Brunswick Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Brunswick

October 11, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Discover the best restaurant in Brunswick, Australia including Scopri, Il Cantuccio, Matteo's, Moroccan Soup Bar, Tiba's Lebanese Restaurant, Rumi Restaurant, The Fitz Cafe, Esca Grill, Cutler & Co, Hellenic Republic Brunswick
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1. Scopri

191 Nicholson St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9347 8252
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 713 reviews

Scopri

Reviewed By Matteo B - Roma,Italia

Fourth time here and not one disappointment. The food is great, another level in comparison to any other restaurant in Melbourne. The service fantastic and professional with some of the best Italians in Australia. The owner is a careful and caring person, always there, for anything you need. If I could I would come back tomorrow

2. Il Cantuccio

209 Lygon St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$243 +61 3 9347 9959
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Il Cantuccio

Step back in time as you enjoy your meal in a friendly relaxed family run business.

Reviewed By alanwillconsult - Marbella, Spain

Just arrived in Melbourne and went to trendy Carlton, not sure what to expect from this Italian restaurant. It didn't start off well, There was only a half portion of Cannelloni left for me, my partner had the last full portion. I has happy to have only the half portion with a salad. Lori the owner was distraught that there was not enough for a full portion for me.So she offered me any alternative I wanted, didn't"charge for the salad, offered us both a sweet and a liquor. I then asked if she could order a taxi for us, she went outside to get a taxi, because were difficult to obtain she even offerd the taxi driver a coffee to take us back to our hotel. Talk about going the extra mile. By the way the Cannelloni was great.

3. Matteo's

533 Brunswick St, North Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3068, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$165 - HK$738 +61 3 9481 1177
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Matteo's

Housed in an elegant triple-fronted Victorian Terrace,past the bohemian enclave of Melbourne’s famous ‘Brunswick Street’offering seasonal contemporary Australian cuisine and professional hospitality since 1994.Awarded a minimum of 1 hat in the coveted “Age Good Food Guide” every year since 1996.

Reviewed By Miffy E

For our wedding reception in October 2017 we chose Matteo's - we've always loved our experiences there, and measure all our culiinary experiences by this establishment. With only 30 of us, we booked the Venetian room, and as it was lunch on Saturday, they opened just for us and we had the place to ourselves, so our best man could serenade us with his acoustic guitar.
We had asked for our guests to be greeted with a glass of bubbly, a beer or soft drink on arrival, and we were pleased to find that they had opened the back room for guests to mingle before being seated - we hadn't expected this!
The Venetian room itself was laid out beautifully, and one of our guests reported "this is the best food I've ever had at a wedding!" Service was attentive but not intrusive; the courses came out at perfect intervals; it had been no problem at all to modify the menu to remove all nuts (to cater to our guest with a nut allergy); instead of either the drinks package or open wine list, it was no problem for us to give a short list of 5 wines for our guests to choose from; in short, nothing was too big an ask.
We have already returned with a smaller group of 6 on Christmas Eve, and we will continue returning to Matteo's to celebrate our special occasions. We could not recommend this place more. If you haven't been, you must go soon!

4. Moroccan Soup Bar

183 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3068, Australia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 3 9482 4240
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Moroccan Soup Bar

Reviewed By Dale S - Melbourne, Australia

This venue us always quite rightfully busy. It turns over diners quite quickly, And it's bustling atmosphere adds to te experience. It's meals are tasty, filling and relatively inexpensive. A great place for a quick meal with good friends.

5. Tiba's Lebanese Restaurant

504 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Moreland, Victoria 3056, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9380 8425
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Tiba's Lebanese Restaurant

Reviewed By tashiness - Melbourne, Australia

I love Tibas. It is a Sydney rd institution and is simply fabulous. Cheap, cheerful and authentic. The falafel is delicious, lamb cutlets are awesome as well as the spicy sausage. They even do gluten free tabouli now! Would recommend getting one banquet meal between 2-3 people as the servings are huge. Always a go to and they are open late.

6. Rumi Restaurant

116 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Moreland, Victoria 3057, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$102 - HK$141 +61 3 9388 8255
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

Rumi Restaurant

Experience Melbourne’s finest Middle Eastern dishes along with fresh vegan options at Rumi Restaurant. This Middle Eastern food place is known for its flavourful halal chicken recipes, Persian meatballs, freshly made salads, and much more. Rumi’s passion for providing wholesome food can be seen in their savoury combinations of Lebanese and Turkish food items. The restaurant even has appeared on ‘Food Safari’, another certification of its undoubtedly delicious taste. Plan dinner with your friends and family or even parties with Rumi. Reserving your table is just a few clicks away. Visit the site to know more.

Reviewed By ShaneABurke - Melbourne, Australia

A great place to share fabulous Middle Eastern dishes with family and friends. Started with variety of dips then stacks of shared smalls and mains - spicy chicken wings, meatballs, eggplant, lamb (fantastic) and more. Wine and cocktails a winner too. Upmarket place with friendly vibe. Every table on our night was having a great time. Plenty of parking in side streets.

7. The Fitz Cafe

347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +61 3 9417 5794
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

The Fitz Cafe

Reviewed By Cracedweller - Canberra, Australia

I've previously enjoyed breakfast at the Fitz.
I went for lunch and decided to have three share plates between the two of us.
We ordered corn fritters, veg spring rolls, and Peking duck.
I estimate that the plates on which the food arrived measured 6cm across. Piled high with lettuce.
The corn fritters were two little balls, and the only share plate approaching value for money thanks to the salmon on top and the filling nature of the fritters.
The veg spring rolls was actually one spring roll cut into three Beatles among lettuce.
The Peking duck share plate had four morsels of duck meat about the size of my thumbnail - they were merely a garnish on top of a pile of lettuce and coriander.
The serving sizes of the food were so small I can't see how anyone in their right mind can call these share plates.
Disappointed.

8. Esca Grill

650 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, Moonee Valley, Victoria 3039, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Seafood, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +61 3 9370 1101
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Esca Grill

Reviewed By Bucks-05 - Australia

A colleague put me onto this restaurant and it was great.

The entree was to die for. Cannot remember the exact name, but it was a shaved meat/charcuterie dish with buffalo cheese and Parmesan cheese. That was absolutely enough for me and 2 other of my table as it was magnificent!
But then onto the mains....
The Dry aged beef was incredible. My cut was rib eye on the bone 'rare' and it was incredible. Cooked to perfection.
I didn't have dessert, but of the 5 of us, 4 did. Three had Tiramisu and wait for it - they bring out the biggest bowl of all time and give the biggest piece possible.
All said it was amazing.
Total cost with entrees, main meal and 4 (of 5) desserts was incredibly reasonable for the quality of food and 3 bottles of wine.
Not for kids at all and was very surprised they did not cater at all for vegetarians.
Definitely will go again.

9. Cutler & Co

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 9419 4888
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 560 reviews

Cutler & Co

Reviewed By Steve G - Hampshire, UK

The environment is attractive and comfortable, and the tasting menu was excellent, as were the accompanying wines. Service was, for the most part, excellent, except towards the end when we were moved from the dining room to the bar to finish our meal. At that point we seemed to have become lesser people, and the wait for our cheese course was irritating.
It is understandable that a popular restaurant like this should want to maximise their throughput, but if a tasting menu with accompanying flight of wines is on offer, the reservation system should allow enough time for this to be enjoyed. Perhaps the accountants are taking control!

10. Hellenic Republic Brunswick

434 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Moreland, Victoria 3057, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$314 +61 3 9381 1222
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 917 reviews

Hellenic Republic Brunswick

Hellenic Republic is a traditional Greek taverna with a contemporary twist - perfect for modern Melburnians!Our food philosophy is simple – fantastic, fresh produce to prepare traditional recipes in a clean, contemporary style. At Hellenic, kefalograviera saganaki is served with sweet peppered figs; local wines are served by the half litre and succulent meats are cooked over char coal.We recommend our Trapezi menu as the best way to dine at Hellenic Republic, where our chefs prepare a selection of our finest dishes for guests to share. The restaurant seats 120 guests, or alternatively can accommodate up to 220 standing guests for a stand up cocktail function.

Reviewed By Fae E - Melbourne, Australia

What a great night out. Excellent food and service in an interesting bustling crowded restaurant. The waiting staff were very helpful in adjusting the sizes and selections we made from the menu to give us a tasty meal. The highlights among the selections were the Fava dip and the Sardines.

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