Dining out in Melbourne, as you can imagine, you'll be spoilt for choice. There are hundreds of restaurants, bistros and cafes for you to select from.
On this page, I'll list all the establishments Alison and I have eaten in. Each one links to a separate page, with a full review.
Found on the upper level of Southbank, this is a very upmarket restaurant serving excellent food.
A sophisticated Chinese restaurant, also found on Southbank's upper level. Superb Chinese food.
A bar/restaurant on Collins Street in the CBD that you'd easily miss if you didn't know it was there. We were taken there by one of Alison's cousins and weren't disappointed.
Another pub/restaurant recommended by Alison's cousins. Found on La Trobe Street, also in the CBD, we first met there for a meal in 2011. We enjoyed the food so much we demanded a repeat visit in 2012 and 2013!
Our regular wateringhole every year we've been in Melbourne. We settled on it initially because it was a nice place to call in for a drink. We had breakfast and lunch there on many occasions. With a stylish menu and situated on Southbank's lower level, right on the river, it's a place I'd heartily recommend.
We only discovered this charming Chinese restaurant/bar on our 2013 visit. Situated on a side road just opposite the Eureka Tower, it had only been open a matter of weeks and was slowly building up a reputation. The staff made us very welcome - and the food's not half bad either!
Found within the iconic meeting place of Federation Square, a great place for stylish food, a drink and people watching.
Going a little out of the city, to the suburb of Fitzroy, this is an out-and-out Aussie pub that happens to serve great lunches. Once again, this was a place we were taken to by Alison's cousins. And don't forget, for dining out in Melbourne, the further out of the city you go, the cheaper it gets.
Getting a bit further afield now. This pub/restaurant is found in the neighbouring area of Williamstown, which can be reached by a charming ferry ride along the Yarra River. Serves a great lunch.
A very stylish bistro situated at St Kilda Beach, directly opposite the Luna Park fairground.
Melbourne has a smattering of these dotted about. There's one on Southbank. They're a great way to get a really cheap meal, which you can eat in the court or take away. All types of cuisine can be found there.
Of course, when dining out in Melbourne, there's this option for keeping things pretty cheap. The city has loads of Happy Jacks (our Burger King), Macca's (our MacDonalds), KFC and Subway.