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.


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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Refined Middle Eastern from celebrity chef Shane Delia.

21 Bond St, Melbourne
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Greek and English fare by Guy Holder and Angie Giannakodakis.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

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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The big gun classic in Italian dining in Melbourne.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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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


A casual but stylish modern Vietnamese restaurant.

133 Ormond Road, Elwood


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

115-117 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Hawker-style food from the streets of Bangkok, at South Wharf.

35 South Wharf Promenande, South Wharf
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Asian fusion from morning through to night.

5 Gamon Street , Seddon


Authentic Peruvian in the heart of Melbourne.

19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne


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


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

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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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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