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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.
Watch the chefs behind the bar as they artfully slice up tasty morsels, while roaming waiters pour imported Japanese beers or cool, dry sakes.
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Think carefully about the friends you'll take to Chin Chin, as you'll be settling in and sharing plates of fresh, spicy Thai food plus plentiful wine.
Choose the Sardinian set menu, made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what The Age Good Food Guide was raving about.
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.
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.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.
Uncover the provincial life at the top of Swan Street in Richmond, whether it's a cosy Sunday lunch or celebratory drinks on the rooftop terrace.
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Twist your fork around 16 kinds of handmade pasta and seasonal Italian specialties at Neil Perry's two-hatted Italian foray. This is la dolce vita.
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Woolshed Pub, with its charming combination of rustic and historical architecture, harbour location and chic contemporary cuisine, is a popular...
Bust the potato and vodka stereotypes with a menu featuring diverse culinary offerings from across Eastern Europe and lashings of Croatian wine.
Get your fill of top-shelf Middle Eastern cuisine at Shane Delia's Maha in the city, winner of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide.
Wanna buy the bar stool you met your new beau on? Take a seat, slam down one of the absinthe cocktails and check the price tag. Anything else?
Unique oyster varieties are prepared with the gentlest touch, fitting for a restaurant starred by Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Celeb chef Christy Tania, for Master Chef and Vue De Monde fame serves up a thrilling combination of over-the-top desserts, high flying cocktails.
Get to grips with smoky Armenian barbeque, mama's specialties and sophisticated cocktails in this stylish eatery that's more Melbourne than Yerevan.
One of Melbourne's first and finest vegetarian restaurants, with a seasonal menu offering Indian-influenced vegetarian dishes along with vegan options.
Take comfort in home-style, wholesome fare inspired by cuisine from Zhouzhuang in rural Shanghai. Book in for a special occasion or yum cha lunch.
Meet your mates at any time of day to soak up the sun at the Nacional, brunching 'til late or choosing innovative tapas with fine wines by the glass.
Leave your ceramic wine jugs at the door and ditch the red-checked tablecloths, this Baby treats you to Italian food in decidedly stylish surrounds.
Bow to the bao for many reasons, including the taste sensation enveloped in a soft steamed bun, the cheap prices, speedy service, and super soymilk.
Ensure you get your obligatory fish 'n' chips by the seaside, but Albert Park-style with sustainable fish and a classy batter in the grand old pub.
Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie, delve into mains or go all out with the five-course chef's menu at this revamped local hero.
A happy recipient of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide, Huxtable is an inspired mix of retro, Asian, European and Mod-Oz flavours.
Overlooking the Yarra River in revamped Hamer Hall, this sleek city restaurant and bar offers new-style sushi and classic Japanese cuisine.
Pay homage to Paddington's heritage and taste Peruvian flavours from the Andes and the Amazon at this Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar.
Delve into delicious soups with handmade ramen, steamed buns with special sauce and sweet, sweet pie at this fully licensed casual Japanese eatery.
Pope Joan's is the neighbourhood joint with more; a cosy cafe, bar, casual restaurant showcasing top local ingredients, and a produce store to boot.
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.
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.
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.
Follow that truck! Track down Melbourne's roaming purveyor of fine soft tortillas and dig into meat, fish or vego tacos with a big old pile of guac.
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.
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.
Find an available table and book online at bookarestaurant.com or download the iPhone app.
See what's available and make instant restaurant reservations at dimmi.com.au or download the iPhone app.
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