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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.
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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Expect barbecued and smoked meats and seafood coupled with Asian sides from this Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant from the team behind Chin Chin.
Uncover the provincial life at the top of Swan Street in Richmond, whether it's a cosy Sunday lunch or celebratory drinks on the rooftop terrace.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
This Thai-inspired eatery won a chef’s hat from The Age Good Food Guide and continues to excite Smith Street day-trippers and locals alike.
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.
Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.
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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Add another element of excellence to a trip to Melbourne's Arts Centre by grabbing a woodfired pizza from the truck that idles beneath the spire.
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400 Gradi nails the classic margherita like no other pizzeria. Grab a slice and see why this Lygon St restaurant got the world's best pizza award.
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.
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.
Soak up the bustling atmosphere of late night dining in Chinatown and tuck into a tasty Cantonese menu, featuring favourites like suckling pig.
Get the iconic Ladro wood-fired pizzas without crossing the river and see why the champion of fresh, seasonal food is often copied and rarely matched.
The Harbour Kitchen is one of the most exciting and versatile function venues in Melbourne. Situated right on the waterfront in Docklands, this...
Combining retro fittings and modern Mediterranean cuisine, this St Kilda institution is a favourite with locals, celebrities and local celebrities.
Mark Best adds his trademark flair to this produce-oriented bistro, winning a chef's hat and making Australian Gourmet Traveller's Top 40.
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.
At the top of Federation Square, Il Pom Italian restaurant offers Melbourne's best people-watching perch over a coffee, lunch or dinner, pinot,...
Steak out pasture-fed Black Angus beef from Hopkins River at this Parisian steakhouse, where indecision is easily fixed – you're having steak frites.
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.
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.
Head down to Smith Street's friendly neighbourhood deli. Choose from ready-made meals, lunch specials and kitchen essentials to eat in or take away.
Slip into a little pocket of Andalusia in Fitzroy, where sensational tapas and moreish raciones (larger plates) are enjoyed in the Spanish tradition.
Start your day as you intend to go on with breakfast at Hammer & Tong, then up the ante at lunch and dinner, which scale even more delicious heights.
I Carusi II was opened in 2004 as a simple pizzeria. As a pioneer of the artisan pizza movement in Melbourne it quickly developed a loyal following....
Meet your mates at any time of day to soak up the sun at the Nacional, brunching 'til late or choosing innovative tapas with fine wines by the glass.
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.
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.
BearBrass Eating & Drinking is located on the banks of the Yarra River at Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct on Southbank with spectacular...
Modelled on the street kitchens of South-East Asia, Teage Ezard's hip restaurant is less rustic authenticity and more opulent interpretation.
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.
Burrow beneath the Wheeler Centre, Literary Melbourne's literary heart, to Moat, for morning coffee and post-literary event vinous ruminations.
Sing loud your praise for Cookie, the Curtin House bar that mixes beer hall with hidden cocktail lounge and palazzo balconies plus terrific Thai food.
France Soir serves up classic French bistro food and beautiful French desserts in South Yarra. Sit back, relax and taste your way through the extensive wine list.
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.
Bring a hearty appetite to Melbourne's busy Greek precinct and be treated to oven-baked lamb and homemade dips. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.
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.
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.
While away a dusty Sunday afternoon in the Speak Easy backyard as records are spun and quality burgers and hotdogs are cooked on the grill, NYC-style.
Slide into an intimate booth in the Toff in Town's Carriage Room and order your Thai food and fancy drinks from a waiter beckoned by a silent buzzer.
Experience the feted pedigree of the Flower Drum's almost psychic service and delectable cuisine at the more wallet-friendly Lau's Family Kitchen.
Since it's inception in 2003, Aangan has been tantalising taste buds all over Melbourne with freshly prepared, authentic Indian cuisine. All dishes...
Experience Nobu's signature 'new style' Japanese cuisine and join the global community embracing the world's most recognised Japanese restaurant.
Acquaint yourself with Melbourne's suave, impeccably presented Italian, where Italian classics are reinvented and embellished by a stellar wine list.
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.
Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.
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.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable night of Italian fine dining, Karen Martini-style, amid the old-world elegance of St Kilda's, The George.
One of Melbourne's first and finest vegetarian restaurants, with a seasonal menu offering Indian-influenced vegetarian dishes along with vegan options.
Treat your tastebuds to the tangy flavours of contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine. Dip into yum cha or indulge in the full fine dining experience.
Do your best to save room for George Calombaris' famed loukoumades after blitzing the very meaty banquet at the celebrity chef's northern outpost.
Enjoy a little tipple from the brewery's fine selection of ales at this cavernous Fitzroy dining hall and bar. On the go? There's a bottle shop too.
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.
There's everything to like about a restaurant inspired by the complex and delicate relationship between a Thai husband and his mother-in-law.
Beat the blues at St Kilda institution Chinta Blues, where cool blues music accompanies the frenetic feasting on perennially good Malaysian fare.
St Kilda icon Greasy Joe's has had a makeover. Stop by this bayside hotspot for bespoke cocktails, juicy steaks and a sumptuous range of burgers.
Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the famous fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar...
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.
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.
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.
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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