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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.
Attica has become one of the country's premier dining destinations under the stewardship of innovative head chef, Ben Shewry.
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.
From Movida’s Mykal Batholomew and Longrain chef, Adam D’Sylva, this hatted eatery ticks all the right boxes without taking itself too seriously.
Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and ranked number seven by Australian Gourmet Traveller, McConnell knows his game.
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.
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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Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide, Guy Grossi has created a menu that is quintessentially Italian but incredibly innovative.
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.
With their innovative take on aromatic Thai cuisine, Longrain has become a Melbourne favourite and been hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
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.
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.
Assembling the menu for Melbourne's favourite date restaurant, MoVida chef Frank Camorra scoured Spain for the finest bite-size comestibles.
Mark Best adds his trademark flair to this produce-oriented bistro, winning a chef's hat and making Australian Gourmet Traveller's Top 40.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy an evening of understated Italian elegance at this hatted restaurant on Crossley Street. Delight in the beef carpaccio or almond praline gelato.
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.
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.
This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.
Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done and picking up hats from The Age Good Food Guide in the process.
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.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
Treat yourself to head chef Luke Croston's elegant degustation menu or go all out with the experimental Press Club Projects private dining experience.
Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.
Find your way through the graffiti laneway to this publicity-shy eatery in the CBD – all subterranean chic, clean lines and unhurried atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take in views of Carlton Gardens and sample an elegant menu of shared, seasonal European favourites. Hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
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.
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.
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.
Choose from Mediterranean and 'romantically seasonal' dishes at this inner city eatery recommended by Australian Gourmet Traveller.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the feeling you're visiting a familiar beachside home at Donovans – of someone who cooks to the level of one hat in the The Age Good Food Guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Choose the Sardinian set menu, made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what The Age Good Food Guide was raving about.
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.
Don't miss out on a place at the table as Victoria plays host to 34 exclusive dining events at restaurants on the Australia's Top Restaurants shortlist.
Hatted again by The Age Good Food Guide for its high-end seasonal cuisine and low-down country charm, the Healesville continues to wow.
Treat all the senses at Port Phillip Estate, with terroir, design, wine and food in the spotlight, and a well-deserved hat from The Age Good Food Guide.
Feel the warm embrace of French farmhouse-style cooking at Annie Smithers' Du Fermier, winner of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.
Delight in chef Kazuki's skilful fusion of Japanese understatement and contemporary Australian cuisine, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
Make time to indulge in the award-winning cuisine and fine wines at this celebrated winery restaurant, listed in the top 50 of the AGT Restaurant Awards.
Discover Tani's contemporary approach to regional and seasonal produce at their informal eatery, awarded a hat by The Age Good Food Guide.
In early 2015, Melbourne will be the first Australian city to welcome a Michelin-starred restaurant: Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.
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An award-winning Melbourne drinking den where the supremely knowledgeable waiters serve up rustic Italian bites and fine wines of impeccable pedigree.
Take your drinking to a new level of sophistication at this decadent Japanese-influenced bar and lounge offering libation with unmatched elegance.
Peruse a boutique international wine list at this stylish yet understated Italian cafe-diner offering a range of unpretentious fare. A narrow haven.
You just know a place is good when waiters go there for knock-off drinks. This favourite combines the city's longest wine list with a rooftop bar.
Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the treasure trove of bottled delights, a favourite haunt for wine connoisseurs at the top end of town.
If bar tending was an academic pursuit, this would be Harvard, Yale and Oxford combined. Come weekdays for cosy catch ups; weekends are hectic.
When your bartender has to don gloves and goggles to prepare your cocktail of choice, you know that this is something they take very seriously.
Bar Ampere has all the absinthe, vermouth and amaro you need to kick start your evening and an all-night kitchen to keep you going till the wee hours.
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