Melbourne Restaurants

Melbourne has fabulous food, and is known in some circles as Australia's food capital. The restaurants themselves are often exceptionally stylish and elegant—or totally edgy and funky in their own individual way. Some are even deliberately grungy. The dining scene is a vast array of cuisines and experiences that's constantly evolving. The swankiest (and most expensive) restaurants all have five- to eight-course degustation menus (with the opportunity to wine-match each course), but newer restaurants are opting for tapas-style or grazing plates. Flexibility is the new word in dining—restaurants are often also funky bars and vice versa.

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  • 1. Brunetti

    $$ | Carlton

    First opened in 1974, this iconic Romanesque bakery has moved around Carlton on several occasions, and the masses have followed. Its biggest undertaking is in...Read More

  • 2. Café di Stasio

    $$$$ | St. Kilda

    This upscale bistro treads a very fine line between mannered elegance and decadence. A sleek marble bar and modishly ravaged walls contribute to the sense...Read More

  • 3. Farmer’s Daughters

    $$$$ | City Center

    You’ll find your place in one of the three levels at Farmer’s Daughters, in the fine-dining restaurant, in the deli, or up on the rooftop---its...Read More

  • 4. HuTong Dumpling Bar

    $$ | City Center

    The name means "alleyway" and in a sea of dumpling houses in Melbourne, down this little alleyway, you'll find the best of them all. The...Read More

  • 5. I Love Pho

    $ | Richmond

    Tucking into a steaming bowl of pho (traditional noodle soup) at this Victoria Street restaurant is like channeling the backstreets of Hanoi and Saigon. Each order...Read More

  • 6. 400 Gradi

    $ | Brunswick East

    This is the place for authentic Italian pizza: chef Johnny Di Francesco trained in Naples to make pizza to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana rules,...Read More

  • 7. Becco

    $$$ | City Center

    Every city center needs a place like this, with a drop-in bar and lively dining room. At lunchtime no-time-to-dawdle business types tuck into Italian classics,...Read More

  • 8. Chin Chin

    $$ | City Center

    Shared plates of Southeast Asian dishes form the basis of Chin Chin's popular menu. Modeled on hawker-style dining, come for early or late for lunch...Read More

  • 9. D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar

    $$ | Carlton

    A major player in Melbourne's pizza wars, D.O.C. has perfected the art of using fresh, simple ingredients to create something special. The real treat lies...Read More

  • 10. Dog's Bar

    $$ | St. Kilda

    With its blazing fires, artfully smoky walls, and striking, art deco–ish wrought-iron ceiling lights, this three-decade-old restaurant has a lived-in, neighborly look. The food is...Read More

  • 11. Hellenic Republic

    $$ | Brunswick East

    Owned by well-known TV chef George Calombaris, Hellenic Republic pays homage to Calombaris's Greek heritage, creating a lively taverna type setting with a focus on...Read More

  • 12. Ladro

    $$ | Fitzroy

    A local favorite, this stellar Italian bistro emphasizes flavor over starchy linen and stuffy attitude. Delicious wood-fired pizzas, that some insist are the best in...Read More

  • 13. Lona Misa

    $$ | South Yarra

    Vegan and vegetarian fare is the focus of this restaurant, set in the new Ovolo South Yarra hotel. With a strong Latin American vibe, choose...Read More

  • 14. Richmond Hill Café and Larder

    $$ | Richmond

    Opened by iconic Australian cook Stephanie Alexander, this bright and buzzy café–cum–produce store is a local mainstay. The bistro fare brims with wonderful flavors, from...Read More

  • 15. Seamstress Restaurant & Bar

    $$ | City Center

    This bar-restaurant occupies a heritage-listed four-story building that has housed an undergarment manufacturer, a 1900s sweatshop, a brothel, and even a Buddhist temple (but not...Read More

  • 16. Supernormal

    $$$

    Chef Andrew McConnell’s dominance of the Melbourne food scene cannot be ignored: besides this playful Pan-Asian restaurant, his stable includes glossy late-night European restaurant Gimlet...Read More

  • 17. Taxi Kitchen

    $$$ | City Center

    Occupying an innovative steel-and-glass space above Federation Square, Taxi boasts both extraordinary food and spectacular views over Melbourne. East meets West on a Modern Australian...Read More

  • 18. Albert St Food and Wine

    $$$ | Brunswick

    Many diners will be tempted to head straight to the dessert menu, as Executive Chef Philippa Sibley is regarded as one of the country's finest...Read More

  • 19. Bimbo Deluxe

    $ | Fitzroy

    This bohemian bar, with deep comfy sofas and the feel of a local student hangout, has the cheapest and possibly the most delicious pizzas in...Read More

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