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Dining solo? Shirking share plates and cumbersome group bookings can give you quick, uninterrupted access to some of the best food in town. Many of Melbourne's top restaurants are happy to slot solo diners in at the bar (choose a place with an open-kitchen for dinner-and-show), and new wine bars are turning out some of the best food in the city.

These are the best places in Melbourne for a table for one or dining at the bar.

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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.



Pay homage to Paddington's heritage and taste Peruvian flavours from the Andes and the Amazon at this Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar.


City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the treasure trove of bottled delights, a favourite haunt for wine connoisseurs at the top end of town.


Tipo 00

Wrap your fork around pasta made with passion and the restaurant's namesake, fine-grade 'tipo 00' flour, at this modern Italian pasta bar in the CBD.


Chin Chin

Think carefully about the friends you'll take to Chin Chin, as you'll be settling in and sharing plates of fresh, spicy Thai food plus plentiful wine.


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.


Cumulus Up

Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.



There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.


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.



Do your bit to ensure Pellegrini's gets to its centenary as it's a known fact Melbourne would be poorer without its charm and comforting Italian food.



Assembling the menu for Melbourne's favourite date restaurant, MoVida chef Frank Camorra scoured Spain for the finest bite-size comestibles.


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