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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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IDES

Be sure you don't miss out on this experimental six-course degustation menu, the Good Food Guide doesn't give out hats to just anyone.

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Noir

An appealing antidote to the influx of the hipster hoards into Swan Street, Noir stands out. The Good Food Guide 2018 likes what it sees too.

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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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The Grand

Treat yourself to authentic Italian food in the heart of Richmond and get cosy in the award-winning dining room of this converted Victorian hotel.

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Copper Pot

Take a foodie road trip across Europe's neighbourhood bodegas, bistros and trattorias without leaving your seat in Seddon. A road trip with wine pairing.

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Minamishima

Immerse yourself in the art of sushi with okamase (chef's selection) from sushi master Koichi Minamishima. This is one for the special-occasion file.

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Da Noi

Choose the Sardinian set menu, made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what the Good Food Guide 2018 is raving about.

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Tempura Hajime

Get to know your neighbours at the 12-seats-only Tempura Hajime, and tear your eyes away from the theatrics of the chef to savour his masterpieces.

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O.MY

The folks at O.MY in Beaconsfield have a passion for fresh, local and seasonal produce. Book ahead for a degustation lunch or dinner with wines to match.

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Amaru

A small and intimate dining room offering a choice of two contemporary Australian tasting menus from chef and owner Clinton McIvor (ex Vue de Monde).

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Wilson & Market

Brainchild of British chef and restaurateur Paul Wilson, this eatery and bar all-rounder will cover you from breakfast right through to dinner.

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Ramblr

Expect Euro-bistro-inspired date-worthy fare and an expertly curated wine list at this casual fine-diner from the team behind Leonard's House of Love.

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