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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 a treat worth travelling for. Consider critically acclaimed Attica, Flower Drum or Vue de Monde. Grab a spot at the bar for award winning food at Embla, or one of dining spots listed in The Age Good Food or Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Explore Melbourne's culinary precincts. Go for Italian in Lygon Street, Carlton, Vietnamese in Victoria Street, Richmond, and Lebanese in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Find the best-dumplings in CBD's Chinatown, and be spoilt for choice in Footscray's Vietnamese and African restaurants.

Check out Sunday lunch specials at big-name restaurants or let your good intentions go in a beer garden with gourmet fare.

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Cheap eats

You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit at one of many affordable restaurants.

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Best restaurants

Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.

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Dumplings

Melbourne does dumplings by the steamer-basket load. Be the judge of the best xiao long bao and pot stickers at these local favourite dumpling houses.

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Indian restaurants

Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.

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Long lunches

Linger over lunch in Melbourne. Check out some of our favourite restaurants and pubs for languorous lunches - the kind that end with sundowners.

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Halal restaurants and food

Halal food is available all over Melbourne, with many halal restaurants and shops on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

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French fare

Find the perfect place for a tête-à-tête: wake up to petit dej in the city, lunch à la Rive Gauche at Southbank, and settle in for a southside soirée.

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Pizza

Ride the pizza revival wave at some of the Melbourne's most popular pizzerias and join the oven-heated debate about who serves up the city's best.

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Mexican restaurants

¡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.

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Japanese eateries

Get a taste of the land of the rising sun at Melbourne's best Japanese eateries, from ramen shops and traditional izakaya to fine dining restaurants.

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Late night dining

When there's no going home on an empty stomach and you're looking for something more than a kebab, these Melbourne eateries come to the rescue.

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Estelle by Scott Pickett

Savour chef Scott Pickett's knack for knowing how flavours and textures combine in a diner's mouth.

Nobu

With views of the Yarra River and a Nobu menu before you, the world is your new-style oyster.

Baby Pizza

Ditch the wine jugs and red-checked tablecloths, this stylish Baby treats you to top Italian food.

Anada

Slip into a little pocket of Andalusia in Fitzroy to enjoy sensational tapas and moreish raciones.

Red Emperor

Enjoy river views with yum cha, banquets or a la carte dining with provincial Chinese specialties.

The Merrywell

Wrap your laughing gear around the contender for Melbourne's best burger at Crown's expansive pub.

The Roxborough

Relax in the crisp interiors, tuck into Mediterranean fare, and enjoy views of nearby Luna Park.

Il Solito Posto

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this Italian inspired menu is worth returning for.

Spice Temple

Succumb to Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown.

Philippe

Become a regular at Philippe Mouchel's bistro, which brings the je ne sais quoi to Collins Street.

Mesa Verde

Play your part in this ode to the Latin American cantina and sample a blistering array of tequilas.

Pickett's Deli & Rotisserie

Discover a new outlet for chef du jour Scott Pickett at Melbourne institution, the Queen Vic Market.

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