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15 Best Restaurants in Melbourne: Fine Dining, Casual, Vegetarian | Man of Many

  • Best for Selection: Aru
  • Best for Atmosphere: Ides
  • Best for Vegetarians: Transformer
  • Best for Drinks: Chin Chin
  • Best of Melbourne Restaurants

    We loved: Whole dry-aged Muscovy duck crown, radicchio, pickled rhubarb

    1. Gimlet

    We loved: Chocolate souffle with billy-tea ice-cream

    2. Vue de monde

    We loved: Barramundi, Buttermilk Dashi, Desert Lime, Lettuce

    3. Aru Restaurant

    We loved: Emu liver toast

    4. Attica

    We loved: Linguine aglio e olio with abalone (& an Americano aperitivo)

    5. Grill Americano

    We loved: House smoked brisket with sweet you glaze, chilli vinegar and crispy rice + a Kopi negroni (gin, campari, sweet vermouth, coffee and dark chocolate)

    6. Chin Chin

    We loved: Smoked quail breast, crispy leg, cured egg yolk and radishes

    7. Ides

    We loved: Pappardelle, Rabbit Ragu, Marjoram, Green olive

    8. Florentino

    We loved: New England lobster roll

    9. Supernormal

    We loved: Squid ink tagliolini, squid & bottarga

    10. Tipo 00

    We loved: Grass fed beef, jus, celeriac, hay

    11. Lûmé

    We loved: Grilled Scotch Fillet with Smoked Chilli Salsa

    12. Atlas

    We loved: Margra lamb with eggplant, green onion and pine nut

    13. Society

    We loved: Zucchini flower with pine nut risotto, currants, basil, piquillo peppers and agrodolce

    14. Transformer

    We loved: Dry aged pork, golden raisin & caper salsa

    15. Nomad

  • Ambience: What’s your vibe? Do you like pulsing, buzzing restaurants? Or do you prefer something more intimate and quiet? You can get a good sense of a restaurant’s vibe by reading reviews and looking at pictures.
  • BYO: Can you bring your own grog? And is there a corkage fee? Not every restaurant is BYO, so check online or call before you go.
  • Vegetarian options: Check the website listing for vegetarian options or call before booking to avoid disappointment.
  • Price: Melbourne restaurant prices can vary greatly, so to avoid bill shock at the end of your meal, check the average prices online before booking.
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    This list of best Melbourne restaurants was compiled through personal experience and online research, plus through commentary from food critics and expert restaurant reviews. We looked at Google Reviews and took into account the major gripes and positives from the public. We also took into account what prominent critics from publications like the Australian Good Food Guide said about these restaurants to create this list.

    How We Chose This List of Best Melbourne Restaurants

    What is the best restaurant in the Melbourne CBD?

    Aru restaurant in Melbourne CBD is a consistently top-rated fine dining restaurant and one that’s not to be missed.

    What are the best new restaurants in Melbourne?

    As a city that’s known for its incredible fare, there are constantly new restaurants popping up in Melbourne. Freyja, Yugen Dining, Figlia, Fenton, Victoria and Maalu Maalu are some of the best new restaurants in Melbourne.

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