Planning a trip to Melbourne, Australia? If so, it's time to think about where you're going to eat. While some hotels offer on-site restaurants, it can be exhilarating to get out and about when you're in the land down under, to check out some of the local cuisines. We've put together a mini-guide for the 10 best places to eat in Melbourne. Our selections include only the top-rated restaurants in the city and include an overview of the things that make them so popular with the locals.
Coda is an Asian fusion restaurant that opens at 12:00 daily to serve lunches and dinners. This is an upscale restaurant serving Vietnamese fusion plates along with other menu items. It's located in a renovated chic trendy basement setting. Pricing is moderate for a ritzy establishment. The menu selection is good with cocktails available and a decent wine menu. The restaurant is known for its fast service and attentive waitstaff with delicious servings of food.
9. Sezar Restaurant
Sezar only offers dine-in services for guests. It's recommended that you call for reservations if you're planning to enjoy a dinner meal. Sezar serves a good selection of Modern Armenian cuisine including their signature dishes of glazed pork, spiced lamb kebabs, and tabouleh. The venue features an upmarket dining room with a bar. Guests and regulars remark about the great service and a few of the most notable dishes which include tajine chicken, ceviche, twice-cooked chicken wings, oysters, hummus, and more.
8. San Telmo Restaurant
San Telmo is a steak house that opens daily at 12:00 pm to serve lunches and dinners. This is a dine-in restaurant offering some of the best options for aged beef with some delicious smoked options available. The prices reflect the somewhat upscale environment but are reasonable in comparison to some others. Service is rated as great with attentive waitstaff, serving appetizers, a good selection of beef and other options, and an excellent wine and cocktails menu. San Telmo is one of the best steakhouses in Melbourne.
7. The Noble Experiment Melbourne
The Noble Experiment is a 1920s style bar with some of the best food in the city. The menu is comprised of a good variety of international meals. You can opt for takeout or dine-in, but reservations are required. The food is rated as high-quality and delicious with an extensive cocktail and spirits menu. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. The venue gets high marks for the atmosphere and comfortable seating.
Supernormal opens its doors at 12:00 noon to serve lunches and dinners through the evening. This is a modern Australian restaurant that gives you a true flavor of the outback. The environment features an open kitchen with communal benches for a relaxed atmosphere and casual dining. The prices are moderate. Guests recommend the lamb, dumplings, and chicken noodle salad as the spotlighted dishes. The food and wine menus are extensive, and the waitstaff is rated as knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive.
5. Osteria llaria
Osteria llaria is an Italian fusion restaurant. It offers an extensive menu with doors opening at 12 pm through the dinner hour. The prices are moderate with small plates and immaculate plating for a spectacular visual appeal. The food, atmosphere, and service all get top-notch ratings. Cocktails and an extensive wine list are also available. Shared plate options are also available. You may choose from dine-in, takeout, or delivery.
4. Cutler & Co.
Cutler & Co. is an upscale modern Australian restaurant that offers dine-in only services. Reservations are required for an experience you'll remember for years to come. The price of the menu items is on the expensive side, but the choices are extensive, along with a cocktail and spirits menu. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. Guests give it high ratings all around.
3. Palermo Melbourne
Palermo Melbourne offers your choice of dine-in, curbside pickup, or no-contact delivery dining options. It's a moderately priced restaurant serving Argentinian fare. The venue is known and loved for its impressive selection of menu items with outstanding marks for the dry-aged steak options. The food is delicious and features an extensive wine menu and excellent service from the staff.
Navi is an Australian restaurant that has a near-perfect rating for its amazing atmosphere, delicious food, an extensive wine list. The wait staff also gets high marks for friendly and fast service. The restaurant opens its doors at 2 pm daily for late lunches and dinners. You can see the kitchen from all seating locations and the bar offers a variety of options with comfortable seating.
1. Foglia Di Fico
Foglia Di Fico is an Italian restaurant that specializes in authentic Italian cuisine with the addition of the best steaks in Melbourne. With a nearly perfect overall rating, the restaurant offers a variety of items on the menu including 5-course meal options. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable in describing the ingredients of each meal upon request. The restaurant is open evenings for dine-in only, but you must make reservations in advance.
Written by Dana Hanson
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