Melbourne Casual Dining Guide | American Express x Time Out

Kick back and relax, these local restaurant guides will help you find the meal you're craving

Whether you're keen to impress a date on a beautiful terrace, or simply want the most for your hard-earned, our guide to casual dining in Melbourne has you covered. Experience 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20, discover best-in-class meals with Amex Eats or collect instant rewards, thanks to our Side with Amex program. You can visit all of these venues in confidence, knowing they accept American Express

 

 

20 under $20
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20 under $20

You can find something cheap and delicious on almost every street in Melbourne and it's not all dims sims and jam doughnuts either.

Side with Amex
Restaurants

Side with Amex

Unlock instant rewards at leading restaurants when you pay with your American Express card.

Amex Eats Melbourne
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Amex Eats Melbourne

Whether you're keen to impress a date on a beautiful terrace, or simply want the most for your hard-earned, Amex Eats has you covered. 

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European Bier Café

European Bier Café

Receive a complimentary side of calamari with your main. 

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West Beach Bathers Pavilion
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West Beach Bathers Pavilion

Receive a complimentary side with your main – check with the venue for details.

Longsong
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Longsong

Receive a complimentary side of chickpeas with braised greens and bottarga. 

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The Brandon Hotel
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The Brandon Hotel

Receive a complimentary side of beer-battered fries, grilled broccoli, house garden salad, grilled carrot or iceberg lettuce with Dijon dressing. 

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Salt and pepper squid in Melbourne

Deep fried squid, calamari, salt and pepper squid – whatever you want to call it and whichever way you want to fry it – it comes up on every other menu in Melbourne. From pubs to fine diners, Italian institutions to the local fish and chip shop, we scooted around the city to see who's frying up the cephalopods in the most interesting of ways, and letting you pay for your salty fried treat using your American Express.    

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