An ever-changing Vietnamese-Australian diner, a luxe newcomer from an industry veteran, and clever-delicious Turkish goods. These are Melbourne's top restaurants, as reviewed for our 2022 Restaurant Guide.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining in Melbourne. The city is a melting pot of cuisines and influences, not to mention some seriously sleek interior design. Melbourne’s best restaurants, though, are the ones that leave an impression that keeps you coming back for more.
They’re the whole package from the menu and the drinks list to the decor and the service.
They’re not all in the CBD, though, some of Melbourne’s best restaurants can be found in the most unexpected suburban streets, or they might be hidden underground or on the 55th floor of the Rialto building. We’ve scoured the city for you to create the ultimate guide. Here are the best restaurants in Melbourne for 2022:
15 Restaurants In Melbourne You Have To Try
In this one, we dive into the city’s food scene, revealing the best restaurant Melbourne has to offer.
One of the advantages of Melbourne’s cosmopolitan nature is that it comes to an incredibly rich food culture. Indeed, almost half all of Melbourne’s residents were born abroad!
Some of the cultures influencing Melbourne’s gastronomic scene most profoundly include Chinese, Italian and Greek.
To many, Melbourne, not Sydney, is Australia's culinary capital. And the world took notice of this in 2017 when this amazing Australian city became the first in Australia to hold the World 50 Best Restaurants awards for its restaurants, wine bars, and other culinary destinations.
Fanfare and statistics aside, we know you’re looking for ridiculously delicious food and the best places to eat in downtown Melbourne, the CBD area, and any other place in the city. That’s why we compiled our list of 14 of the city’s best and most popular restaurants and some of the best new restaurants in town too. Here they are!
To understand the essence of Cutler & Co, you first need to understand its owner- Andrew McConnell. His flagship restaurant, Cutler & Co, is a perfect manifestation of Andrew’s journey. Before setting his roots back home in Melbourne, Andrew spent his formative years learning from the best in Europe, Hong Kong, and Shanghai- influences of which reflect in this pièce de résitance.
The restaurant's setting (a repurposed metal works factory) is distinctively Australian (a blend of grit with a touch of class). The food itself, a perfect manifestation of his training, is a Euro-Asian fusion with an extremely varied menu.
Saying that Cutler & Co. is well received by the public is an understatement. The restaurant has consistently featured in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. For fine diners, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve also been declared time and again as the best fine dining restaurant in Melbourne by several websites, including the Herald Sun and Time Out.
- Our Recommendation: Their King George Whiting is a must-try! They also have a great wine list.
- Address: 55/57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
- Website: cutlerandco.com.au
Established in the early twentieth century Grossi Florentino is one of the oldest fine dining restaurants in the Melbourne CBD area.
When you go to Grossi, you enjoy more than food- and believe me, the food is good. You enjoy the love and passion of a culture steeped in service and honour, along with some great ambient live music on certain days. Grossi is fine Italian dining exemplified.
The restaurant has kept with the changing times, but its foundations of excellence remain the very same. Every ingredient is chosen deliberately, every flavour perfected.
The Grossi Florentino triple-threat is one of the foundations of Melbourne's dining scene. Upstairs, it's chandeliers and murals, meticulously ironed linen, precise, charming service and menus that riff on elegant Roman ristorante but also includes modern touches – like teaming oysters with finger lime or orecchiette with octopus and 'nduja. It's exciting stuff with a wine list to match.
Downstairs there's the smell of woodsmoke in the air at Grill, a sleek bustling scene of power lunching and post-theatre sustenances were carefully sourced meat (T-bone for two is bucket list stuff) and beautiful vegetables are flamed, sharing menu space with a bevy of handmade pasta dishes – perhaps pici tossed with wild boar ragù.
Next door is Cellar Bar, one of the city's oldest bars, open all day and as deft with a coffee and a bomboloni as with a benchmark minestrone or cotoletta Milanese.
- Our recommendation: Their uncomplicated take on gnocchi makes it that more alluring.
- Address: 80 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: florentino.com.au
Vue de Monde
Few restaurants can beat the view that Vue de Monde has. You get to experience Shannon Beckett’s take on French cuisine overlooking the entire city atop the Rialto! Yes, the food is the show's star, but the vibe one gets from the location is to die for.
Vue de Monde is high on our recommendation list for special locations.
- Our recommendation: Their buttermilk kingfish with a touch of kale
- Address: Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: vuedemonde.com.au
Tucked away in Melbourne’s CBD, within its laneway locale, Tipo 00 exemplifies my ideal type of dining- casual dining. The restaurant itself is unassuming and does not impose. What do I mean by this?
Tipo 00 is what would happen if you converted an Italian kitchen into a restaurant. You walk in, and the first thing you notice is the open kitchen overlooking a very homey dining room. Not only does that give a very welcoming vibe, but you know a chef is confident in their skill when they let you see how they cook!
Yes, they specialise in one thing- Italian cuisine and specifically pasta. The name itself is derived from the type of flour they use in their pasta making-“Italian 00 flour.” Don’t let the otherwise self-effacing nature of Tipo 00 fool you. They’re good! Over the years, they’ve garnered all manner of awards ranging from Best casual dining restaurant from Time Out to Australia’s best new restaurant.
- Our recommendation: Their Riso Carnanoli is to die for. Vegans are in luck as they do have vegan options.
- Address: 361 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: tipo00.com.au
Truly Australian in every way, Attica gives a different meaning to fine dining altogether. To them, fine dining is more about an open, conversational atmosphere than expensive plates and cutlery.
To them, fine dining is about the creative use of native Australian ingredients rather than the most pricey ones. Their commitment to local produce makes them a business with a significant impact on the local economy.
You won’t see gold leaf in your dish. Still, you will enjoy authentic modern Australian cuisine exemplified by local ingredients such as the lobster looking crayfish called Marron- native to Australia.
With all the activity surrounding Attica and chef-owner Ben Shewry – pivoting to baking and lasagne through lockdown(s), free meals for hospo workers, Yarra Valley pop-up Attica Summer Camp, cooking with Hamish Blake on Instagram, DJing gigs – the moniker "restaurant" can seem reductive.
Yet, the restaurant remains the Rosetta Stone for everything that spins off its moodily-lit dining room. It's in the playfulness, and dry Kiwi wit Shewry brings. A dish of green ants served with pancakes and sour cream is called "Reko & Ben's Picnic Caviar".
It's there also with the tableside barbecue featuring shellfish and Indigenous spices and the "Croc Fat Caramel" that finishes a meal. The jockey's slightly self-deprecating tone is matched by serious rigour, intellect and heart.
Shewry recognises the expense of his world-famous 10-ish course meal and strives to make it mean something, especially in terms of honouring Indigenous culture and ingredients. He succeeds, completely and beautifully.
- Our recommendation: Go for their full degustation menu. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s the only way to get a full understanding of Attica’s unique take on food.
- Address: 74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea VIC 3185, Australia
- Website: attica.com.au
Another creation from Andrew McConnell Cumulus Inc. is located in upscale Flinders Lane. Expect the same class and standards in any of Andrew McConnell’s restaurants.
One of the few eateries on this list is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner!
- Our recommendation: The chef’s tasting menu
- Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: cumulusinc.com.au
Apart from their unique take on Cantonese cuisine, Flower Drum is known for its impeccable cuisine, making it one of our favourite places for Chinese food. You won’t find moody or arrogant workers here. The incredible service itself qualifies the restaurant’s place on this list.
- Our recommendation: Their Quail Sang Choi Bao
- Address: 17 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: flowerdrum.melbourne
One of the most celebrated chefs in Melbourne, Thi Le’s take on Southeast Asian cuisine is amazing.
Besides the thrilling, original cooking of Anchovy chef and co-owner Thi Le, the most exciting thing about this modern Vietnamese-Australian restaurant is its constant evolution.
When it opened in 2015 – in a sparsely decorated Bridge Road shopfront (the minimalist approach remains but is now more upholstered) – Le's menus immediately showed a promising and unique perspective through mediums as diverse as pickled mussels, Vietnamese blood pudding and salad dressings made with fermented tofu.
Once à la carte, Anchovy now serves a set menu of eight to ten dishes that might include a version of bánh bèo served with a cured pork relish, custard apple ice-cream teamed with gingerbread granita, or garfish, expertly boned and topped with jicama and rice paddy.
The lockdown experiment of bánh mì through an Anchovy filter (fillings include jungle spice pork sausage and crisp fried egg) is another evolution, which now has a permanent, dedicated space next door.
- Our recommendation: Their Vietnamese Pâté Chaud (dumpling with pork filling)
- Address: 338 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
- Website: anchovy.net.au
From the people that brought you Kisumé, Chin Chin is another great Asian fusion restaurant specialising in Malay cuisine. That being said, expect food with influences from all over Asia, including Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
Their food is particularly great for people who like that extra kick in their food and can stand the chilli.
Remember that the place has a general no booking policy, so it’s pretty much first come, first serve. Given they’re one of the best fusion restaurants in Melbourne’s dining scene, the long queues are worth it, though!
- Our recommendation: Amazing Pad Thai
- Address: 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: chinchin. Melbourne
The third Andre Mcconnell restaurant featured on this list. Supernormal takes on Japanese fusion with a confidence reserved only to master chefs such as Mcconnell. Don’t confuse it with its little sister in St.Kilda (Supernormal canteen)- the one featured on this list is the fully-fledged restaurant.
The restaurant opens at 11 am and doesn’t close till late at night.
- Our recommendation: Great Prawn and Chicken dumplings
- Address: 180 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: chinchin. Melbourne
Dinner by Heston Melbourne
You may know Heston Blumenthal from the Australian iteration of Masterchef. Dinner by Heston is his signature restaurant in south Melbourne, although he has another in London where he spends most of his time.
The cuisine is one of Melbourne’s best restaurants for distinctively British cuisines, with dishes invented as early as the 12th century.
- Our recommendation: Their spiced duck is a must!
- Address: Level 3, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
- Website: dinnerbyheston.com.au
The problem with many Asian restaurants is this- a lack of authenticity. So when you find an authentic Asian restaurant boasting actual Japanese and Korean chefs, you know you must try it!
- Our recommendation: You want to sample as much from their sushi bar as possible, so go for the chef’s tasting menu
- Address: 175 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Website: kisume.com.au
Bar Lourinhã's emphatic 15-year influence on Melbourne's dining scene DNA has its nudging institution status, even if its fresh, modern energy makes that label seem odd.
Matt McConnell's Iberian-influenced menu is a love letter to the bars and tavernas of the Mediterranean, a blend of skilled cooking and great ingredients that might include croquettes made with corn and smoked chilli, grilled chorizo and pork liver pintxos, Goolwa pipis steamed with fino sherry, lemon buñuelos with dulce de leche, or the irresistible menu fave, spiced chickpeas and spinach.
A lively playlist, switched-on staff and décor that successfully mashes cool and glamorous (leather banquettes and dark timber tables) with exuberant kitsch (massed religious iconography and op shop art) help make it both timeless and essential.
The blackboard wine list that leans Spanish without being didactic takes an "all that's good in the world" approach, mirroring the feeling of sitting at Lourinhã's bar perfectly.
- 37 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Vic, barlourinha.com.au
Di Stasio Città
A triangulation of food, art and X-factor, Di Stasio Città hit Melbourne with the energy of nuclear fission. Cementing Rinaldo Di Stasio's reputation as the Medici of Melbourne's hospitality scene, the top end of town address means the glitterati, politerati and literati accustomed to trekking to the St Kilda mothership can now enjoy an utterly familiar menu of Italian perfection right in their spiritual heartland.
The maltagliati with calamari and radicchio has made the trip to Spring Street; so too the saltimbocca alla Romana and the ricotta gnudi. The chase of the new isn't Città's speed – not unless you count the avant-garde video installations playing on a loop – but park yourself in the brutalist dining room with the certainty your Negroni will be mixed expertly, and the anchovy and sage leaf fritters are the perfect aperitivo to accompany it.
The opening of nearby Bar Democratico in 2022 promises to further split the local restaurant scene's atom in the most captivating way.
- 45 Spring St, Melbourne, Vic, distasio.com.au/citta
Since opening five years ago, Embla has offered one of Melbourne's quintessential dining experiences: eating at its kitchen bar. This is not to say all other seats are duds – they're not given the constant queue for walk-in spots reserved for "the disorganised or those looking for some spontaneity in their lives'' – but eating bathed by the warmth of the wood-fired kitchen, watching vegetables and meat char and sparks fly, speaks to the elemental nature that underpins Embla's approach to both food and wine.
It's all about not messing with ingredients – letting soured cucumbers do their crisp, tangy thing with dill and feta; perfectly cooked bavette steak getting elevated by fermented porcini, or a passionfruit posset proving how good a friend pineapple ice can be. The same goes for the wine.
Embla is a brilliant list, collated with wit and wisdom and one of the earliest and most influential proponents of natural and minimal intervention wines on Melbourne's dining scene.
- 122 Russell St, Melbourne, embla.com.au
FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants
Top Best local favourite restaurants in Melbourne, FL
- Grey Belly. 4.7 mi. American (Traditional)
- The Mansion. 5.0 mi.
- Ocean 302 Bar & Grill. 7.4 mi.
- Crush XI. 4.9 mi.
- Me-N-Titos. 2.8 mi.
- Squid Lips. 1.8 mi.
- 4th Street Filling Station.
- The Fat Snook. 10.6 mi.
Best Foods in Melbourne You Must Try
- Salt and pepper calamari.
- Fairy bread.
- Chicken Parma.
- Anzac biscuits.
- Dim sim.
- Pigs in a blanket.
- Spag bol.
Food and Wine Regions of Australia – Victoria
Melbourne is world-known for its coffee culture and multicultural cuisine. With the higher number of cafes and restaurants, Melbourne is the top city for food in Australia, especially freshly prepared food from worldwide, in your favourite format.
Melbourne is Australia's culinary capital and has the numbers to prove it. ... Melbourne has more than 3,500 restaurants and serves up cuisines from more than 70 countries.
The best of the best on Australia's dining scene.
They visit unannounced and pay their way so you can feel confident every restaurant featured here should offer a winning experience.
- Attica, Vic.
- Momofuku Seiobo, NSW.
- Quay, NSW.
- Orana, SA.
- Brae, Vic.
- Cutler & Co, Vic.
- Laura, Vic.
- Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Vic.
Melbourne is a city known for its art, culture and, of course, food. But does Melbourne have good restaurants? And what makes a good restaurant anyway? Well, today, we're going to explore all of that and more. So whether you're a local or just visiting, read on for some tips on where to eat in Melbourne.
There are many great places to eat in Melbourne – from trendy laneway cafes to award-winning restaurants. But what makes a restaurant good? There's no one answer to that question, as it depends on your personal preferences. However, there are some things that most people would agree make for a great dining experience: friendly service, interesting food choices, comfortable surroundings and reasonable prices.