Melbourne's best restaurants

Estelle by Scott Pickett

Estelle by Scott Pickett

The best restaurants in Melbourne, as seen in our 2018 Restaurant Guide, from beloved institutions to hives of creativity and experimentation. Here are 10 kitchens we love.

1. Attica

Attica has long been a standard-bearer for Australian dining and following an extensive makeover, the pride of Ripponlea has signalled it's ready to take its place among the world's great contemporary restaurants. 

74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea,


2. Cutler & Co

Cutler & Co is a definitive Melbourne dining experience: a former tableware factory on gritty-glam Gertrude Street reborn as Andrew McConnell's flagship and staffed by one of the sharpest floor teams in town. 

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy,


3. Vue de Monde

Vue de Monde impresses not just with the views that come with its lofty 55th-floor perch, its dark, sultry interiors, gorgeous cutlery and glassware, hefty (and heftily priced) wine list and crack service from a young team, but for holding its position in Melbourne's premier restaurant league for so long. 

Level 55, Rialto, 525 Collins St, Melbourne,


4. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Heading into its third year, the luxurious Melbourne outpost of Heston Blumenthal's London restaurant is becoming more spry than stately. 

Crown Towers, Level 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank,



5. Minamishima

It could be downtown Tokyo instead of backstreet Richmond. Despite its Antipodean location, Minamishima sticks to the sushi-temple script by playing hard to get in. 

4 Lord St, Richmond,



6. Rockpool Bar & Grill

There's nowhere to hide with Rockpool Bar & Grill's style of cooking, but the top-notch produce and the kitchen's skill require no culinary crutches.  

Riverside at Crown, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank,



7. Estelle by Scott Pickett

A swirling Christopher Boots chandelier, darkly glamorous room and showcase open kitchen all swim against the tide of casualisation; so does Scott Pickett's dégustation menu, which grows more theatrical and experimental without ever stooping to twee, or losing sight of flavour.  

245 High St, Northcote,



8. Flower Drum

Ah, Flower Drum: familiar, grand, and still on form. Behold the retro-glam dining room: linen-dressed tables, thick carpet, and crack black-and-white-clad service team.

17 Market La, Melbourne,



9. Café di Stasio

With nearly three decades under its belt, this St Kilda stalwart is unapologetically set in its ways. Café di Stasio offers time-warp dining of the best kind, recalling days when expense accounts were bountiful lunches were made to linger over, and kitchens didn't resort to culinary theatrics to keep diners enthralled.

31 Fitzroy St, St Kilda,



10. Grossi Florentino 

Florentino is a Melbourne institution that continues to build, rather than rest, on its reputation.

80 Bourke St, Melbourne,

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