All of the New Melbourne Restaurant and Bar Openings That You Need to Add to Your Must-Visit List in 2024

Discover your next favourite dish or drink at one of these fresh Melbourne haunts.
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Published on May 01, 2024
  • Restaurant

    Casa Chino

    212-214 Albion Street, Brunswick

    Hospo veterans Vincent Lombino and Jared Thibault have brought Chifa cuisine to Melbourne.

  • Bar

    Moon Dog Wild West

    54 Hopkins Street, Footscray

    Make your way through the swinging saloon doors to find bucking bulls, arcade games, pool tables, a dog-friendly rooftop, and food and drinks aplenty.

  • Bar

    Santana Rooftop

    169 Melbourne Place, Melbourne

    Follow the glow from red neon lights to find this moody, winter-friendly rooftop bar in Melbourne's CBD.

  • Bar

    Saint George

    54 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

    Celebrity chef Karen Martini is running the show at this St Kilda haunt.

  • Restaurant

    Hopper Joint

    157 Greville Street, Prahran

    These light, crispy, bowl-shaped pancakes take centre stage at this Sri Lankan joint.

  • Restaurant


    151 Toorak Road, South Yarra

    Get around great sashimi and temaki from the raw bar and flame-kissed Japanese eats from the yakitori grill.

  • Bar


    26-28 Cotham Road, Kew

    Joe Vargetto is blending old-school Italian sensibilities with contemporary cool at this trendy Kew spot.

  • Restaurant

    Bang Bang Hampton

    315 Hampton Street, Hampton

    This outpost is cooking up a fusion of Southeast Asian, Japanese, Korean and Indian eats.

  • Bar

    Mill Place Merchants

    2 Mill Place, Melbourne

    If you're feeling mysterious, dark and moody, this speakeasy bar might be the perfect place to brood. That's if you can find it.

  • Restaurant

    D.O.C St Kilda

    14-16 The Esplanade, St Kilda

    The latest seaside site by D.O.C is a prime spot for sharing a seafood pizza while overlooking the water.

  • Bar

    Misfits Bar

    30 Chambers Street, Footscray

    A trio of misfits have set up a sleek bar in Footscray, which champions local artists and community groups.

  • Bar


    67 Cardigan Place, Albert Park

    Even though the city is littered with Euro-centric wine bars, there's still plenty of room for more.

  • Bar

    Pirate Life South Melbourne

    139-145 Market Street, South Melbourne

    This pirate life is all about craft beers, natural wines and a huge selection of South American and Greek eats.

  • Bar

    Fleet Rooftop Bar

    1 Queen Street, Melbourne

    The Flinders Street rooftop bar boasts an encyclopaedic drinks menu stacked with over 70 rums, 50 gins, and a selection of vintage and hard-to-find spirits.

  • Restaurant

    Shusai Mijo

    256 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

    Three Warabi alums have struck out on their own, championing Kappo-style omakase in Melbourne's inner north.

  • Restaurant

    Lucia Melbourne

    11 Eastern Road, South Melbourne

    Even though the Mediterranean style of drinking and dining is all over Melbourne these days, Lucia has a team of local hospo heavyweights ready to fight off the competition.

  • Bar


    50 Tope Street, South Melbourne

    Enjoy a sky-high sip over city views at this South Melbourne brewery and you'll also be helping a good cause.

  • Restaurant

    Niku Shiki

    360 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

    Melbourne Central's wagyu-centric venue operates as a sleek restaurant, takeaway joint, and in-house butcher and grocer all rolled into one.

  • Restaurant


    445 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

    Like an ancient ronin samurai, Chef Patrick Kwong has no master. He's breaking the rules and doing omakase his own way.

  • Restaurant

    Robin's Deli

    132 Keys Road, Cheltenham

    It's serving up everything from sausage and egg brekkie rolls and four-cheese Vegemite toasties to healthy veggie sandwiches and decked-out meatball subs.

  • Bar


    67 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne

    Treat yourself to some old-world luxury — sipping on fine champagne and biting into confit duck cigars at the bar.

  • Bar

    The Gertrude Hotel

    148 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

    The Fitzroy corner site has been reborn once again — this time as a Med-inspired bar and bistro.

  • Restaurant

    Sushi Baby

    414 New Street, Brighton

    This popular takeaway sushi bar in Brighton now has a pastel-hued dining room and courtyard, plus a dine-in menu full of both contemporary and traditional Japanese eats.

  • Restaurant

    Tokyo Motto

    200 Bourke Street, Melbourne

    This Japanese diner is serving inventive fare like ice cream ramen by day before turning into a classic, dim, Tokyo-style izakaya at night.

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