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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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Bisq Cafe

Melbourne

One of the swankiest sandwich bars in Melbourne, Bisq Cafe is an oasis of cool with its charcoal-painted dining room lined with polished timber...

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Il Portobello

Essendon

Enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Il Portobello, a spacious and comfortable trattoria in Essendon. Offering an extensive menu that includes wood...

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Little Italy Pasta House

Carlton

Ideally situated in the heart of one Melbourne's great food precincts, on Lygon Street in Carlton, Little Italy Pasta House is a warm and cosy...

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Bar Lourinha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Lourinhã

Melbourne

Med-inspired tapas and very good vino rule at Matt McConnell's joint. Coming in at #78 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.

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The Napier

Fitzroy

Across from Fitzroy Town Hall lies The Napier, a venerable old pub founded in 1866 that's maintained its original decorative plasterwork and stained...

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Huxtable, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Huxtable

Fitzroy

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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Pure South, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pure South

Southbank

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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Beachcomber Cafe

St Kilda

Located at St Kilda Sea Baths, Beachcomber exceeds expectations of a casual café experience with its uninterrupted view of Port Phillip Bay and its...

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The Sicilian

Richmond

Richmond has its fair share of eateries, but The Sicilian stands out above the rest for the quality of its simple, hearty Italian dishes. The dining...

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115 Grill & Brewhouse

Kew

The regularly changing menu at 115 Grill & Brewhouse of contemporary cuisine reflects only the best seasonal produce combined with locally sourced...

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China Red, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

China Red

Melbourne

Touch-screen ordering and marine-animal-shaped dumplings – if the great food doesn't draw you into this HuTong off-shoot, the novelty value surely will.

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Luxembourg Bar and Bistro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Luxembourg

St Kilda

Share plates of classic and modern European-style fare at this bar and bistro from contemporary dining's dream team Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson.

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Steer Bar and Grill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Steer Bar and Grill

South Yarra

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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Masani

Carlton

Spacious and comfortable, Masani is a long-running success within Carlton's predominately Italian dining scene. Housed within a classic terrace...

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Heart of Europe Restaurant and Bar

Collingwood

Collingwood's Heart of Europe (previously Koliba) is a cosy restaurant and bar serving pan-European fare to a growing community of loyal diners....

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Harbour Town Hotel

Docklands

Resting under the foot of the Southern Star observation wheel, Docklands' Harbour Town Hotel offers a pub grub menu, over 40 premium Australian and...

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

Fancy Hank's Bar-B-Que

Melbourne

Sport the smell of campfire like a badge of honour to identify you and yours as those who have stood around Fancy Hank's portable Monster 'Bar-B-Que'.

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Steakhouse 66

Steakhouse 66

Docklands

Steakhouse 66 is all about fresh flavours and sensational views. The modern Australian menu features a fantastic range of a la carte dishes. Setting...

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Mr Burger mobile food van, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mr Burger

Melbourne

Get your fill of Mr Burger's simple yet delicious meat - or felafel - between buns in Melbourne's north, south, east and west most days of the week.

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

The Town Mouse

Carlton

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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