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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.
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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Expect barbecued and smoked meats and seafood coupled with Asian sides from this Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant from the team behind Chin Chin.
Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.
It's only at the end of a meal at Brunswick Street's Latino eatery Smith & Daughters that you remember that not a scrap of meat has passed your lips.
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.
Let the good times roll is an exhortation that's hard to resist, especially when Deep South specialties, all-night oysters and absinth are involved.
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.
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Bone up on your cuts of steak to allow maximum time for feasting at Steer, where it's all about the beast, but a bit about the wine and service, too.
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Willkommen to Southbank's newest venue, the Hophaus Bier Bar Grill. Enjoy classic Bavarian favourites with contemporary Melbourne flair in this...
Pull up a pew and choose a whisky to go with your hot smoked pork, chicken, ribs, brisket and daily made sausages with slaw and corn bread sides.
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.
Arm yourself with an arsenal of microbrews and pig out on saloon food with Latino influences at the Newmarket, a gritty space with St Kilda glamour.
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.
Combining retro fittings and modern Mediterranean cuisine, this St Kilda institution is a favourite with locals, celebrities and local celebrities.
Stop your caravan for classic French fare from the Reymond family – this elegant art deo hotel on Commercial Road has serious culinary pedigree.
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.
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.
Try to decide what's more impressive out of the elevated city skyline views or the mod-Oz meal and cocktails at this spectacular St Kilda bistro.
Lick your lips at the prospect of meat with extra meat, with wonders created from retro cuts and an interior style to encourage carnivorous largesse.
Kick start your morning with fresh muesli for brekky and then hurry on back after work for dinner, complete with cheese board and local vino.
Discover Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, a spectacularly located Southbank restaurant on the banks of the Yarra. A grotto inspired, uniquely Melbourne...
Perch yourself on the riverbank and enjoy the simplicity of riverside life with simple, produce-driven menus and relaxing views at The Boathouse.
Tuck into deliciously simple hamburgers and crinkle-cut chips while soaking up the rousing atmosphere of an American diner, all in the CBD.
Savour the delicacies of regional produce at the Crown complex. At No. 8 by John Lawson, seasonal local produce gets the fine-dining treatment.
Gather around the table and contemplate the endless possibilities of life, or just tuck into the presidential Latino platters and exotic tequilas.
Dig deep into your claypot to discover whatever flavoursome delights the deep blue sea yielded that day, best enjoyed in the ivy-walled courtyard.
With their innovative take on aromatic Thai cuisine, Longrain has become a Melbourne favourite and been hatted 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.
Choose from Mediterranean and 'romantically seasonal' dishes at this inner city eatery recommended by Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Take your tastebuds to Mexico at Fonda Mexican, where their signature burritos, tacos and antojitos keep diners coming back for a flavour fiesta.
Dial-a-dumpling or appear in person before the 'queen of rice paper rolls' for fast Vietnamese favourites like fine pho and of course, ripper rolls.
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.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
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.
Tuck into simple, affordable Spanish tapas and a lean into the bar that’s so well stocked with vermouth you'll have to stay for a rooftop cocktail.
Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution more than a decade ago. Still a firm local favourite.
Experience Nobu's signature 'new style' Japanese cuisine and join the global community embracing the world's most recognised Japanese restaurant.
Settle in for some truly delectable reinventions of classic pub fare amidst the rustic interiors and kitsch features of this Chapel Street favourite.
From Movida’s Mykal Batholomew and Longrain chef, Adam D’Sylva, this hatted eatery ticks all the right boxes without taking itself too seriously.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.
Start your evening upstairs at Fonda's Atico Bar, or enjoy reimagined Mexican faves while you watch Chapel Street go by from behind the picket fence.
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.
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.
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.
Find the White Guy Cooks Thai food truck and enjoy Asian hawker food the way it's supposed to be eaten - with friends amid urban hustle and bustle.
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.
Indulge in fresh, diverse and bountiful local produce at some of the best places to eat in regional Victoria.
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.
See what's available and make instant restaurant reservations at dimmi.com.au or download the iPhone app.
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