Best Restaurants in Brunswick East

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Brunswick East’s restaurants are handily clustered along Lygon Street, with easy tram access. There’s plenty of variety on the dense one-kilometre stretch between Brunswick Road and Blyth Street, including elegant wine bars, Italian eateries, Melbourne’s best American barbeque joint and burgers galore. If you’re looking for somewhere on Sydney Road, head over to our guide to the Best Restaurants in Brunswick.

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  • The sibling of Neighbourhood Wine is cool and comfortable. Take a seat at the bar, or in front of an open fire, and enjoy the rotating share plates and easy-drinking wines.

  • Left-of-centre pizzas are the draw at this big, industrial-chic room from the Tipo 00 and Osteria Ilaria crew. Post up at the central bar for snacks and natural wines, or share bistecca and nebbiolo at a bistro-style table.

  • The DIY spirit is alive at this Southern-barbeque specialist.

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  • If you forget to book at this cosy neighbourhood restaurant, grab a seat at the bar, order a spritz and picture yourself in the streets of Palermo as you wait for a table. You’re in for home-style Sicilian fare, nostalgic Italian desserts and a welcoming vibe.

  • A romantic Italian joint with valentine-red booths and a beautiful oak bar. The owners pay homage to their predecessors with the venue’s original woodfired oven, and signature pizza – topped with passata, fior di latte and basil.

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  • Since 2006, Joseph Abboud’s Middle Eastern diner has reached institution status. Come for his signature cheese cigars and advieh-marinated lamb shoulder. Plus, a 200-strong mostly Middle Eastern wine list and fiery charcoal grill.

  • Twin brothers Antoine and Bechara Taouk serve up Lebanese soul food, just like their grandma did at home.

  • A wine-focused bar-restaurant by La Luna’s Adrian Richardson.

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  • A small Lebanese bakery with a local home delivery service.

  • A hyperactive restaurant that serves mammoth-sized, affordable Thai food.

  • There are over 80 sakes at this slick Japanese bar and eatery, which is housed in a former bank. Unlike many izakaya – which can get quite dark – Kumo's space is light, open and airy.

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  • Family favourites from a Lebanese home cook.

  • Burgers, booze and bands – that’s been the brief at The Beast since day dot. Years on, it still delivers with hefty two-handers (including respectable plant-based options), cheeky and creative cocktails, and plenty of local music.

  • A Naples inspired Italian restaurant with some of the best pizza in town.

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  • This casual Italian joint has a fit-out reminiscent of the all-you-can-eat pizza joints of the ’90s. While it's not a classic buffet, the pizzas are worth your pennies – from classic capricciosa to a burrata-laden pie.

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  • Fried and Tasty in Brunswick East is serving family-recipe fried chicken and killer sides and shakes,

  • Tucked beneath an apartment block, an ex-Kisume and Nobu chef perfects the Japanese art of robatayaki using a charcoal-powered parrilla grill. Take a seat at the bar overlooking the small but efficient kitchen for yakitori served every way and a diverse selection of sake by the glass.

  • This 65-seat taqueria, with a sizeable bar, is a hotspot for Mexico City cuisine including birria tacos, ceviche tostadas, tequila and mezcal, and house-made vegan horchata.