7 Best Melbourne Restaurants

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Are you coming to Melbourne and would like to dine at some classy establishments? Are you sick of the run-of-the-mill burger/fast-food joints when travelling? I totally understand, so let me help you. There are many, many fabulous places in which to dine. So I have put together a short list of 7 of the best restaurants in Melbourne in my opinion. I have personally dined at each of them and have painstakingly researched them for you. It’s a tough job, but one I’m willing to endure for my readers. You’re welcome.

Foodies Heaven

Melbourne is spoilt for choice when it comes to great food. Being a multicultural city, there is every type of food you could desire. So it’s no surprise Melbourne has become a mecca for top international cuisine. Melbourne is fortunate to be close to the sea, have many orchards, farms and wineries. What happens when you combine fresh, locally harvested produce with some of the best chefs from around the world? You get incredible food, making it a ‘foodies’ heaven.

I would describe Melbourne food as ‘unique gourmet fusion with no rules’.

I hope you enjoy this selection of restaurants I have collated especially for your enjoyment while in Melbourne. Bon appetite.

1. Stokehouse 

Location: Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Located near Luna Park and the Palais Theatre, This restaurant has recently been rebuilt after a devastating fire a few years ago. Located right on St Kilda beach, the sea view from all angles is fabulous. It has 2 levels, 2 bars and a terrace. Here it’s relaxed fine-dining at its best and the food is sublime with attention to detail. You won’t be disappointed.

Seafood is a specialty, as is steak. Also on offer are pizzas, nibble plates and a late night menu. A great range of cocktails and wines are available.

I enjoyed watching the sunset from the open terrace bar with my glass of Bollinger Champagne prior to dinner. Stunning setting. Can’t fault it.

Chef: Richard Ousby worked in England and Australia.

Cost: Above average

sunset at beach
Sunset view from the Stokehouse terrace
Stoke house Beachfront
Photo from Tripadvisor

2. No. 35 

Location: Sofitel Hotel, Collins Street, Melbourne

Cuisine: Modern Gourmet

Located high up on the hotel’s 35th floor (hence the name) you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline while dining. A classy modern restaurant with excellent meals and attentive service, as you would expect from a fine dining venue at a five star hotel such as this. One of the best in my opinion. If you want to impress a special someone, this will do the trick. The friendly staff will ask you if you’re celebrating a special occasion and will surprise you with a little treat. I was here celebrating my anniversary, by myself. Only kidding, I invited my husband along, since he’s put up with me for so many years. I won’t tell you how many. I’ve stopped counting, so I can’t (won’t) remember.

Anyway, I digress. We were delighted with a special complimentary dessert plate that they surprised us with, to top off a lovely meal. A ‘top’ experience, in every sense of the word!

Chef: Martin Horsley – From Europe, he has worked in many 5 star hotels and resorts in Europe and Australia.

Cost: Above average

Birds’ eye view
Salmon
Duck

3. Crown Conservatory 

Location: Southbank

Cuisine: International Buffet

Located at the Crown Casino Complex, this super-popular restaurant is one of the best buffet experiences I have ever had. The freshest seafood, entrees, salads, pastas, roasts, Indian and Asian dishes, cheeses, a dessert selection to rival any cake shop and a chocolate fountain. A highlight is the super fresh oysters, prawns and mussels, which seem to be in endless supply here.

A stylish white decor, high ceilings, very comfortable chairs and a view of the city and Yarra River. It’s a spectacular venue with delicious food. Great for large or small groups, there is something for everyone. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this restaurant.

Normally I don’t associate buffet with fine-dining, but this is an exception. The staff are very attentive, constantly clearing the numerous plates, as you continually use clean ones, folding napkins and bringing you drinks. Absolutely a must, when visiting Melbourne.

Cost: Starts from $65 per adult for a weekday lunch.

Conservatory dining hall
Dessert Bar

4. Fiorelli

Location: Hawthorn East

Cuisine: Northern Italian Cuisine

Fiorelli is a longstanding presence on the Melbourne Restaurant scene. I first dined here about 20 years ago and have loved it ever since. It always delivers delicious food, with exemplary service, in a stylish modern ambience. A lovely huge, well-stocked bar is a feature.

Everything on the menu that I have tried is delicious.

Special mention: the hot chocolate soufflé is to die for. I have it almost every time I dine here and I thoroughly recommend it.

An impressive sandstone and glass facade welcome you to this classy yet casual establishment.

Cost: reasonably priced at approximately $30 for a main plate.

Calamari
Arancini
Pescatora
Duck
Soufflé

5. Tulum Restaurant

Location: Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Cuisine: Modern Turkish

The restaurant is small and intimate and recently renovated. The food is not your typical Turkish food; it’s totally different. Don’t expect kebabs, dips and turkish bread, as you won’t see any of that here. With each beautifully presented dish that is brought to the table, comes a spiel from the waiter about the ingredients and history of the dish.

My companions and I had a 6 course degustation, which was amazing and so unique. The combinations of exotic flavours was divine.

A very popular place to dine, from an acclaimed international chef, it’s an experience you won’t forget, particularly if you love something out of the ordinary.

Chef: Coskun Uysal has worked in Istanbul, London and Melbourne.

Cost: Approximately $32 for a main plate

Almond Soup
Prawn
Beef
Lamb

6. Hotel Windsor 

Location: Spring Street, Melbourne

Cuisine: Traditional English Afternoon Tea

An iconic heritage hotel dating from 1883, is located in the central business district. The Windsor is famous for Afternoon Tea in the elegant English tradition. Held in the Tea Lounge daily, you will be served dainty cakes and pastries, scones and ribbon sandwiches, and other petite delicacies on 3-tier stands with beautiful chinaware and free flowing champagne. Pretend you’re having tea with the Queen as it’s silver service at its best. So don’t forget your table manners. This is a very popular Melbourne institution and a much loved extravagant way to spend an afternoon in the city. However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended).

High Tea

7. Sebastian’s Bar and Grill

Location: Williamstown

Cuisine: Basque (Spanish)

I went to this restaurant located in a heritage listed beach pavilion, with friends on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for lunch. The food is based on the Basque region of Northern Spain. Seafood was a main feature, particularly since it is located on the beach, as is grilled meat. Also pintxos (tapas) are very popular here. The deck over the beach provides a gorgeous view and is a little cheaper than dining inside.

Williamstown beach

There you have it. Seven of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

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2 thoughts on “7 Best Melbourne Restaurants

  1. I just stuffed myself with dinner and now I’m hungry again! Great article and can’t wait to try these places when I finally get to visit Melbourne!

    1. Oh such a miserable job you undertook on behalf of your readers, forcing yourself to endure meal after meal, drink after drink, dessert after dessert for our benefit. Thank you. Your suffering aside, the Crown Conservatory sounds like a must — super fresh oysters, prawns and mussels in endless supply. Oh my goodness, I might need to train first.

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