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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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Om Nom Lips

Om Nom Kitchen Dessert Bar

Melbourne

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.

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

Circa, the Prince

St Kilda

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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Longrain, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Longrain

Melbourne

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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Saint Crispin, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saint Crispin

Collingwood

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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Akachochin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Akachochin

South Wharf

Sit at the marble bar to eat and drink your way around Japan by matching your sake to the regions from whence your sliced-to-order sashimi originates.

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Flower Drum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Flower Drum

Melbourne

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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Mr Jennings, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mister Jennings

Richmond

Sometimes the food speaks for itself and it veritably screams at you from Richmond's Mister Jennings, a welcome addition to the Bridge Road scene.

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Taco Truck, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Taco Truck

Melbourne

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.

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Bokchoy Tang, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bokchoy Tang

Melbourne

Treat your tastebuds to the tangy flavours of contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine. Dip into yum cha or indulge in the full fine dining experience.

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I Carusi, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I Carusi

Brunswick East

Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution more than a decade ago. Still a firm local favourite.

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Northern Light Bar & Eatery, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Northern Light Bar & Eatery

Collingwood

Remember what your mama told you and share Northern Light's moreish small plates with your friends – rules are off when it comes to the drinks list.

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

Tonka

Melbourne

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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Punjabi Curry Cafe

Collingwood

Punjabi Curry Cafe love of food and their passion for promoting great Indian cuisine is something they would love to share with you. So join Raj and...

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Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Claypots Evening Star

South Melbourne

Bop along to the live piano while the seafood you've carefully chosen is grilled to perfection on the teppanyaki grill in the bustling open kitchen.

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L'uccellino, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia

L'uccellino

Yarraville

Stay true to the traditions of pizza making of artisan toppings on thin crust bases, but branch out a bit for the strawberry dark choc combination.

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San Telmo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

San Telmo

Melbourne

Tastefully decorated to create an authentic, old world bodega atmosphere, San Telmo is famous for its imported 2.5-metre parilla (charcoal grill).

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Albert St Food & Wine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert St Food & Wine

Brunswick

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

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Fonda Mexican, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fonda Richmond

Richmond

Sip a funky martini or horchata from a jar and nibble healthy soft tacos and charred corn while you watch Richmond go by from your curb-side stool.

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St Hotel, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

St Hotel

St Kilda

Sanctify your session with a tipple upstairs or down in the public bar or social and supper clubs. Stay around for knockout Thai in the dining room.

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Misuzu's, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia

Misuzu's

Albert Park

Let the Japanese lanterns strung in trees lend ambience to your rustic, if not innovatively executed, Japanese fare paired with a tipple of rice wine.

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Tempura Hajime, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tempura Hajime

South Melbourne

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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Brooks of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brooks of Melbourne

Melbourne

Just like your imaginary personal butler, Brooks will scratch your itch, whether you're hankering for a snack and a cocktail or a five-course meal.

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Ichi Ni Izakaya, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Ichi Ni Izakaya

St Kilda

Hope for sunshine so you can settle in on Ichi Ni's St Kilda decking for bay views and sake, sushi, yakitori and other tasty izakaya-style morsels.

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Pacos Tacos, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Paco's Tacos

Melbourne

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.

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Town Hall Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Town Hall Hotel

Fitzroy

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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Sugo

Malvern

Rich, flavoursome, traditional Italian cooking is the cornerstone of Sugo’s cuisine, which represents both quality and value. This eatery in...

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Colonel Tan's, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Colonel Tan's

Prahran

Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

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Lupino, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lupino

Melbourne

Watch for the eponymous wolf crowning the entrance of the cosy Italian bistro with its menu of simple, quality classics and rustic culinary delights.

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Sarti, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sarti

Melbourne

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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Little King Cafe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Little King

Melbourne

Hide away from bustling Flinders Street and Federation Square in the Lilliputian haven that is Little King and tuck into home-baked goodies 'n coffee.

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Anju Bar and Restaurant, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Anju

Melbourne

Choose tapas-style fusion dishes to go with traditional Seoul food favourites at this stylish, modern Korean diner where the menu is built around food to consume with alcohol.

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Gami Chicken & Beer Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gami Chicken & Beer

Melbourne

Sometimes it's nice to know what to expect and Gami Chicken and Beer is pretty much what it says on the tin: Korean style fried chicken and yes, beer.

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Moroccan Soup Bar, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia

Moroccan Soup Bar

Fitzroy North

Relax in the well-cushioned interior, let the staff bring you the right amount of food, and embark on a gastronomical trip to the Middle East.

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The Abyssinian Restaurant, Kensington, Victoria, Australia

The Abyssinian

Kensington

Round up your mates for a traditional feast of Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes with Injera bread. Enjoy hearty African slow food with African beers.

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France Soir, South Yarra, Victoria

France Soir

South Yarra

France Soir serves up classic French bistro food and beautiful French desserts in South Yarra. Sit back, relax and taste your way through the extensive wine list - also French of course.

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Corporate Function

The Harbour Kitchen

Docklands

The Harbour Kitchen is one of the most exciting and versatile function venues in Melbourne. Situated right on the waterfront in Docklands, this...

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Brutale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brutale

Melbourne

Bust the potato and vodka stereotypes with a menu featuring diverse culinary offerings from across Eastern Europe and lashings of Croatian wine.

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Ilona Staller, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia

Ilona Staller

Balaclava

Book early or be left propping up the bar at this busy modern-Italian diner named after a Hungarian film star and set in a disused bank building.

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Maha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maha

Melbourne

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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Panama Dining Room, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Panama Dining Room

Collingwood

Venture up the stairs to discover a cavernous space with a classy European menu, beautiful views, a crammed bar and, funnily enough, a ping-pong comp.

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Trippy Taco, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Trippy Taco

Fitzroy

Take a Mel Mex pilgrimage to the brightly coloured Trippy Taco for vegetarian Fresh Mex street food. Sit outside and enjoy a cocktail in the sun.

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Shifty Chevre, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Shifty Chevre

Fitzroy

Stock up on cheese and all imaginable accoutrements, or stop in for coffee and brekky or lunch. Think cheese boards, croque monsieur and baguettes.

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Thai Thani

Fitzroy

Thai Thani is a longstanding restaurant stalwart which has been a reliable source of authentic Thai flavours for Fitzroy locals for more than 20...

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Cumulus Inc, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cumulus Inc.

Melbourne

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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Magic Mountain, Melbourne

Magic Mountain Saloon

Melbourne

It's a diner, a bar, even a breakfast place. Pick from the grill menu, fragrant bowls of modern Thai/Australian food and a spectacular drinks list.

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Shakahari, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: John Dunham

Shakahari

Carlton

One of Melbourne's first and finest vegetarian restaurants, with a seasonal menu offering Indian-influenced vegetarian dishes along with vegan options.

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Gazi restaurant, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gazi

Melbourne

Bunker down beneath the hanging clay pots and feast on George Calombaris' Hellenic "dirty food" which features souvlaki with the finest pedigree.

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

South Melbourne

Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the famous fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar...

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Baby Pizza, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Baby Pizza

Richmond

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.

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Gingerboy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gingerboy

Melbourne

Modelled on the street kitchens of South-East Asia, Teage Ezard's hip restaurant is less rustic authenticity and more opulent interpretation.

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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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