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Melbourne Restaurants Where You Can Dine at the Bar

Take a seat up front, whether you're dining solo or finally having that long-delayed catch-up.
By Shannon Connellan
August 01, 2018
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Melbourne Restaurants Where You Can Dine at the Bar

Take a seat up front, whether you're dining solo or finally having that long-delayed catch-up.
By Shannon Connellan
August 01, 2018
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  • Food & Drink

    Bincho Boss

    A modern izakaya heroing chargrilled dishes, hot pot and clever cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Lupo

    Chef Scott Pickett's Collingwood pasta bar with spanner crab lasagne, squid ink linguine and a 120-strong wine list.

  • Food & Drink

    Aromi Restaurant

    An Italian spot in Brighton with two Bar Carolina chefs, margherita cocktails and salted caramel mini 'Magnums'.

  • Food & Drink

    Goldie Asian Canteen + Brews

    A mod-Asian tuck shop with bubble tea cocktails in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    Di Stasio Citta

    Part art gallery, party Italian restaurant, this CBD is the second outpost of St Kilda's Cafe Di Stasio.

  • Food & Drink

    Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

    This Prahran ramen joint is known for its rich and creamy slow-cooked broth.

  • Food & Drink

    Luton Lane Wine Bar

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

  • Food & Drink

    St Giles

    An elegant wine bar, cellar and restaurant hidden up above a Camberwell shopping centre.

  • Sonny Chiba

    A modern Japanese diner with brisket-stuffed doughnuts and an Iced Vovo dessert.

  • Food & Drink

    Leonardo's Pizza Palace

    Carlton's palatial home of Italo-American pizza and pasta from the team behind Leonard's House of Love.

  • Food & Drink

    Estelle

    Celebrated chef Scott Pickett has combined Estelle Bistro and ESP to create one venue celebrating wining, dining and everything in between.

  • Food & Drink

    Chacho's

    Windsor's fun Mexican-inspired pizzeria and tequila bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Bodega Underground

    This CBD taqueria is completely gluten-free, very vegan and open till 3am every night.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Romantica

    A Lygon Street institution has been transformed into a sleek late-night Italian bar and eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    Navi

    An innovative 25-seat restaurant from an acclaimed chef in Yarraville.

  • Food & Drink

    Lazerpig

    Standout slices and great wine matched with DJs and a mesmerising disco ball.

  • Food & Drink

    Benzina Cantina

    An authentic Mexican eatery from the mind behind Los Hermanos.

  • Food & Drink

    Future Future

    This little Richmond eatery is slinging meatball katsu-sandos, donburi bowls, cocktails and rare Japanese sake.

  • Food & Drink

    Cheek

    A new no-rules CBD barbecue restaurant from the Dexter team.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Saracen

    Punch Lane's modern Middle Eastern diner.

  • Food & Drink

    Horn Please

    Rule-breaking Indian fare in North Fitzroy.

  • Food & Drink

    Tipico

    Windsor's new modern Italian eatery with local flavours and a sleek design.

  • Food & Drink

    Matilda 159 Domain

    Restaurateur Scott Pickett's new sprawling restaurant is an ode to Australia.

  • Food & Drink

    Ciao Cielo

    This refined Italian eatery in a historic courthouse will transport you to Tuscany for the night.

  • Food & Drink

    Congress

    You'll find everything from 6.30am coffee to late-night sangas at this Collingwood wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Sunda

    Where Southeast Asian flavours meet native Australian ingredients.

  • Food & Drink

    Mjolner

    Melbourne's Thor-inspired bar and restaurant riffs on the feasting halls of Valhalla.

  • Food & Drink

    Lover

    A moody restaurant and cocktail bar on Chapel Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Riddik

    Templestowe's bold new all-day offering will leave you spoilt for choice.

  • Food & Drink

    Joanie's Baretto

    Thornbury's cute neighbourhood Italian bar serving spritzes cicchetti and bowls of pasta.

  • Food & Drink

    Butchers Diner

    This 24-hour CBD diner serves up burgers, steak and sticky date pudding at all hours of the day.

  • Food & Drink

    Palermo

    An Argentinian restaurant serving up smoky meats and bold red wines in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    Waterside Hotel

    The historic building features five separate hospitality spaces, including a Champagne lounge and a craft beer bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Kisume

    Chris Lucas's three storeys of Japanese grandeur.

  • Food & Drink

    Arlechin

    Grossi Florentino's basement bar is serving snacks and cocktails until 3am every night.

  • Food & Drink

    Juliet

    Punch Lane's basement raclette, jazz and wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Restaurant Igni

    This Geelong fine diner is one of Victoria's best restaurants.

  • Food & Drink

    Supernormal Canteen

    Andrew McConnell's gone more casual with his canteen, serving up highballs, fancy cup noodles and, yes, those lobster rolls.

  • Food & Drink

    Bontempo Pizzeria

    Valoriani clay oven woodfired pizzas, local beers and bottled cocktails in Fitzroy.

  • Food & Drink

    Neptune Food & Wine

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

  • Food & Drink

    Osteria Ilaria

    A CBD wine bar and Italian eatery from the pasta kings next door at Tipo 00.

  • Food & Drink

    Uncle Collins Street

    Casual Vietnamese fare in a breezy CBD space.

  • Food & Drink

    Ramblr

    A casual fine diner pushing experimental dishes and some seriously memorable meals.

  • Food & Drink

    Primo

    A new contender for northside's number one pizza place.

  • Food & Drink

    Gilson

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

  • Food & Drink

    Fancy Hank's

    A two-storey barbecue joint complete with its own rooftop bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Spring and Summer

    An ex-Chin Chin chef opens a St Kilda restaurant for all seasons.

  • Food & Drink

    Vaporetto Bar & Eatery

    An enchanting Venetian bar that nails all the best bits of Venice.

  • Food & Drink

    Saint Lucia

    Comforting Caribbean food on Chapel Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Sezar

    A CBD restaurant championing contemporary Armenian food.

  • Food & Drink

    Holla

    An all-day dining option on Victoria Street (that's not Vietnamese food).

  • Food & Drink

    Copper Pot Seddon

    A pan-European menu that inexplicably works exquisitely.

  • Food & Drink

    Up in Smoke

    Footscray's newest (and only) barbecue joint.

  • Food & Drink

    St Cloud Eating House

    There’s more than just a silver lining on this cloud.

  • Food & Drink

    Dexter

    Hot, sugary brisket doughnuts await you at Preston's no-rules BBQ place.

  • Food & Drink

    Sun Moth Canteen & Bar

    Coffee, wine and wi-fi in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    Marion

    True to form, Andrew McConnell serves up another Gertrude Street gem.

  • Food & Drink

    Lamaro's Bodega

    This classic family pub has ditched the schnitzels for Spanish-style tapas.

  • Food & Drink

    The Mill House

    Channel the Prohibition era and sip moonshine below street level.

  • Food & Drink

    Kustom Burgers

    A burger joint that's completely custom.

  • Food & Drink

    Cicciolina

    A bayside pioneer, bringing Italy down under since 1993.

  • Food & Drink

    Rice Paper Scissors

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

  • Food & Drink

    Saint.Urban

    High-class fare without the attitude.

  • 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

    The Stone Hotel

    A brand new pub for Fitzroy's busiest intersection.

  • Food & Drink

    Joey Smalls

    A new small bar for Sydney Road.

  • Food & Drink

    Underwood Wine Bar

    Venture north of the main Fitzroy drag for a no-nonsense glass of red.

  • Food & Drink

    Harley House

    Picanteria-style Peruvian fare is the new face of this subterranean city space.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rochester Hotel

    The Rochey is not just your average local pub.

  • Food & Drink

    St Hotel

    Once a questionable choice of venue, the Saint Hotel has been transformed into a sleek Thai dining space and bar.

  • Food & Drink

    L'Hotel Gitan

    From Paris to Prahran, this is Jacques Reymond's attempt at the French gastropub.

  • Food & Drink

    Magic Mountain Saloon

    An eatery and bar spawned from one of Melbourne's best hospo pedigrees.

  • Food & Drink

    Botherambo

    Richmond's newest Asian joint is a little bit different to its Victoria Street neighbours.

  • Food & Drink

    Cookie

    One of the classic 'cool' bars in Melbourne never fails to disappoint.

  • Food & Drink

    The Post

    Recently refurbished, The Post is now a pretty schmick St Kilda gastropub.

  • Food & Drink

    Izakaya Den

    A classic option for cool and classy Japanese.

  • Food & Drink

    Gazi

    Greek street food in a Calombaris' casual fine dining setting.

  • Food & Drink

    Pastuso

    Fun, convivial Peruvian dining in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    Belles Hot Chicken

    F**king hot Fitzroy fried chicken.

  • Food & Drink

    The Botanical

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

  • Food & Drink

    Araliya

    St Kilda's sweetest Sri Lankan restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    Cutler & Co.

    Fine dining at one of the best restaurants in the country.

  • Food & Drink

    Kong

    The Korean barbecue king of Church Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Merchant Osteria Veneta

    A Venetian celebration within a thoroughly modern Melbourne setting.

  • Food & Drink

    Baby Pizza

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

  • Food & Drink

    Rice Queen

    Oriental dining edging towards Brunswick Street royalty.

  • Food & Drink

    Supernormal

    Lobster rolls and karaoke, together at last.

  • Food & Drink

    Cumulus Inc.

    A sensory dream of outstanding food and beautiful design.

  • Food & Drink

    Movida Aqui

    Tapas and sherry from the best.

  • Food & Drink

    Fatto Bar & Cantina

    With Fatto meaning 'stuffed' in Italian, this riverside cantina and bar might just be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Food & Drink

    The Spotted Mallard

    Great burgers in a classic Brunswick grunge-pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Le Bon Ton

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

  • Food & Drink

    Charlie Dumpling

    Start an affair with Charlie's dumplings.

  • Food & Drink

    Panama Dining Room

    Go for the food, stay for the view at this Smith Street stalwart.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Idda

    An all-Sicilian affair that will make you feel an entire world away.

  • Food & Drink

    Jimmy Grants

    The souvlaki just got sexy, and suddenly, it's no longer just a 'sometimes' food.

  • Food & Drink

    Uncle

    Eat a mini (or large) bowl of pho on St Kilda's only Vietnamese rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    Rita's Cafeteria

    A beacon of friendly service leading the renaissance of Abbotsford.

  • Food & Drink

    Pabu Grill & Sake

    Serving sake rather than beer, Collingwood's newest pub is distinctly Japanese.

  • Food & Drink

    Mr. Miyagi

    New Japanese eatery brings the funkiness of Fitzroy into the flashy end of town; a winning trifecta of food, sake and service.

  • Food & Drink

    The Waiters Club

    Despite missing out on the neighbouring Meyers Place revolution, the Waiter's Club remains a city stalwart.

  • Food & Drink

    Hellenic Republic

    Greek food and a whole lot of Hellenic soul.

  • Food & Drink

    San Telmo

    Inspired by Argentina’s vibrant culture, San Telmo offers authentic food and wine to match.

  • Food & Drink

    Spoonbill

    Art and food mix to create a sleek aesthetic and culinary experience.

  • Food & Drink

    Bomba

    A Spanish worker's bar where tapas, wines and vermouth are king.

  • Food & Drink

    Neighbourhood Wine

    With a history steeped in Melbourne Mafia, this bar brings a cosy, speakeasy-style space to Fitzroy North.

  • Food & Drink

    Robert Burns Hotel

    A little slice of Spain on Smith Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Ladro

    A touch of Italy with a Melbourne sensibility.

  • Food & Drink

    Saint Crispin

    A special dining experience on Smith Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Tonka

    Accessible Indian-inspired cuisine with a fine dining twist.

  • Food & Drink

    Bellota Wine Bar

    Hark back to the golden age of food and drink with South Melbourne's Bellota.

  • Food & Drink

    Prahran Hotel

    Enjoy good old fashioned pub food from the comfort of a concrete pipe.

  • Food & Drink

    Anada

    Tapas, tap wine and a sexy interior.

  • Food & Drink

    Chin Chin

    'The Chris Lucas effect' has people lining up out the doors each day for hours on end.

  • Food & Drink

    Sake Restaurant & Bar

    A Japanese sharing menu and a killer sake list.

  • Food & Drink

    Pinocchio

    Authentic Italian cuisine with a side of childhood nostalgia.

  • Food & Drink

    The Meatball and Wine Bar

    A restaurant rife with innuendo and good-quality fare.

  • Food & Drink

    Top Paddock

    This little patch of greenery is where some of Melbourne's most loved cafe owners have struck gold once again.

  • Food & Drink

    Hanoi Hannah

    This Prahran pho joint promises classic Vietnamese hawker-style dishes.

  • Food & Drink

    Mamasita

    There’s a fiesta in Melbourne and everyone wants to be invited.

  • Food & Drink

    Parlour Diner

    Parlour Diner's tiny size keeps it grounded with a sense of community rather than commodity.

  • Food & Drink

    MoVida

    Tucked away in stencil-drenched Hosier Lane, MoVida offers a grazing extravaganza in an enchanting room akin to what you'd actually get in downtown Barcelona.

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