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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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Waterfront at Station Pier

Port Melbourne

Making full use of its prime location on Port Melbourne’s iconic Station Pier, Waterfront is a fine-diner specialising in seafood and...

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39 Pizzeria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

+39

Melbourne

Dial +39 and let Italy know there are some special pizzas being hauled out of the pizza oven on Little Bourke Street, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Green Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Green Park

North Fitzroy

Weekend dining, New Orleans jazz and kids' menus – the guys know the North Fitzroy demographic. Brekky, lunch or evening drinks, it's all you need.

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Trunk, Melbourne, Victoria. Australia

Trunk

Melbourne

Stow away food and wine to your heart's content at this spacious restaurant, diner and bar boasting one of the CBD's largest outdoor courtyards.

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Albert Park Hotel Oyster Bar and Grill, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia

Albert Park Hotel Oyster Bar & Grill

Albert Park

Ensure you get your obligatory fish 'n' chips by the seaside, but Albert Park-style with sustainable fish and a classy batter in the grand old pub.

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Matteo's, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Matteo's

Fitzroy North

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.

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Sun Moth Canteen & Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sun Moth Canteen

Melbourne

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.

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Supermaxi, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia

Supermaxi

Fitzroy North

Beg the pardon of the entrenched Fitzroyalty and squeeze into a table to taste for yourself the acclaimed Ladro-style pizza and sublimely silky pasta.

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Lau's Family Kitchen, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Lau's Family Kitchen

St Kilda

Experience the feted pedigree of the Flower Drum's almost psychic service and delectable cuisine at the more wallet-friendly Lau's Family Kitchen.

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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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The Meatball and Wine Bar, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Meatball and Wine Bar Richmond

Richmond

Choose meatballs on top of spaghetti, Italian beans and creamy polenta, with wine, at the Richmond sibling of the restaurant that does what it says.

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Claypots, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Claypots

St Kilda

Dig deep into your claypot to discover whatever flavoursome delights the deep blue sea yielded that day, best enjoyed in the ivy-walled courtyard.

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Gumbo Kitchen, Mebourne, Victoria, Australia

Gumbo Kitchen

Melbourne

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.

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No. 8 by John Lawson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

No. 8 by John Lawson

Southbank

Savour the delicacies of regional produce at the Crown complex. At No. 8 by John Lawson, seasonal local produce gets the fine-dining treatment.

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Pei Modern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pei Modern

Melbourne

Mark Best adds his trademark flair to this produce-oriented bistro, winning a chef's hat and making Australian Gourmet Traveller's Top 40.

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Fonda Mexican, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fonda Flinders Lane

Melbourne

Take your tastebuds to Mexico at Fonda Mexican, where their signature burritos, tacos and antojitos keep diners coming back for a flavour fiesta.

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Wabi Sabi, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Wabi Sabi Salon

Collingwood

Graze over a few share plates of authentic and fusion-style dishes at what's probably Melbourne's favourite Japanese diner, a Smith Street stalwart.

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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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Lûmé, South Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lûmé

South Melbourne

Mix it up and let your palate lead the way with an unconventional degustation menu offering from this South Melbourne newcomer with impressive pedigree.

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Meatmaiden, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Meatmaiden

Melbourne

You've met Meatmother, now meet Meatmaiden, a basement den of meat, craft beer and bourbon that takes its prime cuts pretty seriously.

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Mercer's Restaurant, Melbourne Victoria, Australia

Mercer's Restaurant

Eltham

Venture off the beaten track and find yourself sitting on the balcony of an Eltham cottage dining on polished modern Aussie cuisine while birds chirp.

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Tipo 00, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

Tipo 00

Melbourne

Wrap your fork around pasta made with passion and the restaurant's namesake, fine-grade 'tipo 00' flour, at this modern Italian pasta bar in the CBD.

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Taxi Kitchen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Taxi Kitchen

Melbourne

Take in stunning views of Melbourne's riverside landmarks while enjoying innovative, rustic small dishes and share plates featuring seasonal produce.

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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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Longhorn Saloon, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Longhorn Saloon

Carlton

Grab a bourbon and settle in for rock n' roll fare of sumptuous grilled meat at this steakhouse slash bar on Carlton's popular Elgin Street.

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Bar Santo Trattoria

St Kilda

Daytime finds Bar Santo Trattoria laid back and casual, but after 6pm the linen comes out, the lights are dimmed and the mood is set to impress. But...

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The Wolf and I, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Wolf and I

Windsor

Settle in for some truly delectable reinventions of classic pub fare amidst the rustic interiors and kitsch features of this Chapel Street favourite.

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Table Lamp Bar

Table Lamp Restaurant & Bar

Melbourne

Recently established as a go-to venue for modern Asian cuisine in Melbourne CBD, Table Lamp Restaurant and Bar offers a diverse range of flavours in...

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Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lucy Liu

Melbourne

Give your tastebuds a flying kickstart with this pan-Asian culinary angel from chef Michael Lambie and the MAde Establishment. It's all action at this neon-lit laneway kitchen and bar.

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Robert Burns Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Robert Burns Hotel

Collingwood

See why the Robert Burns Hotel is a Smith Street institution. Sample the tasty tapas at the bar or settle in for a long, sangria-fuelled lunch.

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Cecconi's Cantina, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cecconi's Cantina

Melbourne

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.

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Gill's Diner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gill's Diner

Melbourne

Traverse the laneways for this jewel in the bluestone. Now prepare for rustic modern European food, an award-winning wine list and great service.

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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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Hophaus Bar

Hophaus Bier Bar Grill

Southbank

Willkommen to Southbank's newest venue, the Hophaus Bier Bar Grill. Enjoy classic Bavarian favourites with contemporary Melbourne flair in this...

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Newmarket Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Newmarket Hotel

St Kilda

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.

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Shoya, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Shoya

Melbourne

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.

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Private dining room, Attica, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Attica

Ripponlea

Ben Shewry's Attica is officially Australia's best restaurant after being named #32 on S. Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

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Markov, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Markov

Carlton

Welcome beer, cider and comfort food. The Markov menu places fun and affordability over fancy and finicky – and the punters couldn't be happier.

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Supper Inn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Supper Inn

Melbourne

Soak up the bustling atmosphere of late night dining in Chinatown and tuck into a tasty Cantonese menu, featuring favourites like suckling pig.

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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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Caffe e Cucina

South Yarra

Caffe e Cucina, an intimate Italian restaurant is a long-running success story on South Yarra's busy Chapel Street. The eatery has been around since...

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Tom Phat, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tom Phat

Brunswick

Jostle the locals for a table or bar stool at this long-time Brunswick favourite serving up flavours from all over Southeast Asia and a great tipple.

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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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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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Carlton Wine Room, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carlton Wine Room

Carlton

Get a dose of old-school hospitality, progressive European flavours and fine Italian wines at this up-to-the-minute Melbourne hotspot.

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Fitzrovia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fitzrovia

St Kilda

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.

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Neapoli, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Neapoli

Melbourne

Boasting an international menu, killer wine list and sleek design, Neapoli is equal parts all-day breakfast cafe, wine shop and Rat Pack club house.

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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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Il Bacaro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Il Bacaro

Melbourne

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.

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Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Set on the banks of the Yarra River between Southbank and the casino district, Ludlow Bar & Dining Room boasts one of Melbourne's best positions for...

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