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Best restaurants

Melbourne's awash with high quality bars, cafes and restaurants, so you're always guaranteed to get a satisfying meal. From quick bites to magical dining experiences, Melbourne's got your bases covered. It's simply the best place to be in Australia for a top table experience.

World-class chefs, creative kitchens, innovative cuisines, perfectly matched wines and quirky venues characterise fine dining in Melbourne. You'll need to book well ahead for a table at some Melbourne food destinations, while other popular restaurants have a relaxed 'no bookings' philosophy, confident they'll never be short of a happy customer.

From bars and restaurants awarded hats in the Good Food Guide, to those featured on the Australian Gourmet Traveller top 100 Australian restaurants list, there's a selection of old favourites and new kids on the block. Discover Melbourne's best restaurants.

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San Telmo

Tastefully decorated to create an authentic, old world bodega atmosphere, San Telmo is famous for its imported 2.5-metre parilla (charcoal grill).

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French Saloon

An understated, elegant French bistro above Kirk's Wine Bar. Expect modern takes on Euro classics, steak frites par excellence and a sublime wine list.

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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 from the Good Food Guide 2018.

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Cecconi's

Push the boat out with a modern Italian feast at Cecconi's, purveyors of style and service and winners of a hat in the Good Food Guide 2018.

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Coda

From Movida's Mykal Batholomew and Longrain chef, Adam D'Sylva, this hatted eatery ticks all the right boxes without taking itself too seriously.

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Cumulus Inc.

This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by the Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.

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Northside

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Marion

Learn the stories of old Fitzroy in the latest drinking hole to occupy the corner of Deadman's Lane and Gertrude Street.

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The Town Mouse

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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Nora

Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure at Carlton's Nora, a one-time daytime cafe morphed into an unforgettable dinner-only degustation venue.

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Anchovy

Wrangle a temporary Richmond passport for a meal at Anchovy, which has Bridge Road buzzing about its light, balanced modern Asian-Australian menu.

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Estelle Bistro

Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie, delve into delicious mains, or go all out with the five-course chef's menu at this local hero.

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Epocha

Take in views of Carlton Gardens and sample an elegant menu of shared, seasonal European favourites. Hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Expect the unexpected and have a meal to remember at Heston Blumenthal's eponymous fine diner at Crown, the chef's first restaurant outside of the UK.

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Woodland House

A date at Woodland House is an event to be taken seriously. Dress up, don the jewels and play the part while fine dining in the grand Prahran mansion.

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Spice Temple

Once you've tried Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown you'll find it hard to go back to lemon chicken.

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Highline Restaurant

Discover high-end paddock-to-plate dining with fresh produce sourced from the restaurant's own farm. Awarded a chefs hat by the Good Food Guide.

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Atlas Dining

Travel your tastebuds with Charlie Carrington's ever evolving menu at Atlas, awarded a chef's hat by happy culinary traveller Good Food Guide 2018.

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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Bring an appetite for excess at Perry's original, with the wines as fine as the pampered meats. Awarded two hats by the Good Food Guide.

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