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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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Acland St. Cantina, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Acland Street Cantina

St Kilda

Kick start your day with a single origin brew and breakfast tortilla or swing by after the daily grind for gluten-free pizza and house red.

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Fancy Hank's BBQ, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Roberto Seba

Fancy Hank's BBQ


Dig out your drawl for traditional woodfired southern style barbecue – ribs, brisket, pulled pork and even beer can chooks – at Fancy Hank's BBQ Joint.

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The Meatball and Wine Bar, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Meatball and Wine Bar Richmond


Choose meatballs on top of spaghetti, Italian beans and creamy polenta, with wine, at the Richmond sibling of the restaurant that does what it says.

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Shoya, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



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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Bluecorn restaurant, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


St Kilda

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.

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Waterfront Dining Melbourne

Anchorage Restaurant


Anchorage Restaurant has been providing award winning food with beautiful waterfront views of Port Philip Bay and the Melbourne city skyline for over...

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Hellenic Republic Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hellenic Republic Kew


Like the Brunswick original, this Colombaris taverna serves up simple, fresh, authentic Greek dishes along with a range of Hellenic wines and ouzos.

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Mr Nice Guy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mr Nice Guy


Thai fusion eatery, Mr Nice Guy is making a lot of new friends downtown, with its coconut pancakes, fresh oysters and vege-rich lunchtime curries.

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Heston Blumenthal, Crown Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Fat Duck


Heston Blumenthal is bringing The Fat Duck to Melbourne for six months, after which Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will move in to Crown for good.

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Cicciolina, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


St Kilda

Combining retro fittings and modern Mediterranean cuisine, this St Kilda institution is a favourite with locals, celebrities and local celebrities.

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Did you know?

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.

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