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

March 7, 2018 Jacquiline Darosa

Lovely, laid-back Melbourne has something for everyone: family fare, local and international art, haute boutiques, multicultural dining, Australian and Aboriginal history, spectator sports, and pulsing, swanky nightlife. Cruise on the free City Circle Tram loop to check out unique attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Healesville Sanctuary, which buzzes with local animal species.
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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. Longrain

44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$243 - HK$479 +61 3 9653 1600
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 969 reviews

Longrain

Welcome to Longrain, Melbourne. Our menu brings together South East Asian influences with the best Victorian produce. Inspired by the communal eating philosophy of the Asian table, our menu is made up of dishes created for sharing. Large servings and communal tables encourage the spirit of eating together, so you can try each dish as part of a full tasting experience, just as it was intended. The wine and cocktail list is created to work in harmony with the menu's intense and aromatic flavours.

Reviewed By jackirmic - Sydney, Australia

We visited Longrain on a Friday evening around 7.30. We were able to get a seat at the bar which was fine. The bar staff were very attentive taking drinks and food order. They helped us know how much food to order. We had the...MoreThank you for your fantastic review. It is wonderful to read of your Longrain Experience and we hope to welcome you again soon.

4. Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

68-170 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$267 +61 3 9654 6778
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 375 reviews

Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

Reviewed By 301Lake - Los Angeles, California

This intimate restaurant and bar offers authentic northern Italian cuisine in a typically Italian bistro setting, complete with charming, opinionated and helpful waiters. Food preparation and presentation were excellent and not fussy. Cheesecake dessert divine.

5. Roule Galette

241 Flinders Lane | Shop 2, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards French, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$47 - HK$118 +61 3 9639 0307
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 345 reviews

Roule Galette

Roule Galette is a little piece of France in the city where you will find French staff, speaking the language of Voltaire who will serve you in a warm and intimate setting reminiscent of Montmartre in Paris. Music, whether Breton or French songs of the last century or more modern times will accompany your meal along with authentic Cider from the Pays d'Auge in Normandie, or Cotes du Rhone or Burgundy wines. Not to forget the inimitable Orangina.

Reviewed By HouseHopper - Newcastle, Australia

There are so many restaurants to choose from in this area the competition must be fierce. Given they all seem to serve similar breakfast fare the only point of discrimination would be the level of customer service. At the Roule Galette we had standard eggs on toast and the waiter was very efficient and attentive. The atmosphere in the laneway is vibrant and adds to the dining experience.

6. Ciao Cielo

171 Bay St | Port Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$290 +61 3 9645 1568
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Ciao Cielo

Ciao Cielo - literally translated from Italian as Hello Sky - is a sparkling addition to the Melbourne restaurant landscape. Situated on lively Bay Street, in Port Melbourne, Inspired by Art Deco elements, Milano sophistication and the glamour of the 40's. Original floor to ceiling boards, beautiful lead light windows dating back to the old shop row days when hardware was the trade. A look at the portraits on the walls show a tribute to the very much loved and missed Lloyd and Mary Grand parents whom past in the Black Saturday fires Bryan's food is about strong italian flavours reflected in the abundance of amazing produce availiable locally in Victoria. Bryan is by no means a traditionalist, he believes in the right to be as creative as one desires with what you are inspired with.

Reviewed By northwalesnaturist - Wales

This is quality stuff in a great ambience. Starters were scallops and king prawns in garlic aioli. Barramundi mains. Extras - just needed the rocket salad with parmesan, oil and balsamic. Excellent wines too. Service efficient snd with a smile. Pity we only found it on our last night in town...

7. Sally's Kitchen

295 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$173 +61 96509222
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Sally's Kitchen

Serving up house made local ingredients for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday, after work drinks and dinner Thursday and Friday and breakfast and brunch Saturday morning. Breakfast choices include truffle scramble eggs, savoury mince on toast, porridge, and granola. Lunch and dinner choices include house made pasta and gnocchi, scotch fillet and seasonal specials and soups. Kitchen open for breakfast Monday through Friday 7 AM - 11 30 AM Saturday 9AM - 1 30 PM Kitchen open for Lunch Monday through Friday 12 PM - 2 PM Kitchen open for Dinner Thursday and Friday 5PM - 9PM

Reviewed By nickefthimiou - Melbourne, Australia

Sally's Kitchen has been around for almost a decade, but I only recently discovered it - talk about hiding in plain sight.
Excellent food and wine served in a European style bistro is topped only by the hospitality that is the signature of good old-fashioned owner-operator pride in what they do.
We came for a relaxed dinner after work on a Thursday night and were spoilt with steak sandwiches and a heavenly apple and rhubarb crumble, I'll be coming back to try the breakfast menu for sure.
Thank you Sally.

8. Eau De Vie

1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Late Night, Drinks +61 3 8393 9367
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 651 reviews

Eau De Vie

Reviewed By Belinda P - Bathurst, Australia

Thankfully I was with my girlfriend who had been here before. She knew where to find the doorway! There’s no outside signage!
We walked into the dark and moody depths and had a great time. It was 10.30 on a Tuesday night and the place was full. Why wouldn’t it be? The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable. The cocktail menu was very interesting. These guys and gals know their stuff.
There were still customers coming as we were leaving after 2 cocktails and a cheese plate.
You’ve got to go!!

9. Afternoon Tea - The Windsor Melbourne

111 Spring Street | The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night +61 3 9633 6000
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Afternoon Tea - The Windsor Melbourne

Reviewed By Natalie R - Melbourne, Australia

My mother and I attended the high tea as a birthday treat. Absolutely stunning restaurant, friendly, attentive and professional staff. Food was beautiful and presented so nice. Definitely a great way to spend time with your family...relaxing and eating the afternoon away.

10. Straits Cafe

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne 328 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$16 - HK$220 +61 3 9250 1888
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Straits Cafe

Straits Cafe offers authentic international cuisine that showcases the finest local and organic produce. Enjoy a meal made with fresh seasonal ingredients, complemented by the restaurant's refined ambiance. The friendly staff at our restaurant in Melbourne city center will be happy to help you pair your food with a fine Australian or international wine from our extensive wine list.

Reviewed By kiwinurse - Melbourne, Australia

I have just returned from high tea with my mother, sister and daughter at Straits cafe (Rendezvous Melbourne). What a delight! Very impressed with the service from calling in to book, to the friendly greeting upon arrival and attentive service throughout the afternoon. The high tea itself was beautifully presented with a selection of sandwiches, scones and a variety of cakes ..... all delicious! I would highly recommend!

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