If you're planning to dine out for Valentine's Day, we can help. We've assembled some restaurants taking instant reservations through Broadsheet.

Browse the top half if you're looking to spend a bit more for a quieter, more sophisticated experience. Skip to the bottom if a louder, more relaxed atmosphere is your idea of the perfect date.

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Ezard

The quietest achiever in Melbourne’s flashy fine-dining scene.

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Philippe

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

115-117 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Epocha

Greek and English fare by Guy Holder and Angie Giannakodakis.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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Flower Drum

A serene Cantonese fine-diner that's been cooking since 1975.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne
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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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Cecconi's

The perfect place to bask in luxury and tradition.

61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Rosetta Ristorante

Sophisticated Italian from star chef Neil Perry.

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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The European

Top notch European food and wine.

161 Spring Street, Melbourne
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Bottega

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

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Kisumé

The most ambitious Japanese restaurant in Melbourne.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Luxsmith

Asian fusion from morning through to night.

5 Gamon Street , Seddon
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Hihou

A Japanese-influenced bar by Simon Denton of Izakaya Den.

First Floor 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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L'Hôtel Gitan

A gastro pub with fine-dining flair by the family Reymond.

32 Commercial Road, Prahran
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Bistro Gitan

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

52 Toorak Road West, South Yarra
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Spice Temple

A modern take on Chinese, from Neil Perry, with a dramatic interior, endless wine list and quality food.

Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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Marion

A place for serious grape lovers.

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Copper Pot

A Euro-trip to take again and again.

105 Victoria Street, Seddon
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La Luna Bistro

La Luna bistro is a meaty affair and much-loved local favourite.

320 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
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Steer Dining Room

How much steak can you handle?

15 Claremont Street, South Yarra
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Rockpool Bar & Grill

A large experience in the best possible way.

8 Whiteman Street, Crown Complex, Southbank
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The Atlantic Restaurant and Oyster Bar

A vast temple to seafood, located inside Crown Casino.

8 Whiteman Street, Crown Complex, Southbank
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Sarti

A reinvented Melbourne institution.

6 Russell Place, Melbourne
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Nomada Food & Wine

A warm, Spanish-inflected wine bar.

412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Las Tapas

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

100 Chapel Street, St Kilda
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Neighbourhood Wine

The friendliest wine bar and restaurant in Fitzroy North.

1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North
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Mister Bianco

An authentic southern- Italian and Sicilian restaurant with pastas, braised beef cheek and plenty of cheese.

285 High Street, Kew
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Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

Sean Donovan has taken the historical hotel back to its roots.

166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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Massi

Simple Italian in intimate surrounds.

445 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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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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Thirty Eight Chairs South Yarra

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

4a Bond Street, South Yarra
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Añada

A southern-Spanish neighbourhood staple with tapas, tasting plates and house-made paella-pan bread.

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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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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The French Brasserie

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

2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne
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Yagiz

An ex-Tulum chef serving contemporary Turkish food.

22 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Feast of Merit

By dining here, you're helping people in the Third World get a feed of their own.

Restaurant 117 Swan Street, Richmond
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Cucinetta

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

4 3 Murphy Street, South Yarra
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Palermo

An Italian-influenced Argentinian spot by the San Telmo and Pastuso team.

401 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Meatmaiden

A bona fide meat dungeon.

The Basement 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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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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San Telmo

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

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne
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The Black Toro

Exquisite Hispanic cuisine in the suburbs.

79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
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Sezar

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

6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
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Pastuso

Authentic Peruvian in the heart of Melbourne.

19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne
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Tavlin

Family-style Israeli cuisine in Caulfield.

678 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield
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