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.
*Make sure to check out the restaurant's website or give them a call to book.
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
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
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
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
139 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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