There’s just something about eating in front of a view. It could be the sense of place and occasion that a good view grants; a sweeping vista also has a way of enhancing the taste of every bite, in a strange way.

Restaurants with a view can even draw focus and absorb silence. And can do most of the heavy conversational lifting on a date, catch-up or special occasion.

Unlike Sydney or Brisbane, Melbourne doesn’t have so many restaurants where the view is the main attraction. But if you know where to look, there are still a number of spots with stunning outlooks. Just make sure to ask for the right table.

After something more casual? Check out our guide to Melbourne’s best rooftop bars.

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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Vue de Monde

Some of the best dining and views in the country.

Level 55, Rialto Building 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Captain Baxter

This beachside bar has stunning views out over the bay, a tight and fun drinks list filled with classic cocktails and local wines, and a kitchen doing big steaks and serious snacks. It's all set within a space that feels like a Bahamas bungalow.

10/18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Bomba

Thanks to Jesse Gerner (Green Park, Añada), the old Aylesbury is all about tapas now. Plus, there are spectacular views out over the city to enjoy while you eat. It's no surprise this place is held dear by so many Melburnians.

103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Naked In The Sky

This is the place where you bring anyone visiting Melbourne from out of town. So why do people brave the crowds, the uncertainty about actually getting a seat and the uncomfortably small elevator? Because this Fitzroy classic has some truly gobsmacking panaromic views of our city.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Farmer’s Daughters

This three-storey love letter to Gippsland and its produce is by Alejandro Saravia, the chef behind CBD classic Pastuso. There's a deli with house-made pastrami rolls; a suave restaurant with a focus on cooking with flames; and a greenhouse-like rooftop oasis.

80 Collins 95 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

The Melbourne Supper Club

A glass of wine and a seat in the weathered Chesterfield sofa overlooking Parliament House at sunrise is why this is arguably Melbourne's best late night bar.

Level 1 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

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

Panama Dining Room and Bar

Ascend three flights of stairs to reach this convivial loft, where arched windows offer city views.

Level 3 231 Smith St, Fitzroy

Easey's

Fancy a no-nonsense burger for, served five storeys up, inside a train carriage? This is the place for you. This eye-catching spot in Collingwood's backstreets doesn't coast by on its looks though – these are some of the best burgers you'll find anywhere in town.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood