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Five star restaurants in Melbourne

These are our favourite places for when you want to drop some cash on an incredible meal

Food at Navi
Photograph: Ed Sloane/Supplied
By Time Out editors |
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Melbourne is a gastronome's dream destination. We possess some of the most incredible cheffing talent in single pockets of the city than some places have across the board, and as a result we've gotten used to being able to dine at the very top of the ladder.

These are the venues that tell you what modern dining is about in 2019. They are the trendsetters, the frontiers people pushing technique, produce and creativity further than ever before, and most importantly, they are all delicious places to spend your time and money.

Next time you want to treat yourself, book a table at one of the top rated Melbourne restaurants – you won't regret it. 

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Working to a budget? Try Melbourne's best cheap eats. Or if you're a night owl, the best late nigth snacks in the city.

Melbourne's five star restaurants

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Food at Navi
Photograph: Ed Sloane/Supplied
Restaurants, Modern Australian

Navi

icon-location-pin Yarraville

Inside this fine dining den of distinction, cork tiles line the ceiling, moody hues rule the walls, and a mere 25 seats dot the narrow shopfront floor and the bar overlooking the cooking action that costs $120-a-head for a 10-course tasting menu.

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Food at Lesa
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants, Modern Australian

Lesa

icon-location-pin Melbourne

Lesa sure as hell took its time (the reno of the space above Embla took around three years, a record rivalled only by the recently reopened King and Godfree in Carlton) but has already made a calculated claim on Melbourne’s food and booze-loving heart. It’s a place built for people to relax into good times. 

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Food at Kazuki
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri
Restaurants, Japanese

Kazuki's

icon-location-pin Carlton

We’re in the Italian heartland where spruikers induce passers-by into their red sauce fiefdoms. And into this kingdom of carbs and cheese comes Kazuki’s. Yes, the Japanese-ish, French-ish modern restaurant from Daylesford has swum against the tide of real estate refugees moving to central Victoria and upped stumps to the city. 

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Food at Sunda
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Sunda

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It’s the roti with Vegemite curry, okay? Sunda has made the year’s most spectacular play for the hearts and minds of Melbourne with a crazy-brave combination of wickedly buttery deconstructed roti and a deeply savoury curry sauce with a Vegemite-umami backbone. 

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Food at Greasy Zoes
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Greasy Zoe's

icon-location-pin Yarra Valley

We’re at the end of the line. Literally – the end of the Hurstbridge Line, a 50-minute train-ride out of the CBD, where Melbourne’s suburban identity gets the wobbles as it dissolves into countryside. One hundred metres onwards you’ll find one of the winningest little restaurants to warm the cockles and the sub-cockle region. 

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Food at Matilda
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri
Restaurants

Matilda 159 Domain

icon-location-pin South Yarra

Scott Pickett's southside venture, the fit-out is so luxe you can almost smell the expense. There’s a fire and charcoal-driven kitchen, a botanical-filled glass cabinets and a dining room of rough-edged wooden-topped tables and the fattest, softest leather banquettes.

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Osteria Ilaria pasta
Restaurants, Italian

Osteria Ilaria

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What we have here is not so humble as an osteria. Sure, it has an underlying rustic Italian brief, but the signature dish – thick tubes known as paccheri with prawns – is red carpet ready. 

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Black Egg on grass at Attica
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Attica

icon-location-pin Ripponlea

Attica 2.0 gives a cheeky spin on Aussie-isms. There’s a play on smashed avo on toast, and a mini saltbush lamb pie in a Vegemite-addled crust. Even the bread goes native at this regular on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

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Cutting fish at Ishizuka
Restaurants, Japanese

Ishizuka

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Ishizuka is worth the time, expense, and trouble of finding it to experience this multi-course journey saturated in technique, peppered with luxe ingredients and served with the kind of ceremony that would satisfy any inhabitant of the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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Carlton Wine Room
Restaurants

The Carlton Wine Room

icon-location-pin Carlton

The Carlton Wine Room feels like a breath of fresh air on a dining scene gone stale. Joy, Howe and Twomey are institutionalised hospitality professionals who have turned the cog in large restaurant groups and have come out the other end equipped with the skills of running their own exciting venue. 

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A beautifully presented dish at Laura Melbourne
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Laura

icon-location-pin Merricks

If the Mornington Peninsula didn’t have it all already – now they can add this audacious, multi-pronged venture encompassing vineyard, cellar door, sculpture park, bistro and restaurant to their ledger.

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Pasta dish at Grossi Florentino
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Grossi Florentino

icon-location-pin Melbourne

The grand Mural Room is one of Melbourne’s last bastions of lavish European dining charm where the lighting is set to dim, and the mood set upon arrival by the proffering of a handbag stool. 

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Cutler and Co
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Cutler and Co

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

Andrew McConnell has given his major Gertrude Street address a thorough going-over after eight years. It looks a million bucks. The best bit: the bar,where Champagne rests on ice and a Negroni is only a charming waiter away. 

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Charlie Carrington making bread at ATLAS
Restaurants, Modern Australian

Atlas Dining

icon-location-pin South Yarra

At South Yarra restaurant Atlas you're looking at a smart little fire-focused establishment with a unique, globe-hopping MO, shifting between four cuisines from three continents in the space of 12 months.

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Stir fried dish at Long Chim
Restaurants, Thai

Long Chim

icon-location-pin Southbank

Melbourne for a long time practiced Thai food as a kind of cultural desecration,  But to have the fourth Long Chim landing in our midst - after Singapore, Sydney and Perth - is the lime juice to the pad Thai; the Sriracha to the fried school prawns. Yes, colour us happy. 

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Bread wrap at Miznon
Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Miznon

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Not all five star dining is expensive, and nothing about Miznon is orthodox. It’s a double-storied restaurant, but the action unspools downstairs where diners order at the counter and wait for their names to be called. 

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Food at Do Dee Paidang
Restaurants, Thai

Dodee Paidang

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It wasn’t long ago that Melbourne was considered the runt of the litter with our limited choices in Thai restaurants. But we’re catching up, with Dodee Paidang joining the authentic ranks of Jinda, Tom Toon Thai Noodle and Soi 38. 

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Want to stretch your dollar further?

Grossi Florentino pasta
Photograph: Supplied
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Cheap hacks for fine dining restaurants in Melbourne

Melbourne's big on cheap eats, but sometimes it's nice to pull up a seat in the city's fine dining establishment. You may not be able to shell out the big bucks all the time though, so we've dug up some of the best value hacks for fine dining restaurants for when you want the experience for less. 

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