South Yarra is one of Melbourne's most exciting and diverse dining areas. High-end restaurants are thriving thanks to the gold-plated addresses in and around Domain Road, but at the same time, a raft of new apartments and the club-heavy nightlife in adjacent Prahran mean plenty of burger joints, casual Italian eateries and other affordable places too. Regardless of your taste or budget, there's a restaurant on our list to suit you. Here's where to find them.

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Matilda

A bold, contemporary diner dedicated to cooking with fire and smoke, from the owner-chef of Estelle and Saint Crispin.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Atlas Dining

Ambitious young owner-chef Charlie Carrington changes the cuisine every four months.

133 Commercial Road, South Yarra
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Yagiz

An ex-Tulum chef serving contemporary Turkish food.

22 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen

A trio of hospitality lifers is behind this smart wine bar, which is equally good for snacking as a full, sit-down dinner.

302 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra

A traditional pasta bar with proper elbow-to-elbow ambience.

4a Bond Street, South Yarra
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Cucinetta

Intimate and communal, like a real Italian restaurant should be.

4 3 Murphy Street, South Yarra
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Mr Bond

A low-key destination for regional Italian food.

2 Bond Street, South Yarra

Gilson

A day-to-night eatery with a refined, European feel.

171 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Dainty Sichuan South Yarra

A haven for Melbournian chilli lovers.

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Bar Carolina

From the restaurateur behind Sarti and Il.

44 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Leonard’s House of Love

Casual bar vibes meet professional house party.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

An all-day eatery worth visiting for the interior alone.

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Caffe e Cucina

An authentic Italian stalwart on Chapel Street.

581 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Mopho Canteen South Yarra

With an ex-Circa and Mr Wolf chef slinging the same hearty pho, banh mi and salads found at the original Balaclava venue.

74 Toorak Road, South Yarra

France Soir

This is about as French as a brasserie can be.

11 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Entrecôte South Yarra

A solid trad-French concept where steak and fries are the stars.

133 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Steer Dining Room

How much steak can you handle?

15 Claremont Street, South Yarra
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Ichi Ichi Ku

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dine-in, takeaway. This little Japanese bolthole does it all.

119 Park Street, South Yarra
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Rock Sugar

Neon signage and dissolving fairy-floss Martinis. Instagram, here we come.

477 Malvern Road, South Yarra
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Sth Central

A classy but casual restaurant from the Melbourne catering group, Tommy Collins.

4 Yarra Street, South Yarra

Bistro Gitan

Experience a variety of (mostly French) tastes and textures at Bistro Gitan, the Reymond family restaurant.

52 Toorak Road West, South Yarra
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A25 Pizzeria

Affordable, sexy pizza.

720 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Jardin Tan

A slick, Vietnamese-inspired cafe and bar in the Royal Botanic Gardens by Shannon Bennett.

Royal Botanic Gardens Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
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Misschu South Yarra

Hawker-style Vietnamese food delivered with tongue firmly in cheek.

276 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Fratellino Pizzeria

A favourite pizza joint among the South Yarra locals.

415 Malvern Road, South Yarra

Spoonbill

Australian and Mediterranean influences are combined with flair at the Olsen Hotel's in-house restaurant.

637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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The Botanical

Restaurant, cafe, bar and bottle shop all in one.

169 Domain Road, South Yarra
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