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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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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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Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Mirka at Tolarno Hotel

St Kilda

Bite into Melbourne cultural history at Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, the landmark St Kilda building boasting Mirka Mora's mural and fine European fare.

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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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Ludlow terrace

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Southbank

Discover Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, a spectacularly located Southbank restaurant on the banks of the Yarra. A grotto inspired, uniquely Melbourne...

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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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Huxtaburger, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Huxtaburger Prahran

Prahran

Visit Huxtaburger's Prahran diner to see why their signature wagyu burgers and chipotle chips are mainstays of Melbourne's casual dining scene.

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No35

Melbourne

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.

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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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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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Los Amates, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Los Amates

Fitzroy

Accept responsibility for piling warm tortillas high with a range of well-executed taco fillings, and delight in yummy mole and smoky chipotle prawns.

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Pawn & Co, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pawn & Co.

Prahran

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?

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Saigon Sally, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saigon Sally

Windsor

Enjoy new interpretations of old faves at the big sister of the ever-popular Hanoi Hannah and be a part of the southside Vietnamese revolution.

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Anada, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Anada

Fitzroy

Slip into a little pocket of Andalusia in Fitzroy, where sensational tapas and moreish raciones (larger plates) are enjoyed in the Spanish tradition.

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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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Miss Katie's Crab Shack, North Melbourne, Australia

Miss Katie's Crab Shack

North Melbourne

Let the feast begin at Miss Katie's Crabshack, where every meal is a celebration and excess consumption of market-fresh crabs is actively encouraged.

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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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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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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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I Love Pho 264, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I Love Pho 264

Richmond

You're not really supposed to eat pho beyond breakfast o'clock, but the aromatic broth fits the bill just as well at lunch and dinner, too.

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Noir, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Noir

Richmond

An appealing antidote to the influx of the hipster hoards into Swan Street, Noir stands out. The Age Good Food Guide likes what it sees too.

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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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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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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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Pole Pole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Polē Polē

Melbourne

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.

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Sake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sake

Melbourne

Overlooking the Yarra River in revamped Hamer Hall, this sleek city restaurant and bar offers new-style sushi and classic Japanese cuisine.

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Arintji, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Arintji

Melbourne

You can't ask for much more from a dining experience than the aromas of prime beef cooking over coals and the views of and around Federation Square.

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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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Misty's Diner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Misty's Diner

Prahran

Slide into Misty's 1950s-style vinyl booths for straight-up down-home US-style diner goodness, like chilli fries, philly steaks, brekkies and burgers.

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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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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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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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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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Ombra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ombra

Melbourne

You say salami, we say salumi, but whatever you want it's all here. Drop in for salted meats of all kinds along with a glass of stellar Italian red.

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Touche Hombre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Touché Hombre

Melbourne

Find salvation from souvas and dumplings with Touché Hombre's tostaditos, grilled corn, ceviche and tacos plus mescal, DJ tunes and lairy décor.

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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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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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Sapore, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sapore

St Kilda

Put your dinner in the hands of people who know that taste comes first, and feel a tiny bit Mediterranean as you dine on Italian food by the water.

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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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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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Moon Under Water, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Moon Under Water

Fitzroy

Orwell's Moon Under Water was just a whimsy, but Andrew McConnell makes it a reality with trademark faultless execution in the revamped Builders Arms.

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Teriyaki Anarchy Sake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Teriyaki Anarchy Sake

Collingwood

Stop in for a crisp beer and yakitori (chicken skewers) at Collingwood's own Japanese teriyaki den. Tempt fate with a 'Bloody Hugo Hates Me' cocktail.

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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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