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The best new venues in Melbourne right now

Stay ahead of the pack with the best new venues Melbourne has to offer

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Time Out editors
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If you love exceptional food and an exceptional tipple and live in Melbourne, your 'must-try' list of new restaurants, cafés and bars probably takes up your phone's entire storage capacity by now. For a tightly curated guide to dining in Melbourne, we suggest you visit our guide to the 60 best restaurants, but for the newest of the new, check out the latest reviews, hot off the press.

In between meals you can check some things off your Melbourne bucket list, and add a well-earned drink to the mix, ideally on a rooftop.

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New Restaurants

The following restaurants have opened within the last year.


  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

There’s something brewing in the heart of Little Collins Street. It could be the numerous jars of potato skins or cabbage fermenting away in Sunda’s latest sibling, Aru Restaurant, or perhaps it’s Khanh Nguyen’s playful and determined spirit. Whatever it is, it’s a welcome change in a relatively underserved pocket of the CBD. 

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  • Richmond

Ca Com Bánh Mì Bar is the casual sibling of fine diner Anchovy. Situated in Richmond, it's the brainchild of Anchovy's chef-owner Thi Le and partner Jia-Yen Lee. During the longest lockdown of 2020, the team started serving khao jee pate – a Laotian baguette-based sandwich, and later started slinging bánh mì out of Anchovy’s window instead. It's proven to be so popular that Ca Com Bánh Mì Bar is now a permanent fixture next door to Anchovy.

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  • Melbourne

Executive chef Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso) who owns the venue, and is also the official food and beverage ambassador for Gippsland, spent four years bringing his vision of a deli, restaurant and bar to life in 80 Collins. The restaurant has no set menu as it only uses ingredients that are available from farmers at the time to avoid waste and downstairs you’ll find the deli and providore serving Farmer’s Daughters house coffee. The deli fridge stocks cheeses by Butterfly Factory and Prom Country Cheese along with cured meats like Bass Strait beef cheek pastrami, too.

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  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

Opened in mid-July after multiple Covid-related delays, this Russell Street venue is Andrew McConnell’s first new venture in five years. But as you walk into the grandiose space, you may just decide that it was worth the wait. The food, like the decór, flirts with Atlantic glamour. Expect indulgent ingredients like oysters, escargot, marron, truffles and dry-aged duck on the menu. Also: wood-fired everything. Head chef Allan Doert Eccles (previously at Cutler and Co, another McConnell property) is clearly having fun playing with fire. Don’t let the classic cocktails and pre-war design fool you; there’s nothing old-fashioned going on on your plate.

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  • Cafés
  • Carlton North

With its uber German name, Florian is the latest café to call Carlton North's Rathdowne Village home. The brainchild of owners and friends Dom Gattermayr and Rose Richards, this is a place that has fast become loved by locals alike. Expect hyper-local produce on the menu and dishes with an Austrian bent, and don't miss out on its gravlax that's cured for three to four days, served with a soft-boiled egg, whipped ricotta, sliced radish and a tarragon garnish.

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  • Richmond

Wine bar Lene doubles as a casual restaurant in the heart of Richmond's Bridge Road. Despite owner-chef Cameron Williams's young age he's already cut his teeth apprenticing for the likes of Jacques Reymond and strut his stuff at Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe. Williams is one such person who used the pandemic to make his dreams of owning his own venue come true. As for the menu at Lene, expect bistro classics with a twist – half-roasted chook is served up with braised flat beans and roasted yeast sauce, and vanilla panna cotta is accompanied by fermented fennel flower honey. 

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  • Melbourne

Atiyah is Australia's first 100% renewable-run streetfood zero-carbon kitchen run in the heart of Fed Square. The kiosk dishes up Lebanese street eats including manakish – a foccacia/pizza hybrid that's generally topped with thyme. Here, it's topped with za'atar and your choice of cheese (or vegan cheese) and vegetables if you so choose.

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Bar Thyme

Bar Thyme is Footscray's latest wine bar and bistro situated in the hubbub of Barkly Street. Run by Howard Stamp (MoVida, Green Park Dining, Lincoln Hotel) and partner Dijana Necovski, the venue champions sustainability and a hybrid of French-inspired and modern Australian eats.

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  • Melbourne

Nornie Bero is no stranger to the hospitality scene. The chef-owner of Yarraville's Torres Strait Islander café Mabu Mabu has brought her island flair to the heart of the CBD at Federation Square. Big Esso means “the biggest thank you”  and is in tribute to everyone who’s supported Mabu Mabu from its inception and to the wonderful country we call home.

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