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

Restaurant

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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Omnia

Restaurant

Sink into a tan leather booth for elevated European fare from a former Vue de Monde and Matilda chef, and botanical-inspired cocktails by 2018’s World Class Bartender of the Year. But this elegant diner isn’t sticking around forever.

625 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Atlas Dining

Restaurant

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

133 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Yagiz

Restaurant

An ex-Tulum chef serving contemporary Turkish food.

22 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen

Bar

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

Restaurant

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

4a Bond Street, South Yarra

Cucinetta

Restaurant

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

4 3 Murphy Street, South Yarra

Mr Bond

Restaurant

A low-key destination for regional Italian food.

2 Bond Street, South Yarra

Gilson

Restaurant

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

171 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Dainty Sichuan South Yarra

Restaurant

A haven for Melbournian chilli lovers.

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Bar Carolina

Restaurant

From the restaurateur behind Sarti and Il Bacaro.

44 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Leonard’s House of Love

Bar

Casual bar vibes meet professional house party.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

Cafe

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

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Caffe e Cucina

Restaurant

An authentic Italian stalwart on Chapel Street.

581 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Mopho Canteen South Yarra

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

This is about as French as a brasserie can be.

11 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Steer Dining Room

Restaurant

How much steak can you handle?

15 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Ichi Ichi Ku

Restaurant

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

119 Park Street, South Yarra

Rock Sugar

Restaurant

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

477 Malvern Road, South Yarra
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Sth Central

Restaurant

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

4 Yarra Street, South Yarra

Bistro Gitan

Restaurant

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

52 Toorak Road West, South Yarra

A25 Pizzeria

Restaurant

Affordable, sexy pizza.

720 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Misschu South Yarra

Restaurant

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

276 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Fratellino Pizzeria

Restaurant

A favourite pizza joint among the South Yarra locals.

415 Malvern Road, South Yarra

Spoonbill

Restaurant

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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Lona Misa

Restaurant

Shannon Martinez's all-vegan, all-day diner inside the luxury Ovolo hotel is a symbol of the group's commitment to plant-based eating. Alongside celebrated chef Ian Curley, Martinez is serving Josper-fired peri-peri cauliflower, steamy tamales and "blood" sausage that might freak you out.

234 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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The Botanical

Restaurant

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

169 Domain Road, South Yarra
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