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

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Serves some of the most exquisite sushi in Melbourne.

4 Lord Street, Richmond


Creative and surprising Vietnamese-Australian fusion by an Andrew McConnell alumnus.

338 Bridge Road, Richmond


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

280 Bridge Road, Richmond

Feast of Merit

Dine here and you'll help alleviate poverty elsewhere.

Restaurant 117 Swan Street, Richmond

New Quarter

In 2021, New Quarter got itself a new chef, menu and fit-out. Enter this warmly lit space for pho-inspired beef tartare, banh mi “fingers” and a dish featuring Laughing Cow cheese – from an ex-Sunda and Cumulus Inc chef. Plus, spring roll-topped Bloody Marys and a cocktail with a Vietnamese-coffee ice cube.

79 Swan Street, Richmond

Future Future

The food at this Japanese diner is far from traditional, but it's authentically simple.

191 Swan Street, Richmond


Cheeky Korean fare from the creators of Chin Chin.

599 Church Street, Richmond
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Kong's sister restaurant slings a mean pizza.

631-633 Church Street, Richmond


A French restaurant that's as moody and mysterious as the name suggests.

175 Swan Street, Richmond

The Modern Eatery

Sushi unbound by tradition.

176 Swan Street, Richmond

Pacific Seafood BBQ House

Look for the ducks hanging in the window and you've arrived at this affordable, iconic Chinese restaurant.

Shop 8, 240 Victoria Street, Richmond

Mrs Kim’s Grill Richmond

Complimentary kimchi for all.

258 Swan Street, Richmond

St Domenico Pizza Bar

Neapolitan pizzas with perfectly blistered crusts.

428 Bridge Road, Richmond
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The Ugly Duckling

A sophisticated wine bar that wants you to feel like you're entertaining at home.

238 Swan Street, Richmond

Union House

A big, relaxed pub by the team behind The Marquis of Lorne, with the same approach to food.

270 Swan Street, Richmond
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I Love Pho

It's a controversial issue, but we reckon this is close to the best pho on the strip.

264 Victoria Street, Richmond


Modern Greek by a former Masterchef contestant.

179 Swan Street, Richmond

LadyBoy Dining & Bar

This Thai restaurant is a heap of fun, whether you agree with the contentious name or not.

394 Bridge Road, Richmond

The Royston Hotel

Best known as a beer pub, but the food is a cut above.

12 River Street, Richmond

1090 Burger

Grass-fed Angus beef and a top-secret marinade served on brioche.

181A Swan Street, Richmond


Fine steaks since 1964.

61 Bridge Road, Richmond

Demitri's Feast

Classic Greek food and wine, and a charming courtyard to enjoy it in.

141 Swan Street, Richmond