Best Restaurants in Fitzroy North

Updated 7 months ago


Fitzroy North is quieter, more village-y and more affluent than Fitzroy proper, but the suburbs are almost equally matched when it comes to eating and drinking. Head here for affordable (and famous) Moroccan soups, Indian and Sri Lankan buffets, classic pub meals and elaborate, technique-driven dining from a veteran chef. There’s something for everyone.

  • Although the menu changes often at this neighbourhood restaurant, regulars keep coming back for the beautiful dining room, old-school Italian hospitality and extensive wine list.

  • The kind of neighbour you’ll want to enjoy long, languorous meals with. Expect a tome-like wine list that spans France, Italy, Georgia and Australia. Plus a share plate menu that might include excellent handmade pasta, elevated seasonal veg and an unmissable Sunday roast.

  • Buy a bottle of wine or BYO at this bistro and wine store.

  • From the team behind Congress and Future Future, this Italian-leaning wine bar serves remixed pastas and classic Italian dishes in a room full of mid-century design flourishes. There's also an on-site bottle shop stocked with Australian and imported Italian booze to take away.

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  • The best Indian in Fitzroy North.

  • This Sri Lankan restaurant is a Fitzroy North favourite. It has one of the best (and cheapest) buffets in Melbourne – regardless of cuisine.

  • Hit this north-side favourite for Italian-leaning pub fare and a strong community vibe. When the sun is shining, the retractable roof peels back and the beer garden at The Empress teems with locals seeking shade among the palms.

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  • Sit up at the bar or outside in the heart of Fitzroy North village over an unpretentious and affordable bowl of pasta. The owner of the neighbourhood spot is a self-professed wine lover, filling out the mostly Victorian wine list with ones she’d drink herself. Better yet, you can bring your own.

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  • This craft beer destination also has a sophisticated steak restaurant. Head out back to Cinder for incredible Josper-grilled steaks, or settle into the carpeted public bar for quality pub grub.

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  • Danish minimalism meets Italian wine bar. With a cinema.

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  • This backstreets local makes great burgers and stocks the right beers to drink with them.

  • The pasta spot where drawing on the table is encouraged. If that’s not your thing, the $9 pasta, $9 Negronis and $9 carafes of wine might be.

  • Its falafels are crisp, fresh and 100 per cent vego. They’re packed into pitas with a staple combo of Israeli salad, house-made hummus and tahini. The sabich and haloumi are crowd-pleasers. Go for the pita or order your meal piled high on a plate.

  • Chef Chris Terlikar is best known for smoky slabs of Texas-style barbeque. But you’ll find none of that at this charming 140-year-old former pub. Instead? House-made charcuterie, luscious pasta and a roaming cocktail trolley.

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  • Behind a tucked-away side door, the Terminus Hotel’s elegant dining room is powered by a Josper oven that turns out a tight but terrific steak selection. The pastas and desserts that are no afterthought, either. Try them all in an intimate chef’s table experience.

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  • This charming neighbourhood pub changed hands in 2023, but held on to its nostalgic ‘70s feel. Come for quiet pints in the front bar and an Italian-influenced menu that nods to its long history.