Best Southbank Restaurants
Sitting side by side one of Melbourne’s greatest assets, the Yarra River is Southbank, and you can bank on the fact that this strip is full to the brim with restaurants and bars that will knock your socks - and your senses off. With food to entice and views to mesmerise, this buzzing riverside precinct is a foodie haunt to pop on your dining itinerary.
Get down to Rosetta for a night of tasty Italian fare amongst luxurious velvet banquettes and mahogany parquetry walls. With a beautiful dining room, bar seats and private dining space, the real winner here is eating out on the covered terrace - it’s alfresco at its best! No. 8 By John Lawson will provide an equally impressive, but different fine dining experience, dishing up sustainably produced, contemporary food in a fresh and unfussed fashion, while much loved favourites Meat & Wine Co., The Atlantic, Spice Temple and Rockpool Bar and Grill will never disappoint.
For pre and post theatre goers, there are a whole host of restaurants to stop the tummy rumbles prior to intermission. Blondie Bar (yes they do accept brunettes) is the perfect den pre or post show, as is Script Bar, both conveniently located near the Arts Centre so you can make a swift transition to catch your show. Or if you're just after a late night cocktail, Left Bank (on Southbank) and Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar can cater.
For grand Chinese cuisine you can't go past Man Tong Kitchen or Silks, for a Greek feast Othello is your best bet, or get a taste of Japan at Akachochin... and when you're not quite sure what you're in the mood for the international menu at World Restaurant & Bar has got you covered.
For laid back all day dining Ludlow Bar & Dining Room is hard to beat, while Arkibar Restaurant is serving up mean breakfasts and Downstairs Bistro & Bar is seducing diners wtih its delicious Modern Australian fare.
Whether you’re after a romantic dinner for two, a casual bite with friends or a drink with a view, Southbank restaurants will come through with the goods. Oh, and despite how pretty the river might look come twilight, don’t even contemplate a swim, the river is definitely not fit for a dip.
If Southbank doesn't satisfy, wander into the hustle and bustle of the CBD or along the river to Richmond, take a tram to Melbourne's playground by the sea, St Kilda, or check out foodie enclaves, South Yarra and Windsor. You're bound to find something that will tickle your fancy.
Author: Georgia Smail, Chief Food Writer
Image source: Rosetta