Australia’s stylish southern city is the haven for the lovers of fine culinary. Melbourne is the city of the fickle diner, the boiling pot of so many cultures. And it offers some of the best gastronomical treats in the world.
So after a lot of deliberation, experimentation and research, I have created a comprehensive list of the best restaurants in Melbourne. Fine-dining or not, if the place will make your taste buds go crazy, it is on this list!
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
The first of legendary chef Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant to open outside of the UK. A bit less ‘Alice in Wonderland’ than the Fat Duck, but this place will blow the living daylights out of you with its breathtaking location, the amazingly sleek decor and the attention to little details. The menu is a delectable walk through the history of British gastronomy. And as always, Heston does not disappoint one bit, making this one of the best restaurants in Melbourne
Address: 130/8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9292 5779
Vue de Monde
Shannon Bennett’s wonders of gastronomy are housed on the 55th floor of the Rialto. Vue de Monde is a powerhouse, another of the best restaurants in Melbourne. Complementing the breathtaking 360 degree view is the dark and sleek interiors of the restaurant.
Great views isn’t just what Vue de Monde has to offer, the theatrical meal will be one of those experiences which will leave a great taste in your mouth afterwards.
Address: 55, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9691 3888
Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary
“Melbourne’s best sushi”, as claimed by Time Out’s Larissa Dubecki. Another candidate of our list in the best restaurants in Melbourne is Minamishima. Minamishima is the restaurant which serves the omakase of Chef Koichi Minamishima. There is no a-la-carte menu; the omakase means that the chef will take you on a gastronomical trek. And boy, is Koichi Minamishima great at it. The place is very intimate with a long bar, where the chef individually serves the seating on the long bar. If you want to picture Minamishima, think elegant, understated decor, think traditional, think sake, and think delicious.
Address: 4 Lord St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9429 5180
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
There’s a very sober and humbling feel to this unassuming building which serves some of the best food in the world. From afar, you cannot say that this is one of the best restaurants Melbourne has to offer, but Attica goes one step further. It ranks as one of the best 50 restaurants in the world. The entire restaurant resounds of warm earthly tones. The intimate space, the Tuesday night Chef’s Table and Ben Shewry’s attitude are clear testament to the fact that even after all this fame, food comes first at Attica.
Address: 74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea VIC 3185, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9530 0111
Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary.
Frank Camorra’s MoVida is the restaurant responsible with the city’s fascination with modern Spanish tapas. What was, at its beginning, a casual tapas bar has now turned into one of the best restaurants in Melbourne, where booking is required, often months in advance. The gap left by the casual bar is now filled by the sister MoVida Next Door. The menu of tapas and racion is designed to be shared, but don’t get carried away so easily. Leave some room for dessert as well, they’re just as amazing.
Address: 1 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9663 3038
The seductive ambience, the extremely efficient and seemingly choreographed service and Anthony Lui’s timeless presentation of the Cantonese have pulled this 40 year old institution with the changing times, two recessions, the digital age and the Flower Drum still remains one of the best restaurants in Melbourne. And, of course, the Peking Duck is one of the best in town and its presentation is matchless. The restaurant has been revitalised, thanks to efforts of Jason Lui, by getting it online and revising the menu.
Address: 17 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9662 3655
Pei Modern is Mark Best’s creation – one of the most highly regarded chefs in the country. Pei Modern, housed in a former post office, oscillates between formal and casual. The post office has been redecorated to resemble the ’70s west coast America, with a lot of timbers, stones, marble and glass. The menu is built upon market fresh and the seasonal ingredients. Pei Modern is open daily and has a bar area, which they won’t let you book; and there is a dining room for lunch and dinner which you probably should.
Address: Sofitel Forecourt, 45 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9654 8545
Cuisine: Modern European
Time Out ranked Kappo as one of the best new restaurants in Melbourne. This intimate affair of around 30 seats, clustered around the bar is another omakase restaurant. Headed by chef Kentaro Usami, Kappo is about over the counter food and the interaction between the chef and the customer. The menu focuses on the mountain vegetable cuisine, fish and very little red meat and is broken down into a five, seven or nine course meal. Kappo is all ritual and restraint, precision and humility and not a single scratched table.
Address: Ground Floor, 1 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9639 9500
Cuisine: Japanese, Contemporary Australian
Cutler and Co.
Cutler and Co. is the creation of the dynamic duo – chef Andrew McConnell and architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb. They’ve turned an old metalwork’s factory into an elegant and simplistic fine dining restaurant – one of the best in Melbourne – where the decor never ceases to please and the food never ceases to amaze. McConnell’s passion for the exceptional and unusual produce is well reflected in the bones of the restaurant. And though the restaurant is fine dining, it is highly accessible; you’ll encounter an entire spectrum of people dining alongside.
Address: 55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9419 4888
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Andreas Papadakis, last seen in the kitchens of Vue de Monde, has come up with “another pasta bar in Melbourne”. But is Tipo 00 “just another pasta bar”? It certainly topped Time Out’s list of the Best New Restaurant in Melbourne. Wading through the crowd of naysayers this joint has become a prime example of how pasta is done right. But it is more than just a pasta bar. The menu has some divine collection of mains as well. This little spot on Little Bourke Street will drag you back again and again.
Address: 361 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9942 3946
That’s it for now – but remembers that this list is in no particular order. We’re happy to hear about your experiences at the restaurants on this list, as well as your suggestions about which of your favourite joints you need to see on it! So make sure to comment and rate these places so that we can keep updating the status of the best restaurants in Melbourne!