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Flower Drum

Chinese 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Praise pours in from all quarters for this upscale restaurant just off Little Bourke Street, Chinatown's main drag. — Frommer's

Live seafood is a specialty, and there are dishes offered here, like pearl meat (the flesh from a pearl oyster, an Australian delicacy) lightly sautéed with spring onion. — Travel + Leisure

The restaurant is almost four decades old, but this is still Cantonese for the here and now. — Time Out

Superb Cantonese cuisine is the hallmark of one of Australia's truly great Chinese restaurants, which is still receiving awards after opening in 1975. — Fodor's

The Flower Drum continues to be Melbourne’s most celebrated Chinese restaurant. — Lonely Planet

MoVida

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Booking essential at this popular and acclaimed Spanish joint that dishes up authentic tapas and sherry. Part of a growing empire that includes MoVida Next Door and MoVida Aqui. — Insight Guides

Even after ten years, it's still all smooth sailing and good times at Frank Camorra's flagship tapas house. — Time Out

Tables are scarce at this busy tapas bar-restaurant, but grab a seat at the bar or on the couch and soak up the Spanish flavours. — Rough Guide

MoVida chef and co-owner Frank Camorra was born in Barcelona and spent his first 5 years in his parents' hometown of Córdoba in Andalucía before coming to Australia. — Frommer's

Movida is nestled in a cobbled laneway emblazoned with one of the world’s densest collections of street art; it doesn’t get much more Melbourne than this. — Lonely Planet

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Attica

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s the restaurant serving marshmallows and aphid honey whose worldwide reputation is growing. — Time Out

Attica is a suburban restaurant that serves Ben Shewry’s creative dishes degustation-style. — Lonely Planet

New Zealand–born chef Ben Shewry’s “simple dish of potato cooked in the earth it was grown in” is surrounded by coconut-husk ash and saltbush leaves. — Travel + Leisure

As chef-driven as Attica may be, it’s also a restaurant that’s about the overall dining occasion– a sublime and captivating experience. — The World's 50 Best Restaurants

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Vue de Monde

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Melbourne’s favoured spot for occasion dining is in the throes of relocating to the old ‘observation deck’ of the Rialto, so its view will finally match its name. — Lonely Planet

Melbourne’s answer to Jamie Oliver, the youthful and European-trained chef-cum-author Shannon Bennett serves up exquisite modern French cuisine in his new CBD premises. — DK Eyewitness

Vue De Monde still represents the pinnacle of fine-dining in Melbourne – if you can get in. — Time Out

Regularly nominated as one of Australia’s two best restaurants, Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde is for diners who don’t mind paying top dollar for extraordinary food. — Insight Guides

Regarded as one of the country’s best restaurants, chef Shannon Bennett has blended fine French cuisine with contemporary imagination. — Rough Guide

Chin Chin

Thai 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Shared plates of Asian dishes, from Thai papaya salad to rendang curry and gado-gado, form the basis of Chin Chin's popular menu — Fodor's

Big flavours and Southeast-Asian share plates are the modus operandi at this in-your-face modern hawker-style dining hall. — Rough Guide

Yet another great option on Flinders Lane, Chin Chin does delicious Southeast Asian hawker-style food designed as shared plates. — Lonely Planet

It's fast-moving, loud, and a lot of fun, but the food still shines bright. — Travel + Leisure

Hot foot it into Chin Chin for some happy happy joy joy. — Time Out

Hutong Dumpling Bar

Chinese 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hutong Dumpling Bar is modeled on a traditional Chinese courtyard house, serving delicious dumplings, with tables spaced out over three levels — Travel + Leisure

Very popular three-storey dumpling bar, a little fancier than some of its counterparts, but the extra dollar or two is worth it. — Rough Guide

HuTong. From the beginning it was the Melbourne byword for xiao long bao. The competition is running hot now, but this place is still dear to our collective heart. — Time Out

HuTong’s windows face out on famed Flower Drum, and its reputation for divine xiao long bao (soupy dumplings) means getting a lunchtime seat anywhere in this three-level building isn't easy. — Lonely Planet

The name means "alleyway" and in a sea of dumpling houses in Melbourne, down this little alleyway, you'll find the best of them all. — Fodor's

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Donovans

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As you'd expect, seafood is the highlight, and it's expertly woven into wonderful pastas and risottos, as well as a scrumptious fish soup. — Fodor's

Views over the beach, the foreshore’s cycle path, and Port Phillip Bay are just the beginning at Donovan’s. — DK Eyewitness

Donovans has a big reputation and a marquee location to match. Overlooking the beach, the interior conjures up a comforting Long Island bolthole. — Lonely Planet

You can’t keep a good restaurant down. After the fire that closed Donovans for six months, it’s back – and comfortingly the same. — Time Out

A glass in hand while the sun goes down over St. Kilda beach, watched from the veranda at Donovans, is a perfect way to end the day. — Frommer's

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Circa, The Prince

85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What will a princely sum buy you at this much admired St Kilda restaurant? House-grown ingredients, for starters. — Time Out

A complete makeover has transformed this previously intimate, silk- and organza-draped restaurant into a light-filled space featuring a central, glass-roofed courtyard. — Fodor's

Subtle yet unexpected combinations define this modern European menu. — DK Eyewitness

If you somehow feel lighter after a three-hour meal at Circa, it's because everything here seems to glide. — Travel + Leisure

This dining room has a persistent, all-pervading glamour and produces some of the city’s finest food. — Lonely Planet

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Maha

Middle Eastern 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Get your reservation in for a meal at this sexy subterranean space. — Lonely Planet

So the news is that Maha’s had a makeover: but it’s still the food that counts. — Time Out

Chef Shane Delia brings Middle Eastern flavors to the Australian table at his sharp laneway restaurant, which features blond-wood tables, sculptural brass chairs, and an inventive light feature. — Travel + Leisure

Kebab joints are a fixture in most world cities. But a refined restaurant that introduces diners to the complexity and breadth of Middle Eastern cuisine? — Frommer's

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Grossi Florentino

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Definitely one for that special occasion: the rich modern Italian food served by attentive staff in the fin-de-siècle Mural Room is memorable. — DK Eyewitness

Since 1928, dining at Florentino has meant experiencing the pinnacle of Melbourne hospitality. — Fodor's

A Melbourne institution. — Rough Guide

Under the management of the Grossi family, this is probably the best Italian restaurant in Melbourne. — Frommer's

At chef Guy Grossi’s ristorante they charge your glass with a sacrificial drop from the bottle. — Time Out

Cafe Di Stasio

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This upscale bistro treads a very fine line between mannered elegance and decadence. — Fodor's

Capricious white-jacketed waiters, a tenebrous Bill Henson photograph and a jazz soundtrack set the mood. The Italian menu has the appropriate drama and grace. — Lonely Planet

Muted lighting, views onto Fitzroy Street, impeccable and friendly service in a small and cosy dining room. — DK Eyewitness

Café Di Stasio: the St Kilda Legend where the long lunches of the '80s never quit. — Time Out

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Mamasita

Mexican 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A meal at popular, bustling Mamasita is an experience in itself. — Rough Guide

The restaurant responsible for kicking off Melbourne's obsession with authentic Mexican street food, Mamasita is still one of the very best. — Lonely Planet

Craving great Mexican food and tequila? Mamasita’s your kind of place. — Time Out

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Cutler & Co

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the stalwarts of Fitzroy's ever-evolving food scene, Andrew McConnell's Cutler & Co continues to lead the way for modern Australian cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

Its attentive, informed staff and joy-inducing dishes have quickly made this one of Melbourne’s best. — Lonely Planet

Though the bar’s done its dash, the food’s better than ever. Start with seaweed and tapioca crisps, puffed up and ready to be broken and dipped into a moussey eggplant puree. — Time Out

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Anada

82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A chalkboard on the exposed brick wall lists eight dry and six sweet sherries to start (or finish), and there are Spanish and Portuguese wines to accompany your selection of tapas. — Fodor's

Dishes in this lovely little restaurant are alive with hearty Spanish and Muslim-Mediterranean flavours. — Lonely Planet

Fitzroy’s Andalusian is the perfect venue for a special dinner date. — Time Out

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Supernormal

Asian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fans of chef Andrew McConnell were thrilled when his famous lobster rolls turned up on the menu at this fun, city-center eatery. — Travel + Leisure

Sweet and squishy New England lobster rolls and the twice-cooked duck – a half or quarter bird with anise-fragrant meat and shatter-crisp skin for tearing up and eating in soft steamed buns. — Time Out

Drawing on his years spent in Shanghai and Hong Kong, chef Andrew McConnell presents a creative selection of pan-Asian sharing dishes, from dumplings to raw seafood to slow-cooked Sichuan lamb. — Lonely Planet

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Cumulus Inc.

Cafés 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Find cloudy-but-fine dining in Flinders Lane. — Time Out

Hugely popular café-restaurant in a bright, airy dining hall at the top end of Flinders Lane. — Rough Guide

Cumulus Inc provides a grown-up alternative to the late-opening, later-closing booze houses dotting the city. — DK Eyewitness

One of Melbourne’s best for any meal; it gives you that wonderful Andrew McConnell–style along with reasonable prices. — Lonely Planet

No matter what time you go, and whether it’s simply for a drink or for a long meal, it always feels relaxed yet still special. The food is European and modern in the best possible way. — On the Grid

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Becco

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated in Melbourne’s little alleyway, Crossley St, Becco serves up a modern take on typical, traditional Italian food. — Time Out

Sexy little Italian bar-restaurant package. — Lonely Planet

Tucked away on a quiet lane, this favorite of Melbournians consistently lives up to its many awards and accolades. Here you find stylish service and stylish customers, all without pretension. — Frommer's

Cool, inspired and modern Italian with casual but professional service. — DK Eyewitness

Every city center needs a place like this, with a drop-in bar and lively dining room. — Fodor's

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Brunetti

Bakeries 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Don’t be daunted by the crowds around the cake counters—and there will be crowds! This is a real Italian/Melbourne experience. — Frommer's

This classy Italian venue with covered outdoor seating serves wonderful cakes, pastries, gelato, chocolates, nougat and biscuits, as well as club sandwiches, foccacia, calzone, bruschetta and coffee. — DK Eyewitness

Back at its original home on Lygon St, what began as a cake shop 30 years ago is now a café, licensed restaurant, paninoteca, gelateria and pasticceria. — Rough Guide

First opened in 1974, this iconic Romanesque bakery has moved around Carlton on several occasions, and the masses have followed with it. — Fodor's

Brunetti, the famous pasticceria, is a damned Melbourne institution on Lygon Street. — Time Out

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Ladro

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An award-winning restaurant located in cosmopolitan Fitzroy, this new kid on the block offers an intimate setting with daily specials. — DK Eyewitness

Expect a knees-up good time, with good pizza and even better taps, at this Prahran outpost. — Time Out

Breathtakingly simple, just-right pizza, pasta and roasts pack in a diverse, if polished, crowd every night. — Lonely Planet

A local favorite, this stellar Italian bistro emphasizes flavor over starchy linen and stuffy attitude. — Fodor's

Chef Rita Macali's pies are truly sensational: asymmetrical, crispy-crusted, and slightly charred, with first-rate toppings. — Concierge

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Spice Temple

Chinese 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When he's not at Rockpool next door or in one of his Sydney restaurants, well-known chef Neil Perry pays homage to the spicy cuisines of China's central provinces at this excellent waterfront eatery — Lonely Planet

Perry’s mad for a sandwich, and here, mini brioche buns are filled with roasted pork belly, salty crackling, chilli and coriander, a rogue entry from the Sydney Spice Temple bar menu. — Time Out

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