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FOOD & DRINK

The Best Melbourne Restaurants and Bars for Outdoor Dining

When only al fresco will do, these courtyards, beer gardens and terraces offer some of Melbourne's best outdoor dining.
By Libby Curran
October 20, 2021
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By Libby Curran
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  • Food & Drink

    Zymurgy

    From the minds behind Hop Nation and Navi, this Footscray outdoor bar celebrates elevated barbecue fare and local craft booze.

  • Food & Drink

    Three Blue Ducks Melbourne

    Eat vibrant farm-to-table dishes and sip sustainably focused drinks overlooking a two-hectare surf lagoon.

  • Food & Drink

    The Commons at Ormond Collective

    This four-in-one St Kilda Road venue has a huge beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    Mr Brownie

    A multi-level pub, Punjabi-style deli and rooftop bar run by chef-restaurateur Jessi Singh.

  • Food & Drink

    Green Acre

    Brunswick's vegan-friendly pizzeria slings sourdough slices in a fairy light-lit courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Alimentari

    The neighbourhood deli turned up a notch.

  • Food & Drink

    Joe Frank

    Homemade crumpets and a dog-friendly courtyard await at this sunny Ashburton cafe.

  • Food & Drink

    Pepe's Italian & Liquor

    You'll find cheesy bowls of gnocchi, meatball pizza and giant sundaes at this 1930s New York-Inspired Italo-American joint on Exhibition Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Taquito

    Carlton's temple of tacos, tequila and handmade tortillas.

  • Food & Drink

    Lagotto

    A sun-lit Italian corner spot open from morning till night.

  • Food & Drink

    Sister of Soul Richmond

    An all-day, all-vegan eatery on Swan Street.

  • Food & Drink

    The Carringbush Hotel

    This 130-year-old pub is now slinging meat-free meals, wine on tap and more than 21 beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Harlow

    Richmond's Great Britain Hotel has been transformed into an all-occasions pub with a dog-friendly beer garden and lots of barbecued meats.

  • Food & Drink

    Pier Farm

    Waterfront dining in Williamstown.

  • Food & Drink

    The Espy

    The revamped Melbourne music institution sports 12 bars, two restaurants and three live music stages across its six levels.

  • Food & Drink

    Elwood Bathers

    This all-day diner is located right on Elwood Beach.

  • Food & Drink

    Citrico

    A lively new Chilean spot in Fitzroy North with an ex-Rockpool chef.

  • Food & Drink

    The Vale Bar & Eatery

    A cosy Ascot Vale local with a strong selection of pizzas and 150 wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery

    Take a road trip down the Peninsula for a cooking class and a long lunch.

  • Food & Drink

    Good Times Milk Bar

    A modern diner with old-school shakes, all-day breakfast, burgers and a dog-friendly courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Luton Lane Wine Bar

    A sleek haven of wine and Spanish bar snacks in Hawthorn.

  • Food & Drink

    Montalto

    This Mornington Peninsula institution has a winery cellar door, cafe and fine dining restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Innocent Bystander

    The Yarra Valley winemaker's Healesville venue is part cellar door, part pumping wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Union House

    A gastropub that'll please the masses.

  • Food & Drink

    Neptune Food & Wine

    An ambitious two-level Windsor wine bar with a 'fireplace lounge' and 'cocktail saloon'.

  • Food & Drink

    Abacus

    This Chapel Street eatery serves everything from breakfast and coffee through to pizza and cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Hogget Kitchen

    For those thirsty for great wine, the freshest of produce and stunning scenery, the drive to this regional Gippsland restaurant is well worth it.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Sparrow Pizza

    Melbourne's first all-vegan pizza place.

  • Food & Drink

    Bang Bang at the Rifle Club

    An all-day Asian fusion eatery at the old Caulfield Rifle Club.

  • Food & Drink

    Land of Plenty

    A St Kilda rooftop bar and barbecue joint with an all-Aussie drinks list and Milo desserts.

  • Food & Drink

    Vesper

    You'll find a secret bar, a courtyard and an ex-Vue de Monde chef at this Mediterranean bistro.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Gum BBQ

    A sprawling barbecue joint on the Mornington Peninsula serving local meats cooked low-and-slow over local wood.

  • Food & Drink

    Fonda Collingwood

    Melbourne's cheap and colourful Mexican chain takes over two storeys on Smith Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Napier Quarter

    A small all-day cafe and wine bar winning locals over in the backstreets of Fitzroy.

  • Food & Drink

    Henry Sugar

    Rathdowne Street's neighbourhood bar doing inventive food and delicate desserts.

  • Food & Drink

    Hotel Jesus

    A Smith Street taco joint from the team behind Mamasita.

  • Food & Drink

    Gilson

    An all-day European-style eatery across from the Botanic Gardens.

  • Food & Drink

    Pontoon

    The Stokehouse Precinct's casual beachside bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Moby 3143

    A three-level Armadale cafe with an outdoor deck.

  • Food & Drink

    The Standard

    The bar offers a comforting retro vibe while outside is a breezy little oasis that's well worth the search.

  • Food & Drink

    Cornershop

    This corner cafe has become a Yarraville institution.

  • Food & Drink

    Local Folk

    A local Kensington corner cafe serving up coffee, wine and breakfast gnocchi.

  • Food & Drink

    Little Creatures Geelong Brewery

    This Fremantle-born brewery's east coast home features three bars and lots of booze.

  • Food & Drink

    Short Straw

    The epitome of a great neighbourhood cafe.

  • Food & Drink

    Welcome to Thornbury

    A permanent food truck park boasting a rotating menu of street food snacks.

  • Food & Drink

    Welcome to Brunswick

    The inner north's fairy-lit, dog-friendly food truck park and beer garden.

  • Food & Drink

    Uncle Drew

    A classicly Melbourne cafe with enough originality to make it memorable.

  • Food & Drink

    Mammoth

    Melbourne's latest brunch darling takes the concept of cafe food to new heights.

  • Food & Drink

    Mavis the Grocer

    Delicious, ethical food with old world neighbourhood charm.

  • Food & Drink

    Stray Neighbour

    The new neighbour set to elevate the dining scene of Preston.

  • Food & Drink

    Leonard's House of Love

    Drink tinnies, down burgers, dance and play pool in Leonard's lounge room-like bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Rice Paper Scissors

    Enjoy all the Asian fusion food at Rice Paper Scissors' new Fitzroy venue.

  • Food & Drink

    Copper Pot Seddon

    A pan-European menu that inexplicably works exquisitely.

  • Food & Drink

    Rudimentary

    A cafe made from disused shipping containers in an abandoned car park.

  • Food & Drink

    Temple Brewing Company

    Brunswick East's own microbrewery offering much more than just beer.

  • Food & Drink

    Arbory Bar & Eatery

    With great views and even better food, this is one platform you won't mind getting delayed on. 

  • Food & Drink

    Meletos

    Dine on premium Modern European dishes with panoramic views of Victoria’s wine region.

  • Food & Drink

    District Brewer

    A brunch spot in the inconspicuous backstreets of Bentleigh.

  • Food & Drink

    Nagambie Brewery and Distillery

    A lakeside brewery and distillery worthy of a weekend road trip — it's only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Naughty Boy

    It doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice when brunch is this good.

  • Food & Drink

    Terminus Hotel

    The Abbotsford pub sports a classy revamp but maintains the things that matter most: beer, bingo and counter meals.

  • Food & Drink

    Jardin Tan

    A bit of Vietnamese exoticism in the middle of the Botanic Gardens.

  • Food & Drink

    The Botanical

    A new breakfast offering adds new life to this all-day South Yarra institution.

  • Food & Drink

    Joanie's Baretto

    Thornbury's cute neighbourhood Italian bar serving spritzes, cicchetti and gluten-free pasta.

  • Food & Drink

    Stagger Lee's

    A classic Fitzroy cafe with all the good stuff from the guys at Proud Mary.

  • Food & Drink

    Hello Sam

    Hefty American-style burgers, a decent vegan offering and handmade choc tops.

  • Food & Drink

    Fifty Acres

    Bridge Road's coffee oasis.

  • Food & Drink

    Builders Arms Hotel

    Andrew McConnell's refined pub offers British-inflected fare, a strong wine selection and a lovely little courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lincoln

    A much-loved Carlton gem serving up local craft brews and top-quality gastropub fare.

  • Food & Drink

    The Flying Duck Hotel

    Prahran's favourite old Duck flies again.

  • Food & Drink

    The Corner Hotel

    A Richmond live music institution with a rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    Northcote Social Club

    Some things never change at NSC, but the menu is not one of them.

  • Food & Drink

    The Local Taphouse St Kilda

    This Carlisle Street institution boasts 19 taps, two fireplaces and an indoor bocce court to boot.

  • Food & Drink

    Santoni

    The Hawthorn pizza bar now does breakfast — and with panoramic views to boot.

  • Food & Drink

    St Ali

    Melbourne's original cult-status cafe.

  • Food & Drink

    Earthly Pleasures Cafe

    An out-of-town cafe set in a historic 1930s building.

  • Food & Drink

    Le Bon Ton

    Oysters, absinthe, smoked meat and a 24-hour licence.

  • Food & Drink

    Radio Mexico

    A St Kilda fixture pumping out great, casual Mexican.

  • Food & Drink

    Pinchy's

    A neon-pink temple of lobster rolls and champagne in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    Belles Hot Chicken

    F**king hot Fitzroy fried chicken.

  • Food & Drink

    Marquis of Lorne

    The Marquis of Lorne is alive again with same old-pub charm and a modern Melbourne menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Tall Timber

    A slice of hinterland idyll in the heart of Prahran.

  • Food & Drink

    Epocha

    The epitome of European hospitality.

  • Food & Drink

    Captain Baxter

    Drink rum punch under the new retractable roof while staring out at sweeping beachfront views.

  • Food & Drink

    The Arborist

    A thoroughly modern Australian restaurant (with a nod to the Middle East), featuring an excellent drinks selection.

  • Food & Drink

    Code Black Coffee

    With freshly roasted coffee beans you can’t go wrong, but it's the food menu is where this Brunswick roasting house goes oh-so-right.

  • Food & Drink

    Feast of Merit

    Sip coffee and tuck into Middle Eastern fare with a clear conscience.

  • Food & Drink

    Baby Pizza

    Even with high profile siblings threatening to outshine, this Italian Baby is anywhere but the corner.

  • Food & Drink

    Dal Zotto Wines

    You go-to for pizza and prosecco in the King Valley.

  • Food & Drink

    The Albert Park Hotel

    This historic Albert Park pub now has a new look and a modern Chinese food offering worth crossing town for.

  • Food & Drink

    D.O.C Pizza and Mozzarella Bar

    Enjoy the simple life and eat like a true Italian.

  • Food & Drink

    Johnny's Green Room

    Dose up on sophisticated Euro vibes and Italian cocktails at this chic, sunny rooftop joint.

  • Food & Drink

    Bomba Rooftop

    The Spanish restaurant's rooftop serves up Catalan toasties and gin cocktails under the CBD stars.

  • Food & Drink

    Dr Morse

    $10 burgers, local beers, an open fire and a good Abbotsford buzz.

  • Food & Drink

    Sebastian Beach Grill & Bar

    This Basque-inspired waterfront bistro grills seafood and pours sangria on a sprawling shaded deck right on the sand.

  • Food & Drink

    Rochford Wines

    One of the Yarra Valley's best-known wineries features a lakeside cellar door and top-quality pizza.

  • Food & Drink

    Archie's All Day

    From your morning coffee to your midnight nightcap, Archie's has you covered.

  • Food & Drink

    Glovers Station

    Not just a station for coffee, this Elsternwick cafe has a menu worth stopping for.

  • Food & Drink

    1800 Lasagne

    A bricks-and-mortar bar and eatery from an inner north lasagne delivery service.

  • Food & Drink

    Sonny's Fried Chicken & Burgers

    Classic US-style fried chicken and burgs, in a legendary live music pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Touchwood

    Try your luck at this Bridge Road cafe. Touchwood.

  • Food & Drink

    Prince Public Bar

    The legendary venue is still one of the best spots in town to watch the world go by.

  • Food & Drink

    Norman South Yarra

    A two-storey brunch destination with savoury waffles for breakfast and a cocktail cart for those balmy afternoons.

  • Food & Drink

    The Recreation

    A Fitzroy North wine bar, bottle shop and bistro doing considered comfort food.

  • Food & Drink

    Carolina

    With a great menu, coffee offering and courtyard, Carolina's our favourite northside lady.

  • Food & Drink

    The Stables of Como

    Como House's quaint cafe does brunch, high tea and picnics in the grounds.

  • Food & Drink

    The Cornish Arms Hotel

    A very Brunswick pub with very good vegan fare.

  • Food & Drink

    Porgie + Mr Jones

    In a space full of endearing touches, Hawthorn's favourite dining spot will have you leaving with a very happy spring in your step.

  • Food & Drink

    Auction Rooms

    Place a bid on one of Melbourne's best brunches.

  • Food & Drink

    Young's Wine Rooms

    A wine bar with Mediterranean snacks in a 100-year-old Hawthorn East building.

  • Food & Drink

    Imperial Hotel

    Soak up the 360-degree views on the rooftop of this CBD pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Captain Melville

    See what a bushranger can teach you about savouring the moment.

  • Food & Drink

    Rita's Cafeteria

    A beacon of friendly service leading the renaissance of Abbotsford.

  • Food & Drink

    Trippy Taco

    A Fitzroy favourite for vegos.

  • Food & Drink

    Movida Aqui

    Tapas and sherry from the best.

  • Food & Drink

    Friends of Mine

    On Swan Street in Richmond, surrounded by not much else, is the bright, yellow trimmed café, Friends of Mine.

  • Food & Drink

    Napier Hotel

    Like a big, warm, friendly Fitzroy hug.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rainbow Hotel

    Toast your outsides by the fireplace, while warming your insides with any of 100 different beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Portsea Hotel

    The Mornington Peninsula spot boasts new bars, a pizza menu and killer views over the bay.

  • Food & Drink

    Holmes Hall

    The plant-filled and neon-lit venue has 20 beer taps, a vegan-friendly gastropub menu and even pinball machines and a shuffleboard table.

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