Restaurants to explore when in Melbourne


Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise, bursting at the seams with world-class restaurants that open on a daily basis. Competition is fierce, but those who consistently stay on their game receive rock-star-like reverence with lines snaking around the corner just for a coveted table. So, we’ve compiled a list of what (we think) are the best restaurants in Melbourne at the moment. 

Chin Chin

Part of the Lucas Group (Baby, Kong, Hawker Hall, Kong BBQ, Shiki, Kisume) Chin Chin is one of their original restaurants in the heart of Flinders Lane, and one of their best. They do Asian fusion, and they do it well, so well in fact that the restaurant heaves seven days a week with some queuing up for a spot (they don’t take bookings) for hours. But it’s worth the wait with quick, impeccable service and delicious food.


A new kid on the block, this minimalist Japanese eatery has put Melbourne under its spell ever since it opened. Meals are prepared tableside and primarily consists of a beautiful selection of raw fish and sushi.

Vue De Monde

An institution on its own, Vue De Monde is the brainchild of Shannon Bennett (one of his first Vue branded restaurant that has locations all over Melbourne and Sydney) that sits at the top of The Rialto, with a mixture of traditional and contemporary fine dining with sweeping views of the city.

400 Gradi

Looking for the best Margarita pizza in the world? We are not just saying that, they won an award at the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy. It’s right in the heart of Brunswick, which has a thriving Greek and Italian population.


Tapas done right. This Spanish eatery does more with less with a selection of beautiful shared plates and exquisitely paired wines located in one of Melbourne's most famous street art lanes. So come for food and stay for the art. 


Flower Drum

One of the oldest fine dining restaurants in Melbourne, this Chinese institution has been serving local and international foodies for over 40 years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon! Created by Chinese fine dining pioneer Gilbert Lau, the restaurant consistently ranks higher than some of its younger competitors.  

Flower Drum

Cumulus Inc

Riding the new wave of experimental dining is Cumulus Inc by Andrew McConnell (Supernormal, Meatsmith, Cutler & Co.) opened it's doors in 2008 to much fanfare and has gone on to set a benchmark for quality ever since. Set in the heart of Melbourne CBD, this fusion restaurant is consistently rated one of the top restaurants in town. 


A warm and inviting atmosphere created by renowned designer Tony Chi, this fine-dining Japanese restaurant offers Teppanyaki, sushi, and one of the broadest range of sake from Australia and around the world, all set in the heart of Crown Casino. 


Part of a new wave of Chinese restaurants offering reinventions of traditional cuisine, Silks blends eastern and western cooking techniques to take you on a journey with your taste buds. 

There are (of course) scores of restaurants that we could have included on this list, we hope that you experience at least one of these places while you are in town.