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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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  • BENZINA CANTINA

    An authentic Mexican eatery from the mind behind Los Hermanos.

  • FUTURE FUTURE

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

  • CHEEK

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

  • BAR SARACEN

    Punch Lane's modern Middle Eastern diner.

  • HORN PLEASE

    Rule-breaking Indian fare in North Fitzroy.

  • TIPICO

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

  • MATILDA 159 DOMAIN

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

  • CIAO CIELO

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

  • CONGRESS

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

  • SUNDA

    Where Southeast Asian flavours meet native Australian ingredients.

  • MJOLNER

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

  • LOVER

    Chapel Street has a new moody restaurant and cocktail bar.

  • RIDDIK

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

  • JOANIE'S BARETTO

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

  • PALERMO

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

  • WATERSIDE HOTEL

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

  • KISUME

    Chris Lucas's three storeys of Japanese grandeur.

  • ARLECHIN

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

  • JULIET

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

  • RESTAURANT IGNI

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

  • SUPERNORMAL CANTEEN

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

  • BONTEMPO PIZZERIA

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

  • NEPTUNE FOOD & WINE

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

  • OSTERIA ILARIA

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

  • UNCLE COLLINS STREET

    Casual Vietnamese fare in a breezy CBD space.

  • RAMBLR

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

  • PRIMO

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

  • GILSON

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

  • FANCY HANK'S

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

  • SPRING AND SUMMER

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

  • VAPORETTO BAR & EATERY

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

  • CHALAWAN

    Modern Thai food served with a Melbourne twist and some truly great cocktails.

  • SAINT LUCIA

    Comforting Caribbean food on Chapel Street.

  • SEZAR

    A CBD restaurant championing contemporary Armenian food.

  • HOLLA

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

  • COPPER POT SEDDON

    A pan-European menu that inexplicably works exquisitely.

  • 505 WINE ROOM

    This Toorak bar has all the essentials: wine, wine-matched snacks and a solid happy hour.

  • UP IN SMOKE

    Footscray's newest (and only) barbecue joint.

  • ST CLOUD EATING HOUSE

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

  • DEXTER

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

  • SUN MOTH CANTEEN & BAR

    Coffee, wine and wi-fi in the CBD.

  • MARION

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

  • LAMARO'S BODEGA

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

  • THE MILL HOUSE

    Channel the Prohibition era and sip moonshine below street level.

  • KUSTOM BURGERS

    A burger joint that's completely custom.

  • CICCIOLINA

    A bayside pioneer, bringing Italy down under since 1993.

  • RICE PAPER SCISSORS

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

  • SAINT.URBAN

    High-class fare without the attitude.

  • STRAY NEIGHBOUR

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

  • LEONARD'S HOUSE OF LOVE

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

  • THE STONE HOTEL

    A brand new pub for Fitzroy's busiest intersection.

  • JOEY SMALLS

    A new small bar for Sydney Road.

  • UNDERWOOD WINE BAR

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

  • HARLEY HOUSE

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

  • MJR TOM

    Call in ground control, there's another bar on Smith Street.

  • THE ROCHESTER HOTEL

    The Rochey has been rejuvenated, and it's no longer just your average local pub.

  • ST HOTEL

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

  • L'HOTEL GITAN

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

  • MAGIC MOUNTAIN SALOON

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

  • BOTHERAMBO

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

  • COOKIE

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

  • THE POST

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

  • IZAKAYA DEN

    A classic option for cool and classy Japanese.

  • GREEN PARK DINING

    Green Park takes dining all through the day, from morning coffee to after-dinner profiteroles.

  • GAZI

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

  • PASTUSO

    Fun, convivial Peruvian dining in the CBD.

  • BELLES HOT CHICKEN

    F**king hot Fitzroy fried chicken.

  • THE BOTANICAL

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

  • ARALIYA

    St Kilda's sweetest Sri Lankan restaurant.

  • CUTLER & CO.

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

  • KONG

    The Korean barbecue king of Church Street.

  • MERCHANT OSTERIA VENETA

    A Venetian celebration within a thoroughly modern Melbourne setting.

  • BABY PIZZA

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

  • RICE QUEEN

    Oriental dining edging towards Brunswick Street royalty.

  • SUPERNORMAL

    Lobster rolls and karaoke, together at last.

  • CUMULUS INC.

    A sensory dream of outstanding food and beautiful design.

  • MOVIDA AQUI

    Tapas and sherry from the best.

  • FATTO BAR & CANTINA

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

  • THE SPOTTED MALLARD

    Great burgers in a classic Brunswick grunge-pub.

  • LE BON TON

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

  • CHARLIE DUMPLING

    Start an affair with Charlie's dumplings.

  • PANAMA DINING ROOM

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

  • BAR IDDA

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

  • JIMMY GRANTS

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

  • UNCLE

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

  • RITA'S CAFETERIA

    A beacon of friendly service leading the renaissance of Abbotsford.

  • PABU GRILL & SAKE

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

  • MR. MIYAGI

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

  • THE WAITERS CLUB

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

  • HELLENIC REPUBLIC

    Greek food and a whole lot of Hellenic soul.

  • SAN TELMO

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

  • SPOONBILL

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

  • BOMBA

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

  • NEIGHBOURHOOD WINE

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

  • ROBERT BURNS HOTEL

    A little slice of Spain on Smith Street.

  • LADRO

    A touch of Italy with a Melbourne sensibility.

  • SAINT CRISPIN

    A special dining experience on Smith Street.

  • TONKA

    Accessible Indian-inspired cuisine with a fine dining twist.

  • BELLOTA WINE BAR

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

  • PRAHRAN HOTEL

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

  • ANADA

    Tapas, tap wine and a sexy interior.

  • CHIN CHIN

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

  • SAKE RESTAURANT & BAR

    A Japanese sharing menu and a killer sake list.

  • PINOCCHIO

    Authentic Italian cuisine with a side of childhood nostalgia.

  • THE MEATBALL AND WINE BAR

    A restaurant rife with innuendo and good-quality fare.

  • TOP PADDOCK

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

  • ESTELLE BISTRO

    A modern gastronomical experience in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

  • HANOI HANNAH

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

  • MAMASITA

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

  • PARLOUR DINER

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

  • 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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