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The best restaurants on Smith Street

From fine dining to cheap eats, Smith Street is one of the most searingly-hot dining destinations in Melbourne. Here are the eateries you need to know about

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Smith Street's gentrification in the last few years isn't all bad news. The late night kebab shops of old are still there for your 3am hot chips, but you can now pre-empt your bar hop through Collingwood with some of the best food this side of Victoria Parade. Thirsty? Follow up your meal with a bar crawl through Smith Street. 

For more dinner ideas, check out the best restaurants on Flinders Lane and Lygon Street.

Bebida

This stalwart of low-key good times is getting a facelift to match the recently upgraded menu. Head in for tapas, veggie burgers, Kooinda beers and easy listening tunes in the courtyard.

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Fitzroy

Biggie Smalls

The Collingwood/Fitzroy area isn't short of late-night kebab and souva joints, but Shane Delia's Biggie Smalls will shake up your late night kebab game. The Maha head chef and owner's kebab store is named after the late Notorious B.I.G and, naturally, the menu references rap's golden age.

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Collingwood

Bistro K

Opening just over a month ago, this little mod-Korean joint is offering big smiles, fancy plates of slow-roasted pork and dehydrated kim chi chips along with rice wine cocktails.

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Collingwood

Habitat

An ex-1806 bartender has opened this sleek, slender eatery and cocktail bar where you can get your hands on poached eggs and a hot Bloody Mary on a weekend morning and French ciders and classic cocktails most other nights. Go now and go nuts.

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Collingwood

Huxtaburger

Before you ask, there are no veggie burger options, no chicken fillets, teriyaki sauces or wholemeal buns at Huxtaburger. No sir, the slogan here is ‘hot beef, cold beer’ and that is what you get. 

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Collingwood

Jimmy Grants

It seems George Calombaris’s new favourite thing is making souvlakia (If you haven’t had one at Gazi, go now), and in a few weeks he’ll be giving Yah Yahs fans a new last port of call.

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Fitzroy

Rockwell and Sons

Sometimes your best dish can become your worst enemy. At Rockwell and Sons, Manu Potoi (ex-Attica) and Casey Wall (ex-Cutler and Co) may want you to be all about their share plates but everyone’s lining up for the 'double patty smash burger' and fried chicken burger and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it. 

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Collingwood

Saint Crispin

Cavallero is gone, and in its place is this excellent new restaurant by chef Scott Pickett (co-owner of the Estelle) and Joe Grbac (ex-Press Club) where they’re doing sharp two- or three-course set menus of local produce.

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Collingwood

Shop Ramen

Owners Pat Breen and Lydia Wegner’are ramen renegades, who make their buckwheat noodles in-house and are pushing an eclectic mix of Japan’s favourite soup, Chinese-style pork buns, frosty shakes and dessert pies. If you’re wondering whether smashing a bowl of soup and a milk drink is a good idea, it’s not. But do it anyway. 

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Fitzroy

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