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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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City

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Embla

Bring an appetite to the Town Mouse team's city wine bar, popular with gourmands and wine lovers alike, hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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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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Il Bacaro

Hatted by the Good Food Guide, Il Bacaro's the kind of the place that could have opened last week or more than ten years ago, which it did.

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Kenzan

Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done. Pull up a chair in the sleek, dark-wood interior and enjoy all the classics.

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Kisume

Soak up the alluring interplay of design, art and dining at The Lucas Group's poetic ode to Japanese cuisine on Flinders Lane.

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Lee Ho Fook

Duck down Duckboard Place to experience Victor Liong's new-style Chinese. The short, ever-changing menu puts a new spin on the classics.

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Northside

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Café Di Stasio

Discover the magic of Café di Stasio, from the bow-tied waiters to the inspired wine list – winner of a hat from the Good Food Guide.

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Rosetta Ristorante

Twist your fork around 16 kinds of handmade pasta and seasonal Italian specialties at Neil Perry's hatted Italian foray. This is la dolce vita.

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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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Attica

Australia's best, ranked #32 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and named Restaurant of the Year by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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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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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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