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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.
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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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.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.
This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.
Choose the Sardinian set menu, made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what The Age Good Food Guide was raving about.
Expect barbecued and smoked meats and seafood coupled with Asian sides from this Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant from the team behind Chin Chin.
Think carefully about the friends you'll take to Chin Chin, as you'll be settling in and sharing plates of fresh, spicy Thai food plus plentiful wine.
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New American cuisine ditches the dude food tag and gets sophisticated at this New York-style bar/eatery, with Michael Roszbach (ex Cookie) in charge.
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Gather around the table and contemplate the endless possibilities of life, or just tuck into the presidential Latino platters and exotic tequilas.
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.
With their innovative take on aromatic Thai cuisine, Longrain has become a Melbourne favourite and been hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
Situated above the recently refurbished Duke of Wellington (Melbourne's oldest pub), Dutchess offers a Manhattan inspired lounge experience featuring...
Wanna buy the bar stool you met your new beau on? Take a seat, slam down one of the absinthe cocktails and check the price tag. Anything else?
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.
Bite into Melbourne cultural history at Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, the landmark St Kilda building boasting Mirka Mora's mural and fine European fare.
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.
Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution more than a decade ago. Still a firm local favourite.
Dine out on the views over Melbourne from the 35th floor of the Sofitel, as well as impeccably cooked local produce with a focus on simplicity.
Settle in for some truly delectable reinventions of classic pub fare amidst the rustic interiors and kitsch features of this Chapel Street favourite.
Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.
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.
Eureka 89 is a premier event space located on the highest floor of the impressive CBD residential building, Eureka Tower. At 300 metres above sea...
Why not try some biltong instead of nuts with your Kenyan beer? At Polé Polé the bar snacks are delicious and the beer list span across Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indulge in fresh, diverse and bountiful local produce at some of the best places to eat in regional Victoria.
Find an available table and book online at bookarestaurant.com or download the iPhone app.
See what's available and make instant restaurant reservations at dimmi.com.au or download the iPhone app.
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