Best Melbourne Restaurants
There’s no denying that Melbourne is a food centric city, with new Melbourne restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes constantly popping up all over the place, adding to the littered landscape of dining locations. With some of the best Aussie and International award winning chefs heading up many of the kitchens, Melbourne restaurants offer the crème de la crème in the culinary world, making dining experiences more than just a meal.
And with such a diverse array of restaurants and cuisines on offer, there will always be a restaurant in Melbourne to suit individual palates, pockets, special occasions and everything in between.
Melbourne’s CBD is oozing with rooftop bars and hidden dining gems, with many located down an alleyway, up a staircase or perched high on a rooftop terrace. Turn a corner and you’ll find more dining destinations just waiting to be discovered. There's San Telmo, Portello Rosso, Taxi, Bomba, Seamstress, Ruyi Restaurant, Punch Lane - plus so much more.
Located on the fringe of the city sits the affluent and buzzing Southbank Promenade with an impressive lineup of fine-dining restaurants such as Spice Temple, Rockpool, The Meat & Wine Company, No. 8 by John Lawson and The Atlantic, each with picturesque views of the city and Yarra River.
The Northside is home to a stellar lineup of eclectic restaurants, spread across a handful of popular food hubs, each with something different to offer for food and wine fanatics.
Carlton is home to some of Melbourne’s most authentic Italian cuisine like Epocha - and the not so Italian Bluebonnet Barbecue. The bohemian enclave of Fitzroy is filled with idiosyncratic bars and restaurants like Panama Dining Room, Moon Under Water, Cutler & Co and Smith & Daughters. Richmond, Abbotsford, Brunswick, Northcote and Hawthorn are also filled with foodie haunts to die for.
Travel to the Southside and have fun exploring Melbourne’s playground by the sea, St Kilda which boasts hatted restaurants, beachfront dining and pubs and bars with outdoor beer gardens and decks that come to life under the summer sun. Cafe de Stasio, Newmarket Hotel, Acland St Cantina and Wabi Sabi Garden are just a few of the top dining destinations located in this bustling suburb.
Down the street from Melbourne’s Chapel Street shopping precinct lies the lively and effervescent suburb of Windsor, full of a variety of dining hot spots and bustling bars like Saigon Sally, Kid Boston and Morris Jones all geared towards those looking to combine fun and affordability.
Author: Georgia Smail, Dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image: Panama Dining Room.