The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Melbourne for a Decadent Dinner Experience
Celebrate your next special occasion at one these stellar fine dining restaurants in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s dining scene is often fêted as one of the world’s best. Wildly creative, produce-driven and diverse thanks to our multicultural makeup, our fine dining restaurants make occasions truly special, with breathtaking food and first-class service a guarantee. From masterful sushi to mind-bending modern Australian, these are the best fine dining restaurants in Melbourne you should put at the top of your list.
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South Melbourne’s Lûmé describes itself as a “foraging restaurant”, using plant and animal species that are endemic, indigenous and abundant in Victoria. The experience could be described as Noma-esque, full of wild ingredients, mind-bending creativity and high technique that engages every sense. There’s a range of degustations on offer including short, vegan, full and the Journey – a blockbuster, $390 menu billed as a ‘complete exploration’ of our state’s bio-regions.
226 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Fifteen years on, powerhouse chef Shane Delia’s flagship venue is still Melbourne’s premium destination for Middle Eastern fine dining. The set menu only restaurant offers a nonstop procession (seriously, there’s anywhere from 12-17 courses) of finely tuned, contemporary takes on the region’s cuisine. The $140 tasting menu includes primo dishes like cured spencer gulf kingfish with burnt squash and green olives and slow-roasted lamb shoulder with fermented capsicum burnt butter.
21 Bond Street, Melbourne
Arguably Fitzroy North’s fanciest eatery, Matteo’s serves up high class modern Australian cuisine with a distinctly Asian flair. The tablecloths are always freshly starched, the chandeliers dripping with crystals and the service impeccable – this is just the place to take someone you want to impress. Proof that Brunswick Street can indeed do glamorous.
533 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North
Situated on the 55th storey of the Rialto building, modern Australian degustations here are accompanied by views of the glittering cityscape. What’s on the plate is just as stunning, a progression of delicate, mind-bending bites that toe the line between food and art. Leather-clad tables and fur-lined chairs add to the drama of the experience, while an eye-watering wine list showcases some of the finest drops from around the world.
Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
Of all the restaurants in his portfolio, Matilda is lauded chef Scott Pickett’s crowning glory. Woodfire, charcoal and smoke are used to tease intense yet finely tuned flavours out of produce, with distinct native nods. Occupying the ground floor of a splashy boutique hotel, the fitout is equally plush – think barrelled ochre ceilings, blackwood tables and soft leather banquettes.
159 Domain Road, South Yarra
The name Flower Drum is synonymous with Melbourne hospitality – the 45 year old Cantonese institution even has its own Wikipedia page. Around a sumptuous grand dining room weave experienced waiters who greet their regulars (politicians, high profile chefs and celebrities among them) like old friends. Signature dishes such as the deftly carved peking duck, mud crab xiao long bao and quail sang choi bao are mainstays decade after decade, as is the wallet-busting premium live seafood cooked to world-class perfection.
17 Market Lane, Melbourne
Mo Zhou’s 16 seat, degustation only restaurant is one of the most intriguing places to eat in Melbourne. With time at Attica and Vue de Monde on his resume, Zhou is well-equipped to explore creative cooking and at Gaea you’ll find a fridge packed with fermenting vegetables he’s foraged himself, an eclectic drinks list and a menu that changes frequently according to his whims. Those unafraid of the novel will be delighted by his imaginative flavour and textural combinations, with dishes guaranteed to have you deep in thought at the dinner table.
1/166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Ben Shewry’s groundbreaking fine diner regularly features in world’s best lists, acclaimed for its wildly imaginative dishes, thoughtful use of native ingredients and impeccably warm service. Drawing on personal memories and a sense of place, there’s a story behind every dish – expressed in a way that’s meaningful but never pretentious. The intimate restaurant is tucked away in quiet Ripponlea, and is a bucket list dining destination for food lovers the country and world over.
74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
Run by another Vue de Monde alum, two-hatted restaurant Amaru is a study in culinary creativity. Unbound by geography and genre, Clinton McIver and his kitchen chase exciting flavours and textures in their degustation-only menu. The sleek, intimate fitout is thoughtful on multiple counts –elegant enough to befit its upmarket Armadale neighbourhood, but simple enough to let the sophisticated dishes sing for themselves.
1121 High Street, Armadale
After making a name for themselves as the place to dine in picturesque Daylesford, husband and wife team Saori and Kazuki Tsuya made the move back to Melbourne in late 2018. They’ve brought with them the refined cooking that made them a destination in their original home, with Euro-Japanese dishes combining flavours from ingredients such as ponzu, kombu and matcha with French techniques. The dining room invites with zen-filled comfort, a fitting backdrop for degustation dining paired with sakes and special occasion wines.
121 Lygon Street, Carlton
Some might balk at the idea of paying over $40 for a plate of pasta, but anyone who’s eaten at Di Stasio Citta knows that you’re not just paying for food (which is indeed impeccable) but an entire experience. Guests come for the slippery prawn linguine and pillowy semolina gnocchi, but stay for the big-hitting wine list, personality-driven service and high art meets brutalist decor. Located strategically on Spring Street, it’s become a fast favourite for long, boozy business lunches and after work mischief.
45 Spring Street, Melbourne
Located in the up and coming suburb of Yarraville is one of Melbourne’s most exciting and innovative restaurants. Serving a degustation menu to only 25 guests a night has given chef-owner Julian Hills more space to flex his creative muscles, with the results speaking for themselves –weekends are usually booked out months in advance. Adventurous diners are bound to love the genre-bouncing playlist and novel drinks list (think wattleseed espresso martinis and toasted rice kombucha) before they even get to the food, which includes adventurous bites.
83b Gamon Street, Yarraville
When it comes to high-end sushi, there’s nowhere in Australia offering an experience as refined as this luxe diner tucked away on a quiet Richmond street. Here they only serve omakase, a daily changing procession of deftly sliced, shaped, torched and brushed nigiri presented piece by piece. The knife skills of sushi master Koichi Minamishima have been honed for over 30 years, resulting in an ability to create tastes and textures in sushi you’re unlikely to quickly forget.
4 Lord Street, Richmond
Run by a former Attica chef, this special occasion fine diner is known for its thrillingly original modern Australian food. Seating just 36, the menu evolves constantly with the seasons and is full of novel ingredients and combinations. The risks pay off, with every dish perfectly marrying flavour, technique and artful plating, while their iconic ‘black box’ dessert is a bucket list Melbourne dish.
92 Smith Street, Collingwood
Acclaimed chef Tomotaka Ishizuka’s ultra exclusive, hidden basement restaurant embodies the ultra-seasonal ‘kaiseki’ style of Japanese dining. Seating just 16 guests, everyone is served an 11-dish tasting menu displaying luxe ingredients, exceptional technique, and wow-inducing plating. Complex yet restrained dishes are a masterclass in Japanese perfectionism, changing day by day in accordance with the freshest produce on offer.
139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
After splashing out on the best fine dining in Melbourne you might want to restore your budget with these Melbourne cheap eats that deliver stellar taste return for your dollar. Alternatively, set up your own alfresco feast at one of these gorgeous picnic spots or bring the party home with some of our favourite takeaway.
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