Best Restaurants in Richmond

Updated 2 months ago


Richmond has had its ups and downs over the past few decades, but it’s never really lost relevance. Led by the venerable Corner Hotel, the pub scene is one of Melbourne’s best and has been since the suburb’s working-class days. It really comes into its own on game days at the ‘G.

Apart from Victoria Street and its many vibrant Vietnamese restaurants, dining has been less reliable. That’s changing, though. Church and Swan Streets are heating up, and Bridge Road has been making a comeback after several years in retail limbo. Here’s the best new spots to eat, plus several old favourites.

Swan Street

  • It’s Vietnamese, but not as you know it. Slide into a booth and order fragrant share plates that might include banh mi fingers, beer tartare with pho jelly, and a playful take on caviar. Plus, a suite of Australian wines and beers (and Vietnamese lagers for good measure).

  • The menu at this new-wave Japanese diner is far from traditional, but the flavour-punching dishes stay true to the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. Expect cold dishes, donburi and hits from the Hibachi grill.

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  • The team behind Toji Sake delivers hibachi-grilled yakitori skewers, Wagyu with beef-fat butter, and crunchy tofu-skin duck gyoza alongside sake Margaritas and cold Japanese beer.

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  • This cosy north-side spot is helmed by a chef who's no stranger to a Michelin-starred kitchen. His menu deals in the kind of seafood-heavy fare you might find at a bistro in the south of France, backed by a concise list of new-wave European wines.

  • Dark tones and dim lights set the mood at this casual yet sophisticated wine and cocktail bar. Bar food might include imported cheese, salumi or kingfish crudo. Enjoy their humble dishes alongside classic cocktails such as the Singapore Sling, and more seasonal creative mixes.

  • At this big, relaxed pub by the team behind The Marquis of Lorne, there are a lot of spaces to choose from. There's the downstairs front bar, with 10 taps serving crafts and classics. Upstairs, a dining room with a pub and bistro menu. And on the roof, a terrace bar with views out over Richmond.

  • Modern Greek food (dubbed “Gringlish”) from a former *Masterchef* contestant. Share plates might include soft pita, crisp and melty saganaki, or slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Enjoy a gamut of Greek wines and beers – plus ouzo if you’re so inclined.

  • It’s not Greece, but it almost feels like it. Expect hearty Greek meze of dips, salads, grilled meats and seafood, with an emphasis on seasonal produce. Dine at the bar or in the shady courtyard with a lush vertical garden.

  • Hearty, diner-style burgers stand out in this former charcoal chicken shop. Only two people know the recipe for the secret marinade – which laces the Angus beef patties with umami flavour. Enjoy burgers on a pillowy brioche bun alongside staple sides such as crisp fried chicken and fries.

  • A charming, light-filled wine bar from two Melbourne hospitality veterans. Expect French-leaning fare driven by razor-sharp technique. Plus an excellent wine list spanning Australia, France, Italy and Germany.

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  • Sip Martinis while overlooking 360-degree views of Melbourne, indulge in classic pizzas and pillowy house-made gnocchi or descend into the neon-lit basement for a signature late-night cheeseburger.

  • A slick all-day eatery from the Reymond siblings, with an emphasis on relaxed yet elegant dining.

  • Vietnamese street food with strong family ties.

  • Basic Roman-style pizza done well.

Bridge Road

  • The hushed, reverent atmosphere here is well suited to owner-chef Koichi Minamishima's awe-inspiring knife skills. He works with both local seafood and fish flown direct from Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo to produce his peerless sushi. This is the best Japanese restaurant in Melbourne.

  • Generous, home-style Laotian food is the draw at this relaxed restaurant from chef Thi Le and partner Jia-Yen Lee. Roll in for crisp rice salad with sour pork and freshly grated coconut, and whole spatchcock with pineapple salsa.

  • Everything is made from scratch at this wine bar from a young owner-chef with experience at Michelin star restaurants. The menu changes each week (but retains a nostalgic, familiar slant) and the walls are covered with Australian art.

  • Colourful walls, colourful food. That's the proposition at this loosely South American eatery with a strong vegetarian slant.

  • Soft, blistering woodfired pizza and pillowy gnocchi are staples at this authentic Italian pizzeria. The flour, specialty cheeses and cured meats are imported from Italy. If you make it to their bottomless weeknight dinner, it’s best to tuck your napkin into your collar.

  • The owners at this sleek osteria show their Italian roots with varieties of filled pasta that hail from the Lombardy region in Italy’s north – where the owners are from. In a nod to their second home Down Under, there’s a big focus on local produce and a wine list featuring all-Australian drops.

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  • If it ain't broke, don’t fix it. That’s the thinking at this almost 60-year-old steakhouse. The impressive four-course set menu leaves you with one choice: your cut of steak. Otherwise, sit back and let the experienced waitstaff impress.

  • Inside this banh mi bar from the Jeow team, a woodfire hearth turns out turmeric chicken, jungle pork sausage and Manchurian pumpkin to fill the crusty baguettes.

  • The Terminus Hotel’s secluded little sister is a true locals’ haunt (you’ll see them sprawled on couches and huddled around communal tables). The team has mastered pub staples like the chicken parma and classic steak. It’s best to pair them with one of the many craft beers on tap.

  • Neon signage and colourful murals line the walls of this playful Thai eatery. Enjoy modern takes on traditional Thai favourites – including soft-shell crab sliders, a hearty pad thai and flavourful curries.

Church Street

  • If you’re after Italian with a fun, neighbourhood feel, head here. Restaurateur Chris Lucas’s buzzing southside spot turns out pizzas alongside salumi and traditional, crowd-pleasing pastas.

Victoria Street

  • You might have seen the crimson Peking ducks hanging in the window. This affordable, bustling Cantonese barbeque and seafood restaurant is a Victoria Street institution. Rotating specials are handwritten on the wall, but don’t go past the Peking duck pancakes and char siew (barbeque pork).

  • The name says it all at this cosy, no-fuss Vietnamese diner. Here, they serve up some of the best pho on a street brimming with options. All the classic elements – tender meat, layered broth and fresh garnishes – keep the fans coming back for more. Their diner in the CBD is also worth your time.

  • Known for two Vietnamese specialties: sizzling pancake and steamed rice paper rolls filled with minced pork and wood-ear mushrooms.