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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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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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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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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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Cafes

Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.

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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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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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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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Vegetarian

Melbourne has your animal-free dining needs covered - choose from casual community eateries, inner-city dining halls and fine dining restaurants.

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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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Mamasita

Climb the stairs, grab a table and tuck into slow-braised pork shoulder tostaditas, BBQ'd corn and spicy prawn tacos. And tequila, of course.

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Claypots

Dig deep into your claypot to discover whatever flavoursome delights the deep blue sea yielded that day, best enjoyed in the ivy-walled courtyard.

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Il Bacaro

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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Bistro Gitan

Experience a warm Gallic welcome and a menu of old favourites with a modern, Basque twist at this charming French bistro from the Reymond family.

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Little Blue

Dine out on the best views in Melbourne from the end of the St Kilda Pier, with little blue penguins frolicking on the rocks for the sweetest company.

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400 Gradi

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.

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Hellenic Republic

Do your best to save room for George Calombaris' famed loukoumades after blitzing the very meaty banquet at the celebrity chef's northern outpost.

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The Boathouse

Perch yourself on the riverbank and enjoy the simplicity of riverside life with simple, produce-driven menus and relaxing views at The Boathouse.

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Bar Lourinhã

Med-inspired tapas and very good vino rule here at Matt McConnell's uptown joint, a proud owner of a hat fromThe Age Good Food Guide.

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The Moat

Burrow beneath the Wheeler Centre, Literary Melbourne's literary heart, to Moat, for morning coffee and post-literary event vinous ruminations.

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Byblos

Jump into the Melbourne dining melting pot and emerge at Byblos, a lavish Mediterranean restaurant on the Yarra, with its banquet dining by the water.

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Lady Carolina

Feast on Latin American flavours with this East Brunswick lady. Dine at the cevicheria and pisco bar or get your LA street food on in the courtyard.

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