Much like Richmond, South Melbourne mixes bustling shopping strips (Clarendon Street), slumbering industrial areas (Montague Street) and dense residential zones (Park Street). You’ll find restaurants scattered throughout all these areas. The superb Lûmé is semi-hidden in an unassuming terrace house, Half Acre lives in a former warehouse and Lamaro’s Hotel occupies a stunning corner site with 150 years of history. Here’s where to find them all.

Related pages:
Guide to South Melbourne
Best Cafes in South Melbourne



This once-esoteric fine diner has a more approachable format under executive chef Elijah Holland. It’s serving chic, accessible food that defies any one cultural influence.

226 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Half Acre


This multifaceted space couples the drop-in spirit of a pub with the food of a more polished eatery.

112 Munro Street, South Melbourne
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Park Street Pasta & Wine


Fresh, handmade pasta rolled from the best possible ingredients is the draw at this intimate osteria.

268 Park Street, South Melbourne

Tempura Hajime


This intimate restaurant – with a nondescript entrance under an office building – specialises in the Japanese tradition of tempura: a battering and frying technique that leads to surprisingly light and refreshing dishes.

60 Park Street, South Melbourne

Bambu Asian Eating House


Take a break from market shopping with a hit list of filling dishes from across South East Asia.

92 116 Cecil Street, South Melbourne

Lamaro’s Hotel


Gastropub fare in plush surrounds.

273-279 Cecil Street, South Melbourne



A Turkish cafe and restaurant right in the middle of the South Melbourne Market.

116-136 Cecil Street, South Melbourne

Wayside Inn


A pub with a softer side.

446 City Road, South Melbourne

Claypots Evening Star


Claypots romance: live music, seafood and drinks every night of the week.

Corner of Cecil and York Streets, South Melbourne



A smoke and meat-driven restaurant inspired by a chance encounter at a market in Spain.

28-30 Ross Street, South Melbourne



Take a seat at the stone counter for a 10-course sushi degustation, or order fish-skin crackling, miso-marinated black cod, and savoury steamed custard topped with foie gras à la carte.

181 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne

Peko Peko


This playful Taiwanese-Japanese restaurant in South Melbourne (no relation to Fitzroy's Peko Peko) is a fun eatery that doesn't take itself or its delicious menu too seriously.

190 Wells Street, South Melbourne

Woods Yard


Wood-fire sourdough pizza is the star at this wine bar, which pours natural wine, wild brews and coffee. Plus, grab sourdough rolls for lunch loaded with fillings such as mortadella, or a fancy omelette on the weekend.

74 Eastern Road, South Melbourne

Mr Brownie


This pub has a bar on each eclectic level including one on the roof with city views – with more than 1000 beers, pét-nat on tap, and curry chips, vindaloo pies, samosa burgers and butter chicken-stuffed rolls on the menu.

343 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne