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Best New Restaurants in Melbourne: Where to Dine in 2022

From contemporary Japanese to classic Italian, these are the best new restaurants in Melbourne to add to your hit list


When it comes to dining, Melbourne delivers everything under the sun – from world-class Australian food to traditional Sicilian, modern Vietnamese and Latin American with a twist. We are absolutely spoilt for choice on the food front, and despite the pandemic, the scene is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you're dining for a date, a wholesome family catch up, work do, or girls' night, we've rounded up the best new restaurants in Melbourne to cater to the occasion.

Photo by @jacquismelltron
Photo by @jacquismelltron

Melbourne foodies will be familiar with the delicious offerings of Manzé, as the Mauritian meals have been popping up across the city for some time now. But as of late 2021, the delightful dishes have a permeant home in Northern Melbourne. Seating just 24 people, the cosy space has neighborhood vibes and sustainability at its heart. Meals are mixed up seasonally, but on the current set menu you'll enjoy daikon, cucumber and pineapple, fermented chilli, malabar spinach and ginger broth, pork cutlet with Manzé masala, yoghurt, and more.

2/1-5 Errol Street, North Melbourne


The latest stylish spot to grace W Melbourne hotel, Warabi is a modern Omakase Japanese restaurant which seats a mere 37 diners. The evolving nine-course menu explores the Kappo philosophy of cuisine, with ingredients including Zensai abalone, eel, black truffle, and Glacier 51 toothfish marinated in sake. Expect a contemporary food offering, delicious sake, and a full theatrical experience as you watch the chefs work their magic.

408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Hope St Radio

Part community radio station, part wine bar and Italian eatery, Hope St Radio is the coolest new venue to grace Collingwood Yards. On the seasonal menu you'll find cheesy bowls of fresh pasta with loads of veggies, oysters, salads, sourdough, and natty wines to pair your meal with. 

35 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Looking for more of the best new restaurants in Melbourne? We've got plenty of delicious eateries to fuel your appetite. From gourmet burgers and Italian pizza joints, to romantic date nights and boozy brunches, we've whittled down the coolest things to do in Melbourne to make sure your next dinner date is a complete success.