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Best restaurants

Melbourne's awash with high quality cafes and restaurants, so you're guaranteed to get a great meal. Sometimes you want more than a quick bite to eat and in Melbourne, you're in luck. It's simply the best place to be in Australia for a top table experience. World-class chefs, innovative cuisines, perfectly-matched wines and quirky venues characterise fine dining in Melbourne.

From restaurants awarded hats in The Age Good Food Guide, to those featured on Australian Gourmet Traveller's top 100 Australian restaurants list, with a collection of old favourites and new kids on the block, try the selection below and discover Melbourne's best restaurants.

You'll need to book well ahead for the award winners – getting a table at Australian Gourmet Traveller's Restaurant of the Year, Attica, ranked 32 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, may take some persistence – but it will be well worth it. 

Highlights

City

Ezard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ezard

Chef Teage Ezard combines the East and the West with verve and creativity, making this two hatted restaurant a must try for any visiting gourmand.

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Flower Drum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Flower Drum

Invent a special occasion to get yourself to Flower Drum and dig into the novel Cantonese fare that garnered three more hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Grossi Florentino, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Grossi Florentino

Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide, Guy Grossi has created a menu that is quintessentially Italian but incredibly innovative.

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Il Bacaro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Il Bacaro

Hatted by The Age Good Food Guide, Il Bacaro's the kind of the place that could have opened last week or ten years ago, which it did.

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Longrain, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Longrain

With their innovative take on aromatic Thai cuisine, Longrain has become a Melbourne favourite and been hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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The European, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The European

Scramble for an adjective to describe Melbourne's stalwart wine bar and you'll end up settling on 'European', before you settle on one more glass.

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MoVida Aqui, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MoVida Aqui

Journey to the literal fire at the heart of MoVida and sample the Spanish love of cooking over coals, or a la plancha. Bring your mates for a banquet.

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MoVida, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MoVida

Assembling the menu for Melbourne's favourite date restaurant, MoVida chef Frank Camorra scoured Spain for the finest bite-size comestibles.

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Pei Modern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pei Modern

Mark Best adds his trademark flair to this produce-oriented bistro, winning a chef's hat and making Australian Gourmet Traveller's Top 40.

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Sarti, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sarti

With a brand new chef and a focus on its bistro-style Italian fare, The Age Good Food Guide gave Sarti its blessing with a hat yet again.

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Maha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maha

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.

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Vue De Monde, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vue de Monde

Climb to level 55 of Melbourne's Rialto tower and find out why Vue De Monde consistently scores three hats from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Becco, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Becco

Enjoy an evening of understated Italian elegance at this hatted restaurant on Crossley Street. Delight in the beef carpaccio or almond praline gelato.

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Bistro Vue, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bistro Vue

Settle into the lavish surrounds of Shannon Bennett's classical French bistro, proud owner of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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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 Age Good Food Guide - Coda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Coda

From Movida’s Mykal Batholomew and Longrain chef, Adam D’Sylva, this hatted eatery ticks all the right boxes without taking itself too seriously.

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Cumulus Inc, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cumulus Inc.

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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Kenzan, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kenzan

30 years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done while picking up hats from The Age Good Food Guide in the process.

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Shoya, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Shoya

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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Supernormal, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Supernormal

There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.

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The Press Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Press Club

Treat yourself to head chef Luke Croston's elegant degustation menu or go all out with the experimental Press Club Projects private dining experience.

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Tonka, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Claire Davie.

Tonka

Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

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Yu-U, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Yu-u

Find your way through the graffiti laneway to this publicity-shy eatery in the CBD – all subterranean chic, clean lines and unhurried atmosphere.

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Northside

Noir, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Noir

An appealing antidote to the influx of the hipster hoards into Swan Street, Noir stands out. The Age Good Food Guide likes what it sees too.

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The Grand Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Grand

Treat yourself to authentic Italian food in the heart of Richmond and get cosy in the award-winning dining room of this converted Victorian hotel.

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Easy Tiger, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Easy Tiger

This Thai-inspired eatery won a chef’s hat from The Age Good Food Guide and continues to excite Smith Street day-trippers and locals alike.

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Moon Under Water, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Moon Under Water

Orwell's Moon Under Water was just a whimsy, but Andrew McConnell makes it a reality with trademark faultless execution in the revamped Builders Arms.

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Estelle Bar & Kitchen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Estelle Bar & Kitchen

Combine modern dining with a retro Northcote shopfront and you get Estelle, quirky winner of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Matteo's, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Matteo's

Housed in a Fitzroy terrace, Matteo's is the share-house that grew up and got sophisticated. There's an Asian edge to the fare, and a fine wine list.

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Albert St Food & Wine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert St Food & Wine

Choose from Mediterranean and 'romantically seasonal' dishes at this inner city eatery recommended by Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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Union Dining, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Union Dining

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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Cutler & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cutler & Co.

Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and ranked number seven by Australian Gourmet Traveller, McConnell knows his game.

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Epocha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Epocha

Take in views of Carlton Gardens and sample an elegant menu of shared, seasonal European favourites. Hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Huxtable, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Huxtable

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.

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The Town Mouse, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo credit Sean Fennessy

The Town Mouse

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.

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Church St Enoteca, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Church St Enoteca

Stroll up to the quiet end of Church Street in Richmond to find this understated gem and treat yourself to a dinner of sublime modern Italian cuisine.

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Town Hall Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Town Hall Hotel

Treat the bar of the laidback Fitzroy eatery like it's your local, then swan into the dining room to feast on perfectly executed Italian classics.

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Saint Crispin, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saint Crispin

Make an ordinary night a special occasion at Smith Street's Saint Crispin, much-lauded winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Southside

Tempura Hajime, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tempura Hajime

Get to know your neighbours at the 12-seats-only Tempura Hajime, and tear your eyes away from the theatrics of the chef to savour his masterpieces.

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Da Noi, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Da Noi

Choose the set menu of Sardinian cuisine made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what The Age Good Food Guide was raving about.

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Dandelion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dandelion

Geoff Lindsay's Dandelion is the recipient of a hat from The Age Good Food Guide and a marvel of modern Vietnamese cuisine in bayside Elwood.

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The Point Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Point Albert Park

You're supposed to go for the beef at The Point, and it will knock your socks off, so you should make a repeat booking to sample the rest of the menu.

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Cafe Di Stasio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Café Di Stasio

Discover the magic of Café di Stasio, winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and in Australian Gourmet Traveller's top 30.

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Private dining room, Attica, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Attica

Sample the degustation menu at Australian Gourmet Traveller's Restaurant of the Year. On a budget? Come for the Chef's Table on Tuesday.

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Woodland House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Woodland House

A date at Woodland House is an event to be taken seriously. Dress up, don the jewels and play the part while fine dining in the grand Prahran mansion.

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Spice Temple, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spice Temple

Once you've tried Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown you'll find it hard to go back to lemon chicken.

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Pure South, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pure South

From cool climate wines and oysters out of pristine Macquarie Harbour to King Island beef and Bruny Island cheese, this is the best of the Apple Isle.

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Bistro Guillaume, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bistro Guillaume

Southbank becomes Rive Gauche as you prop up Guillaume's bar with a glass of Champagne or peruse a tight but trusted menu of French classics and wine.

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Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Bring an appetite for excess at Perry's original, with the wines as fine as the pampered meats. Awarded two hats by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Circa, the Prince, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Circa, the Prince

Chef Ashly Hicks creates innovative, seasonal dishes with the best of Victoria's produce. It's won Circa a hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Rosetta Ristorante, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rosetta Ristorante

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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