Under the stewardship of the Grossi family, this Bourke Street Italiano staple still shines. 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.
September 2023: Melbourne’s dining scene is full of movers and shakers this year, while certain time-honoured institutions are still commanding reign over the city. Whether you’re looking for an experience that’s old and trusty or new and exciting, the following list covers the most impressive restaurants to turn our heads in recent months – from full-blown fine diners to region-focused trattorias, bistros and neighbourhood gems. Check it out.
The continually evolving and expanding dining scene in Melbourne is both a blessing and a curse: how do you choose between so many incredible restaurants? Well, that's where we come in. Stop endlessly scrolling, and commit to making your way through Time Out’s list of the best restaurants in the state right now. Our always-hungry local experts and editors have curated 2023's most delicious and divine, innovative and imaginative, comforting and familiar, memorable and magical dining experiences right here at your fingertips. From old favourites and culinary institutions such as Attica, Stokehouse and Flower Drum, to emerging standouts and instant icons such as Serai, Gimlet, Amaru and Reine and La Rue, we've got it all covered here.
Get out, and get eating! You have a lot to get through!