There’s just something about eating in front of a view. It could be the sense of place and occasion that a good view grants; a sweeping vista also has a way of enhancing the taste of every bite strangely.
Restaurants with a view can even draw focus and absorb the silence. And can do most of the heavy conversational lifting on a date, catch-up or special occasion.
Unlike Sydney or Brisbane, Melbourne doesn’t have many restaurants where the view is the main attraction. But if you know where to look, there are still many spots with stunning outlooks. Just make sure to ask for the right table.
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When Stokehouse re-opened in December 2016, it was booked until March 2017 within 24 hours. Such is the love that Melburnians have for the seaside diner, which was founded in 1989 and destroyed by fire in January 2014.
The refit produced three distinct spaces. Paper Fish is a small fish-and-chips kiosk. Pontoon is a casual restaurant on the ground floor serving seafood and wood-fired pizzas.
Head upstairs to find Stokehouse, an elegant dining room designed by Pascale Gomes-McNabb. It’s fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows all the way around, so there’ll be uninterrupted views from wherever you sit. Reservations are recommended, but there’s a 12-and-a-half-metre oval bar that’s open to walk-ins for drinks and food.
The restaurant works extensively with seafood, in line with its seaside location. The raw section of the menu takes in oysters, Spanish mackerel with yuzu and koji marinade, and seared tuna with wasabi syllabub and pickled radish.
Mains include King George whiting fish and chips; market fish with smoked almond puree, butter sauce and carrot reduction; and chargrilled pork with saltbush and compressed melon. Service and presentation are sharp.
On the drinks side, there’s a big enough range of beer, cocktails and spirits to please nearly everyone. In recognition of the clientele, the wine selection is mostly traditional, drawn from classic old-world regions such as Burgundy or Chablis; and local regions such as McClaren Vale.
Vue de Monde
Given Vue de Monde's reputation, a meal at the restaurant comes with expectations nearly as high as its lofty location. Luckily, celebrity chef Shannon Bennett hits the mark with some of the best dinings in the country.
Located 55 floors up, on the observation deck of the Rialto, the restaurant’s third home boasts an impressive 360-degree view of the city, spanning from the Docklands to the Dandenongs.
In 2019, Bennett passed the executive chef reins over to Hugh Allen, who's steering Vue away from its European-leaning beginnings towards an offering more informed by native Australian ingredients and techniques.
Complementing the dramatic view is a $10 million fit-out that’s dark and sleek with a modern Australian twist. The tables are covered with kangaroo leather (fitted by the Captains of Industry) and are large enough to seat a whole family, yet are generally dedicated to couples.
They hold a simple scattering of river stones that cleverly double as salt and pepper shakers, butter vessels and cutlery holders. 'Roo makes another appearance in the form of fluffy chairs (and on the menu).
Each dish is brought to the table and explained by one of the charming and insightful chefs. There's one set menu – which ranges in size between 14 and 17 courses. The menu changes daily, but past highlights have included sea urchin with a bunya nut emulsion; cured South
Australian kangaroo with native mountain pepper; barbequed baby corn with macadamia miso; marron tail curry with a bisque made from native lemongrass, wild garlic, marron heads, barramundi bones and Tasmanian mussels.
Dining at Vue is as much an experience as it is a meal. Theatrics seems to infiltrate every aspect of dining, from the open kitchen to the staff and, of course, the food itself. With such seamless service, it’s very easy to put your complete faith in these hospitality professionals and let the drama unfold.
Upstairs at the heaving St Kilda Sea Baths, Captain Baxter sits like a ship’s captain would, staring out over the open water. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering unimpeded views of St Kilda beach and Port Phillip Bay, and an all-new seafood-centric menu, the eatery could hardly get more seaside if it tried.
In May 2018, the Captain Baxter of old closed intending to clean up the space and play to its obvious seaside strengths. Aleksandra Savic Rakocevic of Star Architecture was briefed to create a “Bahamas, bungalow, beachside” feel, according to executive chef Matt Dawson.
Dawson is co-owner, sharing duties with wife Amanda, Tom Doolan and his wife, Amara. The group is also responsible for downstairs venue Republica, neighbour Encore and Essendon cafe Mr McCracken.
That brief has been pretty much nailed – the overall vibe is of a 1920s bungalow, one an expensive mate might own. In transforming the space, Rakovic opted for sweeping white walls, cane detailing, and balustrade-less balconies to open the space up.
Windows are generally set away from chairs and tables, giving diners great views of the bay and surrounds. A retractable roof lets in yet more light, and outside there’s now a dedicated patio bar for casual cocktails in the sun. This laid-back, airy tone extends to customers too – the dress code has been relaxed to be more open to beachgoers.
Unsurprisingly, the menu is ocean-centric. Executive sous chef Timothy Martin (The European, Taxi Dining Room) joins Dawson in plating up classic beachy dishes with an Asian influence.
Bomba restaurant and rooftop bar is a late-night tapas stalwart owned by Jesse Gerner’s Tigerbird Group (Añada, Nomada), which has its alcohol-import arm bringing spirits and wine directly from Spain.
The ground-level restaurant is dark, narrow and intimate. The quieter corners are reliably filled with couples on first or fifteenth dates enjoying the protein-heavy menu of tapas and larger share plates from chef and co-owner Andrew Fisk.
There is a good variety of cured, baked, grilled and slow-cooked meats. Beloved originals, such as the so-sticky, so-gooey, 12-hour Pedro Ximenez-braised pork jowl, have been on the menu since Bomba opened in 2013. The bone marrow and Wagyu cecina (cured beef) toast is another crowd favourite and undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s best bar snacks.
Take a short elevator ride to find the fifth-floor rooftop, which underwent a
million-dollar renovation in 2018. The small, packed space with impressive city views has a 120-person standing capacity, plus a fully convertible terrace with a retractable roof and drop-down windows.
Naked In The Sky
Naked in the Sky has been Fitzroy’s go-to rooftop since it first opened in 2010. Take the lift up from its downstairs counterpart, Naked for Satan, and make a beeline for the outdoor area. Getting a good seat with a view here requires teamwork. Get a friend to grab a table while you take care of the drinks.
Luckily, there are a lot of views – it’s panoramic. The first thing you’ll see is an unhindered outlook of the CBD skyline, sprouting out over Fitzroy’s terrace houses. It’s one of the city’s best-known views, and rightly so.
Turn around, and there’s a calmer, wide-angle view of the Dandenongs running along the eastern edge of the building. This is usually where you’ll find most free seats. At the opposite end of the rooftop is a view of Brunswick Street stretching northwards.
But Naked in the Sky has never been content to coast by on its looks. That’s a big part of the bar’s staying power. For years the bar food on the rooftop was synonymous with pintxos, but in 2018 the tapas-with-toothpicks menu was phased out.
In its place is a Basque-influenced modern Australian menu, with items such as beef tartare, Jamon Serrano and tofu sliders.
Of course, there’s a well-built drinks list, too, featuring the usual line-up of craft beers and rooftop-ready wines. Naked in the Sky also has an impressive assortment of vodkas – there are over 20 seasonally changing flavours infused in-house.
Farmer's Daughters – celebrated Melbourne-based Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia Pastuso – is a three-storey love letter to Gippsland and its produce. Saravia first became involved with the region back in 2016 – when he went on a product tour.
Saravia was amazed by the quality and diversity of the region's fare. It was this admiration that led to him being appointed an ambassador for the region. In 2021, he opened Farmer's Daughters – bringing a bit of Gippsland to the CBD.
Each level’s fit-out draws inspiration from Gippsland’s natural beauty. Wood has been repurposed from local timber yards; the colour palette of greens, greys and browns is based on Gippy’s gumtrees, and the restaurant’s “campfire kitchen” came about after Saravia watched farmers cook over naked flames. There’s a series of cooktops and ovens that capture and distribute heat to maximise flame-to-food contact.
On the ground floor is the deli. It’s a casual, handsome space with à la carte dining, gumtree-green bar seats around the open kitchen, and a pantry (stocked with Gippsland wines from Holly’s Garden and Lightfoot & Sons, and produce from Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese and Tarago Olives) tucked in the corner.
The menu includes house-made beef-cheek pastrami (made from Bass Strait beef) stuffed in a roll, slow-roasted Cherry Tree Organics lamb shoulder, and a trifle for dessert.
The Melbourne Supper Club
Through a nondescript wooden door and up a flight of stairs is where you’ll find The Melbourne Supper Club, arguably this city’s best bar. You’ll be greeted by the host, who, space permitting, will lead you to a weathered Chesterfield couch to be waited on by Melbourne’s most attentive and knowledgeable bar staff. If you’re lucky, you’ll have been seated at the street end of the bar with views over Parliament House through the huge picture window.
This is the perfect bar to while away a long evening with a bottle or two of red or to drop by for a nightcap on the way home (they can close as late as 6 am on weekends). The leather-bound wine menu is comprehensive, with several pages for each grape variety or regional blend. Spirits and beers are also extensively represented.
There is, as you might expect, a menu suited to a late supper with options ranging from oysters to a gooey Croque monsieur. If you feel like some fresh air, or conversely, a cigar, head upstairs to Siglo, The Supper Club’s sister rooftop bar.
Although exuding an elegant city club atmosphere, The Supper Club achieves comfort without pretension. We couldn’t think of a better place to end up on a night out.
Up the ornate stairs beneath a glittering chandelier at the Esplanade Hotel, there are two floors (that for years before the hotel’s redevelopment – which was unveiled in December 2018 – were closed to the public) that are home to two cocktail bars, The Green Room and Ghost of Alfred Felton) and Cantonese diner Mya Tiger.
Mya Tiger has city and bay views over the tops of palm trees. If people-watching is more your thing, then high tables offer a view down to the stairs and bar below.
The menu has nods to Chinese classics. Snacks include five-spice ribs and cumin lamb spring rolls. Raw kingfish is given an umami-rich, smoked-soy and truffle treatment, while the bao and dumpling menu features staples such as pork and chilli wontons and char siu pork bao. Larger dishes include XO pippies, steamed fish with ginger, soy and shallots; crispy pork noodles; and a whole roast duck.
The wine list is built around the flavours of Cantonese cooking, avoiding oaky whites and high-alcohol reds. There are some options by the glass and by the bottle. You’ll find a mix of local and New Zealand producers along with classic internationals: German Riesling and Malbec from Argentina.
There’s also a refurbished old fridge you’re encouraged to grab your beer from. There’s Kirin and Asahi, and also more esoteric beers such as a sour seaweed beer from Sailors Grave Brewing or the Dawn New England IPA from Hop Nation.
Cocktails put regionally suitable twists on classics, such as Shiso-Shiso Mule, which features gin, passionfruit, shiso, lime and elderflower. There’s a kaffir lime Margarita, and the house Espresso Martini has an oolong tea infusion.
Panama Dining Room and Bar
It’s only a few floors up, but the Panama Dining Room feels miles from Smith Street. The vast loft is furnished with a jumble of tables, booths, lounges, bar stools and a three-quarter size pool table.
When owner Luke Stepsys came to Melbourne, he’d never even heard of the venue, originally founded by Laki Papadopoulos and James Langley (Rice Queen, Vegie Bar). He was hungry for a shot at ownership, and Panama proved to be love at first sight.
Since mid-2014, the space has been opened up and de-cluttered, with some kitschier decorations removed. The service is more professional, and the food has improved thanks to head chef Ayhan Erkoc, who Stepsys knew in Adelaide.
Erotic ran his restaurant there, Celsius. He also spent time at Noma and in two of Sydney’s top restaurants, Pier and Marque. His menu offers refined snacks such as oysters with finger lime and cucumber, pumpkin eclairs with goat’s cheese, and barbecued ox tongue.
In the slightly quieter restaurant area, you can better take advantage of mains such as pork belly with chestnuts and leek; and gnocchi with black garlic and parmesan.
On drinks, the venue is well-rounded, whether you fancy beer, wine or a cocktail. It’s this point that keeps it heaving on Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t forget to check out the view.
From the outside, you can see the old-school train carriages fixed to the roof, five storeys up. But nothing can prepare you for the reveal when you pop up inside the carriage to find rows of original orange and brown train seats, a bar with several beer taps and stunning city views. The building is heavily themed around trains and graffiti. Menu prices are printed like train times, while many tables are laminated with rail maps.
The towering venue, owned by Jimmy “Burgers” Hurlston and Jeremy Gaschk, opens from 7 am, but apart from good coffee, there’s nothing on the menu that resembles a normal breakfast. First: fried chicken crumbed in Frosties cereal.
Second: Easey Cheesy, the signature all-day burger. For a paltry $11, you get a ground-beef patty sourced from Peter Bouchier (the cuts are a secret), cheese, onion, mustard, ketchup and McClure’s pickles imported from Detroit.
Salad, veggies? There are none. Hurlston likes his burgers “ruthless”, so the only extra options are bacon or jalapenos.
Later in the day, the menu branches out to Pop-Tarts, potato cakes, doughnuts, bottomless refills of post-mix and tap beers from CUB, Mountain Goat, Holgate, Tooborac and Mornington Peninsula Breweries.
FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants
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When it comes to finding great restaurants in Melbourne, the options are seemingly endless.
But if you're looking for breathtaking views to go along with your meal, these five spots should be on your radar.
From downtown skyscrapers to the leafy green surrounds of the Yarra River, these restaurants offer up some of the best views in the city. So why not take advantage of Melbourne's beautiful weather and enjoy a meal outdoors with a stunning backdrop.