Fitzroy Street, Acland Street and surrounds aren't thriving quite as much as they were in the early 2000s, but St Kilda is still home to two Melbourne's best restaurants, Stokehouse and Cafe Di Stasio. Beyond that there's a long tail of locally treasured institutions such as Cicciolina and Donovans, and fresh, exciting players such as Supernormal Canteen and Cafe Southall. Here's where to find them all.

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Donovans

This personable institution has been around since 1995 and retains a huge base of regular customers who love its classic, consistent menu.

40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
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Stokehouse

Seafood and stunning ocean views – it's no surprise this is such an institution.

Upstairs 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
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Cafe Di Stasio

The word institution gets thrown around a lot, but Ronnie di Stasio's elegant Italian diner has well and truly earned the accolade.

31 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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Cafe Southall

A stylish Indian diner from the family behind the acclaimed Bombay by Night.

124 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Mya Tiger

This Cantonese resturant up the stairs at Melbourne’s iconic Esplanade Hotel has incredible views and Chinese cuisine classics.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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The Espy

After a profound redevelopment, this legendary seaside pub is going strong, offering the live music, drinks, food, good times and views it always has, albeit in far more polished fashion.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Fitzrovia

The chef behind the pans at this all-day diner worked in some of London's top restaurants for over two decades. And you can taste that experience across even the most casual dishes.

155 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
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Araliya

Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine married with modern techniques.

157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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The St. Hotel

A heaving two-storey pub and nightclub from the duo behind Saigon Sally, Tokyo Tina and Hanoi Hannah.

54 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Las Tapas

There’s only one rule at this Spanish eatery: no cutting corners.

100 Chapel Street, St Kilda
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Ichi Ni

This sister restaurant to Fitzroy's Ichi Ni Nana has all of its sibling's great Japanese drinking and dining, with one key difference: stunning views out over Port Phillip Bay.

12 The Esplanade, St Kilda
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Pontoon

The casual downstairs restaurant of the rebuilt Stokehouse.

30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
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Lona Pintxos Bar

Stay up late with pintxos and wine.

64-66 Acland Street, St Kilda

Babu Ji

Gluten-free naan? Indian nachos? You can find them here.

4-6 Grey Stret, St Kilda

Radio Mexico

This spot just off St Kilda Beach is one of Melbourne's original Mexican restaurants, and it's still one of its best. That's thanks to an uncompromising commitment to quality ingredients. The drinks list, which includes a handful of Margaritas, complements the fun, shareable food.

11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Cicciolina

Authentic, no-fuss Italian since 1993.

130 Acland Street, St Kilda

Machi

Meaning ‘community’ in Japanese, Machi is inspired by its St Kilda location and eclectic culture. Come here for excellent gyoza, Wagyu beef and Kyoto-inspired dishes.

14 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

Mr Wolf

This striking, forest-themed dining room has been a destination for pizza and other Italian classics since 2004.

9-15 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
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Pizza e Birra

The name says it all.

60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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Newmarket Hotel

Californian flavours are the focus at this gastropub in St Kilda.

34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

Lau’s Family Kitchen

High quality, home-style Cantonese food.

4 Acland St, St Kilda

Claypots

Fresh and varied fare to rival that of any Southeast Asian island.

213 Barkley Street, St Kilda

I Carusi II

Artisanal 12-inch pizza bliss south of the Yarra.

231 Barkly Street, St Kilda

Fat Jaks

Fast food without the mystery-meat aspect on Barkly Street.

205 Barkly Street, St Kilda