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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.

Circa the Prince, Melbourne. Photo © The Prince, courtesy Circa the Prince,
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Ezard

Innovative seasonal cuisine

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.



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

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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Brasserie-style grill with views

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.



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

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

Dramatic food and décor

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.



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

4

Botanical

Cuisine by the gardens

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.



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

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

Thai with a twist

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.



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

Pearl, Melbourne. Courtesy of Pearl
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Pearl

Multicultural fusion

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.



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 Website

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

Classically-inspired French cuisine

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.



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

Press Club, Melbourne. Photo by Guy Lavoipierre, courtesy of Press Club
8

Press Club

Inspirational Greek food

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.



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

MoVida, Melbourne. Courtesy of MoVida
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MoVida

Sophisticated tapas

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-late

Address

1, Hosier Lane, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9663 3038

Transport

Flinders Street Train Station

Website

Mo Vida Website

10

Chocolate Buddha

Organic Japanese cuisine

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.



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

Becco, Melbourne. Courtesy of Becco
11

Becco

Stylish modern Italian

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.



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 Website

12

Shakahari

Wholesome vegetarian

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.



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 Website

13

Pellegrini's Espresso Bar

Traditional 1950s Italian

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

Address

66, Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9662 1885

Transport

Parliament Train Station

14

Nudel Bar

Eclectic noodles

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.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

Address

76, Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

Telephone

+61 (0) 3 9662 9100

Transport

Parliament Train Station

15

Brunetti

Italian café with glitz

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.



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

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