On most nights of the week, Melbourne’s restaurants are flooded with diners. On Mondays, however, many of them shut for a well-earned rest.

Thankfully, there's still a collection of restaurants where chefs don their whites and throw open their doors to ensure we don't go hungry. Bless them.

Magic Mountain Saloon

Punchy Thai food and cocktails, from breakfast until late.

62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Tipo 00

Tipo 00 has an offering too good to refuse: carb-loaded, butter-drenched pasta.

361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

L'Hôtel Gitan

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

32 Commercial Road, Prahran
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Pacific Seafood BBQ House

A near-iconic, cheap, bustling Chinese BBQ and seafood restaurant.

Shop 8, 240 Victoria Street, Richmond

Jimmy Grants

An Athenian souva bar by George Calombaris.

113 Saint David Street, Fitzroy
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The Black Toro

Exquisite Hispanic cuisine in the suburbs.

79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
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Big Boy BBQ

Authentic, slow-cooked American barbeque.

764 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield South

The Abyssinian

Earthy African food in Kensington.

277 Racecourse Road, Kensington

Roti Road

A cheery Malaysian-Chinese eatery along the Barkly Street strip.

189-193 Barkly Street, Footscray

Tokyo Tina

Modern Japanese from the team behind Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor

Parlour Diner

Booze and burgers, American style.

64 Chapel Street, Windsor

Borsch, Vodka & Tears

An old-world Polish vodka bar and restaurant.

173 Chapel Street, Windsor

Pizza Meine Liebe

Simple, modern and produce-driven pizza in cosy, well-worn room.

231 High Street, Northcote

Estelle

“A touch of innovation without being scary or confronting” is how owner-chef Scott Pickett describes the menu here, and he’s bang-on.

243 High Street, Northcote
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Seoul Soul

A Korean restaurant sandwiched between all the pho and rice paper rolls in Vietnamese Victoria Street.

323-325 Victoria Street, Abbotsford

The Woodlands Hotel

Craft beers, whimsical interiors and refined food combine on Sydney Road in Coburg.

84-88 Sydney Road, Coburg
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Kumo Izakaya & Sake Bar

A slick Japanese eatery and sake den.

152 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Northern Git

British classics lighting up Thornbury.

757 High Street, Thornbury
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France Soir

This is about as French as a brasserie can be.

11 Toorak Road, South Yarra

The Plough Hotel

A historic pub with a serious makeover.

333 Barkly Street, Footscray
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Cafe Lalibela

A small-scale Ethiopian restaurant with tradition securely at its heart.

91 Irving Street, Footscray

Dainty Sichuan South Yarra

A haven for Melbournian chilli lovers.

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra

David's

Award-winning country-style Shanghai fare.

4 Cecil Place, Prahran
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Charlie Dumpling

A modern-Asian eatery in Prahran that is a step down from fine dining and a step up from street eats.

184 High Street, Prahran

Ladro Tap

From the north to the south, still consistently some of the best pizza in town.

162 Greville St, Prahran

400 Gradi

A Naples inspired Italian restaurant with some of the best pizza in town.

99 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria

Still hungry for more Mexican?

339 Victoria Street, Brunswick

Laksa King

A heady mix of spices at this Malaysian laksa joint in Flemington.

6-12 Pin-Oak Crescent, Flemington

Dandelion

A casual but stylish modern Vietnamese restaurant.

133 Ormond Road, Elwood

Dalmatino

A familiar, comfortable, local Croatian bistro in Port Melbourne

280 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

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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Middle Park Hotel

A modern interpretation of an Old English-style pub, with hearty food and 45 beer taps.

102 Cantebury Rd, Middle Park
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Fonda Mexican

Fonda takes a relaxed approach to Mexican street food

236 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Royal Saxon

A versatile, multi-leveled bar and a dining space.

545 Church St, Richmond

Maedaya Sake and Grill

An izakaya with a sake focus.

400 Bridge Road, Richmond
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Pizza Religion Hawthorn East

Cheap, cheerful and unexpectedly good suburban pizza.

493 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East

I Love Pho

One of the best bowls of pho in town.

264 Victoria Street, Richmond

Thaiger Rabbit

One of Melbourne’s most authentic Thai eateries.

391 Victoria Street, Abbotsford

Shakahari Carlton

David Bowie was a fan of this vegetarian stalwart. Chances are, you will be too.

201-203 Faraday Street, Carlton

Cookie

A beer hall, cocktail bar and modern Thai restaurant all in one.

First Floor, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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MoVida

The restaurant responsible for setting off Melbourne's love of Modern Spanish tapas.

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne

Mamasita

Melbourne's first proper taqueria still has it.

Level 1 11 Collins Street, Melbourne

HuTong CBD

Some of the best dumplings you'll have outside of Shanghai.

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne

90 Secondi

Authentic Napoli pizza in Docklands from the pizzaioli behind 400 Gradi.

1 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Coda

An energetic bar and restaurant serving modern Euro-Vietnamese fusion dishes.

Basement 141 Flinders Lane (corner Oliver Lane), Melbourne
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Cumulus Inc.

Andrew McConnell's all-day eating house combines excellent food with interior design.

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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