dimmi.com.au or download the iPhone app.
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