Melbourne is brimming with award-winning bars, cafes and restaurants, so you're always guaranteed to get a memorable meal. What's more, restaurateur Andrew McConnell's Gimlet at Cavendish House earned a prized position on the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022 longlist. As the only Australian venue to achieve last year's accolade, Melbourne is simply the nation's best place to be for a top table experience.
World-class chefs, creative kitchens, innovative cuisines, perfectly matched wines and quirky venues characterise our fine dining scene. You'll need to book well ahead for a table at some Melbourne food destinations, while plenty of popular restaurants have a relaxed 'no bookings' philosophy, confident they'll never be short of a happy customer.
There are bars and restaurants bestowed with awards from the Good Food Guide, Australian Gourmet Traveller and TimeOut, to tucked-away places treasured by locals, as well as a selection of old favourites and new kids on the block. Discover Melbourne's best restaurants.