Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back with another huge program for 2018. More than 300 events are planned and Restaurant Express, supported by OpenTable, is one of the highlights.

Between March 16 and 25, 80 of the city's best restaurants are offering two courses of lunch and a glass of matched wine for $40. It's easy to take advantage of this incredible deal – just book a restaurant with us below, making sure to specify a lunchtime slot (12pm–3pm) between Monday and Thursday.

Restaurant Express menus and terms and conditions are available on the MFWF site.

Bomba

Spectacular city views and tapas until 1am. It’s no surprise this place is held dear by so many Melburnians.

103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Maha

Refined Middle Eastern from celebrity chef Shane Delia.

21 Bond St, Melbourne
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Epocha

Greek and English fare by Guy Holder and Angie Giannakodakis.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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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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Florentino

The big gun classic in Italian dining in Melbourne.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Park Street

An all-day diner by chef Jesse Gerner.

815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
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Annam

Charcoal-grilled Chiang Mai pork sausages, vintage kung-fu movies and a rice-paper station by Pho Nom’s Jerry Mai.

56 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Dandelion

A casual but stylish modern Vietnamese restaurant.

133 Ormond Road, Elwood

Pontoon

The casual downstairs restaurant of the rebuilt Stokehouse.

30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
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Copper Pot

A Euro-trip to take again and again.

105 Victoria Street, Seddon
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Punch Lane

A Melbourne institution, positioned at the top of Little Bourke Street for more than two decades.

43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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The Black Toro

Exquisite Hispanic cuisine in the suburbs.

79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
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Gazi

Hellenic street food with style.

2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Shukah

History and geography converge at Garen Maskal’s modern Armenian eatery.

104 Chapel Street, Windsor
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Philippe

Classic-but-contemporary dishes from Melbourne’s French-cuisine master.

115-117 Collins Street, Melbourne
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BangPop

Hawker-style food from the streets of Bangkok, at South Wharf.

35 South Wharf Promenande, South Wharf
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Luxsmith

Asian fusion from morning through to night.

5 Gamon Street , Seddon
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Gingerboy

The chic space for palates that crave Asian hawker-style food.

27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne
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Pastuso

Authentic Peruvian in the heart of Melbourne.

19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne

Elyros

Cretan cuisine from the team behind Epocha.

871 Burke Road, Camberwell
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San Telmo

An Argentinean restaurant and wine bar that features a traditional parrilla barbeque.

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Sosta Cucina

North Melbourne’s paragon of Italian fine dining.

12 Errol Street, North Melbourne
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Trattoria Emilia

A North Italian-style trattoria that’s all about making you comfortable.

360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Pure South

The Southgate fine diner is built on its relationships with suppliers in Tasmania.

Southgate GR 2/3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
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The French Brasserie

A dependable brasserie serving French classics to the suited and booted.

2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne

Bottega

Modern-Italian served right beside the road, just like they do in Rome.

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Collins Quarter

A slick city bar by the man that brought us Gin Palace, Bar Ampere and Madame Brussels.

86 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Hellenic Hotel

George Calombaris heads west.

28 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Hellenic Republic Kew

The second outpost for George Calombaris's classic share-friendly Greek cuisine.

26 Cotham Road, Kew

Hellenic Republic Brighton

A worthy addition to George Calombaris's chain of family-focused tavernas.

25/27 Church Street, Brighton

Sezar

A modern take on a not-so-familiar cuisine – Armenian.

6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
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Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

Dine on the best of Bangkok, Taipei and Shanghai in the glow of red neon.

23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne

The Station Hotel

Well-sourced and cooked steaks that make for some of Footscray’s finest.

59 Napier Street, Footscray
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The Smith

A lively restaurant and bar in Prahran.

213 High St, Prahran
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Waterside Hotel

There’s champagne and fancy hot dogs at the Waterside, but mostly it’s still just a local pub.

508 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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