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Restaurants in Melbourne

The city laneways are a diner's delight, with Asian-fusion Ezard hidden away in Flinders Lane, Longrain in Chinatown and tapas at MoVida near Federation Square. Explore Southbank before dining on fresh seafood at Rockpool Bar & Grill. Asian and ethnic cuisines proliferate in the Inner North. Booking is essential at top-end restaurants and most open daily until 10pm-11pm. A 10-12% tip at top-end and mid-range restaurants is appreciated.

Top-end

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  1. 1. Ezard - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Teague Ezard's intimate city basement restaurant is a Melbourne classic, where crisp linens and moody teak furnishings prepare you for something special. Ezard's seasonal menu has an Asian accent, with kingfish sashimi or Wagyu beef, and carnivores and vegetarians alike have a choice of an eight-course tasting menu or à la carte.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-11pm; Sat 6pm-11pm

    Address

    187, Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    + 61 (3) 9639 6811

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    Ezard Website

  2. 2. Longrain - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Longrain, Melbourne. Photo by Jeremy Simons, courtesy of Longrain

    Thai and Chinese flavours merge with 21st-century verve at Longrain. The converted warehouse in Chinatown's heart is filled with communal tables, the hum of diners and heady aromas of chilli and lime. The idea is to dine banquet-style, combining your chosen main with a variety of smaller side dishes and plenty of jasmine rice.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Fri 12pm-3pm; Daily 6pm-11pm (from 5.30pm Sat & Sun)

    Address

    44, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9671 3151

    Transport

    Parliament Train Station

    Website

    Longrain Website

  3. 3. Botanical - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Botanical in South Yarra has subtle lighting and blond-wood furniture. Paul Cooper creates inventive takes on modern classics like rack of lamb to inspire the taste buds. It is unsurpassed for a splurge weekend brunch or to kick back with a drink and snacks from the grazing menu.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-11pm (from 8am Sat & Sun)

    Address

    169, Domain Road, South Yarra, Melbourne 3141

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9820 7888

    Transport

    Tram 8 to corner Domain Road and Park Street

    Website

    Botanical Website

  4. 4. Rockpool Bar & Grill - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Sydneysider Neil Perry's foray into Melbourne's dining scene is as sleek and stylish as its Southbank location. Rockpool Bar & Grill's quality produce-driven menu features the finest beef and seafood, unfussily prepared so the ingredients shine. With its sweeping city skyline views and timber and glass decor, this is theatrical dining at its best.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm (closed lunchtime Sat)

    Address

    Crown Complex, Southbank, Melbourne 3006

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 8648 1900

    Transport

    Free City Circle tram to Flinders Street

    Website

    Rockpool Bar & Grill Website

  5. 5. Circa the Prince - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Circa the Prince, Melbourne. Courtesy of Circa the Prince, © The Prince

    In St Kilda, Circa the Prince is all about drama, with black, pink and white décor and a sense of space. The celebrated food blends a lack of fuss with fine produce. Go for à la carte Wagyu rump or slow-cooked chicken, or try the vegetarian degustation, but don't miss desserts like Circa's very own Snickers.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Fri 7am-11am, 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    3, Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne 3182

    Telephone

    + 61 (0) 3 9536 1122

    Transport

    Tram 16 or 96 to Fitzroy Street

    Website

    Circa the Prince Website

  6. 6. Pearl - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Pearl, Melbourne. Courtesy of Pearl

    At the river end of Richmond, Pearl has been pleasing lovers of modern fusion fare for several years. The decor is lush, with glimmering pearl details and crisp white napery. Pearl's multicultural menu is driven by executive chef Geoff Lindsay's love of ginger, chilli and palm sugar, Turkish delight, chocolate and pomegranate.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm

    Address

    631-633, Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne 3121

    Telephone

    + 61 (0) 3 9421 4599

    Transport

    South Yarra Train Station

    Website

    Pearl Restaurant Website

  7. 7. Vue de Monde - Top-end: (More than A$75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Vue de Monde, Melbourne. Photo by Earl Carter, courtesy of Vue de Monde

    Dining at its finest is offered at the city's Vue de Monde, where classically-inspired French cuisine is given a memorably modern interpretation. Try the two- or three-course menu du jour at lunchtime or the degustation tasting menu anytime. Favourites include almond gazpacho and confit of trout or pork cassoulet.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm & Tue-Sat 6.30pm-8.30pm

    Address

    430, Little Collins Street, (Normanby Chambers), Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9691 3888

    Transport

    Southern Cross Train Station

    Website

    Vue de Monde Website

Mid-range

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  1. 8. Becco - Mid-range: (A$40-75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Becco, Melbourne. Courtesy of Becco

    With its city laneway location, 1950s heritage and relaxed Italian ambience, Becco is quintessential Melbourne. Service is semi-formal, proffering platters of bruschetta and antipasti, osso bucco veal and other traditional fare. Larger mains like roast duck with grappa and quail with polenta take a more modern direction. Becco's cocktails and bar menu are equally attractive.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

    Address

    11-25, Crossley Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9663 3000

    Transport

    Parliament Train Station

    Website

    Becco

  2. 9. Press Club - Mid-range: (A$40-75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Press Club, Melbourne. Photo by Guy Lavoipierre, courtesy of Press Club

    A meal at the city's Press Club is a celebration of great food and good company. Overseeing this formal, but convivial, affair is the inspirational Greek chef behind the helm. Go for the great-priced lunch deals or a degustation to share. Super-creative dishes like mussel spanakopita and calamari cocktail take Greek cooking to new heights.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Fri 12pm-3pm; daily 6pm-10pm

    Address

    72, Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9677 9677

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    Press Club Website

  3. 10. Chocolate Buddha - Mid-range: (A$40-75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The fresh flavours of Chocolate Buddha's organic Japanese cuisine are just as diverting as the front-row views of Federation Square. There's delicate sushi and sashimi, steaming bowls of ramen noodles, gyoza dumplings and other light dishes to share, plus donburi mains like yakitori chicken or teriyaki sirloin. Seating at communal tables makes for a convivial atmosphere.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-11pm (until 12am Fri-Sun)

    Address

    Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9654 5688

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    Chocolate Buddha Website

  4. 11. MoVida - Mid-range: (A$40-75 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    MoVida, Melbourne. Courtesy of MoVida

    MoVida's movable feast of tapas is deservedly popular, and this city laneway bar is always buzzing. Signature tapas include oven-baked scallop with jamon and potato foam and the less tricky mushroom croquettes. Choose larger plates to share or go it alone and savour Malaga-style mussels or cured Wagyu beef with truffle foam and poached egg.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-late

    Address

    1, Hosier Lane, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9663 3038

    Transport

    Flinders Street Train Station

    Website

    MoVida

Budget

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  1. 12. Brunetti - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Caffeine die-hards were shocked when Carlton institution Brunetti was transformed from a traditional Italian café into a shining coffee palace of marble, leather and wood. They've since adjusted to the glitz as the coffee, biscotti and pastries remain as perfect as ever. The range includes cooked breakfasts, panini, gelati, antipasto, snacks and full restaurant menu.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-11pm (until 12am Fri & Sat)

    Address

    194-204, Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne 3053

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9347 2801

    Transport

    Tram 1 to Lygon Street

    Website

    Brunetti Website

  2. 13. Nudel Bar - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Nudel Bar specialises in noodles, whether it's pasta or Asian cuisine. The concept is popular and Nudel's tightly-packed tables are filled with customers upstairs and down throughout the day and into the night. Try Asian green tea noodles with mushrooms or a hearty baked macaroni. The friendly service is speedy for city workers.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

    Address

    76, Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9662 9100

    Transport

    Parliament Train Station

  3. 14. Shakahari - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Drawing inspiration from modern Asian cuisine Shakahari, with its delicious curries, croquettes, laksas and tempuras, gives vegetarian food a great name. A clean brown decor is complemented by red paper napkins and there is a courtyard for more intimate dining. Be sure to try the 'Satay Legend' - skewered, lightly fried vegetables and tofu pieces.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat noon-3pm; Sun-Thurs 6-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 6-10pm

    Address

    201-203, Faraday Street, Melbourne 3053

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 9347 3848

    Transport

    Tram: 1, 15, 21, or 22 traveling north along Swanston St

    Website

    Shakahari

  4. 15. Pellegrini's Espresso Bar - Budget: (Less than A$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Pellegrini's was serving espresso when Melbourne was still taking tea and scones. The long, narrow room hasn't changed a bit since the 1950s, which is all part of the charm. Pull up a stool at the Gaggia-dominated bar, order a whopping bowl of spaghetti and feel the buzz of this much-loved city institution.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    66, Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

    Telephone

    +61 (0) 3 9662 1885

    Transport

    Parliament Train Station

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