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Best Southbank Restaurants

Located next to Melbourne’s Yarra River Southbank is one the city’s most popular dining meccas. Southbank Restaurants are always bustling with life, and you can bank on the fact that the restaurants here will treat you to an unforgettable meal. With food to entice and views that will mesmerise this buzzing riverside precinct is a foodie haunt worth visiting.

Southbank Restaurants


For a night of tasty Italian fare amongst luxurious velvet banquettes and mahogany parquetry walls Rosetta is it. With a beautiful dining room, bar seats, private dining space and outdoor covered terrace, there’s plenty of places where you can enjoy some of Neil Perry’s fine Italian cuisine. Belissimo!

No. 8 By John Lawson

Fine dining continues at this Crown flagship restaurant. Dishing up fresh, unfussed flavours, all of Lawson’s food is sustainably produced contemporary food - and it’s delicious.  Lawson has an impressive resume with time spent under Gordon Ramsay at The London and Maze (turned Mr Hive) but he stands strong solo at No.8. Hats off Mr Lawson. Job well done.  

Meat & Wine Co.

Here you’ll find three levels of meaty opulence. Carnivores gather round. This is your kind of restaurant. Guaranteed. Found at the Freshwater Place precinct with views overlooking Queensbridge Square, the Yarra River and the city skyline this is the perfect place to enjoy ribs, burgers and meat from the grill in a rustic yet warm environment.

The Atlantic

Inspired by New York’s famous meat-packing district and the hustle and bustle of old-school fish markets The Atlantic is the crown jewel of South Bank - or at least one of them. It’s hard to pick favourites. Not surprisingly the dishes here focus heavily on seafood, but don’t be disappointed if you want steak, chef Donovan Cooke nails those too.

Spice Temple

Winning the hearts, minds and bellies of patrons with his creative take on Chinese cuisine is Neil Perry and his dark and sultry Southbank stunner Spice Temple. Numbing duck, tea smoked duck breast, wagyu brisket, spiced chicken’s all gooood. Thanks Mr Perry. We will be visiting you again and again and again.  

Rockpool Bar and Grill

It’s pretty black and white. Rockpool will never disappoint. With Neil Perry behind this Australian institution you know you’re in for a treat - and a half. Come for the view, the soft and calming ambiance, the savvy staff and those steaks - those mouthwatering steaks. Rockpool is undeniably a steakhouse, but that’s not to say that the rest of the menu should be overlooked.

Blondie Bar

For pre and post theatre goers there are a whole host of restaurants to stop the tummy rumbles prior to intermission. This is one of them. And yes, they do accept brunettes. The emphasis here is on sharing so gather your pals and pop by for a meal with strong French and Asian influences from chef Benjamin Ransom.

Script Bar

Conveniently located near the Arts Centre, this is the place to wine and dine before a show so that you can make a swift transition from restaurant to stage without feeling frazzled. This Italian style bistro is perfect for solo or group dining. Sounds picture perfect, right? We couldn’t agree more.


For a premier Chinese dining experience look no further than Silks in Crown Towers. Here you will enjoy a menu of authentic regional cuisines, including an array of Northern Chinese, Sichuan, Cantonese and Shanghainese additions, and an extensive selection of teas. For a truly intimate dining experience hire out the Mongolian tent which can fit up to twelve people.

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, Dimmi Chief Food Writer

Image source: Rosetta

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