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MoVida

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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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Flower Drum

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

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

This Cantonese restaurant is often rated the best in Australia, let alone food-mad Melbourne. — DK Eyewitness

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

Attica

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

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

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

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Vue de Monde

French 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The focal point of executive chef Shannon Bennett's modern French dining room is a gleaming open kitchen, and her team's culinary wizardry is reflected in the polished-metal panels above. — Concierge

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

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

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

Chin Chin

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

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

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

One of the best places to enjoy Thai food in Melbourne is Chin Chin, which also serves local wines (they have Old World wine options, too). — Afar Magazine

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

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

Circa, The Prince

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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Donovans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maha

Middle Eastern 84 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

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

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

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Grossi Florentino

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Grossi grid is packed with rich faces taking lunchtime breaks; on offer is authentic regional Italian menu with metropolitan flair and great produce. — Lonely Planet

A Melbourne institution. — Rough Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cumulus Inc.

Cafés 82 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

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

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

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Mamasita

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

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

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

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Cutler & Co

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Ladro

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

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

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

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

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Spice Temple

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

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

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

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D.O.C

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

Arguably some of the best pizzas in Melbourne are made here – perfectly crunchy thin crusts with uncomplicated toppings like prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella, rocket and cherry tomato. — Rough Guide

The espresso bar features homemade pasta specials, Italian microbrewery beers and aperitivo time (4pm to 7pm), when you can enjoy a negroni with complimentary nibble board. — Lonely Planet

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Becco

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

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

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

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

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

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