What makes a great restaurant? At Broadsheet, we’re interested in how well a place lives up to its own ambitions, regardless of its age, price point or cuisine.
Maybe it’s good value for money and a reliable source of fun. Maybe it pioneered a trend, and remains the most vital example of it. Or maybe, after several decades in operation, it still feels as fresh and relevant as ever.
All are equally valid answers when it comes to determining the best restaurants in Melbourne. That’s why our list includes lively wine bars and other dressed-down eateries alongside the usual fine diners. The remit may be wide, but if you’re looking for restaurants that both define and capture our city’s culinary spirit, stop right here. These are Melbourne's absolute best.
Note: Most of Melbourne's best restaurants have reopened, but few are operating the same way they used to. We're keeping a close eye on this guide, but things are changing quickly and certain information may not be fully up-to-date. We recommend visiting each restaurant’s website and/or social media pages before making a booking. Check here for a live list of every restaurant that’s reopening across town.