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Hunting down the best restaurants in Melbourne

Whether you’re trying to dazzle a date, find somewhere to catch up with friends or take the parents out to dinner (even if you’re picking up the bill), the search for your perfect evening ends here. Casual or formal, BYO or blow your socks off, we’ve explored every inch of this city to uncover the best foodie finds. From burgers in Brunswick to sashimi in St Kilda, our search for the tastiest meals and best vibes has taken us all over to find the best restaurants in Melbourne.

It’s no secret that Melbourne has some of the world’s best restaurants – but which ones should you visit first?

There are culinary delights hidden in every laneway, rooftop and underground eatery. If you’re anything like us, your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you’ll want to try everything at once. That’s where we can help – we’ll share our favourite fancy dinners, cult classics and new finds to add to your ever-growing ‘must-try’ list. Pop in your preferred location, cuisine or how much you want to spend, and our magical search function will find you a list of the best restaurants, perfectly curated by us. Too easy!

Let the good times roll.

The natural progression from dinner is drinks, so we’ll help you shortlist Melbourne’s best bars. Craft beers, cocktails and fine wines abound in this great city of ours, and we’ve got the inside running on where to find the coolest spots to while away your evening. If you’re keen to continue your foodie journey the next morning, we know about all the city’s first rate cafes: try the specialty coffee and innovative breakfasts that Melbourne is famous for.

We love making new friends, especially friends who love food. If you know of somewhere great that we haven’t heard of, let us in on the secret! Send us some foodie news or sneaky tip-offs at smudge@smudgepub.com.au.