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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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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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Philippe

Become a regular at Philippe Mouchel's French bistro, which brings a touch of je ne sais quoi and rotisserie chook to the Paris End of Collins Street.

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Ôter

Take what you think you know about French food and flip it on its tête at Ôter, worthy sibling to the beloved Melbourne institutions Coda and Tonka.

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Osteria Ilaria

Joining the ranks of pasta-obsessed sibling Tipo 00 but casting the net wider with sophisticated Italian bistro fare and a stellar wine collection.

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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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Saint Crispin

Make an ordinary night a special occasion at Smith Street's Saint Crispin, much-lauded winner of two hats from the Good Food Guide.

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Matteo's

Housed in a Fitzroy terrace, Matteo's is the share-house that grew up and got sophisticated. There's an Asian edge to the fare, and a fine wine list.

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Cutler & Co.

You can't argue with two hats from the Good Food Guide and three stars from the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

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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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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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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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Tulum

Delight in the contemporary take on Anatolian recipes that earned Tulum its place in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide's top 100.

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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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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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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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Elyros

Take a leisurely culinary journey through modern and traditional Crete, Greece's largest island, at Elyros. Hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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